Microsoft Surface 2

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 91 expert reviews, the Microsoft Microsoft Surface 2 placed 8th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.6
1,089 user reviews
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What experts liked
Thinner and lighter, sturdier kickstand. Well-crafted, premium design. Long battery life
- Engadget
The Surface 2 continues the trend, a beautiful, beveled rectangle made of Microsoft’s aluminum-like VaporMg material. It’s light yet sturdy, attractive yet unassuming
- The Verge
Microsoft Office as standard, solid build, great screen, decent battery life.
- The Guardian
Improves upon a great design with high-res display and improved kickstand. Faster performance thanks to Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. All-day battery lasts more than 14 hours.
- PC Magazine
Thin but solid build. Two kickstand positions. Great performance. Microsoft Office included
- Tech Radar
Type Cover is outstanding. Good battery life. Very good colour, contrast and brightness. Slick, fast and responsive
- Trusted Reviews
Improved kickstand; Gorgeous display; Powerful processor; Long battery life; Excellent front camera
- Laptop Magazine
What experts didn't like
Windows Store is growing, but still has holes. More expensive than tablets running full Windows
- Engadget
The Surface 2 doesn’t run legacy apps or desktop apps. You’re limited to what’s in the Windows Store, and even as it grows, it’s still obviously and problematically behind Android and iOS.
- The Verge
Windows RT, lack of apps, heavy, Touch Cover 2 doesn't come as standard.
- The Guardian
Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately. Intel Atom processor can't compete with Intel Core CPUs. Power connector is loose and bulky.
- PC Magazine
1080p screen lags behind other tablets. App selection limited. Lack of desktop apps still a problem. No LTE option
- Tech Radar
Windows RT still confusing in places. Dreadful speakers. Too few quality tablet apps
- Trusted Reviews
Limited app selection; Still relatively heavy; Underwhelming rear camera; Pricey compared with full Windows 8.1 hybrids
- Laptop Magazine

From The Manufacturer

At just under 1.5lbs, and pre-loaded with Office 2013 RT (now with Outlook), Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. Light in your hands, but loaded with improved graphics and Dolby audio, plus a faster processor, you can do more, wherever you are.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 5th Gen
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Microsoft Surface Go
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 14
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Microsoft Surface RT
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Microsoft Surface 2
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7

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