The release of the Windows Surface tablets last year has been extremely well received due to the excellent integration of the functionality found in a full-featured laptop, with the fun and practicalities of a tablet PC. Windows remains to be the world’s most used operating system for home and business users and the idea of incorporating all the essential features of a laptop onto a tablet has been very appealing to many. Imagine, all the functionality of a laptop on your tablet!
Amidst all the rave reviews and impressive sales figures, the truth is, Windows Surface Pro tablets have remained, well, just another tablet choice in the market. There has not been a significant shift in consumer behavior, where many people will still happily pay more for a regular Android tablet or iPad, rather than to spend that money on a Windows tablet that can be used for both work and play. Is the new Windows Surface Pro 2 set out to change all that? Well let’s take a closer look.
Consumers often expect new gadget models to be thinner, lighter and faster than the previous models. The Surface Pro 2 falls a little short on that. At a glance, this new model looks almost identical to the previous model. Just to put in up front, those of you who are expecting a new look would most likely be a little disappointed with this one.
With that said, this new model does come with a big bag of goodies on the inside. For instance, it makes use of the new Intel Core i5 processor (4th generation) that not only provides more computing power and speed but also an improved battery life. Some independent tests out that showed that it can last close to 9 hours under rigorous use.
Some small changes have also been made to its flip up stand on the back. Unlike the first model that can be tilted at just at one angle, the new flip up stand on the Pro 2 can be pulled out further to further tilt back the tablet on a steeper anger. The optional keyboards (which remains to be the best tablet keyboards in the market) that work with the tablet have also been upgraded with a new backlit feature that is excellent for typing under low light conditions. We still wished that they tablet came packaged with the keyboard. It of course, comes with the new Windows 8.1 operating systems.
Overall, the improved performance, battery life and backlit keyboard are pretty decent improvements for the new Windows Surface Pro 2. But in reality, it has a long way to go in dominating the tablet market (that is if they ever had this intention in the first place). Looking at the hefty price tag, relatively bulky profile and the lack of any standout features, many consumers would still ultimately consider the Surface Pro as a fancy, super-slim ultrabook with touchscreen features. If Microsoft can pull off slimming down the Surface Pro, lowering its price while keeping all its current functions and features, the next Surface Pro 3 might just do the trick.
For a quick comparison between the iPad Air and the new Windows Surface Pro 2, click here.
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