PROS / The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 runs Windows 8.1, a kickstand, and has plenty of storage and RAM for multitasking.
CONS / Downloading third-party apps isn't an option with the Surface.
VERDICT / This is an innovative tablet PC that will allow you to multitask anytime, anywhere. The variety of keyboard covers will make using the Surface Pro 2 easier for work, home and play.
Usability and convenience are at your fingertips with this modern tablet PC featuring a kickstand on the back enabling the device to sit up and become hands-free. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 runs the Windows 8.1 operating system. Office Home is preinstalled, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Windows Mail and more keeping you productive at the office. The operating system allows you an easy transition from one application to the next.
You're able to purchase apps from the Windows Store and the Xbox Games app; however, you won't be able to download apps from a third party. Depending on the user, this is a pro or a con. Both stores offer hundreds of apps to choose from and downloading exclusively from the Windows Store means your Surface has protection from harmful viruses that third-party apps can contain. The Windows Store has many of the popular apps that Google Play and the iTunes store have such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.
The tablet features an Intel Core i5 processor and the 64GB and 128GB models feature 4GB of RAM, allowing your apps to run quicker than most tablets on the market. The Surface Pro 2 with 256GB or 512GB of storage has 8GB of RAM, which is unheard of in the tablet PC community.
The 10.6-inch, high-definition screen on the Surface tablet computer has an anti-fingerprint coating that keeps your Surface looking clean. Microsoft uses an optical bonding technique that reduces light refraction so you get the best possible picture on your 1920 x 1080-resolution display. Video conferencing is possible as the front-facing camera has a resolution of 3.5MP and the rear-facing camera takes pictures with a resolution of 5MP.
You can purchase Microsoft's Type Cover 2 separately. The Type Cover is a pressure sensitive keyboard with specific Windows buttons, and a built-in trackpad that allows you to navigate around your Surface quickly and easily. However, it has a smooth surface making it slightly difficult to navigate accurately. The Type Cover is spill-resistant and comes in a variety of colors, such as black, purple, magenta and cyan blue.
With large amounts of RAM, storage space, and a commanding processor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has everything a busy professional needs to keep connected and productive in the office and on the go.