Pros ~Very good battery life, will power you through the workday with a little on the side. don't expect a full movie marathon, however.
~Best mobile productivity solution, easy.
~So fast and smooth it's scary.
~Keyboard cover makes this thing epic!!!
Cons ~I find the battery saver reduces performance too much and makes the thing sluggish and unstable, avoid at all costs.
~Very expensive, since the covers are a must have and cost extra.
~Lightning fast when awake, but takes forever to wake up (9 sec).
Summary This is not an iPad killer, it's not meant for everyone. It's not for those who want to watch movies or play games, no, this is for people who always want the most powerful productivity options available to them always.
If you're looking for an entertainment device, get out. While it's great for that, this is not for you. If you're looking for a productivity solution, then your search has ended right here, with Surface Pro 2.
This thing is pretty sweet. It's outstandingly fast! Incredible, just incredible! I can multitask with tons of desktop windows and Metro apps running in the background with plenty of processing power to spare. Never hangs up, quite the little solider! However, I've noticed the Power Saver setting seems to significantly reduce performance, to the point it's slow. I say avoid at all costs.
Speaking of the battery, the battery is very good on this! More than enough for the workday! Now, it's not likely to last through the evening that follows, but this is meant for getting work done, so lasting through the workday is more than enough. It seems to manage battery very well, I find that it uses 0% battery when in sleep mode. However, this may very well be the reason why it takes so long to wake up, nearly 9 seconds from pushing the button to when it's ready. I can't stress how fast it is when awake, but the latency between the button press and wake time can be very painful. I pray Microsoft will make an option in the future to chose quick wake times over battery life.
Now, for where this product reigns supreme: Productivity! It's amazing, this thing, when it comes time to get work done. It can run any Windows program you can think of, lightning fast. The keyboard covers make typing a breeze (I personally recommend Type Cover, the extra $10 is more than worth it), and the pen is very nice (handwritten notes, anyone?)
You get seamless integration with Microsoft's productivity suite: Office, SkyDrive, Skype, the cooperate compatibility of Windows, etc. It's amazing how everything comes together, and how the little things (like printing) have been improved all around in Windows 8(.1). So much power in such a little device.
Office can let you make you documents, presentations and all other such things with ease, and SkyDrive ensures they're always with you (and the new SmartDocs feature ensures non-essential files aren't occupying valuable storage space, and speaking of storage: 200GB free with a Surface). Skype lets you communicate and collaborate with peers. Then we mustn't forget just how compatible Windows is.
The USB port lets you connect pretty much anything your heart desires, and utilize it to its full potential. SD card support is always awesome, but to chose MicroSD is a bit of a head scratcher. The DisplayPort helps you connect to the big screen, up to two in fact, via Daisy Chaining. And then Windows 8 lets you access the widest selection of applications of all time. It's amazing!
There are a few issues, however. As I've already said, Power Saver must be avoided at all costs. The lag between when you push the button during sleep and when it actually wakes up is also very painful. The biggest pill to swallow, however, is the cost. Seriously, between the device itself, a keyboard cover, the extra cost of Office, plus extras like a USB hub, external monitors, etc. etc., makes this a device not for those lacking deep pockets. It's a powerful device for the money, and it will be money well spent, I assure you. But I also urge thee not to take out a second mortgage just to buy this.
All-in-all, I love my Surface Pro 2. I don't think it's thick or heavy. In fact, I think it's downright slim and trim after using it, and realizing how much raw power is contained within. Seriously, this thing is a beast, to add anymore power would require burning several suns. And battery life is pretty fair. It won't last any longer than 10 hours (without the upcoming Power Cover, anyway), but that should be more than enough to get your work done for the day. Combine all that with how well designed it is, how smooth and stable it is, and its great universal compatibility, it's an awesome device!
I just must stress this isn't for everyone. Even if you're looking for a laptop replacement, if all you do is email, surf Facebook, watch a couple movies or stream Netflix, maybe right an Office doc or to, then you're far better off with the far cheaper Surface 2 (or maybe even another Windows 8 or Android tablet, or even an iPad). However, if you're someone who's line of work requires easy and effective access to the best, most powerful software and cooperate connections, while also wanting to enjoy a nice game of Cut the Rope or some YouTube on the side (which you can literally do, thanks to Snapping apps in Windows 8.1),then the Surface Pro 2 is for you.
