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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface Pro 2 is the Real Deal

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

    I am a professional engineer, equipment tester and reviewer and I am thoroughly surprised by the Microsoft Surface. It is hands-down one of the best purchases I've made in the past year for electronic devices. I own numerous testing devices, including the HP Touchpad (its actually not that bad), Blackberry Playbook, Apple iPad, Galaxy 3 Tab, Toshiba Excite, Nexus 7 and an ASUS Transformer. I've made numerous comments and reviews and my overall take on tablets and devices is that Google devices are nice to have, but Apple products are more reliable, faster and easier to use. However, I now have to give the reigns and rights to Microsoft for the Surface Pro 2. If you are NOT a windows 8 user, the learning curve should take no longer than 1 day, maximum. If you are, it works amazingly well. The typepad is amazing and the magnetic connection is so powerful it literally snaps itself into place without having to look where you are placing it. I will say though, Incipio sells the only hardshell case to cover the exterior of the unit which causes three issues that irritate me: 1.) The incipio feather shell blocks the touchpad from fully closing the way it should 2.) The incipio feather shell completely prevents the Stylus from being able to lock into the charger port. 3.) The incipio magnets that make a connection with the kickstand tend to fall out. I had to have it replaced twice before I just krazy-glued them back in myself. I reported this common failure to the manufacturer. I still use the case, because there's pretty much no option other than browsing Amazon's collection of 3rd party cases. I al I've restarted the Surface pro 2 numerous times and found the average startup time to be around 8-9 seconds, which is very impressive. I am a heavy gamer and am proud to say that it runs games very smoothly, albeit to the loss of battery life. It runs League of Legends on very high with 30fps, with 24 frames per second the lowest I've seen. As a mouse recommendation, I don't recommend the microsoft bluetooth mouse. I recommend the logitech MX anywhere mouse because it uses a small usb dongle that doesn't protrude much from the device but enables you to use the mouse on glass and reflective surfaces. For usability, it is incredible. There's significantly less "apps" than iOS and Google devices have, but the full scale functionality for business and home users makes this device amazing. It runs full scale office, and since it has full function browsers it allows you to watch hulu unrestricted, unlike other mobile devices (one of my biggest frustrations with the iPad and Google Devices). It is incredibly fast and I absolutely love the large hard drive size to store all of my movies and games. One complaint I hear that annoys me is the complaint about weight. The Surface PRO is not an iPad or purely mobile device competitor. It is in a league of its own because it does BOTH, and does it well. For example, CNET, Gizmodo and most other websites have terrible writers because they are saying its too heavy to hold. Anyone that understands physics would know that holding the device from the bottom applies the most torque. If you hold the device from the middle or higher in portrait (for reading), it is barely noticeable. If it is too heavy, the problem is how frail and weak users are becoming. Weak users need to go to the gym and lift some weights. If you can lift 20lbs, you can comfortably hold the unit in the proper position. For women, holding the device from the middle will easily help with the weight. However, one handed would make the device hard to hold because of the torque again, so it is meant to be held with two hands or with one while the device is resting on a platform of some type. As for sound, its pretty good for how small the device is. It is comparable to all mobile devices of this size. I pair it with my bluetooth Beats Pill when I want to get a full audio experience. All in all, the surface pro 2 is a fast and useful tool that I have not even touched the rest of the benefits. In terms of cost, I do believe the keyboard should be cheaper, but the device's capability versus its cost is justified and is worth the purchase. Students would find this computer to be the all in one best purchase for college. You can game it up for common MMORPGS and you can do homework with awesome performance. Of note, don't even try to run a full version of AutoCAD on it. I tried, and it can get very slow if you go beyond basic 2D layouts. Sketchup runs fine in 2D as well and with 3D until you get too large. The dock is a great purchase and is absolutely essential for converting this into a desktop when you get home. Pick one up. You won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased

    Posted
    WhenwillIeverLearn
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Really took my time researching and deciding to purchase this. We have a Kindle, Sony e-reader (now defunct) , Asus Transformer, IPad Mini, Mac laptop, Win Laptops and desktops at home (like everyone in the Information age - hehe). I had a Lenovo ThinkPad tablet (with Wacom digitizer) that I was looking to replace - I was one of the first adopters of the Win Tablet + digitizer from early 2000s when the form factor was not ideal for this concept. Not ideal in fact that I ended up using it more as a regular laptop that was almost always docked. The other capacitive touch screen and pens with no touch sensitivity just didn't cut it either. Suffice it to say it was a long wait to risk investing in the next best thing until now. The Surface is really fast (booting, restarting, moving, around using digitizer, running apps). Ironically sometimes frustrating deciding what to do when I am just fiddling around because it can do so much. And because any app not in the app store I can install as a desktop app - there is really no limit. This has realized what I had hoped at the time my old Lenovo ThinkPad tablet would be. A truly beautiful, light and fully working Windows OS that has a digitizer - the portability for so much power still leaves me smiling - no longer tethered inside or in one place. The split screen which at first I thought was gimmicky, ended up becoming something I use A LOT. That it can split into three *jaw drops* just attests to this tools split personalities …I mean, Jack of all trade-ness :) Funny this weekend, my 12 yr. old, after showing her 3D Live Interior Design app running on it, now wants to keep using my Surface instead of her IPad - she really mastered using the app in no time. Its amusing that another shiiny usurped Apple's coolness factor in this house... for now (I am sure Apple is hatching something up theirs sleeves). I took my time buying the Surface keyboard - I thought the dock was more important to purchase first and I believe I made the right decision since I really do use tablet docked 30% of the time and had other usb/wireless keyboards I can use. When I finally bought it (after waiting for Powercover and deciding to nix that for lack of backlight) was a joy to use as well. I didn't purchase a case since I dock fairly often and didn't want the hassle, so the skin (decal-girl) and the keyboard suffice for what I want for protection when I had my tablet out of the sleeve. That fact that keyboard is actually not so rigid on the joint make it easier to use when lounging (compared to my Transformer which keyboard I rarely used), the magnets are REALLY strong which is perfect since it makes it easier to use take off repeatedly. If I had to be nitpicky - I really wish the pen had a dedicated storage place other than latching to the power port, even just an attached loop to hook pen onto would have been better - cause it is so easy to get that creative artistic inspiration going to realize the pen was somewhere else in the house. Also, the power connection is not as easy to attach to tablet (as the keyboard is) - you have to be more precise when trying to plug it in. For such a highly repeated task it can get annoying. Lastly, I am a little annoyed too that two months after buying it, they started giving away freebies like free touch keyboard and controller as enticement to XP holdouts ( but I was an XP tablet holdout for a long time too until Win 7) - so OK I guess I am more annoyed that my timing sucks >_< (I could talk about Surface all day long but my lunch time is only this long - but yeah 5 THUMBS UP, I <3 IT WITH ALL MY <3!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and well-built Windows Pro tablet

    Posted
    bredeker
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    I'm primarily an Apple-product user, but was looking for a dedicated Windows laptop or tablet that was powerful enough to do some software development on. The original Surface Pro lineup didn't have quite the battery life or RAM to sway me, but the 256 GB (flash storage) Surface Pro 2 with Haswell (for much-improved battery life) and 8 GB of RAM was enough. So far, it's completely lived up to my expectations. The device feels very well built, but it is much thicker and heavier than a typical ARM-based tablet. The performance is great–everything is fast and fluid–and the battery life is quite respectable. I think the 8 GB of RAM will help "future-proof" the device as well so that I can reasonably get a few years' worth of usage from it. The full HD screen looks great, and paired with a Microsoft Type Cover I can't say I really miss having a full laptop at all. With the default Windows UI-scaling there isn't a ton of screen real-estate for things like Visual Studio, but it was actually a more comfortable amount of working area than I expected. The Mini DisplayPort connector lets me hook it up to a desktop monitor when I want additional display room. "Modern UI" apps scale well to the high resolution display, movies look great, and frankly, in normal usage I don't notice text to be any less sharp than on my iPad with Retina display. Using the Surface Pro 2 has also made me appreciate Windows 8 a lot more. Many of the UI changes that make Windows 8 annoying to use with a mouse are much more natural to do with touch. The Surface Pro 2 ships with 8.1, and I definitely noticed the additional refinements in 8.1 when I switched over to my company-issued Windows 8.0 laptop. Although the device feels very well built, the price seems a little high–but not nearly as outrageous as the 512 GB version. I was disappointed that Microsoft couldn't throw in a free copy of Office (at least Home and Student, or even a 1 year Office 365 subscription). I had to purchase the Type Cover at full price separately, and it feels so integral to the whole experience that I think Microsoft should either try to include one in the box or at least offer a nice rebate if you purchase them together. If Microsoft could find a way to squeeze in at least one of these extras for the same price, I'd probably increase my rating to 5 stars. The Windows Store doesn't have the depth that Apple's App Store has, though it looks like it has most popular apps covered (Netflix, Facebook, Amazon Kindle, etc.) in "Modern UI" versions. Since this is a full-blown Windows 8 tablet (rather than Windows RT), I can always fall back to desktop programs or web apps. I am not disappointed because I bought this expecting to heavily use desktop applications anyway, but the app selection would definitely feel limiting on a regular, non-Pro Surface. In short: if you want ultrabook-level performance to run desktop Windows applications as well as "Modern UI" applications for reading or media viewing, the Surface Pro 2 lineup is compelling. If you don't mind paying the slight premium for it, the 256 GB version offers good storage space and a healthy 8 GB of RAM. I'd definitely recommend purchasing a Type Cover to go with it, despite the extra cost. However, if you don't plan to heavily use desktop Windows applications, I think the iPad is a better tablet due to its deeper app selection, lighter weight, and longer battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    After 2+ months i'm still very impressed!

