Review of Microsoft Surface Pro 2

The mobility sector has changed a lot in recent years. At the time, nomadic users necessarily had to move towards low-autonomy and very expensive laptops. Touch tablets have changed the game, shaking up a well-established market. Microsoft , for its part, did not know how to take the turn on time and it was finally necessary to wait for the launch of Windows 8 in 2012 to see the arrival of the first hybrid machines produced by the firm, machines which unfortunately did not succeed in establish itself in the market. Today, Microsoft has decided to renew the experience with two new devices: the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 .

The first Surface Pro wasn't a bad product, but it still suffered from some notable flaws, including terrible battery life. Most companies would have decided to throw in the towel but Microsoft preferred to continue its momentum and took it well since the Surface Pro 2 is a very good surprise.

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The Surface Pro 2 in tablet mode.

Technical characteristics

But before explaining why the Surface Pro 2 is a good product, we will have to start by recalling its technical characteristics. They have been known for a long time, but a booster shot can not hurt. Be careful though because if Microsoft has chosen to decline its terminal in four different versions , it is the basic model that was provided to me, a model that is offered at 879 € and which includes:

  • 10.6-inch 16: 9 ClearType Full HD display.
  • 1920 × 1080 resolution, 10 point multi-touch touch interaction.
  • Haswell microarchitecture.
  • 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor.
  • TPM chip *.
  • 4 GB of RAM.
  • 64 GB of storage space.
  • WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 low consumption.
  • 720p HD camera on the back of the hull, and on the front.
  • Microphone, stereo speakers.
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer.
  • USB 3.0 port, micro SDXC card reader, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort port.
  • Stylus included.
  • Dimensions: 274.5 x 173 x 13.46 mm.
  • Weight: 907 grams.

* A TPM chip comes in the form of a component entirely dedicated to hardware encryption. It is directly integrated into the motherboard of compatible computers and is used to store sensitive data such as keys or cat videos. However, for cat videos it is not sure ..

Who says several versions also says… several configurations. Very concretely, Microsoft's offer is based on four models sharing exactly the same data sheet, with variations affecting the amount of on-board RAM and the storage space offered . The Surface Pro 2 64 GB and 128 GB thus benefit from 4 GB of RAM, against 8 GB for the Surface Pro 2 256 GB and 512 GB. Price side, it takes 879 €, 979 €, 1279 € or 1779 €. Also note that accessories are sold separately. The Touch Cover 2, for example, is priced at 119.99 €, while you will have to pay 129.99 € for the Type Cover 2.

However, Microsoft applies the same strategy as Google and each Surface sold comes with 200 GB of storage offered on SkyDrive for 24 months, a net saving of 148 €. This offer will not necessarily interest people with an account on Dropbox or Google Drive, but it will allow others to make the purchase of their cover profitable.

Is the Surface Pro 2 too expensive? Frankly, this question has haunted me for several weeks now. If we compare it to the main tablets on the market, taking into account its storage capacity, its price is rather reasonable, at least for the first models. After all, the 128 GB iPad Air is priced at $ 799. For ultra-portable devices, however, the situation is quite different.

The problem is, the Surface Pro 2 is neither a tablet nor an ultraportable. It is actually located halfway between the two worlds, and it is precisely for this reason that it is very difficult to estimate with precision its ideal price. What is certain is that while it is possible to find hybrid machines at much more attractive prices, they do not all offer the same level of finish. In this regard, the Pro 2 is positioned very clearly on the high end, and this is fully assumed on the part of Microsoft.

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Microsoft Pro 2 side view.

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The Surface Pro 2 seen from the back.

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The Surface Pro 2 seen from the other side.

Design & Ergonomics

In terms of aesthetics, the Surface Pro 2 looks like two drops of water to the previous model, or even to the Surface RT and the Surface 2. Microsoft did not try to reinvent the wheel and we thus find this famous chassis in magnesium alloy, or in VaporMg . The dress of the tablet, for its part, is a deep black, unlike the Surface 2 which sports a gray and white shell.

The ergonomics do not change either.

On the upper edge of the device, we find the power button. The volume controls are located on the left edge, near the headphone jack and the USB 3.0 port . Optimal placement for left-handed people, less for right-handed people. However, they can rest assured because they can always fall back on the micro SDXC card port , on the Mini Display Port output and on the magnetic connector dedicated to the power supply of the slate since they are all placed at the level of the straight edge.

