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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than meets my needs

    Posted
    Brotherluv
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I waited a year for Surface 2. I was adamant that I would wait for the second generation so the bugs could be worked out of the RT. I'm really glad I waited. This thing is VERY cool. I have a laptop and PC that had already been upgraded to Windows 8.1, so when I turned on the Surface, it pulled all of my settings from the cloud and was ready to go in minutes. It had tiles in the correct order on my Start page. All I had to do was click on them and if the app needed to be downloaded it was taken care of without any further effort beyond the click. My wireless printer was waiting for me, and I never had to plug in my wifi information because it grabbed all of that saved data from my laptop. It was mind-bogglingly easy to start using. I only briefly played with the original RT so I can't really compare the two, but I know enough about hardware to tell you I'm CERTAIN that the cameras they put on the 2 are a big improvement. I snapped good quality selfies of myself and of my family behind me. Normally front-facing cameras are pretty basic on tablets, but this one is very capable. I'm loving the touch cover more than I thought I would. I was worried about the "learning curve" many tech reviewers commented about when it came to typing on it. Well, that was not an issue at all. I was typing efficiently and effectively within minutes of hooking it on. I've read complaints about the touch-pad on the cover being too small as well, but I don't have a problem with it at all. It's responsive, appropriately sized and convenient if you don't want to lift your hands from keyboard to touch the screen. And really, most of us are so used to using touch-pads at this point it's muscle memory. I've worked with multiple versions of iPads, and my family has three generations of iPod Touch devices, so I'm very familiar with the Apple world. I will say that within the first hour, I'd copied two large video files via a USB stick to the Surface and it was like doing it on any laptop. You just can't do that with an iPad. I added a 64 GB microSD card as well. Also no possible with an iPad. I know there are some key missing apps in the store. However, one of the first things I wanted to see was how well some of those missing games played within the browser. My wife has a Windows Phone and complains regularly about not being able to play Candy Crush on it. That would be a big hole on the Surface too, BUT of course with a fully capable version of Internet Explorer, I was playing Candy Crush through my Facebook account on the browser. this process will work for MANY of the missing apps that people want to use. Is this ideal? Of course, no, but at least you don't have to go without. To paraphrase A Field of Dreams, as far as apps go I'm betting that if we buy it, they will come. I haven't been a college student in 20 years, but I can only imagine that the Surface 2 would be the PERFECT college device. With the new back-lit keyboard, full Office suite (no copy of Access BTW), and it's ability to use the USB sticks and anything else you want to plug into that port, it is meant to be used by students. Oh, and as far as it having Outlook now, when I first saw last year that Outlook wasn't included I was stunned because the native Mail app was so poor. The improvements that have been made to Mail are so good that I haven't even set up Outlook. I find that for a tablet I don't need more than what can be done in that native app, AND it keeps me off the desktop side of Windows, which I find less and less necessary. Okay, sorry this is so long. I'm not a regular reviewer of products, but I know that unless people give these things a try, they might not make it. I highly recommend that if you're on the fence, make the plunge. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A tablet with utility other than games and Youtube

    Posted
    GadgetMaN24
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I just had to write a review about this tablet as I am amazed by this product. I have a 1st gen iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition which I returned and exchanged for the Surface 2. So this is not my first tablet and this is definitely not a Window biased review. Design = 10 I have been using windows since NT and nothing beats it when it comes to utility as it's a platform that's used in every business. I won't go in to the business side of it as I basically purchased this for leisure purposes. The device is solidly crafted with a kickstand that is pretty much not available on any other tablet. It comes in only one color which is Magnesium. At first I was a little skeptical and would have preferred black but in a day the feel and the look of it grew on me. Moving on to the screen. For some reason i found this screen better in contrast and color than the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014's higher resolution display. The display is crisp with the right balance of black and white. The only issue, I have very minor edge bleeding on the bottom right side which is only visible if the video is 16:9 widescreen format and is not very bothersome. I had worse edge bleeding on the Note and the black levels were pretty bad. Screen = 9.5 Ports & Others - It is great that the device comes with a microSD expansion slot, a full USB 3.0 port, magnetic charging port, touch and type cover attachment, nicely placed power/volume buttons and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. One gripe with the 3.5 mm headphone jack is that it does not take headphones with a remote control built in for apple/android devices. You can still use that headphone but it does not completely go in the jack and does not make a sturdy connection. So BE AWARE of this. I use Bluetooth headphones as an alternate and the sound is very good even at low volumes. Ports = 9 Software = Apps are definitely lacking. Wish GOOGLE would support the product and actually make a DRIVE, YOUTUBE and CHROMECAST app and Win 8.1 will be pretty much perfect. 32GB device yields you only 16GB of space once everything is setup. Even though you have a microSD slot, you can't use that to store apps. Its basically there for file storage of video, audio etc and READ/WRITE Office Docs. I had very minor lag when playing videos from the microSD card even though I was using a Class 10 and UHS card but it seems to be lag free now or maybe my eyes are deceiving me. OFFICE is a huge plus. This is def a tablet for students who don't want to break their parent's bank for an iPad as it provides more utility. One gripe about Win 8.1 is the integration. The TILES and DESKTOP modes are not very well integrated in my opinion. You cannot launch video on Windows Media Player and it opens up via the Video App. The same goes for music and pictures. Pictures is even worse as my tablet doesn't even want to open pictures on my SD card for viewing. There is no way to change the viewing options of files such as in the Video App, it only shows tiles of the video without any description of the file. So you have no idea of what the video is unless you play it at which it shows the file name. Very annoying. Also the device supports HTML 5 and flash and I had horrible experience using Google Drive via the internet explorer. Its very choppy and pretty hard to navigate. If you can get over these minor software issues, that is a great device for professionals and students who use the windows ecosystem more. Software = 7.5 Battery = Lasted me a week. Included heavy IE use, third party youtube apps, app store, 4 episodes of dexter. Battery = 10 So here you have it, a great Tablet for the people who would use it for more than just for entertainment purposes. If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to give 5 stars

