Microsoft Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, and Related Accessories Now Available to Purchase

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

For $900 you could get an actual laptop, instead of a toy.

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Mikey109105

Does it have Windows 8 or 8.1 as the OS? Yes? Well in that case, you wouldn't get me to touch it even if you PAID me to!

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appleroxinhouston

Well, so much for the comment below this one...

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MiGreen

Congratulation to the author and the commenters, No bias or hate!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

OMFG

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misterz100

I'm very interested in this, my mom needs a replacement for her ASUS EP121, it was a fantastic tablet but I think it tried to go too far for it's time, it was powerfull but the battery was almost non existant and had a low rez (I find) I will be looking forward to a Maximum PC review I hope and I'll be looking aorund for sure.

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Obsidian

My wife also uses an Asus EEE Slate and it has been great for what she has used it for. Windows 7 was never really meant to use the touch interface on that device and it's getting a bit long in the tooth, although it is still functional. The low resolution has always been a disappointment on the Asus Slate. At the time the price was $1200 for the device so I'm glad to see increased specs for the same price point here.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

$1200 for a TABLET???

More money than common sense much?

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Obsidian

Are you Sensitive Sweetness?
Because you seem to have money envy.

You are really missing the point of the Pro-level Surface. Sure, it looks like a tablet but is really a full-fledged ultrabook or laptop. There seems to be some insurmountable mental block that happens in the marketed-to-masses when the guts of a system is housed right behind the screen. If it has a removable keyboard then total pandemonium ensues as the neurons in unimaginative minds are attempting to categorize a minor change, as if they had never used a wireless mouse or keyboard before. Such a sad limiting view of the flexibility of these devices.

It's great to see new tech ground being broken in spite of so much ignorance.

$1200 for a 256GB flexible form-factor ultrabook really isn't that much of a premium. MS thinks they can get $1800 (retail) for the 512GB version of the Surface Pro 2, and that's the line I draw at an outrageous price. People will pay that unjustified price but you don't have to, I don't have to either. Disposable income level discussion on a site that touts a yearly $10,000 Dream Machine build is quite absurd, but you go sensitive, you go ... push that boulder up the wrong hill.

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Jademan

Surface pro 2 is THE PC as it should have actually been. And it's also portable!

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momarkey

Looking at the picture, you can get a mouse, keyboard, docking station and a plethora of other accessories, but if you bought all that, wouldn't that ruin the whole point of a tablet?

Might as well get a laptop if you need all that stuff, the price will work out the same in the end. Never understood other than a case, why would you buy a ton of accessories for a tablet, defeats the purpose.

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Orlbuckeye

You have a mouse, external hard drive and a pen in the picture. Microsoft compares the Surface 2 against The Mac Book and not the IPAD. The Surface is more like the Ipad since it runs mostly cloud apps. MS is marketing it as a lighter better battery life then most laptop device not a tablet. The point is you can do laptop type things on this along with Tablet things. But more and more laptops and All in One desktop are coming out with touch screen. I have a touch laptop and I rarely use touch as I purchased a mouse when I bought the laptop. But the good thing about it is if I need it it's there and they don't force me to use if I don't need/want to use it.

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appleroxinhouston

In other words, the Surface 2 Pro is a laptop that's really thin w/ a silly keyboard and the Surface 2 is basically a cheap Macbook with a silly everything besides size.

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Obsidian

Keyboards are still the most effective way to enter text into digital devices (don't tell that to a texting tween). One day maybe we will be able to reliably talk to our devices in talk-to-text fashion, but that day isn't here yet.

These devices are called tablets but they are really transformable computing experiences. It's a good thing that there are options.

This is the PRO version of the product, and as such it's trying to also be a device for executives that might want a docking station in an office but have the full power of their small systems on the go. No matter what you tell many of these executives, they will want the 'in vogue' tablet device instead of the laptop.

To go from drawing/painting/browsing in a lap to then use the system as a full-fledged PC with keyboard and mouse seems like a great value-add for these devices.

Those accessories don't ship with the tablet, even though they are pictured in this article. If user needs are narrow, there is no need to buy those (overpriced) accessories. --- Seriously $120 for a (wired) backlit keyboard, if you want to make it wireless that adapter is $60 more!! Docking station with 8 plugs is $200. Ouch.

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Obsidian

Here's a wacky question ...

Can SteamOS be installed on the Surface Pro 2 in a dual-boot configuration? Then can games be streamed either wirelessly and/or with the docking station from your gaming PC onto the Surface Pro 2 running SteamOS?

Pushing it further; can the display port on the docking station then be used with an HDMI adapter to stream games and sound to a TV?

Totally fringe use of the Surface Pro 2 but I'm curious if it, along with the docking bay, could be a streaming SteamOS solution for a household that could just take it from one docking station to another.

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Renegade Knight

It's an awesome question. The Original Pro wasn't locked down like the RT so you could change a setting and install another OS. I've not yet read confirmation of the Pro 2.

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Orlbuckeye

the press about how much space the OS takes up it may not be a practical thing to do. (Not much fee disk space on 899 model) I believe the $1800 version comes with s 512 SSD and that would surely be enough room to dual boot.

Thew Surface 2 has a mini HDMI port so if you have a mini HDMI cable yes you can connect to a TV.

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Obsidian

The SteamOS is a Linux install and shouldn't take up too much space. It may even run off a USB-key. There aren't a lot of details yet. The reason I brought up streaming games is for this very reason you outlined, the SSD isn't exactly robust or affordable. SteamOS will somehow allow for games to be streamed from the installed base on a gaming rig in another room. If this is done well enough and there's no lag at 1080p it could change how gaming can be experienced.

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jgottberg

Good thoughts. I'm sure with enough time and interest, someone might make it happen.