If you meet the criteria to be interested in this device, it's a no brainer. I barely scratched the surface (no pun intended) of what this device can do, you'll be more than satisfied with it. For everyone else who doesn't need this much raw power, who doesn't want to spend so much on a device, who doesn't need great backwards compatibility, who doesn't need a full PC they can easily carry with them, who doesn't need a productivity solution: then please, walk away. There are so many other great devices out there, explore them and find what works best for you. Just please, stop comparing this to iPads and MacBook Airs, because I as said before, this thing is just in a league of its own.
Thank-You, and remember:
"Click in, do more. Surface."
Pros Powerful, 3d graphics, Apps that are far more polished and responsive than anything you'll see on an Android.
Cons A little heavy but nothing an adult cannot handle. I one-handed it for three hours last night with a dog and cat fighting for space on my lap and I never thought "this is too heavy".
Expensive for now...
Summary It will run PC games just fine, serious business programs, as well as tablet stuff (entertainment). My biggest surprise was when I looked for apps to replace what I use regularly on my Transformer Prime. Windows 8 apps, while fewer, are far superior to any Android app by a huge margin. Android Tablets are primitive by comparison.
I waited over a year for the Haswell version of the Surface Pro. If the price today is too high I would recommend waiting until the price drops (which it will) in 12 months or so because an iPad or an Android really (really!) is low end compared to an Intel Windows 8 tablet.
Pros Full blown computer in a tablet, will run all windows software even most games 100%, integration with work.
Cons Heavy, does not have 100% integration with touch screen with web or non app software.
Summary This is what I always wanted, I had a IPad, IPhone, HP Touchpad (loved it but no apps no Netflix) and several Android devices. The Surface Pro does all, everything that I wanted to do in the past. Memory expansion slot, simple method to connect the to an extra monitor or big screen TV. I enjoy watching Moto GP and cannot get it in my area on cable, so I purchased it online and stream it to my computer, now I can steam the Surface Pro 2 and connect to TV, it works great. I have tons of movies and music on my WD 1 TB drive, I can connect it to the USB 3 and quickly and easily transfer and remove whatever I like when I want to, I finally own a device that is truly mine and do not feel restricted like a child (Apple). I have download ITunes and it works great, I have Microsoft Office and it works great. And I have Outlook. One drawback is when you go on the web or use standard Windows software that is not an app, they do not seem to run smoothly as a tablet, you need a mouse. I have been using the supplied surface pen and it works as a mouse. The other is that it is heavy, I am not small and find it heavy, you can hold it with one hand but not for long, the built in support with 2 positions help. I have not found a game or software that does not work smoothly, I have not tried some of the more modern games that are heavy with graphics. But I played some games using my Xbox controller with the PC wireless connector, the surface recognized it right away and it work smoothly. Windows 8 took some getting used to and I like it, it is simple to use once you get to know it and works well, being able to go back to the old start screen is awesome, great for transferring music or video. One huge drawback is the account system. I have a separate Xbox account and Skype account, when I logged in for the first time the Surface Pro gave me a new Skype and Xbox account, I cannot switch it to my regular Skype or Xbox. I had to delete the Skype app and download the regular windows version and connect that way, it was easy to do and I pinned it to me apps so I use it as an app, but it would have been nice to use the actual Skype app o, the Surface. Have not found a solution for Xbox, but working on it. This is quite frustrating. I will write Microsoft on the issues and maybe one day this will all be in the past.
Pros Battery life is great, keyboard cover is awesome, stylus so good, speedy, options for SSD @ 64/128/256/512Gb, strong graphics performance, USB3.0, BT 4.0, best screen on market?
Cons Still slightly heavy but only for its size, not class
Summary This is THE product to have for mobility. Windows 8.1 is a welcomed improvement and the changes made from v1 are important and complete the product. I hope the Surface team can shave .3lbs in v3 to shut up the unnecessary complaints of this tablet PC being heavy, but I'm okay with it as is. Best in class PC option as long as 10.6" of screen real estate is acceptable for you.
Pros Great performance
Never saw that windows can run so smooth, its almost scary)))
Its a full laptop in a tablet form!!!
Its look amazing, and feels expensive.
Walcom stylus is awesome.
Cons I'm okay with the price, but wish they could include cover in the bundle.
Its a bit heavy.
I'm not quite sure about how long its can work on one charge, so far it was fine, but its always a room for some improvement.