    Posted
    Existentialist
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought the 256 Gb 8 MB Ram version of the Surface 2 Pro, this is my review from a photographers perspective. Having used various Windows and Mac laptops and tablets along with assembling my own desktops over the years I can say the Surface is an ideal laptop/desktop replacement for me. My wife needed a replacement for a laptop that I handed down to her so I got her a Surface 2 non Pro version so I could try it out before committing to getting the Pro for myself because I was so apprehensive about moving from Windows 7 to the Windows 8 OS after looking at it in stores and reading how much most people hated it. After using the Surface 2 that I got my wife and getting used to the RT OS I had to say I was impressed and with Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro I get back to more familiar territory and functionality for my use. Although the Pro is thicker and heavier that the RT version I don’t find it objectionable considering this is a desktop computer replacement for me and is still lighter/smaller than a laptop. Now that I’ve had the Surface Pro for 2 months now I’m still impressed. I can sit on the couch in the living room and browse the web, check emails then when I go out in the field or the studio I can plug it into my camera to use it as a live view focusing aid (10” screen instead of the 3” on the camera), control the camera functions with it, have the photos transferred to it without a glitch, be able to review the photos and even make edits or compile panoramas on the spot . I have the complete version of Photoshop CS6 , Nikon’s CNX2, Nik-Google plug-ins, MS Office + much more on it so when I get back home I can set it in the Surface dock and process/edit the photos on a 27” wide gamut monitor. It all works seamlessly. I’m not easily impressed and as much as I was impressed initially with this little beauty. After 2 months my opinion is even better. It’s so much more than a tablet. I have had zero problems with it so far. It’s fast (boot up and processing) I had my trepidations regarding an i5 processor, not now. This will handle 90%+ of what I throw at it. I will still keep a desktop around for heavy lifting the really big panorama composites require but from now on the Surface is the go to machine. Battery life is excellent, I get a whole day (3-6 hrs) in the field + an additional 3-6 hrs at home before it needs to be recharged or put in the dock. The screen is excellent. I’ve used i-Pads with the Retina screens, not that much discernable difference. I’m not a MS or Apple fan boy I just use what works for me. I haven’t bothered color calibrating the screen since I do my critical editing with the large monitor. The colors on the Surface screen are pretty good out of the box without any adjustment, a little on the bright side but this works better outside for my ageing eyes. The on board camera isn’t that bad and actually comes in handy at times but won’t replace a full frame 36 Mp sensor. I find I’m more productive now, carrying less around, accomplishing more in the field.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Of Both World!!!!

