Summary: Microsoft's cheaper Surface offering is still a puzzling device. It's better than the previous version in every way, but it still doesn't solve the laptop/tablet conundrum. It tries hard to be a tablet, but it also clings to its laptop heritage, yet it's not the master of either.
Summary: The slow sales of the original Microsoft Surface may have made it an easy target for snarky comments (including some from yours truly), but we also think there's a lot to love about Microsoft's series of hybrid PCs.
Conclusion: The Microsoft Surface 2 brings the Windows RT tablet back with better hardware, a refined design, and expanded productivity tools.
Pros: Improves upon a great design with high-res display and improved kickstand. Faster performance thanks to Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. All-day battery lasts more than 14 hours. Comes with Office RT 2013 (now with Outlook), Best of Skype package, and 200GB SkyDrive storage.
Cons: Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately. Intel Atom processor can't compete with Intel Core CPUs. Power connector is loose and bulky. Built-in kickstand has limited adjustability.
Excerpt: The Microsoft Surface Type Cover 2. It is the predecessor of the first type cover with some small noticeable differences here and there. For example, compared to the first type cover, the type cover 2 has a backlit keyboard which is very useful if you are planning to do some work or maybe just...
Summary: Microsoft does not give up and, after unconvincing Microsoft Surface RT the past year, continuing its battle for the tablet world, increasingly competitive and crowded with attractive proposals.
Pros: Materials and finishes of quality, High-performance gaming, Excellent app for multimedia, Including Office 2013 RT.
Cons: Park app still lacking, Screen quality only average, It lacks the option 4G/LTE
Summary: Regicide? The sales figures of the Surface RT were sobering, and a tablet revolution certainly looks different. But Microsoft did not stop its Windows RT project and now offers a successor. Is it enough to beat the self-declared rival from California? Find out in our in-depth review.
Pros: Fast SoC, Good Full HD display, Excellent build quality, Micro SDXC slot, Good speaker location, Low surface temperatures, Office 2013 RT, Cover improves productivity, One year free Skype to landlines, Two years 200 GB SkyDrive storage, Good VoIP qualities, Good battery runtimes, The build qualit...
Cons: Main camera has problems with the focus on macro shots, Micro HDMI is called HD video out port, Slightly high black value of the display, Still comparatively heavy, The Surface 2 is still comparatively heavy. Less weight would certainly be nice.
Excerpt: We're still getting used to Microsoft as hardware manufacturer (no, the Zune never really existed), but the second generation of its tablets have arrived already. Not only that, it recently acquired Nokia's smartphone branch, so we'll likely only see more Microsoft products in the future.
Conclusion: The Surface 3 offers a welcome price break from the pricey Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and it's well built, offers a full version of Windows, and boasts impressive battery life. But in a crowded field, a solid tablet that relies heavily on expensive accessories falls short of top marks.
Pros: Lightweight. Full HD display with touch and pen support. New Intel Atom x7 processor offers better performance than other Atom-based competitors. Long battery life in our tests. Better-than-average speakers and webcam. Includes a full version of Windows 8.1, with free year of Office and OneDrive.
Cons: Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately. Atom processor can't compete with Intel Core CPUs. Power connector is loose and bulky. Built-in kickstand offers limited adjustability.
Conclusion: Where are we a year later? To start, the Surface concept makes a lot more sense to me now than it did before. Windows 8.1 is a lot better. Windows 8.1 is substantially more complete, so much so that Windows RT 8.1 doesn't even enable the desktop live tile by default.
Pros: It remains an excellently built device, Decent performance, Nice screen, Comes with Office, now including Outlook, The kickstand is legitimately useful
Cons: We have to wait until next year to get a version with integrated LTE, I still have a bad feeling about that price