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Surface Pro 2 review: This is the Windows tablet you're looking for

At a Glance

The Surface Pro 2 is the best attempt yet at a powerful PC hybrid, but software improvements would make it even better.

Price when rated: $1299

Pros

  • Powerful enough for modern PC games and other heavyweight uses
  • Added kickstand angle and Windows 8.1 upgrades help for laptop and tablet modes
  • Six-hour battery is enough to power lengthy work or play sessions

Cons

  • Tiny trackpad made worse by flawed software
  • Stylus is still easy to misplace
  • Many desktop apps not yet optimized for high pixel density
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At a Glance

The lowest-end Surface Pro 2 you can buy is faster than the previous generation's

Price when rated: $899.00
Lowest price: $799.00 via Microsoft Store
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