Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review

Has Microsoft's beefy Windows 8.1 machine found its feet?

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The Suface Pro 2's front and rear-facing cameras are both 0.9-mexapixel snappers. They're also underwhelming, to say the least.

We were disappointed to discover that they're just as poor as those found on the Surface Pro. Outdoor shots in brightly-lit areas come out the best, though they still lack any vibrancy and are often blurry in the absence of an auto-focus function.

The Surface Pro 2 particularly struggled with taking pictures where light was shining onto objects from behind, which caused exposure to appear over or under exposed (a manual slider to alter exposure slightly helps with this).

If you're after a tablet that takes clear pictures, it may be worth investigating Apple's new iPad Air or Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablets, which both have 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras.

Picking up a smartphone with a decent snapper may be a better option still - the iPhone 5S and HTC One being two options that excel in this area.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4400
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity512 GB
Product FamilySurface Pro 2
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
ColourDark Titanium
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 Pro
Brand NameMicrosoft
Form FactorSlate
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size26.9 cm (10.6")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)900 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyClearType
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + LE
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height13.5 mm
Width274.6 mm
Depth172.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameSurface Pro 2 Tablet PC
Product LineSurface Pro 2
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberA4Y-00003
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationPro. Form.

Touch that's fast and precise

With a next-gen Intel Core i5 processor providing incredibly fast performance and longer battery life, Surface Pro 2 is the tablet that can replace your laptop.

Snappy. Apps.

Fast apps that run side-by-side

Windows 8.1 runs beautifully on Surface Pro 2. Multitask with side-by-side apps, even when you're using an app and a program on Windows desktop. There's virtually no limit to how many apps you can run simultaneously.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • Surface Pro 2 Tablet PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus
Limited Warranty1 Year