    Posted
    dhenke1690
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I sold my 15in MacBook Pro and my iPad 4th Generation and bought the Surface Pro 2 and it is more powerful and more portable then my MacBook Pro was and its more productive and useful then my iPad was. And now I have one product that takes care of what 2 device use to do. My biggest problem that was I took my iPad with me everywhere I went and it was great for browsing the web and playing games but if I wanted to get some work done I had to know I was wanting to do work so I could take my MacBook Pro. With the Surface I no longer have to worry about that. Its a tablet when I need it to be and a laptop when I need to get work done. Also comparing it to the iPad this thing is awesome because you can run more then one app at a time side by side. I can't tell you how annoying it was to switch between 2 apps back and forth when I was using a text book and taking notes. Now on the surface I have adobe reader on one side and OneNote on the other and there is no more switching between to apps. And speaking of taking notes the Stylus on this thing is amazing! This thing is a workhorse as well because I have Ubuntu installed on a virtual machine and I'm able to do simulations for research. I have PhotoShop installed and it is extremely smooth and fast! I am also able to install MATLAB and do some problems in there. Doing all of that and still getting a great battery life is awesome! The battery last me all day and I use it to take notes in about 5 hours of class each day. So it really does last 7 hours of good use. I am always worry that 7 hours of estimated time means 3 and half for me because I am a power user but even as a power user I am getting 7 hours which means if you aren't a power user then you can expect even a better battery life. All in all this is the best product I have owned hands down! I do wish it was a little thinner and lighter but for the power packed into this thing I am definitely ok with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My everyday device, all day

    Posted
    DrWMJ
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The 256gb Surface Pro 2 has 8 gb of ram installed, with a 4th gen (Harwell) i5 processor. This device lasts for me about 7 hours on a charge, while performing multiple complex computer tasks simultaneously. I have installed on this device full versions of Office, OneNote, PhotoShop, and many others. Each of these performs flawlessly on this device. I enjoy being able to use my digitizer pen to add notes, or to perform delicate photo edits. Video quality is full HD, and the sound quality of the SP2 is far better than in the first generation. Interaction with SkyDrive is seamless. It is possible to segregate "public" and "private" data, so you can choose that which you wish to send to the cloud for backup, and that which you could back up to an SD card or external hard drive. I just back up everything in SkyDrive. The Type2 cover is backlit, comfortable to use, and allows me to type as quickly as I can on any computer keyboard. I am a big guy, and don't feel cramped by the size of the keyboard at all. Are there downsides to the SP2? You can find all sorts of negative comments in reviews, but in my opinion most of these simply come down to a matter of taste. Is the Surface too big and "clunky"? Actually it is quite svelte compared to other full-featured computers. Is Windows 8.1 a pain in the behind? Not at all, once you get used to it. In fact, I rather like Windows 8.1 #I may be the only person in the world to admit that publicly#. This machine can run all Android apps using an emulator program, but of course it does not have access to Apple apps. All in all, if you are looking for a small computer that can do everything you need for work or play, this one is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Less Than The Best

    Posted
    IIll
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The title says it all. If you're considering a tablet, the Surface Pro 2 is the best place to start, if only because its speed and capabilities put all other competitors to shame. I have the 256gb version, but everything here applies to the other three models; pick the one that fits your storage needs, and factor in the extra 4gb of ram on the top-tier versions and the 200gb of SkyDrive storage for all four, along with the standard microSD card slot on all models. This has replaced my Galaxy Note 10.1. It has replaced my Lenovo Yoga 11s. It has nearly replaced the desktop that I built just a few months ago, which is now used strictly for the ultra high-end games that this device can't handle. With the Pro 2, you will find yourself with the best of both worlds and no need for the separate devices other companies would love to force you into buying. If you really only need the basic functionality of a tablet, you should be looking at the Surface 2 (note the lack of Pro#, but either device is fully capable of replacing both laptop and tablet for the vast majority of people. And with new apps and hints at a potentially revolutionary software upgrade on the horizon, this is an incredible time for PCs in general, and the Surface line in particular. And I haven't even touched on #pun intended) the high-end touchscreen or accompanying pen, which you really have to use to understand. I also HIGHLY recommend the backlit type cover to complete the package, and a screen shield to protect the investment. If you're buying from Best Buy, Geek Squad coverage is expensive but entirely worth it on a mobile product like this. All day battery, stellar performance, a lightweight and rugged body - make no mistake, nothing else comes close.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product for my Work

