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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review

Has Microsoft's beefy Windows 8.1 machine found its feet?

Our Verdict

Building positively on the rather pedestrian Surface Pro, Microsoft's updated slate offers punchier battery life thanks to the inclusion of Intel's Haswell processor, fancier kickstand and the latest version of Windows. That price tag is still eye-watering though.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Solid magnesium body
  • Improved kickstand
  • Vibrant display
  • Improved OS

Against

  • Heavy
  • Chunky
  • Expensive
  • Lack of LTE

The Surface Pro 2 comes with a digital pen by that can be used for scribbling on the device's display in apps such as Microsoft Paint and Freshpaint. It's snappy and super responsive thanks to being based on technology by Wacom, making it a genuine pleasure to use on the tablet's high-resolution screen.

Certain applications can make use of the pen's 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Wacom has already released a driver for Windows 8 that lets Photoshop make use of it, and further updates have brought the functionality to Windows 8.1.

If you're dead set on using the Surface Pro 2's stylus with your favorite drawing program, it's a good idea to fire its creator a query or scout around on forums to check compatibility with Windows 8.1 before parting with your hard earned cash.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Fresh paint

In terms of pawing your way around Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 2 behaves much like any other tablet running Microsoft's touch-friendly OS. Navigating the tablet works great with the pen thanks to its quick response time and pinpoint accuracy, which comes in especially handy as Windows' scaling issue often means you'll end up prodding a different icon or menu to the one you intended.

Of course, you can use your fingers too. Swiping in from the left lets you cycle through opened apps, while swiping in from the right opens the Charms bar, and swiping up from the bottom brings up options for that current program.

Windows 8.1 brings a number of new features, from offline caching in SkyDrive to being able to set an image as your Start screen background to customizable tile resizing. We won't detail all of the features, as we have a whole feature dedicated to just that.

Apps

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4400
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity512 GB
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilySurface Pro 2
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
ColourDark Titanium
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 Pro
Brand NameMicrosoft
Form FactorSlate
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size26.9 cm (10.6")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)900 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyClearType
DigitizerYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height13.5 mm
Width274.6 mm
Depth172.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameSurface Pro 2 Tablet PC
Product LineSurface Pro 2
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberA4Y-00003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing InformationPro. Form.

Touch that's fast and precise

With a next-gen Intel Core i5 processor providing incredibly fast performance and longer battery life, Surface Pro 2 is the tablet that can replace your laptop.

Snappy. Apps.

Fast apps that run side-by-side

Windows 8.1 runs beautifully on Surface Pro 2. Multitask with side-by-side apps, even when you're using an app and a program on Windows desktop. There's virtually no limit to how many apps you can run simultaneously.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • Surface Pro 2 Tablet PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus
Limited Warranty1 Year