    Posted
    MrAdAbsurdum

    Excellent product. I happen to be a very big tech, have been since I was pretty young so this is going to be mainly a bang for your buck software/hardware review, not much personal use because I use it for pretty much 90% of my daily tasks involving tech. 1. Very good hardware for the price. The Tegra 4i processor they use in it is a benchmarking beast. The new Apple A7 processor is a core v. core benchmarking wonder but alas the Tegra outshines it in overall performance despite only being 32 bit. It offers plenty of speed, blazingly fast only times I've ever got a stutter is when I've gotten selfish with the multitasking and tried to play Minion Rush while watching roosterteeth. 2. Perfect for students. I am currently working nighttime and going to school to be a chemical engineer and the tablet and optional touch cover(which I highly recommend) is an absolute blessing. I can use the included Microsoft Office to type up all of my reports and thesis papers, I can even use PowerPoint during some of my presentations for organic chem to show differences in molecular structure. All in all very very good and productive for the average college student university or community college. 3. Build quality is there. So I lied... I bought this for my girlfriend as an iPad replacement and quickly told her I lost it.. in my car... in a very specific hiding pot in the trunk where only I can find it. She happened to drop it outside of her dental office before work on the asphalt getting out of the car, barely s dent on it. Dropped it right on the corner which usually should be a death sentence for screens, especially tablets which fall harder. 4. Software is very intuitive. Motions quickly became second nature, the multitasking feature id one you will never go without once you've tried it. For instance, on Facebook when you click a link, lets say a recipe, it would navigate sway from the app to show you the site and then you would navigate back. With the multitasking feature once you click the link it just loads IE right next to Facebook utilizing that 10.6 inches of real estate. Another example would be the amazon app for when you want to look at more specific information like reviews or seller reputation, it wild just open that up in a page right next to your amazon p without ever navigating away. Doesn't seem like a big deal until you've realized how simple it all could be. MN we are getting lazier a humans. 5. The system is stable and app selection is getting there. No crashes as of yet and I purchased my girlfriends lost tablet never to be seen again out of my presence about a week after the Surface 2 was released. Most mainstream popular apps re going to be there, there will probably be a few notable missing ones, I'm not sure what I'm not a social media hound but most everything I ever use is there and works absolutely splendidly. The only draw is the updates. Not that they're too frequent because that is a god thing when a company can get your problems fixed weekly rather than bi annually wink wink apple and Google. That being said we ran intone couple of firmware and driver problems within the fist few updates, Al of which were addressed a week later and have since to run into a single hiccup. Or biggest problem was the audio driver issue for the Tegra sound card in which after you have the headphones plugged in while listening to lets say music, audio driver would not default back to the speakers therefor there would be no sound. This was fixed by re enabling the speakers manually but this was fixed two weeks after launch and I only noticed the problem a day or two prior to it being fixed. 100% smith sailing from then on out here I am a month and a half later... stilt looking for that apparently lost tablet my girlfriend wants back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far

