Microsoft Surface 2
Sure, it's still running Windows RT and sure, RT lags in app support, but thanks to its inclusion of Office 2013 and its comfortable keyboard accessory -- sold separately -- it's the tablet to choose when it comes to actually getting work done.
- Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
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out of 7 user reviews
Starting at: $449.99
The good: The Microsoft Surface 2 has a sturdy build, smooth gaming performance, and high-quality cameras. Windows RT 8.1 is easier to use than before, and the built-in photo-editing tools and Xbox Music are fantastic features. Office 2013 is included for free, and thanks to a new kickstand angle, the tablet is less likely to fall off your lap.
The bad: App support still lags behind competitors, and Windows RT is still incompatible with legacy programs. It's too easy to mistakenly push the tablet into its lower stance, and the touch pad on the Type Cover 2 isn't as comfortable as it was on the previous version.
The bottom line: The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options.
October 21, 2013 5:51 PM PDT
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