Surface 2 is Thinner. Lighter and faster. This are the words that Microsoft gave to the media to describe their newest members of the Surface family,
Now, less than a year after the release of the original Surface, Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro are coming out which proves the opposite of my expectations, this new Surfaces now feature two-stage kickstand that sits less precariously on the User’s legs.
In terms of Hardware, the Intel Core i5 Processor (available at Surface 2 Pro ) and Nividia Tegra 4 QuadCore Processor (available at Surface 2) , will indeed make a difference in terms of performance, especially on making the user feeling the applications and programs running smoother than the previous Surface, you’ll be able to notice this difference especially on games. This new hardware brings a whole new level of possibility’s in terms of not only games but applications itself, it also fixes one of the problems of the previous Surfaces which was the battery life.
I was truly amazed with the true quality of the Surface 2 camera, The in-built camera features 5 mega pixels in the rear and 3.5 Mega pixels in the front , with correction of light (An interesting feature that we saw working during a LIVE DEMO) , Full HD Recording and also the ability to take panoramic photos.
Microsoft’s Design team opted by using a Black magnesium alloy, the Tablet’s metal surface feel cold and smooth to touch. The magnetic connectors on the bottom edge instantly catch hold of the keyboard covers effortlessly, simply bringing together the keyboard’s connectors to the surface’s connectors . And after being in place, you can put the keyboard the way you think is the best.
Regarding the kick stand, Microsoft did listen to the feedback and complaints of the users. And they answered with this second version of kickstand that was especially designed with the intention of being used in a person’s lap.
In terms of Audio, the bass notes will never come out as expected, because the cooling is done by the same outputs but the cons to this are : the sound will not play so loud in maximized settings so if you prefer doing more than a simple video conference, I recommend you to use speakers.
In addition to the Surface Pro the keyboard covers suffered updates. This updates start from the Touch Cover 2 , which are lighter and thinner than the first one. They are more back lit, quieter and now also supports some gestures, like sliding two fingers across the numbered keys to highlight text (You can however delete the selected text by then taking your fingers off the keyboard, it’s available for you to purchase starting at 124.99€)
This cover is also more responsive compared to its predecessor, the touch cover had some problems regarding it’s “responsively” (sometimes in it’s predecessor when we failed keys, was quite annoying).
But now with the new Touch Cover 2 this is no longer a problem, as the number of sensors that we had in Touch Cover1 was 80 this new cover have now 1092 sensors! But what does that means? The keyboard feels the pressure and knows exactly what key we are pressing, and when we eventually fail a key, these same sensors recognize our mistake and select the key for us.
The new Keyboard Covers, unfortunately has to be bought separately.
Keyboard Cover 2.0 are available in 2 new colours (Purple and Red) with the price tag starting at 134.99€. (It was designed to be even lighter however)
A Energy Cover provides 50 % more battery (2 to 4 hours) of the normal 8 hours!, providing a longer usage time, it arrives in the market from the beginning of 2014 as well as for the Docking Station to Surface Pro.
According to the Director of Retail Business Unit of Microsoft Portugal – André Cardoso, the display also had undergone some changes. “Clear Type HD technology, which Microsoft is developing from decades ago , has been improved and this means that the pixels are closer! 46% were able to increase the accuracy of color, sharper, more brilliant and does not allow reflexes” – says André Cardoso
Surface 2 is available from 439€ (32GB Version) to 539 € (64GB Version) while Pro version of it is available with the Recommended Price of 899€ (Versions: 64GB, 128GB,256GB and 512GB).
(*1 – Surface 2 Pro 64 GB will only be available in Retail.
For a limited amount of time, all versions of the Surface 2 have Office Home and Student 2013, but Microsoft does not stop there, also with the purchase of Surface 2 is offered Skype with 1 year of free international calls and even 200 GB of Skydrive (cloud storage) for 2 years
Surface 2 is the perfect device for those who have needs of having a mix between a laptop and a tablet, at the end of the day it really depends what type of version it suits better to you.
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