    Posted
    Petitexx

    Alright, I did not purchase this tablet at best buy, I purchased it at staples. I don't know if a regular person would be crazy enough to buy this at best buy because even though the price of the tablet itself is the same, the 2 year accidental protection plan is $159.99 at best buy. At Walmart it's $57 and at staples it's $99. ... FOR 2 YEARS.! I got mine at staples and only had to pay about $80 because they had some deal where you get something percent off. Anyways, I am not a techy person I am an ordinary full time college student who is 20 years old. I've never owned an ipad, I've fiddled with my aunts before And I have phones that are on android This is my first tablet ever, but I used to always keep my moms tablet that was on android. I really like this tablet It IS confusing though I read lots and lots or reviews on this tablet so I knew what I was getting into I originally wanted a touchscreen laptop, but fell in love with this tablet once I saw it. ANYWAYS. I logged in which was easy I copied all of my music from my mp3 player and put it on the tablet which was confusing at first, but then I figured it out and it copied it to xbox music even though I've never owned or played xbox before. The whole personalization thing is a little complicated There isn't as much customization as I thought there would be, but like I said, I have yet to figure everything out on the tablet yet. I want to change the color of the tiles, but I don't know how. I don't even know if theres an option. (Oh yeah, and the tablet comes with NO DIRECTIONS. Just wanted to through that in there. I really wish they'd give us directions especially since it's not as easy to figure out as android tablets or ipads) You can delete tiles and move them to bigger spaces I really like the webcam on the tablet I was on it in the dark and it looked like I was in a room that was lit. I played some games on it which was awesome... I think (I'm not a gamer) but from my experience it was so smooth and no lag at all. I'm pretty sure the tablet will take some time to get used to it I'm still trying to master pulling the other multitasking things from the side. You can only do the split screen thing with 2 applications only. To get to the desktop there should be a tile, or you can assign a tile from the apps menu. I went on internet explorer on the desktop thing and like reviews said, you should only be on it if you bought the keyboard because otherwise it is a LITTLE hard. Not complicated, but for someone with bigger fingers, you might have a tough time. I was playing with the touch keyboards in staples and it seemed like I could get used to them so I purchased a white one. It's really good at picking up wifi. In my room if I'm on my laptop, it can't pick up the connection. It will only connect if I move it in a certain position then it will go away On my android phones I can get connection in my room, but it is poor. I was playing on the tablet in my room and the connection was excellent.! I'm really happy about that. Soso happy.! I LOVE the dual kickstand it helps A LOT. One thing that I HATE is that the screen is a fingerprint magnet. It's so bad that I thought that my screen would stay ruined with prints Because even when I rubbed it with something, it wouldn't come off or look clean. I have a certain cloth so I'm going to try cleaning it with that, if it doesn't work I'm going to be very upset. So PLEASE buy a screen protector. You can get them on amazon instead of wasting $30 dollars on them in the stores. Another thing I hate is that in desktop mode the keyboard won't automatically come up. You have to click it at the bottom of the screen and click X for it to go away. I's really irritating. i don't know if there is a way to make it pop up automatically when u wanna type something, but if there is I have yet to find it. I guess that's another reason why they say to stay out of desktop mode if you have no keyboard. Also in the camera sometimes a light comes on. I don't know if it's flash or not, but when I turned on the camera a white light turned on in the back. Also the sound is REALLY loud I'm so happy it's loud When I have my headphones in videos are louder on my tablet than on my imac! Oh yeah! And like others said there really are barely any apps. That's okay for me because I'm not a big app person at all. It doesn't have pandora, or spotify But it may have SOME of the main ones. Like I said I'm not an app person so I wouldn't really know. All I do on computers/tablets is browse the net, listen to music, and do school work. That's all I can really think of right now If there is anything else I'll be sure to write. I bought this tablet for fun and for school work once spring semester comes up. I'll be able to use word and powerpoint (: If I think or find out more I'll update!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Promises a lot, delivers little

    Posted
    AndroidMan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This review is based on business use, personal use may be different. I am the IT Manager for a company with about 150 employees. We completely passed on the first round of Surface tablets in lieu of the Android and iOS tablets we had already been purchasing. I had finally started hearing some good things about the Surface when version 2 came out and because it includes full blown Office, decided to give it a try. The first thing I noticed was an issue with SSL certificates. We use a web filter that employs full SSL web filtering. Upon unboxing the tablet, I was unable to connect it to my Microsoft account because I needed to install a certificate. The tablet did let me skip the login process offering to 'help me set this up later'. I then installed the certificate for the local user account from a USB flash drive and the certificate was successfully imported into the certificate store. However, when browsing to https://www.google.com I still received a certificate error indicating the certificate had not been installed correctly. I then reinstalled the certificate into the Local Machine certificate store and restarted. Still receiving certificate errors and not able to access things like the Microsoft Store because of it. (Note: Our iOS, Android, Win 7, and Win 8 devices all accept the certificate except the Surface 2) Once I got home and away from our filtered work internet, I was finally able to link my Microsoft account to Surface 2. Adding the account requires a verification via text, phone, or email. I first selected text but after several minutes, I had not received one so I opted for email. That also took several minutes but finally arrived. (14 hours later and the text still has not arrived) Once signed in, I immediately hit up the app store. There are no official apps for Google Chrome available which may not be Microsoft's fault but it is a set back. Also in the same boat is VMWare View which only supports RDP on the Microsoft Surface. Anyone who is serious about VDI and VMWare View is likely using the highly optimized PCoIP protocol and the reviews for the app suggest that as well. I have yet to be able to download the VMWare View app as my connection to the Microsoft Store consistently drops just as I am about to do anything of importance. Upon inspection, I still have full access to the internet via the web browser. Go back to the store - works for a minute and then zonks out. All of my other devices work perfectly in the same area. The interface - CLUNKY Switching back and forth from the desktop and tile view is non-intuitive and leaves much to be desired. The battery indicator is only available in desktop view as is the network indicator. The notification panel found on iOS and Android is nowhere to be found on Windows 8. The hidden menus on the corners and sides of the screen seem to work alright with the touch pad (mouse) but seem awkward when using the touch screen. The desktop mode gives you false hope that you can run powerful applications and multitask well but the truth is, you have the taskbar for 'desktop applications' like Office and a side bar for 'mobile applications' so you will still find yourself having trouble figuring out where your application went. The good: Includes Office --Office suite is not exactly designed for a small/touch screen but at least all of the functionality is there Full Size USB --Supports USB hub, mouse, keyboard, and USB storage. All tested. Magnetic keyboard connector --Good and bad. Good because it is fun to connect and bad because it limits the possibilities with limited connections Magnetic power connector --Again, it is fun to connect and doesn't seem like it would break or become loose easily. However, it also limits the connection options. On it's surface, this seems like a decent device that will solve the issues of working on a tablet in the field, remotely, etc. However, when you dive deeper, you will likely find that this device is going to cause more headaches than you want to deal with. Honestly, this is one of the worst devices I have ever used and would not recommend this to a friend, colleague, etc. PS. While I was writing this article on my Windows 8 Pro laptop, my Surface 2 received a BSOD (blue screen of death) and rebooted.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best tablet I have ever used