Since we're talking about it, know that the above-mentioned magnetic connector will not only be used to connect the power cable. In reality, it can also accommodate the stylus supplied with the Surface Pro 2. Finally, to finish, note that the connector used by the Touch Cover, Type Cover or Power Cover is located… on the lower edge.

But one of the great novelties of this new edition of the Surface Pro is the foot integrated into its shell. If the latter was already present on the previous model, it could only take one position. Microsoft has corrected the shooting with the Pro 2 and this famous foot will be able to tilt in two different ways, it will be possible to use the tablet by placing it on our knees. A good point for anyone who loves live-tweeting all the shows they watch.

When I took charge of the device , I expressed some reservations saying that the company should have gone even further. I still think so, but this double tilt is still suitable for most uses and I have not managed to put it at fault during this week spent with the tablet.

There remains the question of weight. Let it be said, if the Surface Pro 2 is very compact, it is not a featherweight so far and it thus reaches 907 grams on the scale. It's not a big deal for an ultra-portable, but it's already a lot more inconvenient for tablet-type use. There, it would be better to be comfortably installed in your chair, on your sofa, or find an unpaid intern (it's funnier) to carry it.

Is it serious ? Not that much, in fact, since the Surface Pro 2 does not address this issue. If you are looking for a light and manageable tablet, it will be better to orient you towards competing products like the iPad Air, the iPad Mini, the LG G Pad 8.3 or the Nexus 7. This list is obviously not not exhaustive, but the idea is there. When you buy a Pro 2, it is above all to take advantage of a nomadic machine capable of combining pleasure… and work.

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The Type Cover 2, in purple version.

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Nothing to say for the keys, however the same is not true for the touchpad.

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The sensitive button, always located under the screen.

Performance & Autonomy

We will start by talking about the tablet screen. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Surface Pro 2 has a 10.6-inch ClearType touch screen capable of displaying a Full HD 1080p type definition , i.e. 1920 × 1080. It might as well be clear, the panel is of very good quality, with very good viewing angles and a beautiful reproduction of colors and contrasts.

The template, it suits me less. Ten inches is small, especially when you have to juggle several windows. Take the example of Chrome. I constantly have around thirty tabs open in two separate windows: the WordPress editor on the right, the usual sites on the left, with a good dose of social networks in them. This setup is very comfortable on the screen of my 13-inch MacBook Air, but it is much less so on the screen of the Surface Pro 2.

The solution is all found, and it consists in superimposing the windows while swinging small “ALT + TAB” to go from one to the other in a few seconds, but we waste a lot of time in the end. This is the price to pay for having an extremely nomadic machine.

The main particularity of the Surface Pro 2 is to embed a Haswell-type microarchitecture. If we are to believe the various measurements made by Tom's Hardware , then these new chips would be on average 9% faster than the Ivy Bridge processors. It's not huge, but the gap is widening a little more on the graphical part with a gain located around 23%. But the real strength of these new chips is their controlled consumption of energy. According to Intel, they would offer 50% more autonomy compared to the previous generation. Needless to say, these data must be taken with the greatest caution since it all depends on the use that is made of the tablet.

Numbers are good, but they are not enough. But precisely, what about the general feeling? Quite frankly, the Surface Pro 2 impressed me a lot . No worries for the web, for social networks and for the applications available on the Windows Store. Notice, with an Intel Core i5 this is a bit normal.

But the same goes for high definition movies as well. There, no latency will be to be feared. If you wish, you can also take advantage of all the features offered by Photoshop, but be careful though because the 4 GB of RAM of the base model will not be enough to open very large PSDs, or even to get started. in processing large RAW files on Lightroom. There, it will be better to opt for one of the higher models , with 8 GB of RAM.

I have not had the opportunity to test video editing software, however. If you have any feedback on that, I'm obviously interested. The same goes for 3D creation, by the way.

What about the games? Again, I was very surprised by the performance of this little slate. The titles available on the Microsoft store run smoothly, of course, but the Surface Pro 2 can go a lot further thanks to Windows 8.1. After installing Steam and Origin , I had fun downloading Left 4 Dead 2 and Sim City 4, without much hope. If the first runs without any problem, the same goes for the second which is however known to be very greedy. Obviously, you don't have to think about putting all the options in full, but the Pro 2 is doing it with all the honors.

The only downside is the storage space. After installing these two titles and two or three more odds and ends, the free space has effectively dropped to 10 GB. If you have large needs, it will be better to steer you towards a beefier model.

