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Surface 2 review: Cautious upgrades don't help a tablet in desperate need of relevance

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At a Glance

Microsoft's second attempt at an entry-level Surface tablet includes negligible spec bumps, and not much more.

Price when rated: $449
Lowest price: $299.00 via Microsoft Store

Pros

  • Beautiful, high-res screen.
  • Great battery life.

Cons

  • Too few distinguishing upgrade features.
  • Desktop remains in Windows RT 8.1.
  • Apps ecosystem continues to stumble.
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