    Posted
    jaxdmbfan

    This is the first tablet that I wanted to buy for personal use, and so far it does not disappoint. My son has a kindle fire HD, the only thing that is better on the kindle are the speakers, the Surface2 speakers are a little weak. Other than that this tablet gets high marks from me so far. I am traveling on business this week and have been able to eliminate a heavy laptop and a couple of heavy binders. I scanned all my documents into the tablet and with Microsoft office I can be productive in excel while on the road. Excel on the tablet works exactly the same as my desktop, validation rules, vlookup, and saving a file to PDF format all work perfectly. The only thing is I was not able to configure Outlook to work, but as an alternative the mail, people, and calendar apps are all synced to my exchange account. I transferred all my pictures and videos from my cell phone to the tablet and am actually viewing videos that I took several years ago on my cell phone for the first time. My PC at home is old and slow and wouldn't view video files smoothly, much less let me edit them. I pulled up a soccer game on espn3.com and watched it with my son and daughter. Having a USB slot allows for fast and easy file transfer between my flash drive and my cell phone. For only $450, this is a powerful device. I purchased a Samsung Bluetooth mouse, Logitech Bluetooth keyboard (which was $50 compared to $80 for the soft touch and $130 for the hard touch keyboards from Microsoft) and also paired a small Bluetooth speaker to the surface2. The app store does seem limited, but some of my favorites are there like Hulu ,Netflix, and Facebook. Netflix and Hulu both work just like on my Roku. Eventually I could imagine taking some of my movies and downloading them to the hard drive or a flash drive and take those with me on trips. Overall a great product, exactly what I want in a tablet for fun and business travel. I'm glad the RT platform was available as I wouldn't want to spend $800 on this device just to get the full version of windows 8. Besides, the RT runs on an ARM processor which should give the battery a longer duration between charges.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mine must have been defective

    Posted
    ITJim
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've been a Windows 8 user since it came out. I was looking forward to 8.1 and the improvements therein. I also was very excited about the Surface 2. I bought one the day it came out and, unfortunately, returned it the next day. I truly tried to love this machine but I just couldn't see myself suffering through all of the issues I was uncovering. After reading many other reviews, and witnessing an old man with a law background do things with his table that I, a 20 year IT vet couldn't, have to conclude that my product was defective. First, the system kept crashing. I've been running Windows 8 on a full PC for some time now and haven't once seen it crash. The screen would simply freeze and display strange graphic artifacts. Second, the backlight was all messed up and unevenly light the screen. I could see this when the screen was completely dark such as right before a Netflix movie launches. Both cameras took horrible, grainy photos and videos. One feature I was looking forward too was the sync between Windows desktops using your Windows Live account. However, this seemed to have really screwed up the tablet and removed some key applications from view. Performing a hard reset and not binding my Live ID to the tablet solved that issue. Finally, I feel that MS needs to divorce itself from the Windows Desktop on the mobile front. It's a must have when working on a PC. But from a system that is purely RT I feel that Office and related products could have benefited from the RT experience and not simply a desktop experience. It got rather confusing when I click on Word I got dumped to the old desktop and then launched Word. Pinch and zoom does not work with the ribbon bar and, for some reason, didn't work with my documents either. I wanted to use this as a remote terminal for the other systems on my network. I couldn't get them to talk or the connection kept dropping. I tried to use Miracast to broadcast to my TV. The two would see each other but wouldn't sync. That old man I spoke about earlier not only go his to sync but was doing everything I wanted to do with my Surface with little to no IT training. Put all this together and I truly feel that I had a defective unit. Why am I writing this review then. Well, MS let me down. And second if you are seeing these same behaviors I urge you to exchange your model for another one. Apart from the operating system I'm sure your experience will be different. One final note. There is a lot of great technology here and some really innovative ideas. I was surprised by the small attention to details. The Keyboard rocks and the kick stand is indispensable. The touch screen is very responsive. And the unit simply feels well made. I just couldn't get past the technical issues that was dragging down my experience. I needed something quick so I ended up purchasing a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Talk about a mess of a system but it got me close to where I wanted to be. I'll write up that review soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All around great tablet!!

