Microsoft Surface 2

· · · Tablet

Microsoft Surface 2 was launched last month and thanks to Ian, the media is able to purchase it at a media discount. The retail price of a Surface 2 is S$618 for 32GB and S$748 for 64GB. I bought the 32GB version.

I bought the Microsoft Surface 2 because I wanted to have a Windows tablet to complete the “family” since I have an Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 7.

Been using it for a few weeks and I love the slightly bigger screen as compared to the iPad Air. Everything is pretty snappy with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.7GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Because there is no LTE variant of the Surface 2 in Singapore, this is pretty much a stay-home device. Oh and there is Plex App for Windows which cost US$5.99 that allows you to stream movies/tv shows from your Plex server!

I don’t really use Microsoft Office much these days but Windows RT 8.1 comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

Remember to update to Windows 8.1 Update the moment you get your Surface 2 as the update is out!

Technical Specifications

Surface 2
OS Windows RT 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.
Exterior 275 mm x 173 mm x 8.9 mm
676
VaporMg casing
Magnesium (Silver) color
Volume and power buttons
Storage 32GB or 64GB
Display 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
1920×1080 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
5-point multitouch
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz quad core
2 GB of RAM
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy technology
Battery 10 hours of video playback
7–15 days idle life
Cameras and A/V 3.5MP front-facing camera
5MP rear-facing camera
1080p video capture
Two microphones (with noise cancellation)
Stereo speakers (digitally enhanced for fuller sound)
Ports Full-size USB 3.0
MicroSDXC card reader
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Power Supply 24W power supply
Warranty one-year limited hardware warranty
Apps (included) Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Music, Video, Games, Skype, Fresh Paint, Calculator, Reading List, Reader, Scan, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Help, Camera, OneDrive, Sound Recorder and more
Pricing
(SGD inclusive of GST)
32GB: $618
64GB: $748

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Front
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Front

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Back
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Back

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Inner
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Inner

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Open
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Open

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Open
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Open

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Contents
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Contents

Microsoft Surface 2 - 3-Pin Plug Back
Microsoft Surface 2 – 3-Pin Plug Back

Microsoft Surface 2 - 3-Pin Plug Front
Microsoft Surface 2 – 3-Pin Plug Front

Microsoft Surface 2 - Power Adapter
Microsoft Surface 2 – Power Adapter

Microsoft Surface 2 - Power Adapter
Microsoft Surface 2 – Power Adapter

Microsoft Surface 2 - Power Adapter With 3-Pin Plug
Microsoft Surface 2 – Power Adapter With 3-Pin Plug

Microsoft Surface 2 - Magnetic Cable Head
Microsoft Surface 2 – Magnetic Cable Head

Microsoft Surface 2 - Front
Microsoft Surface 2 – Front

Microsoft Surface 2 - Back
Microsoft Surface 2 – Back

Microsoft Surface 2 - Left
Microsoft Surface 2 – Left

Microsoft Surface 2 - Right
Microsoft Surface 2 – Right

Microsoft Surface 2 - Top
Microsoft Surface 2 – Top

Microsoft Surface 2 - Bottom
Microsoft Surface 2 – Bottom

My favourite feature of the Surface 2 is the new kickstand which holds itself up without the need of a cover!

Microsoft Surface 2 - Kickstand Back
Microsoft Surface 2 – Kickstand Back

Microsoft Surface 2 - Kickstand Side
Microsoft Surface 2 – Kickstand Side

Microsoft Surface 2 - Kickstand Bottom
Microsoft Surface 2 – Kickstand Bottom

Microsoft Surface 2 - Start Screen
Microsoft Surface 2 – Start Screen

Microsoft Surface 2 - Desktop
Microsoft Surface 2 – Desktop

Microsoft took a cue from the Apple’s MagSafe for the Surface 2. It has a magnetic charging head that can be attached to the Surface 2 easily. There is also a light indicator to indicate that it is charging, but unfortunately it will not turn off or green when the charge is full as I expected it to be.

Microsoft Surface 2 - Charging
Microsoft Surface 2 – Charging

Microsoft Surface 2
Microsoft Surface 2

If you are wondering what theme am I using in the below screenshots, I am using the North Island theme. Also to print screen on the Surface 2, press and hold the Start Button and than the volume down button. The screenshot will be captured and place in “This PC -> Pictures -> Screenshot”.

Microsoft Surface 2 - Start Screen
Microsoft Surface 2 – Start Screen

Microsoft Surface 2 - Start Screen
Microsoft Surface 2 – Start Screen

The number 1 complain of Windows Store/Windows Phone Store is the very limited amount of apps on it. I think Windows Phone Store is getting better and I hope eventually Windows Store as well. The first few apps I downloaded are always Social, Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare. There is no Instagram, so I am using Instametrogram which work pretty well. I am still waiting for a WordPress app on it. If you are using Feedly, you need to get Nextgen Reader, it is the best reader app out there.

Ironically, I can’t buy any apps from Windows Store (I am trying to buy Nextgen Reader) because when I try to add a payment method, I got the error “There was an error setting up your payment method” and it offers no way to solve it. When I login to Microsoft Commerce, it states my account is locked and ask me to contact customer support with the error code “(8032-[2]-47a37bc1-59f9-4569-8ff0-d71eae80f296)”. Best of all, there is no email or number to call for me to contact their customer support and I have to Google for it. Here is the link, https://gethelp.live.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx or if you are in Singapore, you can call this number 1 800 818 5235.

Nevertheless, my account was unlocked after 2 working days thanks to Ian and now I can buy apps from the Windows Store!

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