Microsoft Surface 2

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

DWYM Score
7.5

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We looked at the top 1 Microsoft Surface Tablets and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Engadget, The Verge, The Guardian, PC Magazine, Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Laptop Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Microsoft Surface Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 90 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
Our Favorite Video Reviews
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: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
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

An Overview On Microsoft Surface Tablets

It’s been just over six years since Microsoft introduced the original Surface tablet. Flash forward to today, and Microsoft has a full range of Surface PCs that appeal to all kinds of buyers and budgets.

If you’re in the market for a versatile, portable Windows 10 machine, then there’s sure to be a Microsoft Surface device to fit your needs. While there have been plenty of upgrades, the Surface tablets launched in the last few years are each useful and versatile machines in their own right.

If having the latest and greatest model is a high priority for you, then look no further than the Surface Pro 6. It is ultra-light and faster than ever. It features the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor as well as the full Windows 10 Home experience. It also happens to be the top value pick of the Microsoft Surface collection as well.

Similarly, the Surface Pro 5 is another excellent choice. It not only offers full PC performance in a thin and light design, but also boasts a high-resolution, oversized screen. Plus, it’s compatible with a variety of accessories, including a dock. One surprising downside is the thin, lightweight design makes it prone to bending if you’re not careful while handling or transporting this tablet.

Earlier variations, including the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, still remain solid machines today.  Both can easily convert into laptops with the proper accessories and can handle a full day’s work. Plus, the Surface 3 has a 10.8-inch display with the uncommon resolution of 1920 x 1280p, which is 200 pixels taller than the standard 1080p.  As a result, on-screen images appear colorful and sharp.

Keep an open mind, and consider laptops in addition to versatile tablets like the Microsoft Surface models. While laptops may be a bit pricier, they offer the convenience of a built-in keyboard for getting work done. In addition to the Microsoft Surface tablets, there are many tablet variations from manufacturers like Google, Apple, Amazon and more that offer unique options worth considering.

DYWM Fun Fact

Microsoft Surface Tablets had a bit of a rocky beginning. When they first debuted in 2012, people loved the hardware design but were baffled by the software. Since then, Microsoft has launched new software to better match the spot-on hardware.

The hybrid-PC style hardware was truly innovative and many other companies have copied its smart design. The built-in kickstand and add-on keyboard, still part of the newest Surface models, are industry standards now.

What started as one tablet has morphed into a full Microsoft Surface family of computers. The range includes tablets, standard laptops and oversized desktops. Quite frankly, the Microsoft Surface options have never been as diverse as they are today.

The Microsoft Surface Tablet Buying Guide

  • Check what comes with each tablet standard carefully before clicking purchase. Not all come with the accessories needed to make the most of the tablet, like the Surface Pen and keyboard cover.
  • Understand what ports and connections are compatible with your Microsoft Surface tablets. Microsoft continues to use USB-A and its magnetic Surface Connect charger. Unlike other manufacturers, it has not transitioned to the USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.
  • There are budget-friendly financing options available directly through Microsoft. If you come in to a physical retail location, you can buy a new Surface on an installment plan, for as little as $25 per month. The payment plan also includes Office 365 for the two-year duration of the installments.
  • The Microsoft Complete extended warranty is a smart add-on to any device. The plan starts at $149 and features additional warranty coverage and accidental damage protection. It includes a total of two accidental damage claims, with a $49 deductible.