    Posted
    hvg86

    I am blown away. Being a medical professional, my biggest gripe was going into patients rooms with a piece of paper with reports from hours earlier or a tablet with zero operability. Electronic medical record software is very complex and can never be worthwhile or efficient on a tablet. Also, most of these software systems are on a virtual server, and there is no security of data on IOS and Android. Enter the Surface Pro2. Just connect it to my hospitals Wifi, start our hospitals medical record software, and round on my patients with real-time data in my hand, and make decisions and orders on at bedside using the surface pro 2 and the microsoft pen. Otherwise ample amounts of time used to be wasted in leaving the patients room, opening up a desktop computer, logging in and putting/reviewing orders and labs and going back in. Chart reviews and reading up on articles on the split screen feature while i walk from one end of the hospital to another has been pretty interesting too. Medical lectures are a breeze. I just open up onenote and jot down my notes in handwritten text, which is more comfortable for me to review later. Reading journals, along with the mircomedex + uptodate apps are pretty good too. In all, I have never been so efficient. The battery pulls in ~ 8 hours on a typical work day which is enough for me. Highly recommended,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to the new age

    Posted
    PStark

    I visited the St. Pete store looking to purchase a new computer for work and personal use. I currently own a ThinkPad X1Carbon and a Retina Macbook Pro 15.6, which are in my opinion, two of the best computers I have ever owned, but I want something more portable and not the ordinary run-of-the-mill. Walking into BestBuy, I was not too impressed with their selection of premium computers. The only device that caught my attention was the Surface Pro 2, after consulting with the Microsoft Specialist at the store, she reassured me that the Surface Pro 2 256gb with 8GB Ram would be the perfect device to suit my needs. The specialist took the time to demo the product to me and answered all of my questions, she was friendly, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable. After holding the Surface Pro 2, the build quality is incredibly solid and light (two pounds is NOT heavy, my 18 month old daughter holds the Surface Pro 2 comfortable while playing FREE games from the Windows Store--- yes, folks, there are PLENTY of apps within the Windows Store). In my line of work, as a consultant for Lockheed Martin, my work requires me to travel often so I need speed, power, and great battery life. I can promise you, folks, the Surface Pro 2 delivers everything you could possibly want in a tablet pc---even if the Surface Pro 2 does not make my coffee, I still approve of its superior quality. Bravo to Microsoft for integrating software and hardware perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    Posted
    N4IJS
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    I was looking for a tool to assist me with taking notes, run Windows applications, be touch based, and allow me to develop software, etc. I had a Android based tablet that worked well. However, it lacked the ability for me to replace my notepad and pen for meetings, didn't have an easy to use Office replacement (although Office is now available for Android, it doesn't work quite as well as the native version for Windows), and was not a viable development platform for Windows apps. I have a laptop, but I wanted something more portable. The Surface meet all of these needs and then some. In fact, the handwriting recognition is unbelievable (and I have not-so-good handwriting), speed is easily 2x my laptop or desktop, can easily develop software on it, and I am now even processing photos on it with Lightroom. The audio on it is great, the screen is great, the speed / performance is amazing, Windows 8.1 is awesome (it does take a bit to get used to, but once you are there, you won't want to go back), and it offers a great solution for both work and pleasure use. All in all, the device does everything I want and then some. The only negative that I have for it is the finish on the back of the device can be scratched pretty easily. I try hard to take good care of my devices, but yet I have a couple of minor scratches on the back already. Not a big deal, but enough for me to order a Bodyguardz protector for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Tech Device In a While

    Posted
    Jimstigator

    Working in IT, I see a lot of gadgets. People always ask, what should I get, what's the new great product, what would you get? This. The Surface 2 Pro is amazing. I have it fully loaded with all my business applications, fun apps, etch, and have no issues. The form factor makes it a pleasure to use no matter what. I carry it around like a tablet, no complaints on the weight. I use it like a laptop at work, no complaints there either. The internet is full of haters just because. If everyone could just chill out and love a single product, this might be it. I see bashing on performance... UH, WHAT LAPTOPS DO YOU USE? This has plenty of power for daily computing. Gaming, naa, but everything else, yes. It's not fair to compare this to a dedicated gaming machine. Pound for pound, this is the clear winner on the market right now. No competition in this market. I had a standard and mini IPAD, but they are now just coasters on the coffee table. Only con... price I guess. This model is $1300. When you consider what it is, that's not bad at all. But most people have trouble looking past it since it is more tablet in shape/size. Also, works amazingly with the docking accessory, type keyboard, and the included stylus. Get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    When you need something more powerful than an iPad