The time has come to talk about the autonomy of the tablet. During the first hours spent in his company, the Surface Pro 2 had managed to exceed the five hours without recharging. By paying a little more attention and playing with certain settings, I managed to reach, and even exceed, the six hours . A fairly large gap, which may be due to the fact that the battery was not yet broken in.

But the best is yet to come because Microsoft deployed a patch at the end of last week, a patch that significantly increased the autonomy of the Surface Pro 2. The latter then managed to exceed the eight-hour mark , for a period of time. “normal” use. Just huge.

It is much better than the previous generation, and it is not finished since Microsoft will launch at the beginning of next year a new cover equipped with a battery: the Power Cover . If I believe the representatives of the firm crossed on the occasion of the launch party for the new slates, then the latter would extend the autonomy of the Surface Pro 2 by three hours. So we would get something like eleven hours of battery life.

That is enough to last during a big day of work.

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The Surface Pro 2 in ultra-portable mode.

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The home screen and its tiles.

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Outlook, in all its glory.

Features & Applications

The Surface Pro 2, as everyone knows, comes with Windows 8.1 . This update was deployed last month and it brings together a number of new features relating to both the ergonomics of the system and its functionalities. I will not go through all of its particularities. It would be far too long, and not necessarily very interesting. No, in reality, I will mainly focus on its most significant improvements.

Lock screen

Windows 8.1 is closer to our mobile platforms than to its predecessors. Like the latter, when the machine starts up, it displays a lock screen capable of bringing up various information. Apart from the user's wallpaper (slideshows are allowed), we will find the date and time , but also a fairly complete notification system.

In a few moments and without having to go any further, we will be able to know the status of the terminal's battery, the number of pending emails or even the appointments of the day. Importantly, the user will have control over these notifications and will be able to choose the applications that will have the right to display information on the lock screen. If the native tools developed by Microsoft are fully supported, the same is true for Twitter , Facebook or even Skype . Everything will actually depend on the applications installed on the machine.

Not bad, but it's not over because it will also be possible to allow an application to display rich notifications . If we select the Weather application, for example, well we will see the temperature of our region appear, but also the name of our city and the general state of the sky, with both the minimum and the maximum.

Home screen

I think everyone will agree that the Windows 8 welcome screen has not been unanimous. Worse, he has even been the target of a number of particularly derogatory attacks. Microsoft has not gone back and the firm took advantage of the deployment of the first major update to the system to make it simultaneously simpler, more accessible, more ergonomic and easier to edit.

The concept does not change a bit. A minimalist interface, tiles of varying sizes grouped into groups, dynamic information that is permanently displayed on the screen, horizontal navigation, it feels like home and the Windows home screen 8.1 looks like two drops of water like its big brother's, with some notable tweaks:

  • Support for animated wallpapers: If you wish, you can swap the old photo of your slippers or your cat for an animated image.
  • New tile size: From now on, it will be possible to display a tile in large, and therefore to display more dynamic information. For the weather forecast, for example, we will have the right to the day's temperature, to the name of our city, to the state of the sky and even to forecasts for the next day. Outlook, for its part, can simultaneously display up to three received messages. The same goes for calendar appointments, and so on.
  • Quick access to the list of applications: It will no longer be necessary to press a button to access the list of applications installed on the machine. Microsoft has effectively implemented a new “multitouch” gesture and it will suffice to perform a vertical swipe from bottom to top with two fingers to find this screen. Simpler, and above all more natural.
  • New Edit Mode: The really cool thing about Windows 8.1 is the new Home screen edit mode. It will indeed be possible to simultaneously select several tiles to move them, delete them or even modify their size. Intuitive and fast.

These improvements will not change the face of the world, that's for sure, but they are nonetheless very appreciable since they will allow you to go a little further in the personalization of your home screen.

The list of applications

This was one of the other weak points of Windows 8. Basically, the system displayed all the applications installed on the computer in succession. This presentation lacked readability. From now on, we will have to rely on new filters that will allow us to quickly change the display order of our tools. While it will still be possible to display them in alphabetical order, we can also arrange them by date of installation, by frequency of use or even by category. As a result of the races, we will take less time to find what we are looking for.

And it is not finished since Windows 8.1 also integrates a universal search capable of going to draw on the web, in our documents or in the applications installed on the machine. A search accessible through the famous “Charm Bar” and therefore from any screen. Ironically, this research turns out to be much easier to use on a daily basis than that good old “start” menu that we regret.

