Surface Pro 2 Works Fine After Some Vexing Windows Setup Glitches

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2013-10-27 Print this article Print

The Windows 8.1 version of WET will only believe it's the new computer, so you're stuck. You can both search for and manually transfer the files or you can try to find another method.

I found a better method. I got a version of LapLink's PCMover Pro and installed that on both Surface tablets. Once that was done, everything was transferred over WiFi, including all of the files on the old Surface, the settings and the installed applications. It took far less time than what I spent on hold with Microsoft tech support for either problem. In order to keep from violating my Office license, I uninstalled Office from the old Surface.

Once I got the new Surface set up, I attached the cyan Type Cover and finished trying it out. The new Surface 2 is a lot like the previous model, but it has better battery life. Plus the Surface kickstand now has two positions, one for using the device on a desk and the other allows the Surface to recline at a greater angle for use on your lap. The new Type Covers, which will also work with the original Surface, have backlighting, which is nice, and they come in lots of colors, which is nice if you care about such things.

While I didn't get the heavy-duty versions of the Surface Pro, which have up to 512GB of data storage and 8GB of RAM (I chose to get one with 128GB of storage), all of these tablets have a fourth-generation i5 Intel processor.

The full HD screen and improved cameras on the front and rear make the Surface Pro 2 a nearly perfect laptop replacement. The touch screen works better than many I've tested, and the Surface Pro 2 comes with a digitizer pen that works much like a Wacom stylus.

When you use the Surface with the Type Cover, it's a lot like using an Ultrabook, but even more portable. It weighs less than 2 pounds, which is equivalent to the lightest Ultrabooks, and the HD screen is clear and easy to read. The Surface includes a built-in microphone that can handle speech recognition, and the Surface Pen works with the handwriting recognition built into the Surface.

Overall, I found the Surface Pro 2 to be far better for doing real work than my iPad, and because it will run nearly any Windows application, there's a huge selection to choose from.

However, there aren't nearly as many apps in the Microsoft Surface store as you'll find in the Apple's iTunes store. One thing I finally realized, however, is that there's room in my briefcase for both a Surface and an iPad. They do different things, and they both fit. Unfortunately, the Surface Pro 2 is going into my wife's briefcase.



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