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Microsoft Surface Pro 2: We Go Hands On

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Check out Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 as it appeared at Microsoft's Surface event today in NYC.

Microsoft today announced a brand new version of the Surface Pro. The laptop is running Windows 8.1 and is launching next month. We were on the scene at Microsoft's New York City event this morning, and we've got hands on for you! Check out our first impressions below and let us know if you'll be pre-ordering in the morning.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Hands-on

The Surface Pro 2 packs a full version of Windows 8.1 Pro, a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display, support for microSD, USB 3.0, and mini DisplayPort. Both 64 GB and 128 GB capacities are available with 4 GB of RAM. The 256 and 512 GB capacities will each have 8 GB of RAM. The Surface Pro 2 will start at $899 and will include 200 GB of SkyDrive storage (again, for two years). Pre-orders for both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will start tomorrow, September 24, and availability in 21 markets is expected on October 22.

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    ragenalien , September 23, 2013 9:05 PM
    I don't think you understand the idea of a portable device versaapex. I can't take a desktop on a plane, to a hotel, or conceivably outside of my house without a huge amount of effort. This is a completely separate market.
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    d_kuhn , September 23, 2013 5:55 PM
    I had a 13" ultrabook and switched to a Surface Pro... why... because I don't want to lug around an laptop if I don't need to, and the Pro performs as well in a lot less volume (than low end consumer laptops). Yes it costs more but it really depends on what your priorities are. The pro works great for high mobility needs... and I've got an hp workstation for when I need something with more umph.
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    robertrobert , September 23, 2013 6:16 PM
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    Pointless, I can buy a 17in fully loaded laptop for $1000 with a 650M card with 2GB and two slots for HD's (a SSD for boot and regular for data).

    Raise your hand if you'd pay $400 extra to run office on your tablet.

    Add $300 for the Wacom graphics tablet for your 17" laptop.
    I'm a photographer and interested in it as a much cheaper Cintiq.
    My 16-bit layered files are rarely larger than 1GB, so the 8GB RAM with 512GB SSD will do me just fine and still be half the price of the Cintiq Companion or the same price as the Cintiq 13" and I get an entire computer instead of just the touch sensitive monitor.
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    jimmysmitty , September 23, 2013 6:19 PM
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    Pointless, I can buy a 17in fully loaded laptop for $1000 with a 650M card with 2GB and two slots for HD's (a SSD for boot and regular for data). HP sells top of the line ones for $900 (add your SSD for $100 when it gets in the door). Comes with 8GB, Burner, etc. These are seriously OVERPRICED. This can't hold a candle to a REAL 17in laptop, or an even more loaded 15.6in or heck a 13in. Anything is better than 10in for $900 with the lowest config of 4GB/64GB config. That is ridiculous. I pronounce this product a failure until they drop to $600 low end. x86 isn't that important, as I will always go to my PC to do any content editing/creation or serious gameplay. I play one of two ways, a good enough android game experience (thus replacing coming consoles) or an AWESOME PC experience. So some crap x86 powered tablet for $1000 won't fit for me. Intel's gpu going to provide a great experience at 1080p on my TV? NOPE. So no real pro app uses, gaming sucks, leaving it basically a REALLY expensive nexus 10r2 (which should be out next month or two).

    Raise your hand if you'd pay $400 extra to run office on your tablet. I see two hands...LOL. A 13in laptop can do the same for $600 and have far more power. I expect a huge writedown again next Q...ROFL. I hope they don't price Surface 2 RT the same way. They get another writedown for that also if they do. RT already hurts that to begin with. A high price of say, anything over $400 will have problems.


    Except that said laptop does not transform into a tablet at weighs way more.

    Battery life on that laptop is also not nearly as good as the Surface Pro 2 will have.