    Posted
    JBeez17
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was an owner of the original MS Surface. Most of the problems that were apparent with the original Microsoft fixed with the Surface 2. The screen quality is hands about better on the Surface 2(1080p). The dual kickstand positions is a huge help that helps me be more comfortable typing. Like the first Surface the build quality on this is amazing!! It feels very sturdy, well built, and a bit thinner. The speakers are louder than the original but still ok for a tablet. With the Tegra 4 processor this thing is very snappy and is fast switching between apps or apps side by side. The battery life is also a bit longer than the first, I get a full days use(10+hrs) out of it. With Windows 8.1 the Surface 2 seems a lot more smooth and fluid. I love the inclusion of Office with Outlook bundled with it this time. That is definitely a huge bonus to help me with the productivity side of this tablet. Speaking of productivity the new keyboard type cover 2 is more of the same but having backlighting is a really nice plus. The things I don't care for about the Surface 2 is it's dimensions for a large tablet. It is a bit wider than most larger tablets which makes it a little bit awkward to hold or use in portrait mode. I'm sure this is done for 16:9 picture mode and better side by side app viewing. Another thing that still ultimately hurts the Windows ecosystem is the lack of apps. The store is much better from a year ago but still is lacking a bit. Though with Facebook available, Instagram and Flipboard on the way, gives me hope developers will start making their apps available. Don't be discouraged though because there is still very good apps available in all categories. That is my review of two full days with the new and improved Surface 2. Hope this helps some of you out that were on the fence purchasing this. Lastly, I am not biased to one ecosystem or another because I own products from each. I just like great products from each of the companies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tablet with Microsoft Office

    Posted
    cekeys

    I purchased this to replace my wife's Dell laptop that died after 4 years. She mainly uses her laptop for her job, which requires Microsoft office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint). While researching laptops, I began to hear about the Surface RT (aka Surface 1) from last year and how it included Microsoft office. It was a bargain compared to buying a laptop and then Microsoft Office separately. While continuing my research, I found out that the Surface 2 was released this year and seemed to resolve the complaints the reviewers had about the Surface RT (Mainly the screen resolution). Since my wife wanted a small laptop ( 10-11" screen size) and none could be found at a Sub $600 price, this was an excellent alternative. We played around with them in the store and she's really happy with it since we got it last week. Now, something that distinguishes the Surface 2 is that it, while it has Microsoft office, you cannot install traditional Windows programs onto it, which is what makes it a tablet. You can download apps from the Windows market (e.g. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, etc...) and install them like you would any other tablet. If you're looking for the capability to install full windows programs, then you need the Surface PRO, which is double the price. The pro is basically a laptop that looks like a tablet. We're moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and the learning curve wasn't bad at all. Within a day we had both figured out the main functions we needed. The Windows App store after a year since the Surface RT was released is still not as popular as the Apple App Store, but that is typical since Apple found a way to run an App store successfully first. The major apps are there, but there are some that you can't find due to the developer not yet creating a windows version. You do get Internet Explorer for your browsing, but you do get flash capability, which means you can finally browse the web fully. We did purchase the keyboard, but after playing with the "fabric" keyboard, we decided to spend the extra $10 for the "clicky" type. It's responsive and leaves no question if you've hit the key or not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome all-in-one device!

