2Meet the Microsoft Surface 2
The Surface 2 is, in every regard, the lighter-weight of new options. Like the original Surface, it weighs 1.5 pounds and measures 10.81 by 6.81 inches, though it’s 0.35 inches thin, to the original’s 0.37 inches. The Surface Pro 2 is the same height and width, but it’s 0.53 inches thick and weighs 2 pounds.
3Surface 2 Tablets Get Improved Kickstand
The original Surface tablets feature a kickstand that makes it easy to attach the tablet to its keyboard covers and work on a table or desk. Microsoft, realizing that users have instead been perching the tablets on their laps, improved the kickstand this round. A second notch lets the Surface 2 tablets sit back more, offering users a more comfortable viewing angle.
4Surface 2, Profile
A profile view of the Surface 2 and its kickstand. Both devices—in a major perk over the iPad—feature a full-size USB 3.0 port, for super-fast document transfers and charging a mobile phone. There’s also a MicroSD slot, so users can bring along more movies and music. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing 3.5-megapixel camera, both with improved low-light performance.
5Microsoft Surface Pro 2
The Surface 2 runs a Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 chip and can get up to 10 hours of battery life. The Surface Pro 2, seen here, runs a fourth-generation Intel Core i5—it’s very much a “true laptop replacement,” as Microsoft likes to call it—and has a battery that Microsoft says will last 75 percent longer than the one of the original Pro. Or, 14 hours.
6Type Cover 2
Microsoft also improved the Type Cover—which most people have preferred to the Touch Cover. The Type Cover 2 has the same look and design as the original but is now backlit, available in four colors and has a full row of function keys, as well as media keys and a trackpad. It will retail for $129.99.
7For Your Inner (or Not So Inner) DJ
8Arc Touch Mouse, Surface Edition
9Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers
Microsoft has made a production of how easy it is to click the tablet to the keyboard covers. But in the event that you want a little more space between them—or would rather attach the Surface to an HDTV, or work around a display with colleagues, the Wireless Adapter ($59.99) makes it possible to connect to the display via Bluetooth.
10Surface Docking Station
11Surface Pro 2
The Pro 2 is the first Surface to work with a Surface Pen. It runs Windows 8.1 Pro, will come in options of 64GB or 128GB with 4GB of RAM, or 256GB or 512GB with 8GB of RAM. Buyers of both the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 will receive 200GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years and a year of unlimited Skype WiFi at more than 2 million hotspots worldwide.