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Microsoft Surface 2 review: Sink or swim

29 November 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
Microsoft Surface 2 review: Sink or swim - read the full textThere is a tall task ahead of the Microsoft Surface 2. The first generation of the Microsoft tablet arrived with much fanfare but had little success, and the newcomer has to entice new customers, proving along the way that Redmond can be a factor in...


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> In reply to William @ 2013-12-05 03:02 from fxRV - click to readIt can connected to a external hard disk ...
for dvd , I dont know

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  • 2014-07-13 17:58
  • ib3t

Asus t100 selling at 399 with a Win8.1?
Microsoft ought to be ashamed of themselves for still trying to rip consumers off with WinRT products .
The only reason why anyone would be getting a Win RT is a clearance day when millions of Win RT tablets left unsold rotting in some warehouse.

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  • 2014-01-04 13:38
  • XMJN

very useful and great device but still need to improvement for storage.
If it could increase storage to larger HD size instead of SD 64gb.
This would make device for both play and work..

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  • 2013-12-17 06:39
  • fxRV

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-12-05 15:22 from gyfE - click to readIts a good version for people who aren't wanting to download games and music from 3rd parties.
Its virus free. You can download TV programmes and you got office. Its much more productive and better than iPad . safer than android.

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  • 2013-12-06 16:47
  • nxM6

> In reply to mexwon @ 2013-12-04 16:23 from IW1$ - click to readSurface 2 doesn't run Windows 8.It runs Windows 8 rt and rt is not as good as pro version.

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  • 2013-12-05 15:22
  • gyfE

> In reply to mexwon @ 2013-12-04 16:30 from IW1$ - click to readThe microsoft office 2011 is available on Mac.

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  • 2013-12-05 15:21
  • gyfE

The best tablet is iPad Air LOL are you having a laugh... Its just a overpriced toy.

The Surface 2 has a full size usb port and full office and it has a full functional internet browser something the iPad lacks.

The Surface 2 is far and away better than any iPad

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  • 2013-12-05 13:49
  • Bw@Z

It would be great tablet if the device allow to connect to external portable hard Disk and DVD drive..
so that we can save material for notebook or laptop to produce..

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  • 2013-12-05 03:02
  • fxRV

Great device for work and play that would replace heavy metal laptop.
Need more apps and make it flexible to allow Andriod OS and apps would make it miracle success..
Cheer keep it up Microsoft

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  • 2013-12-05 02:57
  • fxRV

> In reply to mexwon @ 2013-12-04 16:30 from IW1$ - click to readApple did it with iWork recently. I don't know about the iOS, but I've been enjoying creating art with Adobe Photoshop Touch which gives me a higher resolution editing on Android (Galaxy Note 2).

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  • 2013-12-05 00:51
  • v0qJ

> In reply to Gadg.i.c @ 2013-11-30 19:23 from RJ2E - click to readios are from Mac Os...only the ui different....Apple need to roll out some unique feature such as Microsoft brings windows 8 into tablet/portable device (we talking about microsoft office which is Mac Os lack of this feature).

Apple might pull their unique "Designer-user" feature into ipad...imagine Adobe software in iPad...

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  • 2013-12-04 16:30
  • IW1$

Nah....people nowadays choose Surface cozs of some Reason...surface may lack of app compare to android/ios device but you forgot the important thing's here...Surface is using windows 8 which is make ipad or android out there like useless toy's....Microsoft marketing is targeting Office user not some random kid's nub's....

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  • 2013-12-04 16:23
  • IW1$

"The 32GB and 64GB variants to the Surface 2 are out of stock. Prior to selling out, it appeared the Surface 2 did not receive a "Holiday deal" as the tablet maintained its original price of $449 for the 32GB model and $549 for the 64GB variant."

Oh no. I don't think I can get a Surface 2 anytime soon. Looks like I'll be getting the Surface Pro by January. Surface 2 currently is rising at some 6%+ on the non-iPad sector. This is a good sign people are interested what Microsoft is offering.