    Posted
    Thajor
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Already having an iPad I decided not to purchase a Surface last year. Since my iPad has become nothing more than a toy that my kids play games and watch Netflix on, I was eagerly awaiting the Surface 2 launch. Almost all of the negatives from the original have been addressed, and the number of apps in the store is rising fast. I knew of the so-called "limitations" of the RT version, but after reviewing the programs I use on my work laptop, I realized that I can do everything I need on RT, and there was no need to spend more money for the Pro. Office, a full-fledged browser, multi-tasking (2 windows on a tablet is beyond words), USB, MicroSD, and a full keyboard and mouse make Surface 2 a great business machine. I highly recommend the Type Cover 2 and Arc Touch Surface Edition Mouse if you'll be using office much. The built-in kickstand is perfect for desktop and the couch or lap. XBox Live games, music, and movie apps make it great for leisure time. Being able to plug in an XBox controller takes gaming to another level. Battery life is excellent- plenty for a full day's work multi-tasking office, ie, and IM+ with plenty of power for catching a movie on Netflix and playing some Halo:Spartan Assault, Hydro Thunder, and Asphalt 7 in the evening. Everything runs fast and smooth, and the 1080P display is beautiful. It's slim design, light weight, and responsive touch screen make it a joy to use. I'll be picking up an HDMI adapter before my next trip so that I can play movies on the TV in hotel rooms. No need for carrying my laptop around anymore; Surface 2 does everything I need! If running legacy desktop applications is a requirement for you, then Surface Pro 2 is the way to go. Otherwise, Surface 2 can most likely do everything you want or need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Tablet that really does it all

    Posted
    Silverwinged
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I tend to over research almost everything I purchase, but especially my electronics. I've been weighing my options for over a year on a tablet, testing every OS available. I decided the Surface 2 was for me and over a month later I haven't had a single regret. It took me a long time to make a purchase because I was worried I'd run into something I needed the tablet to do that it just couldn't. So far It has outperformed all my expectations. The intuitive native USB is incredible. I immediately set up my home printer (from college) and it just works. Wireless mouse/keyboard works. External hard drive check. Even my MicroSD card was a synch to set up as a hard drive extension. It's really light and easy to hold. It's odd because it felt a little heavy at first, but over time with use it feels barely there. I think the keyboard/cover helps with this. Any other keyboard combo is going to add some serious weight. I love the Vaper mg. It looks and feels great. The tablet is always cool to the touch which feels nice for some reason. It just feels really sturdy. The kickstand is amazing. It's hard to imagine how I survived without one before now. Once again, it just works. It's really fast and the battery just keeps going and going. One of the reasons I wanted the RT version was for the ultra portability and ability to keep going. It stays on point all day. The apps are there. I'd be lying if I said the windows store has every first party app, but I've never had a need that I haven't been able to fill. I've even had some great surprises by finding apps that have helped bridge the gap from tablet to full PC! I could keep going on every little aspect, but simply put it just works and works well. Whether its work or play it can do nearly anything you throw at it and fulfills daily needs easily. I couldn't be happier with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface 2 is so much better...

    Posted
    ImpartialToTechBrands

    I work in the tech industry and pretty much have every type of laptop, tablet and smartphone at my disposal. Whether it be the latest iPad or Nexus or Galaxy Android tablets, I use them all. I must say, I really had hope for the original Surface RT (2012), but it fell a tad short at the time - Microsoft nailed it this time. Since using tablets, I've rarely used them for truly productive purposes, when it was time for real work, out came the laptop (rarely EVER used an Android tablet for TRUE work :-). This last weekend, I was on a business trip and was somewhat caught off guard by how much the Surface 2 was up to the business task, from Outlook, Excel to PowerPoint and Word, including Skype, which was flawless at keeping me connected through conference calls with the team back at the office - the Surface 2 was a business superstar. The productivity advantages alone would have been enough to convince me to write up a favorable review, but I was then pleasantly surprised by the little extras, xBox music for one, and the MicroSD slot which was available in the first version (wish iPad would add a slot), but is even more priceless today, as you can buy 64GB MicroSD card for under $50. There are so many little things Microsoft got right this time around. I would have liked to have seen some of the major vendors port their apps to RT Arm platform, e.g. Adobe, but I trust they will in due time. In my opinion, the Surface 2 will surprise many this holiday season. Albeit Surface 2 is pricier than most Android tablets, it is so much better, and it is cheaper than the iPad. Seems like MS finally found their sweetspot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tool for students

    Posted
    jennaSikora
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a great product for any student who is on the go who doesn't want to lug their laptop around in order to be a productive student. I bring my surface 2 with me to every class for my notes. I store all of my notes on my sky drive, as long as I have internet I have access to my documents. This product comes with essentially fully loaded office so it is easy to write papers anywhere, while waiting for class, eating lunch, quite literally anywhere any time. If you have a windows 8 based laptop signing in to your tablet with the same windows account makes in super easy to sync everything across your systems. Which being a web development student I absolutely love because the majority of my stuff is accessible on both systems, so I don't have to worry about finding a way to transfer my information, because it's already done for me. I would recommend buying a keyboard ASAP with the purchase of this tablet because it makes it 100x more productive. I bought the touch keyboard, and with a little practice I am able to type as efficiently as I can on standard keyboard. I have very few complaints about the product, the biggest being the lack of apps. However as Microsoft products gain popularity their app store is growing at an impressive rate. If you are a student or just want to be a productive human I highly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Useful device when away from PC

