Surface 2 Review: Snappy Performance, Useful Accessories
The Surface 2 was a snappy performer too. Web pages loaded almost instantly — some faster than on my PC or laptop. This caught me a bit off-guard. The Surface 2 has handled everything I’ve tried, from HD movies to games, web browsing and running Office apps without any lag, hesitation or crashes.
One of the advantages MSFT has over its tablet competitors is the line of Surface-branded accessories it offers. Not all of them are available for the Surface 2 (the Docking Station is Surface Pro only, for example), but the Surface Touch Cover 2 Microsoft sent along with the tablet really makes it shine as a productivity tool.
I’ve tried using the Apple iPad and Android tablets as on-the-road laptop replacements, but even with Bluetooth wireless keyboards, I’ve quickly thrown in the towel. However, I was able to write my entire Microsoft Surface 2 review using the Surface 2 itself (making use of the Surface Touch Cover 2 and Word for Windows RT 2013). And it didn’t feel like I was just “making it work.” To me that’s a first, and it’s impressive.
Battery life for the Surface 2 did seem a bit on the low side at 7 or so hours … but I was often using the Bluetooth keyboard cover which may have had a negative impact.