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Summary:A 10.6-inch detachable laptop tested with Windows 8.1 Pro, an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics, a touchscreen, and a 64GB solid-state drive.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a 10.6-inch detachable laptop with an LCD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has 4GB of memory and a 64GB hard drive. It has an an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz processor and Intel HD Graphics 4400 video adapter but no dedicated video memory. But it lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It comes with Windows 8.1 Pro pre-installed.
The Surface Pro 2 has a built-in memory card reader for digital photography, a touch screen, a multitouch touchpad, and 2 USB ports. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers.
The Surface Pro 2 measures 10.9 inches wide by 0.8 inches high by 7 inches deep and it weighs 2.6lbs. It's backed by a 12 month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.
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Microsoft offers the Surface PC, a series of detachable computers.
Display size (in.) The diagonal measure of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen.
Display size (in.)
Processor Also known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the processor is responsible for running commands and handling data. Processors come in different speeds and may have two or more cores (ex. dual-core), which let you more quickly process multiple complex tasks.
Memory (GB) Also known as RAM, memory is a temporary storage area for data. Its size is an important factor for performance. We recommend at least 4GB of memory, or 8GB if you plan to run several large applications at the same time.
Storage (GB) The amount of storage, a permanent area for the operating system, programs and data such as documents, music, and media files. Storage can be a hard drive, an SSD (solid state drive), or hybrid drive.
Video memory (MB) The amount of dedicated memory built into a graphics adapter. Most models have integrated graphics, which have no dedicated memory but are still suitable for most applications, including photo editing and watching movies. Others have discrete graphic adapters, which typically have 256 MB or more video memory, to deliver smoother and more realistic graphics for 3D games.
Video memory (MB)
Blu-ray or DVD Has either a Blu-Ray drive (B), which lets you watch Blu-Ray movies and read/write to CDs and DVDs, or a DVD drive (D), which lets you read/write to CDs and DVDs.
Blu-ray or DVD
Memory-card reader At least one flash memory-card slot (CF, SD, XD, MS, etc.)
Wi-Fi The type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Computers with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas. 802.11ac is the newest, fastest type.
WiMAX One of the standards used by cell phone service providers that they call "4G". Based on the IEEE 802.16e wireless standard, mobile WiMAX is a wireless broadband Internet connection like Wi-Fi, with comparable data speeds. But its range is much greater, measured in miles rather than feet, which in theory should provide continuous broadband coverage over greater distances. If supported you usually have to sign up with a service provider and pay an extra fee.
USB sleep and charge Unlike standard USB ports that power off when the computer is turned off or put to sleep, sleep and charge USB ports remain powered on when in sleep mode. They can be used to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.
USB sleep and charge
Thunderbolt port Has a Thunderbolt port for connecting peripherals such as an external hard drive. This includes ports that may be on the keyboard dock of detachable laptops. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed port that can connect to DVI, HDMI and VGA through the use of adapters.
Digital video out Has a DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort video output for sending a digital video signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
Very sluggish touch performance compared to real tablets. Keyboard doesn't support important functions such as some Fn keys (e.g., F4 in Excel to create absolute cell reference) or full right click options. Just feels balky to use, quite unpleasant. A real laptop with Windows is much nicer to use for an extended time.
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Glad I got this instead of a Tablet
Easy To Use
Skyping Is So Easy
The BEST gift I ever received! This was a Christmas present from my husband. My duaghter had one and suggested he get it for me. She has had problems with hers freezing or not turning on (she got hers in October); I guess I've been lucky. My son bought me the keyboard for Christmas (which I HIGHLY recommend; besides making it easier to type, it protects the screen). Price is a drawback, but you can do ANYTHING you do on a computer with the SAME programs...not some scaled back junk!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Dose More Than Most Deskt
Easy To Use
Good Battery Life
Poor Speaker Quality
I use it for lots of different things, web surfing! Playing videos and just music my living room is smart it connects wirelessly to my TV and my Stereo. I play video games on it I send e-mails and share videos to facebook. Its a awesome machine. I use a terabite hard drive connected thrugh the usb port for extra space.