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Microsoft Surface Pro 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 611 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the design and battery are generally positive. The screen and performance also get good feedback. The storage and reliability get mixed opinions, while many are negative about the camera and price.

usability, performance, screen, battery, design

price, camera

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

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Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows 8.1 tablet


The Surface 2 Pro provides some benefits over the original, but it's not perfect

Great overall design (we love the kickstand) ; Full HD screen ; Lots of CPU speed in a small tablet form factor ; Is a great hybrid if you use Type Cover 2 ; Optional Power cover to improve battery life

Battery life not as good as we'd hoped ; Lacks integrated full-sized HDMI and SD facilities ; Wi-Fi could be better ; Easily scratched

The second version of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet offers some good enhancements, primarily to the kickstand and the available accessories. We think it's a great tablet all up, especially if you like the idea of carrying around a fully functional...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviewed: Small tweaks for a big tablet


This slate sequel has better battery life and performance, but the thick body feels more like a Surface Pro 1.5.

The ; is a faster, longer-battery-life version of the original model, upgraded with a current-gen Haswell processor. The keyboard cover is also improved with backlit keys, and is among the best tablet accessories ever devised.

The Surface Pro 2 remains stubbornly thick and heavy compared with some sleeker competitors. The base 64GB version may leave you starved for storage, and the keyboard cover, practically required, should be included instead of sold separately.

Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2


Microsoft's subtly updated tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5, with improved battery life and better accessories that make it a worthwhile laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad killer.

Faster processor ; Longer battery life ; Excellent accessories

Thick and heavy ; 64GB version starved for storage ; Keyboard covers should be included


Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Barry Collins (

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2


Microsoft gets the hybrid tablet formula right on the second go.

Powerful and desirable with great battery life – Microsoft gets the hybrid tablet formula right at the second attempt

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Barry Collins (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 reviewed: exceptional pieces of hardware


With unsold stock of the original Surface RT burning a billion-dollar hole in Microsoft's finances, the company needs to make amends.

Neither Surface is the best tablet on the market; neither is the best laptop. They are, however, the best hybrid packages out there for people who can’t afford, or don’t want, both.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : iTnews Australia (

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2


With unsold stock of the original Surface RT burning a billion-dollar hole in Microsoft's finances, the company needs to make amends. Enter the new Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2, which boost the specifications, extend battery life and give Microsoft a...

Jan, 2014


Expert review by : Barry Collins (

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2


With unsold stock of the original Surface RT burning a billion-dollar hole in Microsoft's finances, the company needs to make amends.

Awkwardly positioned in tablet and notebooks markets, but easily the best hybrid.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Krishan Sharma (

REVIEW: Surface Pro 2


The Surface Pro 2 delivers on the productivity front but a hefty price tag and the weighty form factor might be a turn off for some consumers.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Luke Hopewell (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Australian Review: This Is The Future


Tablets are great consumption devices. Media looks great on a portable screen you can just shove in your bag when you're done, but actually being productive on one is a pipe dream. Thankfully, with the Surface Pro 2, that pipe dream is finally becoming...

This device is representative of the hybrid tablet-laptop future that we want. Not only is it still freaking gorgeous to look at, it’s running a fully featured operating system, packing in amazing accessories and ports for you to expand your...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Limer (

Surface Pro 2 Review: A Little Bit Better, But So Much The Same


The original Surface Pro was many things, but chief among them was strange. Not only did it deftly — if not quite perfectly — straddle the line between tablet and laptop, but it also straddled the line between futurist ideal and problematic product....

If you found nothing compelling about the Surface Pro, there’s little here to change your mind. The appeal is still pretty niche. This device is largely for professionals who have some sort of specific need for ultra-portability mixed with a...

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications


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


Battery capacity (Watt hours):42
Battery recharge time:4
Continuous video playback time:7


Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 5
Video recording:No / Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p


Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Grey / Titanium
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Form factor:Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:Black / Grey / Titanium
RoHS compliance: No


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:26.9 / 27
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Technology:LCD
LED Backlight:No / Y / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4400
Graphics adapter family:Intel


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8


E-mail: Yes


3G:N / No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Charging Time:4
Docking connector:No / Yes
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168
Total Storage Capacity:64
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied:N / No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Stylus pen:Y


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite): No
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Position location:N / No
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Phone features

Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:No / Y / Yes
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): 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:48


Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
PCI Express configurations:1x4,2x4 / 4x1,2x4
Processor ARK ID:75459 / 76308
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.9 / 3.2
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR170 / SR1ED
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel / Intel Core i5
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4200U / I5-4300U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:40
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel FDI Technology:N
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y
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 / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
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
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes


Bundled software:Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games.
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Version:6 / 8.1 Pro / Pro


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / microSDXC
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage Media:HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1 / 1.3 / 1.34 / 1.35 / 13.5 / 173
Height :13.5 / 17 / 17.3 / 173
Weight:600 / 900 / 907
Width:27 / 27.4 / 27.5 / 274.5 / 275