After that, there are still some inconsistencies and I am thinking in particular of this integrated search field at the top right of this screen. It duplicates that of the “Charm Bar” and Microsoft could have done without it.

Multitasking

Unlike most mobile platforms on the market, Windows 8 was perfectly capable of simultaneously displaying two applications by placing them side by side on the screen. Its update goes even further and it will now be possible to do the same with a maximum of four applications per screen ! Very impressive, of course, but it will all really depend on your screen size and definition. On the Surface Pro 2, for example, you can't go beyond of them three applications, provided that a specific option is activated (two otherwise). On my old 19-inch external display, the limit is extended to three applications. And so on. Each time, it will be possible to resize our columns on the fly by pulling the separator in one direction or the other, which the previous version of the system did not allow.

Not bad, but it's not over yet. By browsing through the machine's settings, you will indeed be able to customize the way multitasking works. By default, when you swipe horizontally from left to right, you'll be able to easily switch from one application to another, much like swinging a little “ALT + TAB”. However, if you want, you can also choose to show thumbnails of all open apps.

If you plan to use and abuse the multitasking offered by Windows 8.1, it will be better to opt for the latter solution. On the other hand, if this function does not interest you, then the first choice is obvious.

The research

As mentioned above, the search is directly integrated into the “Charm Bar” and it is therefore possible to access it from any screen , including from the traditional desktop. This was already the case with Windows 8, sure, but Microsoft has worked a lot on this module to make it as user-friendly and simple to use as possible.

And the great novelty of research, ultimately, is the integration of Bing. If you wish, you can of course restrict it to documents, applications and settings, but it will also be possible to search for images or videos on the web. Better, for certain requests, we will also be entitled to a special presentation and it works in particular with our friends the stars, like Madonna.

There, well we will be entitled to the total, either a description, the most popular songs, the list of albums, the latest clips and the display of traditional results. In some cases, it will even be possible to start playing a track through Xbox Music. Very cool, and it works with a lot of different requests. Here, for George Lucas for example, and well the module will be able to return us his filmography, videos of interviews and many other contents all more interesting than the others.

Microsoft has therefore chosen to use Windows 8.1 as a lever to promote its search engine. This is not the first time that the firm has done so, but it is an interesting choice and this strategy should allow it to impose itself a little more against the giant of the genre, and therefore against Google.

New Modern UI applications

Windows 8.1 is built around two distinct environments. If the traditional desktop is still present, we are also entitled to a Modern UI interface grouping the home screen, the list of applications, search or even certain applications distributed through the Windows Store. Microsoft has obviously developed tools for this environment and new programs thus accompany Windows 8.1:

  • Alarm & Calculator: I think there is no real need to explain what these apps are for.
  • Food & Wine: Good food is in fashion and Microsoft could not miss it, so the firm has developed an application entirely dedicated to the subject with wine, recipes and even a module to record your own recipes. The application is very visual, and very intuitive to use, so a beautiful creation.
  • Playlists: It sometimes happens that we come across notable, interesting content. With the help of this application, we will be able to put aside our best readings and organize them easily to come back to them later.
  • Sound Recorder: Because a few good words are sometimes better than long sentences, Microsoft has designed an application that makes it very easy to record audio notes.
  • Health & Fitness: Eating is good, being active is better, and Microsoft has thus designed an application to allow us to stay in shape, and therefore to exercise, with a large section that should appeal to hypochondriacs since it deals with all these terrible diseases that can assail us on a daily basis. Here again, there are impressive visuals (nice for yeast infections) and particularly formidable ergonomics.

Microsoft did not stop there and the firm has also worked a lot on its old applications to streamline its ecosystem . I am thinking in particular of Outlook which replaces the old mail client and which benefits from a better built and more professional interface. The Maps application is also more pleasant to use and the same goes for the video player or the photo gallery. And then there is the calendar which displays all our appointments in threading, on a horizontal axis, a bit like a chronology. It will obviously be possible to switch to a more conventional, more traditional view.

But can these applications replace traditional programs? In reality, everything is a question of point of view, and of use. For work and content production, nothing beats the traditional desktop and all the usual software. On the other hand, for consultation and leisure, Modern UI applications are more than sufficient. Especially with multitasking.

Office

Windows 8.1 brings few changes to the traditional desktop apart from… the reappearance of the “start” button of course! No need to dream, it will not give you access to the menu of the same name. However, it can be very practical in some cases.

