Microsoft’s foray into the world of tablets touched its climax when the tech giant rolled out the ravishing Microsoft Surface Pro. But shortly, things got much tougher for the Redmond because the efforts to tilt the tablet market by Microsoft was “half baked”.
People were confused whether to use this alluring gear as a tablet, PC or a lappy. Having a detachable keyboard is great, but the size must be accordingly for that. Remaining holes were spilled by a short battery life, weight and a sloppy kickstand. To dwindle the bad nut, the tech giant roared again and this time, it had the Surface Pro 2 to reveal.
The new hybrid gear running Windows 8.1 has to offer the solutions to the problems of its predecessor. A double kickstand, depleted weight, sleek design and a neat Haswell CPU to take care of the battery life problem. Let’s unveil Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and see what it has to offer.
Look & Feel
Apart from double kickstand, everything seems to be same as that of the previous version of Surface. Two plates of magnesium alloy instead of three has made the design sleek. Measuring 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (27.45 x 17.3 x 1.35cm), it weighs 2 pounds and has a gesture friendly grip. Fingerprint smudges and scratches don’t effect much because of the smooth and smart design.
One of the pronounced problems of Microsoft Surface was the immense glare which has been reduced in Surface Pro 2 by minimizing the distance between touch screen and glass sheets. The size is same: 10.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display. IPS panel is optimally bonded and design team seems to have touched an extra mile making the Surface Pro 2 recognizing 1,024 degrees of pressure sensitivity. You can enjoy taking notes and drawing immensely because of the smooth screen.
It is featuring the crispy tattling Windows 8.1. Live tiles, great usable new design and Start button to make things more colossal. Haswell gears performing the sorcery inside the circuits, Core i5-4200U processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics makes Surface Pro 2 extremely fast, fast to such an extent that it outpaces the Haswell machines. I am talking about the configurations with a 4GB RAM slogan, so you can imagine what an 8GB RAM can do.
Price and Verdict
Single USB 3.0 port support, a volume rocker and headphone jack, extendable memory up to 64GB -128GB makes Surface Pro 2 a best bang for the bucks. A fancier outlook, double kickstands, better software and amazing battery life asks for an eye-watering £603.97. Verdict argues the pros of the tablet cum PC over its cons which are likely to be waived off by the tech giant in the near future.