    Posted
    OrdinaryJoe
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought the Surface 2 on a business trip in Boston earlier this year. My trip consisted of multiple visits to construction sites where I needed to document customer concerns, upload photographs and present new ideas. During the start of the trip, I was working from an older iPad, which served it's purpose, but it was tedious syncing my WiFi camera with the device to upload photos to sent back to the factory. In addition to the photos, accessing company site and engineering documents on those servers, while possible, was equally tedious. One night after working on site, I passed by the Microsoft store and out of curiosity went in and tried out the surfaces and other laptops, not looking to purchasing, just satisfy my curiosity. Looking at this review it's clear that I came out with a Surface RT. I looked at the Pro, it was a nice device, but I really didn't require anything much different than the concept of an iPad. I didn't need full blown windows, just like I didn't need full blown OS X on the iPad. After using this device for several months, I highly recommend and prefer it over the competition. Yes, Windows RT has it's limitations, but the App Store is growing. The key apps that you need are probably already in there. In addition to those, the USB port is more useful than one would initially think. I went from over 30 min syncing photos to under 3 minutes, uploading. The ability to run Internet Explorer in desktop mode, helps when accessing those fickle websites designed with IE in mind. (Yes, they are still out there). As a media consumption device, the Surface is on par with the iPad or any Android. I use it for Netflix, NFL Network, ESPN and Plex almost daily. As a working tablet, the device is fantastic. The ability to split screen, run basic to moderate features of office in addition to similar business applications like Citrix, really make this quite the useful device. If your on the fence like I was, give it a try, you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great multi-purpose device

    Posted
    LZCPA
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased this device for the following uses: Ability to access office PC for working while traveling or from home Family entertainment Student use (having limited MS Office apps) Since this is an application-based device (not a PC on which software can be installed), I thought I did my due diligence by checking its ability to use GoToMyPC (as accessed by Internet Explorer) to enable me to work remotely on the PC at my office. No matter what the salespeople at the store tell you (and two from different stores did), this device is NOT equipped to use GoToMyPC, because GoToMyPC has not developed a Windows app for the software. I found another workable alternative (TeamViewer) after a little bit of consternation and panic about my purchase. The entertainment aspect of the tablet met my expectations. Even my toddler can play many games (both educational and fun ones) and is able to maneuver through the device with ease. This was a great relief while traveling/eating at restaurants, and headphones make it even easier on an airplane or in close quarters. I was disappointed that Windows does not have a Vudu app, which means we either need to sign up for a Netflix or Hulu account, even though we already have one with Vudu. I was also disappointed that many of the very popular games available for iPhones and Android devices have not yet made it to the Windows Store. The graphics are crystal-clear, and responsiveness is very speedy. The ability to set up multiple user accounts, along with the Microsoft Family Safety program is a huge plus. My teenage children are able to use Microsoft Office for school projects and can set their own user settings/download their own applications, while I can see what they're accessing on the internet (if I want to). The weekly reports also indicate how long they are playing games. For me, the detachable keyboard (which is relatively expensive) was a must. Every once in a while the device does not turn on when in sleep mode, at which point the tablet must be hard-booted (a minor nuisance). It does have a map application, but without GPS its use is fairly limited. The battery life is exceptional (much better than most laptops I have used). I find the size to be absolutely perfect. I would highly recommend this device!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST TABLET EVER!!! I love everything about it!

    Posted
    Mochalite2

    I have tried a variety of tablets, hybrids and netbooks to accommodate my daily work needs and always have been disappointed. My hybrid was too heavy , the tab was too small and was android so could not access the apps I used, and my netbook operated at turtle speed. Only a windows based OS would allow me to connect with the work apps I use daily so my choices were limited. Thankfully I tried the Surface 2 and it has exceeded my expectations!!! It is light enough to carry in my bag throughout the day. It starts up quickly and connects instantly to wi-fi wherever I am. The split screen feature is truly awesome. I really can't say enough in praise of it! I also purchased the type cover2 and find that wonderful as well. The lighted keyboard feature is very nice, it attaches magnetically without any fuss and is easy to type on. The only thing that could be improved a bit is its rigidity...it will bend a little when placed on my lap rather than a hard surface (which is usually how I use it during the day). I can live with that though. Another great thing is that it came with Microsoft Office so I really did not need to buy any other apps. I read comments about the lack of apps for RT but haven't found that to be a problem. I guess it depends on what you use it for. So, for my purposes the Surface 2 is a magnificent and versatile tablet at a decent price. I am so happy with it! Don't be afraid of Windows 8.1 RT....I cannot even tell the difference between that and the Windows 8.1 on my larger laptop.Another co-worker also bought one and is having the same positive experience. Neither of us needed the pro version. So, give it a try if you are looking for a slightly larger windows tablet. You will probably love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface 2 is my travel laptop replacement

