Surface 2 Review: Conclusion
Microsoft hasn’t given up on selling a consumer tablet and, during the course of the Surface 2 review, I came to like a lot about this device. If you’re look for the best tablet to use as a mobile productivity tool, but find the Surface Pro 2 is either too big or too expensive, the Surface 2 is worth considering — but with some major caveats.
If you are buying a tablet for games or casual use, you’re still better off with an Apple iPad or an Android tablet, particularly the smaller form factor versions that are more affordable. Microsoft’s app store still pales in comparison to Apple’s or Google Play.
You can’t install full-blown Windows software on it (the way you can with the Surface Pro), but if you prefer operating in a Windows environment (even if it is RT) or plan to use the tablet frequently for work-related tasks that call upon Office apps, then the Microsoft Surface 2 is worth considering. But only if a Surface Pro 2 isn’t in the cards.
Pros on the Surface 2: Good performance, well-designed Surface 2 accessories, well-suited to light productivity use, built-in kickstand is useful.
Cons on the Surface 2: Limited app selection, Windows RT does not run Windows Pro software (limiting appeal to business users), 16:9 aspect ratio and size combine to make it awkward to hold, relatively heavy.
Surface 2 Overall Rating: 6/10
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.