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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2973 reviews of Microsoft Surface 2. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the screen and price are on the whole positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability. Many are negative about the GPS navigation and connectivity.

usability, performance, portability, price, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the performance and size. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the apps and price.

usability, design, portability, size, performance

price, apps

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)Microsoft Surface 2 32GB 10.6 Win8RT without Keyboard, P3W-00004 (without Keyboard **New retail**)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 894 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and performance also get good views. There are some less positive comments about the connectivity and battery. There are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

reliability, battery, connectivity

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface 2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 2 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the apps. The design also gets good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the usability and size.

design, apps

size, usability

33% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)Microsoft Surface 2 (64 GB)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Harley Ogier (pcworld.co.nz)

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows tablet

 

Less than a year after the launch of its first Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, Microsoft has launched the next iteration of its tablet family: the Windows 8.1-based Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.

Microsoft Office 2013 RT included ; Full HD screen ; Attractive, sturdy build ; Dual-position kickstand ; Optional Touch and Type Cover keyboards are brilliant

App range remains limited compared to iOS or Android ; Internet Explorer the only web browser available ; Not as stable on the lap as a real laptop

A top-quality productivity tool that – despite running RT as opposed to full-blown Windows 8 – could replace a full-blown laptop for many professionals and students.

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio / HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):10 / 360
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):7
Continuous video playback time:10 / 9

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5 / 5
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3.5 / 5 / 8
Swivel webcam: No
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey / Silver / White
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:White
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display diagonal:26.9 / 27 / 27.4 / 31.2
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280 / 2736 x 1824
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 520
Graphics adapter family:Intel / nVidia

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: No

Memory

Internal Memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes

Networking

2G: Yes
2G standards:GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS / UMTS
4G:No / Yes
4G LTE: No
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

Audio system:HD
Battery charging indication: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor Socket:BGA1380 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Docking station included: Yes
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen:No / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Magnetometer: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Position location:N / No / Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Phone features

Caller ID: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:24

Processor

Bus type:QPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:1x4,4x1 / 2x1,1x2
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A15
Processor ARK ID:85475 / 88190
Processor boost frequency:2.4 / 3
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR27M / SR2F0
Processor codename:Cherry Trail / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4 / 4+1
Processor family:Intel Core i5 / Intel® Atom™ / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I5-6300U / TEGRA 4 / X7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17 / 42
Processor Series:Intel Atom x7 series / Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2
Stepping:C0 / D1
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 90

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y

Security

Cable lock slot: No

Software

Bundled software:1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Microsoft Office 2013 RT / Microsoft Office 2013 RT1
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows RT
Operating System Version:8.1
Platform:Windows
Trial software:Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC, microSD (TransFlash) / microSDXC
Flash memory:32
Internal storage capacity:256 / 32 / 64
Storage Media:Flash / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:32

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.7 / 20.1 / 8.9 / 9
Height :17 / 17.3 / 8.45 / 8.7
Weight:621 / 675 / 676 / 680 / 685 / 786
Width:26.7 / 27.5 / 28 / 29.2