Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Released October, 2013
  • 10.6"
  • 512 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Although browser benchmarks don't always reflect the performance you see when browsing real websites, JavaScript performance in IE 11 on Surface 2 (as measured by the SunSpider benchmark) beats every other tablet significantly (and even the iPhone 5s with its new 64-bit processor), thanks to the GPU acceleration Microsoft has perfected.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
9.7 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Surface Pro 2
n.d.
Surface RT
n.d.
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Surface Pro 2
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Surface Pro 2
10.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Surface Pro 2
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

9.7

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Surface Pro 2
9.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 2
48.8 fps
Surface RT
3.8 fps
Eee Slate EP121
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface Pro 2
107.5 fps
Eee Slate EP121
8.2 fps
Surface RT
11.5 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2


7.9
Overall, while I think the Surface Pro 2 is the more useful product, I wish it had gotten the same design love as the RT version.

8.5
Throw in Microsoft's own hone brewed ClearType rendering technology as well, it's able to deliver great details to even the finest of text – so there's plenty of sharpness and clarity to it.

8.0
The 1,920 by 1080 resolution is great for movies (and means you'll keep the DPI and zoom settings up, because while text is crisp, clear and smooth it can also be a little small on the 10.6-inch screen).

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

It has a new screen (though not Retina Display-class), a new two-position kickstand, USB 3, a faster processor, new keyboards and all the new features of Windows 8.1, from IE 11 to SkyDrive integration to more Snap window sizes.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
You can choose between using IE in the familiar desktop interface or the cleaner full-screen immersive interface.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
At any angle, the new full HD screen is beautiful, though not obviously in the same category as Apple's retina display.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Apps

it can even handle some wicked 3D games without much stutter to its performance.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
But when we first set up the Surface 2, installing apps and syncing all our email and files from SkyDrive (which means the Wi-Fi was in almost constant use) and running multiple Office applications and browser windows on the desktop, using the Balanced power profile and with the screen brightness on half, we measured five hours of solid use before the battery went from fully charged to just 6.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
It's not like high-end PC gaming, but the more demanding games play well.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Operating System

But Windows 8 and Windows RT didn't have a fraction of the iOS and Android apps, the kickstand didn't always hold it up in your lap and not everyone like Windows 8 enough to see Surface as a real iPad competitor.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Added to which, the level of big name Windows Store apps is still way below that of the iOS and Android equivalents.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
For example, Kayak has an excellent app for booking hotels that makes good use of photos to help you find somewhere that looks nice; Tripit doesn't have an official app but there is a Windows 8 version of the excellent third-party My Trips app.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Operating system

Well, if you want the best of both worlds, which consists of the tablet form factor with an actual laptop/desktop OS, this is undoubtedly the thing for you.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
As we know, Surface 2 doesn't run full Windows 8, instead opting for the hobbled Windows RT without support for legacy desktop - unlike Atom-based 8-inch tablets that you'll see on sale for similar prices.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
It's also worth remembering that Intel Atom Windows 8 tablets won't give you good performance for more demanding desktop software; having a full version of Windows isn't necessarily an advantage there.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Battery

The innovative design of Surface is even better with Surface 2; the kickstand works better in a wider range of positions, performance is visible improved; in many cases the battery will last all day - and the screen is vivid and accurate.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
The tablet gave up the ghost after just under seven hours, which we thought was pretty good going compared to the Surface Pro's short-lived battery life.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)
For a further battery boost, you may want to opt for one of the company's Type covers, which Microsoft claims boosts the battery by up to 60.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.6"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 207 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
  6. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.6 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 512 GB
RAM capacity 8 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 0.9 MP
Rear camera 0.9 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 907 g
Size 274.6 x 172.9 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm
Battery life 15 hour
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