In reality, its function is twofold. If you left click on this menu, then you will be automatically returned to the home screen and therefore to these fantastic tiles that rock you every day. However, if you wish, you can also opt for a right click and thus access a context menu grouping together several interesting options:

  • The configuration options: They give access to certain modules of the control panel and in particular to the removal of programs, to the modification of the screen brightness, to the activation of the energy saving mode, to the event logs or again to the device manager, not forgetting the network settings.
  • Native applications: This time, it is the applications specific to the system that are highlighted with easy access to the file explorer or to the control panel.
  • Miscellaneous: At the very bottom of the list we will find two more options to show the desktop, shut down the computer, restart it, or put it to sleep.

Revolutionary ? Not really since this famous contextual menu was already present in Windows 8. You just had to right click in the lower left corner to make it appear. The only thing that changes, finally, is that we are now entitled to a pretty icon.

Another point and not the least, if the user wishes, he can also choose to start directly on the desktop. To do so, he will have to right-click on the taskbar and find the “Properties” option. It will then only have to browse in the “Navigation” tab to find the appropriate option.

The settings

Windows 8.1 configuration options are accessible from two separate tools: the panel of the same name and the settings screen . What is the difference between both ? Let's just say that the control panel is intended more for administrators, with a good dose of advanced settings, while the second is more aimed at the average user, and therefore the individual.

Interestingly, the Windows 8.1 settings screen is now much more complete on the previous version of the system. More complete, and more accessible since all the options are now grouped together in dedicated sections. By browsing in the “PC & Devices” menu, for example, we will find all the settings related to our computer screen but also to the connected peripherals. On the SkyDrive side, we will be entitled to a nice pie chart allowing us to consult at a glance the state of our storage space.

And so on. In the end, and even if the “power users” will continue to go to the control panel out of habit, the settings screen will be more than enough in most cases and this is rather a good thing since Windows will be all the more. easy to administer, and manage.

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The Windows 8.1 Calendar.

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The weather app.

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Internet Explorer, and the .

The accessories

The Surface and Surface Pro would not be … Surface and Surface Pro without their accessories, and more precisely without funny covers. Thanks to these, it is indeed possible to transform them into true ultra-portable and to make extremely versatile machines. They therefore deserved a dedicated section, right?

Touch Cover 2

This is the entry-level cover, which uses exactly the same lines and the same ergonomics as the first model. Its keys are thus directly integrated into the cover, just like its touchpad.

Be careful, however, because this is not an ordinary copy of the first Touch Cover. In fact, this new model brings a major novelty, that is, backlit keys . It will therefore be perfectly possible to use it in absolute darkness, and at night. Microsoft has also had the good idea to integrate two buttons in the function key bar to adjust the intensity of the backlighting, so that it adapts to our needs and our desires. Same thing, the firm has also had the good taste to integrate a light sensor which will be able to detect the presence of our fingers when they are near the keys of the keyboard.

Structurally, know that the Touch Cover 2 also has more sensors on the keys, in order to improve typing comfort. Thanks to these, the keyboard will be more precise, and we will also be able to use “multitouch” gestures. For example, you just need to drag two fingers on the number keys on the keyboard to select text, to copy it, cut it or even delete it.

Retail price: 119.99 €, only available in black.

Type Cover 2

To facilitate long typing, Microsoft has also produced another cover this time incorporating keys similar to those found on traditional keyboards. Then again, the publisher has done it right and we'll get a hint of backlighting so we can keep working when the light runs out. Note also that we will find here again two keys to adjust the intensity of the light in the function bar. The same goes for the proximity sensor.

The touchpad is cut from the cover itself and is therefore similar to that of the Touch Cover 2. And there, however, the comfort is less. Its main flaw, from my point of view, is its size. Small, narrow, it is quite painful to use, especially because of its buttons which take up a lot of space. In addition, it also supports “multitouch” gestures so that we can access multitasking or the “Charm Bar” more quickly. Actions which further reduce the effective working surface. This is what prompted me to deactivate them after just a few hours.

So of course it's all a matter of point of view. But when you are used to using the touchpad on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, for example, the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 well leaves much to be desired.

Selling price: 129.99 €, available in purple, pink, blue and black.

Power Cover

No need to frantically peel Microsoft's catalog, the Power Cover is not yet available for sale and we will have to wait until next year, 2014 , to take advantage of it. I did not have the opportunity to test it, unlike the other accessories mentioned in this section.

However, this is no reason not to talk about it.