    Posted
    Dave312

    I previously owned iOS and Android tablets, and the Surface 2 is by a wide margin the best tablet that I have owned. It currently serves as my laptop replacement for when I travel since I am able to use Office (and for when I am on the couch and want to kill some time). The Type Cover 2 works great, and I don't really miss my keyboard from my previous laptop. Although the App selection is not as plentiful as iOS or Android, I don't find myself missing any apps especially since IE is a full browser experience. The Microsoft ecosystem from a work flow perspective is actually very well done with SkyDrive, Skype, OneNote and other applications being integrated seamlessly. Although you cannot run legacy applications on Surface 2, I did not find myself missing any legacy apps in particular since much of what I do from a work perspective is either Internet or Office related. In terms of OS, Windows 8.1 RT is the best overall tablet OS in my opinion, and I have used iOS and Android extensively. The experience is very smooth, and multitasking is so much easier in Windows 8.1 RT (especially with splitting the screen with two different apps). It will take some time for iOS users, but once a person gets past the learning curve (about half a day), I find it hard to believe that the person will anything different. My only negative is that the Surface 2 is not a value product despite the free Office, Skype and expandability. The covers are overpriced and really should be knocked down by about $50. Finally, if Microsoft added Wacom support in next year's edition, I will most certainly upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, poorly done.

    Posted
    Bananaman

    I was very excited about this product when I purchased it, but then that faded very quickly. Not knowing the difference between pro and RT was definitely my first mistake. This laptop, I'm sorry tablet, is nowhere near like a computer like it is advertised. It cannot download anything, it does mandatory updates every 2-3 days (while you are taking notes in class, poof. Update and you missed about 7 slides#, my iPhone 4 had better battery life than this thing, and plus it crashes all the time! Side note* I was in school and I plugged my new surface into the wall and all the sudden it made this huge loud noise and the screen went gray. I couldn't turn it off and I had to run to the bathroom. After 5 minutes of loud noises it stopped and restarted like nothing happened. Anyway, some pros to this tablet is that it comes with office and full scale security. The office is sweet I love Microsoft office so much, but security is not a big deal since you can't download anything anyway. More like putting a Band-Aid on a scar, it just isn't necessary. So I wanted to try the pro since I still was a fan of the idea of the surface. Come to find out this thing is like a thousand bucks. About 2.3xs more expensive than this one #no wonder I went cheap before#! Plus get this, it doesn't come with office #that'll be an extra $150) and it doesn't come with security!!?!? Anyone who is familiar with Microsoft knows these things get viruses faster than an intense flu. And in the end you went with Microsoft because your too cheap to get an apple! Then you end up paying more for an even worse product. Your better off just getting the MacBook Air. It is a computer, it doesn't get viruses, and it is cheaper! I don't know what I was thinking. The moral of the story is if it is too good to be true, then it is. I would recommend this to an enemy though, but not a friend, a mother in law maybe, but definitely not a friend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good tab

    Posted
    Isamyzsac
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I did a lot of research before I purchased a tab. Most reviews for the surface, here on BB and other sites mostly revolve around personal problems with the tab (ie. not intuitive, lack of apps, don't like it). Due to the nature of the reviews being personal issues I chose the surface 2. My take is that while there is a learning curve to controlling the options, and there aren't as many apps, the surface is a good comparable tab. It is fast, holds it's internet connection well, expandable memory, has the ability to have multiple apps up at one time, skydrive, windows products come standard, automatic updating of apps, and depending on what keyboard you get, backlit keys. The thing you have to keep in mind with the surface2 is that you will have to spend some time learning how to control the options. There isn't much at all in the way of documentation, so if you aren't good with figuring things out on your own, this may not be the right fit for you. It is also important to keep in mind that there is a distinction to be made between the function of a tablet and the function of a PC. This tablet is a great replacement for my old laptop, and a great addition to my computing ability. As a platform to use on the go to complete basic tasks it performs adequately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet with the flexibility of a laptop

    Posted
    Tito75
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The tablet is flexible that offers many laptop-like features. I really enjoy the option of the Office suite, providing all the necessities that I need from a school and work perspective. I've plugged in many USB devices that I use on a daily basis, such as keyboards/mice, external HDDs, USB hubs, all working as they should. The screen size and resolution provides a great movie viewing experience. Funny enough, Microsoft still can't get away from the occasional blue screen. The good thing is when it does happen, it takes about 2 min to process the entire dump and reboot. Considering I use this table daily for work and school for about the last 3-4 weeks, I can live with the frequency of this occurrence. My iPad 2 also hangs and requires a reboot once in a while, so its something I'm used to. I would also want the Surface to offer Chrome/Google TV support at some point. My house is littered with Chromecast devices and rely on my Apple products to cast. Also, the stereo speakers sound great, but leaves me wanting a louder sound. Overall, I would recommend this tablet. Its easy to forget that the Surface RT is somewhat locked-down. The Windows store is obviously behind Apple's, but many of my "need to have" apps are available, noticing many new apps made available daily.

    I would recommend this to a friend