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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2985 reviews of Microsoft Surface 2. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and price. The portability and performance also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the reliability. The GPS navigation and connectivity get less positive reviews.

usability, performance, portability, price, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative reviews about the apps and price.

usability, design, portability, size, screen

price, apps

84% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 894 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com. Comments about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and performance also get good opinions. There are some less positive opinions about the connectivity and battery, and comments are divided on the durability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.ca. People really like the apps. The design is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

33% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Mary Branscombe, Kane Fulton and Dan Grabham (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface 2 review

 

Windows RT remains a half-baked OS, but the Surface 2 is a decent tablet

Thin but solid build ; Two kickstand positions ; Great performance ; Microsoft Office included

1080p screen lags behind other tablets ; App selection limited ; So lack of desktop apps still a problem ; No LTE option

Surface 2 4G reviewScores Microsoft has launched its next-gen tablets, the Surface Pro 2 and this - the Windows RT-toting Surface 2, a direct replacement for the original Surface RT. The Surface 2 4G has also landed, bringing faster LTE connectivity...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Microsoft Surface 2 4G review

 

Just shy of a year ago the original Surface RT landed in Pocket-lint towers. And we were rather taken with its ambition. A tablet looking to steal the crown from laptops - a great idea. But an idea that, as we were acutely aware then, carried with it...

Great screen, Outlook now on board and works, microSD expansion, decent battery life, good prospect for business users, a step up compared to the original, Marketplace will continue to grow

Windows RT a confused experience, naming convention is odd, lacks app support of rivals, odd aspect ratio for a tablet, need to add a keyboard for best experience as virtual keys obscure view, no mobile connectivity

Surface 2 might be thinner, lighter and faster than before - but only just on all counts. And as much as those three words might read well on page, the latest Microsoft offering is, above all, a confusing prospect.

May, 2014

Expert review by: Elyse Betters (pocket-lint.com)

Microsoft Surface 2 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

We are live at Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 event, and we've just been able to briefly dabble with both Windows 8.1 tablets. You can find out

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Microsoft Surface 2 review

 

The Microsoft Surface 2 is the brand's second-gen Windows 8 tablet

Kickstand & keyboard combo ; Vivid display ; Useful multitasking

Barren Windows Store ; Desktop mode ; 16:9 ratio not great on tablet

Expert review by: Tom Morgan (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface 2

 

Vastly better hardware, but Windows RT 8.1 still feels too restrictive

May, 2014

Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

Microsoft Surface 2

 

One day Microsoft will realise this potential but this isn't that day.

Type Cover is outstanding ; Good battery life ; Very good colour, contrast and brightness ; Slick, fast and responsive

Windows RT still confusing in places ; Dreadful speakers ; Too few quality tablet apps

The final upgrade is an important one: the screen. The Surface RT had a rather disappointing 1,366 x 768 resolution, but the Surface 2 has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen. This doesn’t make this a ‘retina’ screen in the popular parlance, but it’s an...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface 2 review

 

The Surface 2 is the second-generation of Microsoft's Surface RT - the 10in ARM-based tablet running Windows RT, an OS which comprises all of Windows 8 apart from the Desktop. It's impossible, therefore, to talk about Surface 2 without addressing the...

There's nothing wrong with the Surface 2, and there's a lot that is very right about it. But it's not a full Windows device, despite appearances. Given that, it's a well put together and stylish Windows consumption device, a tablet with some unique and...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface 2 review

 

Microsoft's RT tab is back with a Full HD screen and pumped up innards. But is Surface The Sequel enough to seduce you into taking the plunge?

Gorgeous 1080p screen ; Improved kickstand, excellent range of keyboards ; Tegra 4 + Windows 8.1 = usable as an ad-hoc laptop

Restricted to Windows RT apps ; Gets expensive with a Touch/Type Cover

Impressive as an ad-hoc laptop but restricted as it is to Windows RT apps, doubts quickly creep in

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Ross Catanzariti (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT preview

 

Microsoft has announced the second generation of its Surface RT tablet, simply called the Surface 2. It now boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals, and has a new two-stage kickstand aimed to make it easier to use on your lap. See Microsoft...

Microsoft has announced the second generation of its Surface RT tablet, simply called the Surface 2. It now boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand aimed to make it easier to use on your lap.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

Microsoft Surface 2

 

An improvement on the original Surface, but its rivals have moved on

Decent picture quality ; Comes with Microsoft Office pre-installed

Disappointing sound quality ; App store is limited ; Can be unwieldy

Full Windows 8.1 needs to be let loose on the Surface 2 to make it a real alternative to the attractiveness of iOS and Android tablets.

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):31.5
Battery life (max):10 / 360 / 8
Battery recharge time:4
Browsing time (3G):7
Continuous video playback time:10

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey / Silver
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Form factor:Slate
Kids tablet: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display diagonal:26.9 / 27 / 27.4
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Graphics adapter:HD Graphics
Graphics adapter family:Intel / nVidia

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes

Networking

2G: Yes
2G standards:GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS / UMTS
4G:No / Yes
4G LTE: No
4G standards:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Battery charging indication: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor Socket:BGA1380
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Magnetometer: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Position location:N / No / Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Phone features

Caller ID: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out: Yes
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:24

Processor

Conflict Free processor:Y
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:2x1,1x2
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A15
Processor ARK ID:85475
Processor boost frequency:2.4
Processor cache:1 / 2
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR27M
Processor codename:Cherry Trail
Processor Cores:4 / 4+1
Processor family:Intel® Atom™ / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.3 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:TEGRA 3 / TEGRA 4 / X7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17
Processor Series:Intel Atom x7 series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2
Stepping:C0
Tjunction:90

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y

Software

Bundled software:1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Microsoft Office 2013 RT / Microsoft Office 2013 RT1 / Office Home & Student 2013 R / Word, Power Point, Excel, OneNote, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows RT
Operating System Version:8.1
Platform:Windows

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC, microSD (TransFlash) / microSDXC
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Storage Media:Flash / HDD

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.2 / 18.7 / 8.9 / 9 / 9.3
Height :17 / 17.2 / 17.3 / 8.7 / 9.3
Weight:621 / 675 / 676 / 680 / 685 / 700
Width:26.7 / 27.4 / 27.5 / 28