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Microsoft Surface 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2972 reviews of Microsoft Surface 2. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the GPS navigation and connectivity, and there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

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

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Expert review by : Harley Ogier (

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows tablet


The newest version of the Surface RT, the Surface 2 boasts a dual-angle kickstand, USB 3.0 and a 1080p display

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

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

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

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT tablet (preview)


The Surface 2 boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand

Full HD, 10.6in display ; Redesigned kickstand with two angles ; Upgraded internals

Limited Windows RT app ecosystem ; No 4G model available

Microsoft has announced the second generation of its Surface RT tablet, simply called the Surface 2. It now boasts a full HD screen, features updated internals and has a new two-stage kickstand aimed to make it easier to use on your lap.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Harley Ogier (

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows tablet


The newest version of the Surface RT, the Surface 2 boasts a dual-angle kickstand, USB 3.0 and a 1080p display

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

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

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review: Improves an incomparable all-in-one


But the improvements should have gone further.

The Microsoft Surface Studio 2's combination of a huge, color-accurate display with excellent pressure-sensitive stylus responsiveness and tiltable hinge design still leads in its class. And the updated graphics card delivers notably better performance...

The new USB-C connection doesn't support Thunderbolt 3 for fast external storage, daisy chaining or an external GPU. It's also stuck in the past (for this class of system) with a quad-core CPU. The otherwise excellent display doesn't support hardware...

Remaining the leader for intensive stylus input, the Microsoft Studio 2 seamlessly melds form and function for professional art and design. But it has a few weaknesses that might be deal breakers for people who need a lot of fast storage or more power.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Staff Writer (

Microsoft's Surface 2 reviewed: shows potential, but lacks apps


[This review was previously published as a part of a comparison of 14 different tablet computers in the Feburary 2014 edition of PC & Tech Authority magazine. We've covered various Windows tablets in the past, so we decided to share this review with...

This is a crying shame, because everything from the hardware to the pricetag for the Surface 2 is truly excellent, and if it wasn’t for the obvious lack of software it would be a serious contender. As it stands, apps are too important for us to ignore.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : T3 Staff (

Microsoft Surface 2 review


It's fair to say that the original Microsoft Surface didn't exactly set the world of tablet computing alight. Even though it had a unique kickstand, nifty cover that doubled as a keyboard and a free version of Office installed, it ended up costing...

The Microsoft Surface is a good tablet that improves on almost everything from the last model, however it is not a great tablet. The 16:9 aspect ratio makes it feel unwieldy when you pick it up and we barely used it except when the kickstand was...

Oct, 2013

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Very good tablet


This is a very good device and has some really good features. I love mine and I use it all the time, in fact, it has almost replaced my laptop but not quite. Just look up reviews on Youtube for an overview of this devices key features, i'm sure you'll...

Jan, 2015

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Consider this great 10 inch Tablet


I bought my 64GB Microsoft Surface 2 tablet for my Birthday to replace my old Motorola XOOM and have no regrets. Windows RT 8.1 is standard as is Office 2013 RT. The price has come down so now is very competitive ($Au 495). Expansion via built-in...

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (

Great Tablet - Very Good Price


I have had this tablet for 3 weeks now which has replaced my iPad mini. It was the best decision I have ever made. The built in Microsoft Office and the micro SD slot were the major selling point for me as they were two major things that I couldn't use...

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (

Love it so much I want a Windows phone


This is more than the tablet you may be used to from other operating systems and this is what Windows 8 was made for. Have W8.1 and it functions beautifully in touch screen mode. Full Office functionality included so with the keyboard and a mouse you...

Value for money. Exceptional features.

Aug, 2014

Product Specifications


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


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


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


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


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


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


Numeric keypad: No


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


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


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

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

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

Packaging Content

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


Stylus pen:N / Y


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

Phone features

Caller ID: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


AC adapter power:24


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

Processor special features

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


Cable lock slot: No


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


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

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

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