To put it simply and to get straight to the point, this cover looks like two drops of water like the Type Cover 2. It incorporates a real full physical keyboard, but also a touchpad, not to mention that good old backlight. . Good, but there is one more thing, an additional battery that will increase the autonomy of our Surface. If Microsoft has not yet officially communicated on its capacity, and if we do not know anything about its technical characteristics, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to a representative of the firm. According to the latter, the Power Cover should give our tablet three hours of additional autonomy .

Sale price: 199.99 €, only available in black.

Docking Station

The Surface and Surface Pro were designed as nomadic machines, which can be used both as touch pads and as ultra-portable computers . However, in some cases we may also need a sedentary machine, and the convenience of a large screen.

This will not surprise anyone, Microsoft's slates are perfectly capable of connecting to an external screen, or even a keyboard / mouse assembly if necessary. However, the publisher wanted to simplify our life and this is precisely what pushed it to produce a docking station entirely dedicated to Surface Pro. Her name ? The Docking Station , and it won't be available until next year either.

However, the Redmond firm had the good idea to bring a copy of its station on the occasion of its party last month . So I had the opportunity to approach it and even put my hands on it. In terms of finish, nothing to complain about, it is as beautiful to look at as the Surface. But its advantage, ultimately, lies in its connectivity since it has three USB 2.0 ports , a USB 3.0 port , an audio input / output , an ethernet port , a Mini DisplayPort output and a power outlet . Its installation is quite simple since it suffices to put the tablet on the base and tighten the two side walls to firmly hold the latter, and to connect its ports to the base. The icing on the cake, the Docking Station will not block the cover and it will therefore be perfectly possible to continue using it in keyboard mode as if nothing had happened.

Sale price: 199.99 €, only available in black.

Touch Cover

If Microsoft has stopped producing Type Covers, the firm continues to offer Touch Covers for sale. The latter bring nothing more than the original model, if not a very attractive price since they are offered from 79.99 € . All with limited editions, with patterns, available at 129.99 €. Rather practical for those who have a limited budget, and who can not afford to slam more than 100 € in a cover, however sophisticated it may be.

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The Maps application, also integrated into Windows 8.1.

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Health & Fitness, everything to take care of yourself.

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Food & Wine, because it's also important to know how to have fun.

Conclusion

If the first Surface clearly lacked maturity, Microsoft has managed to catch up with these new slates, and in particular with the Surface Pro 2. Always so pleasant to look at, it also has the merit of correcting the youthful flaws of its great sister with increased computing power and autonomy.

Is Surface Pro 2 a good product? Yes, certainly, but it is not suitable for all uses, for all audiences. If you are looking for a light and nomadic slate, it will be better to orient yourself towards the competition, or towards a Surface 2. On the other hand, if you need an ultra-portable robust , flexible and able to join a professional infrastructure, then you will hardly be able to find better. Best of all, if you wish, you can even run a few not too greedy games.

There remains the question of the price and there, well I think it is necessary to put things in perspective. Not everyone can afford to slam $ 900 to $ 1,800 into a computer, that's for sure, and there are plenty of cheaper and more affordable hybrid machines out there. But be careful, because these do not all offer the same level of finish and it is exactly the same principle as for smartphones or even traditional computers. Finding central units for less than 500 € is not difficult. On paper, these can even seem very interesting. However, there is one more thing to consider: durability .

Don't make me say what I didn't say. Machines offered at attractive prices can also last for several years. Now, it is not uncommon to have, sometimes, very bad surprises. I am thinking in particular of certain manufacturers specializing in “low cost” who do not always have a very responsible attitude towards consumers.

It's also important to understand that the Surface Pro 2 isn't just a tablet. Thanks to Windows 8.1, it is also positioned in the ultra-portable segment. And if we add to that the 200 GB offered for twenty-four months on SkyDrive , we obtain complete configurations starting at 850 €, cover included. Very concretely, therefore, the basic Surface Pro 2 costs fifty euros more than a 128 GB iPad Air. With a keyboard, and above all with an operating system identical in every way to what we find on our computers desktop, or even on our laptops.

And that's not all since this same model even has the luxury of being less expensive than the first 11-inch MacBook Air, sold for its part from € 999. A MacBook Air weighing 100 grams more than the Surface Pro 2.

Is Surface Pro 2 expensive? Of course, and it will not suit all budgets. This being the case, the same goes for most of the machines positioned in this segment. Morality, if you are looking for a nomadic machine offering as many possibilities as an ultrabook for a smaller footprint, and also equipped with a touch screen, well you will not be able to find better at the present time.

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