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

    Coming off my original Surface, there are several minor changes to the Surface 2. The shell is actually darker, and the finish is just mildly different (and darker) than the O.G. VaporMg. Feels faster, and Windows 8.1 has improved usability. Found myself using the second stage of the kick stand a lot. I just wished it reclined more for writing. I take a lot of notes and annotating PDFs with the active pen is a much more elegant solution than the writing-with-crayons feel a capacitive stylus on my iPad produces. Eagerly awaiting the dock. With a large screen, keyboard and mouse, it makes a surprisingly good desktop replacement. Except I can pick it up any time and play Steam games on the road. The new backlit Type keyboard is leaps and bounds better than the previous version - especially in typing feel. Backlighting really does a lot to make it feel like a premium product. Also, Surfaces fit much better on airplane tray tables than my 15" MBP with retina. Along with the power, the productivity, and the extended active lifespan, it makes this device my go-to companion when I travel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect, but very nice

    Posted
    CatManSJ

    Cons: 1) I don't get where everyone is complimenting the battery life. This is my second. Imitating a test form one site that said they got about 6 hours (running Netflix). My first one gave me about 3.5 hours. This one gave me 4.5. The 4.5 is acceptable, but not "great" like everyone is saying. I get reasonable use our of it. The 3.5 for seemed way less then that in real use and was useless to me. 2) It's heavy for use as a tablet. To be fair, it's not a tablet. It's a PC, and a very good one, but if you are buying it to use mainly as a tablet, I don't think you will like it. 3) The accessories are WAY overpriced. $80 for a second power adapter is crazy. Pros: 1) It' fast both processing and booting up 2) The screen is very clear. 3) The touch is accurate and smooth. 4) The size makes it easy to transport. At home I have a "Plugable USB docking station". Using the one USB port on the Surface, I have a 23" monitor, a real mouse and keyboard. It's a very nice desktop setup. I have no regrets. As I said, it's not perfect, but nothing will be. It does everything I hoped it would do. I just wish it had even close to the advertised battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Students/Business use

    Posted
    Zshein
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    I have been looking for a good tablet for my wife for her school use because she kept on complaining how hard it is for her to carry her i7 traditional clamshell laptop. I was looking at samsung note 10.1, Dell tablet, and sony vaio tab 11. I crossed out samsung note 10.1 because it's the android based OS but we needed something very similar to a windows laptop. Now I looked at sony vaio tab 11, and it's a very hard decision between sony and surface pro 2. Sony vaio tab 11 is pretty, comes with a keyboard, uses i5 Y series processor and of course it's cheaper than surface pro 2. The downside for tab 11 are the fact that it uses a slower Y series processor and its plastic build. My wife is very prone to dropping stuffs.. So I needed something sturdy, something with metal housing. That is why I ended up with Surface Pro 2. Man I am glad I made that choice. Surface Pro 2 is basically a laptop once u attach it with Type cover 2 keyboard. VERY PORTABLE AND SPEEDY. That's the selling point of Surface Pro 2. It has the power of a n i5 laptop. By itself, without the keyboard, it still shine as a tablet. Again, speedy, Adobe flash enabled, study and quality built with metal housing, runs cool, no noise and just almost perfect. The fact that it doesn't come with a keyboard for the price Microsoft is asking for, its a drawback. Other than that, it's awesome laptop replacement for school and business use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Tablet for Power Users

    Posted
    TechJoel
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    This is an excellent tablet for any widows power user or general PC enthusiast. The OS runs flawlessly on this device and this being my first touchscreen PC running windows 8 it really brings to life the interface in full 1080p display. The battery life is also terrific, I can generally get between 8 - 12 hours depending on how hard I'm running the processor and how much ram I'm using, an important note here being that I usually run the screen at 25% brightness. With extreme use and full brightness, I imagine the battery life could be reduced to as little as 6 hours. I would say this is perfect for student's like myself, however this isn't necessarily true. I was adamant on getting the pro to run my legacy x86 desktop applications, but most of what I do at school, can be accomplished within the metro interface or in the Microsoft office suite. If you're in a debate about whether to get the Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 this is something you really need to consider. If you need the legacy desktop applications to run locally on your tablet then the Surface Pro 2 is the answer, but if you can do without then the Surface 2 is much more affordable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For me it IS laptop replacement

