Like the Surface 2, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 kickstand kicks out at two angles: one of desk use, and the other for lap placement. While it seems laughable to have a kickstand dedicated for when the device is a literal laptop, it’s hard to deny its utility. In both settings, the kickstand creates a very stable prop for the Surface Pro 2, and even kicks out and tucks in with a satisfying click. It’s also very solid, and likely to last the life of the device.
Joel Santo Domingo from wrote: “The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a worthy follow up to our former Editors' Choice, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro. It improves performance and battery life, while keeping the form factor and wide accessory catalog the first-gen Surface Pro had going for it.”
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a worthy follow up to our former Editors' Choice, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro. It improves performance and battery life, while keeping the form factor and wide accessory catalog the first-gen Surface Pro had going for it. More power, better performance, and longer battery life for the same (initial) price tag make the Surface Pro 2 our Editors' Choice for Windows slate tablets.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($999 list with 128GB storage, as tested) is the second-generation of last year's award-winning detachable slate . It has been updated with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, but is otherwise similar to last year's model. Improved battery life, day-to-day performance, and benchmark scores means that it earns our Editors' Choice for Windows-based slate tablets.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 2||MacBook Air 11-inch (June 2013)||Sony Vaio Tap 11|
|Display size/resolution||10.6-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen||11.6-inch, 1,766x768 screen||11.1-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen|
|PC CPU||1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U||1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U||1.5GHz Intel Core i5-4210Y|
|PC memory||4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz||4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz||4GBDDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz|
|Graphics||1,792MB Intel HD 4400||1,024MB Intel HD Graphics 5000||1,739MB Intel HD Graphics 4200|
|Storage||64GB SSD hard drive||128GB SSD hard drive||128GB SSD hard drive|
|Networking||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11a/c wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.4||Windows 8 (64-bit)|