    Its a different market. I wouldn't mind one for my work because sometimes a tablet would be better to use than a laptop for the ease of moving it around.
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    joaompp , September 23, 2013 6:48 PM
    Hopefully this will bring down the price of other similar spec'd tablets, I'm dying for a reasonably priced Sony VAIO duos with 13" screen.
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    godfather666 , September 23, 2013 7:56 PM
    I like it. I think I'm buying it as a living room PC.
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    godfather666 , September 23, 2013 7:56 PM
    And by that I meant the Surface Pro. I have no use for Windows RT.
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    versaapex , September 23, 2013 8:23 PM
    I don't know what any of you are talking about, but I can get so much more for this price. Seriously, for that price, I can build a computer with corei5 and GTX 700 series, buy a UPS, and have a 22" screen. Way bigger screen, WAY more games playable.
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    ragenalien , September 23, 2013 9:05 PM
    I don't think you understand the idea of a portable device versaapex. I can't take a desktop on a plane, to a hotel, or conceivably outside of my house without a huge amount of effort. This is a completely separate market.
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    nolarrow , September 23, 2013 9:40 PM
    @versaapex - You missed the point completely lol.

    Thats like saying why buy a $600 smart phone when you can build a mid range gaming pc recommended by toms and play WAY more games lol. Ummm, cuz the computer won't fit into my pocket?
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    mitchellvii , September 23, 2013 9:45 PM
    Nice device but who is this for? If the screen was 11.6" or larger I would call this a winner but 10.6" is just to small to comfortably run legacy apps. I own a Surface Pro and as a business user let me tell you, it's too small. I tried. It's too small. Did I mention it's too small? It's too small.

    Also doesn't have enough ports and there is nowhere to put the pen (yeah the magnetic thing but no one uses that because it is a great way to lose your pen). Looks good, works bad school of design.

    This is too expensive for the consumption crowd and the wrong form factor for the business crowd. All of the gee whiz new stuff is just me-too's to what their competitors are offering with better for factors.
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    mitchellvii , September 23, 2013 9:47 PM
    Nice device but who is this for? If the screen was 11.6" or larger I would call this a winner but 10.6" is just to small to comfortably run legacy apps. I own a Surface Pro and as a business user let me tell you, it's too small. I tried. It's too small. Did I mention it's too small? It's too small.

    Also doesn't have enough ports and there is nowhere to put the pen (yeah the magnetic thing but no one uses that because it is a great way to lose your pen). Looks good, works bad school of design.

    This is too expensive for the consumption crowd and the wrong form factor for the business crowd. All of the gee whiz new stuff is just me-too's to what their competitors are offering with better for factors.
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    Duckhunt , September 23, 2013 10:07 PM
    is it native 1080p? at least? I know i will never get 1440p. geez
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    Rhinofart , September 23, 2013 11:41 PM
    Why does everything always come down to playing game? I can get way better hardware for playing games, bigger screens, etc. Using that mentality for justifying everything just proves one thing. Narrow mindedness.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 24, 2013 12:11 AM
    Anyone else who writes another "I canz build my own game PC for $xxx moenyz!" is a moron who thinks that just because he/she can't find a use for this particular tablet no one else needs it or just wants it because he's rich. Also, if you fail to understand what this tablet is useful for then, I'm afraid, you fail at life... end of discussion.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 24, 2013 12:25 AM
    Anyone else who writes another "I canz build my own game PC for $xxx moenyz!" is a moron who thinks that just because he/she can't find a use for this particular tablet no one else needs it or just wants it because he's rich. Also, if you fail to understand what this tablet is useful for then, I'm afraid, you fail at life... end of discussion.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 24, 2013 12:26 AM
    Anyone else who writes another "I canz build my own game PC for $xxx moenyz!" is a moron who thinks that just because he/she can't find a use for this particular tablet no one else needs it or just wants it because he's rich. Also, if you fail to understand what this tablet is useful for then, I'm afraid, you fail at life... end of discussion.
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    d_kuhn , September 24, 2013 5:41 AM
    To MITCHELLVII... I think the Pro is aimed at mobile business users... which is what I am. You've got good points regarding the silly pen mount and the screen size being a limit... but I never use the pen and I've found that the screen is still workable for most basic content creation (Office apps, Photoshop, etc...). I even have VS.NET installed and it runs great... but I wouldn't want to do any real development on it. I've been getting more Pro's for Scientists in my group... it turns out it's just about an ideal box for IP Capture (think of it as an Electronic Lab Notebook). It's a great tool for certain uses, and I don't miss my ultrabook a bit (it does almost everything better than the little HP elitebook I had), but it's not meant to be a general purpose machine. It ended up allowing me to get rid of both the Elitebook and my iPad, and while it's not quite as slick a tablet as the iPad... it can do a whole lot more of the things that I need in a mobile system.
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