    Posted
    carolinajim

    Sweet Device. Great job Microsoft. For me this is a laptop replacement. In my job I do a lot of training of customers using powerpoint. I have tried using an iPad and was not very satisfied using it. When reformatting the presentations to show on the ipad they looked cheap. Also when trying to use slideshark, or even the office for iPad the videos I had with the presentations did not work well. The surface pro is seemless for my presentations, portable etc...also its a great little "home theater" when on the road. Just hook up a portable hard drive, my portable powerpoint projector and speakers clear off wall space in my hotel and voila I have my "theater". Granted I could do that with my iPad too but this way I don't have to wait for hours to download movies from iTunes. The device has most of the apps I would use for work and pleasure so it not only is a laptop replacement but an iPad replacement as well. Skydrive is great as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome little pc and tablet combo

    Posted
    bones
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    This little guy is my pc for when I travel for work and for when we go on family vacations. It's small and tucks away in my backpack along with my work pc. I'm getting to like onenote a whole lot. I'm able to write my work notes down using the stylus and have them available on other mobile devices like my phone. I also have Lightroom and Photoshop installed. They perform like a champ. Those two programs are battery drainers though, but awesome that I can use these programs on this little guy. It is a bit heavy for how most people use a tablet. You can only hold it for so long before your hands and arms get sore. I use the kickstand all the time... on a flight, while lying down in bed, reclining in my home chair.... Oh, and I also use steam for pc gaming and it runs all my games. Most of the newer games with heavy graphics need to be dialed back a little, but I'm able to play while on the road. Just all around a great device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, super light laptop and tablet

    Posted
    ainuman

    I loved my SP 128 which had replaced my 7.5 lb laptop but when they came out with the SP 2, 256, I traded up and got 200 gb OneDrive and Skype as a bonus. Also it has 8 gb internal memory, great battery life and it’s fast! This is the perfect traveling system on my trips to Japan and hunting/fishing trips out west! It runs all my Windows applications: OneNote, Outlook, Photo Shop Elements and mapping software. On long flights or at the lodge I can handle business, travel arrangements or catch up on email. When it’s time to relax I watch videos or show photo slide shows from external SSD, flash drive or DVD. After a day in the field I process any photos and videos from that day then use my mapping software and/or Google Earth to work out details of the next day’s outing. Others have complained about the weight but considering that I wanted a lightweight, compact and fast laptop (not a tablet which I have no use for right now) the Surface Pro has been perfect for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well worth it if you have the money.

    Posted
    j4ckimedes
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I preordered the SP2 (Surface pro 2, 256 GB) almost a month before the release date (Oct 21st), It arrived on the 22nd. When I woke up today more than 2 weeks later, I was still giddy with (Christmas level) anticipation to use this product. I love this product! I use SP2 at my desk with an external monitor and mouse for large graphics creation and editing; I sit on the couch and write web code and surf the web on it as a laptop; and I use SP2 lay in bed and watch YouTube and Netflix on it as a tablet. When it comes to windows 8.1, I find myself wanting to use metro style apps more than legacy programs. Keep in mind that I have been using windows 8.0+ for almost 13 months (3700 hours), so I have definitely already acclimated to the “Modern” OS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I cannot praise this device enough

    Posted
    SokSa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This thing is amazing for lack of a better word. Incredible battery life, amazing, amazing portability; very responsive touch operations; full blown Windows. I am running Visual Studio 2013 with SQL Express on this thing. It is much better than my normal business laptop - and would be head to head with the AlienWare had it had dual nvidias but that's not the point here. This thing is amazing - get the "type" keyboard though. Screen size is not a big deal, because you can connect it to a full blown screen when you want. It's the beauty and functionality of touchscreen + keyboard + mouse operation that is so incredible. Also, I am pretty amazed at how good the sound is. It is better than any other portable device, including my alienware 15x. Very surprised at that. Worth every penny

    I would recommend this to a friend