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The Bottom Line

The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. địa chỉ cửa hàng in a wide range of useful accessories, và the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to lớn beat.

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Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD display. 10-finger cảm ứng screen. Improved kickstand and performance. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers and accessories. Truly Windows-compatible.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($999 danh mục with 128GB storage, as tested) is the second-generation of last year"s award-winning detachable slate tablet. It has been updated with a fourth-generation Intel vi xử lý core i5 processor, but is otherwise similar to last year"s model. Improved battery life, day-to-day performance, và benchmark scores means that it earns our Editors" Choice for Windows-based slate tablets.

Design and Features The Surface Pro 2 should look familiar to lớn fans of the first-generation Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro($699.77 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window). Lượt thích the previous iteration, it measures approximately 0.53 by 11 by 7 inches (HWD) & comes with the same magnesium construction. Internal storage has improved, with 64GB, 128GB (tested here), 256GB, & 512GB SSD options available. Identical dimensions means you can use the same Surface accessories lượt thích the older Touch/Type Covers và the new Type Cover 2, which adds backlighting khổng lồ the mechanical keyboard. Unfortunately, the Type Cover 2 ($129.99 list) is an optional accessory. Competitors lượt thích the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix( at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) và the Sony VAIO Tap 11($789.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) both come with keyboards included, saving you that expense. Alone, the Surface Pro 2 weighs 1.96 pounds; with the Type Cover 2, it goes up to 2.54 pounds. That"s pretty good, though alone it"s imperceptibly heavier than the 1.7-pound Sony Tap 11 và 1.8-pound Lenovo Helix.The system can be equipped with a $199.99 custom docking station, which was unavailable at the time of this review.


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The Surface Pro 2 & Lenovo Helix are physically connected lớn their keyboards, but the Sony Tap 11 is connected via Bluetooth, which means you can continue lớn use the keyboard while it"s detached. That said, we really like the way the Surface keyboard covers magnetically snap into place, making them close khổng lồ idiot proof. The Dell XPS 11( at Dell)(Opens in a new window) and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S are stuck with permanently attached keyboards that swing around khổng lồ enable tablet mode. Detachable slate tablets lượt thích the Surface Pro 2 give you the flexibility of a system that works like a clamshell máy tính xách tay with the ultimate portability of a tablet.

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Unlike a tablet running a mobile operating system, the Surface Pro 2 will run all the Windows programs you"ve come khổng lồ depend on, including third-party browsers like Google Chrome & any x86-programmed plug-in.