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  • 2013-12-04 14:02
  • v0qJ

No internal modem..? So how can I work on the go..?

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  • 2013-12-03 02:31
  • PZsY

> In reply to npitou @ 2013-12-02 07:10 from wrs6 - click to readYes, an Atom based tablet running full Windows will disappoint with lags of some legacy programs. So so performance in the last Atom processor netbook.

I see Windows RT prospering in the upcoming months. I'm staying invested. I can never say I will enjoy another thing like the new Asus T100 Transformer even if it promises up to 11 hours of usage. Its keyboard encoding is unreliable, and the whole thing is 23mm+ thick. No thank you.

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  • 2013-12-02 09:57
  • v0qJ

Surface RT is doomed, just like Playbook. Awesome device but lack of apps will fail. If I want arm tablet, I'll pick iPad or Android, lot of apps & more productive. x86 tablet has so-so performance & battery life but huge library of apps and OS! Yes, OS. Why use Windows if I can install more secure & virus-free x86 OS (unix, ubuntu, mint, hackintosh, you name it). As long as OS support atom processor you're good to go.

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  • 2013-12-02 07:10
  • wrs6

> In reply to xplatformer @ 2013-12-01 20:32 from c}90 - click to readExactly. This is what Windows RT has been created for a snappy experience with a light hardware. Windows somehow failed convincing me last year with the limited apps. The marketing was just bad for the RT. The hardware between the Surface RT and Pro were too similar that had people confused.

MS had limited the Pro's hardware improvements so that the Surface 2 (RT) would really get noticed. I really dig the that beautiful flatness and the productivity services & apps bundle. I don't need a full Windows because I already have a heavy a heavy powerful laptop. The Surface 2 is a perfect productivity alternative than an iPad. I need that keyboard cover. I need that discreet kickstand.

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  • 2013-12-02 00:14
  • 7XYm

Does anyone still not understand the difference between people that are happy running an iOS device and a Macintosh computer? Does anyone want full blown MacOS on their tablet?

no virus, no malware, no spyware....CLEAN computing environment. That's the point behind the Surface 2 and Windows RT. And yeah, Microsoft isn't planning on having full blown Windows on their PHONES, where there will again be the fear of viruses, spyware and malware.

The Phone OS will eventually become Windows RT..which is a better OS than Phone OS.

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  • 2013-12-01 20:32
  • c}90

> In reply to TheNeighbor @ 2013-12-01 12:46 from 7XYm - click to readI think she was talking about merging three OSs into one. Key part will be bringing desktop API to WinRT so that new desktop application can work on x86 and ARM devices. API is already there (office for ARM is an example of it). Maybe they are just waiting for faster ARM CPUs and more memory because of heavy multitasking nature of desktop environment.
There is no way they are going to gave up ARM market :P. Just another rumor as part of competition marketing...

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  • 2013-12-01 20:16
  • gL9I

> In reply to Synonymous @ 2013-12-01 01:15 from inV$ - click to readThe article continued:

"But her comment didn't end there. Instead she continued with what sounded an awful lot like a defense of RT: "We do think there's a world where there is a more mobile operating system that doesn't have the risks to battery life, or the risks to security[...] So we believe in that vision and that direction and we're continuing down that path."
Given that follow up and the state of the mobile OS market, it might actually make more sense for Microsoft to fold Windows RT into its somewhat more successful Windows Phones OS than give it the full axe."

I saw the Asus T100 Atom Bay Trail Transformer. The 64GB version costs $50 less than the Surface 2. It comes with a keyboard and is 23mm+ thick total compared to the 12mm+ thick total of the Surface. The T100's keyboard is reviewed as bad with some keys not registering randomly. Reviews for the Type cover as impressively accurate plus the Office suite are things that are important for me personally.

People also shouldn't be fooled with what a full Windows can only do running on an Atom Bay Trail processor.

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  • 2013-12-01 12:46
  • 7XYm

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