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Microsoft Surface 2 review: specs and price

Microsoft Surface 2
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Microsoft Surface 2

Why is Microsoft Surface 2 better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    1080 x 1920pxvs1.99MP
  • CPU speed
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    4 x 1.7GHzvs4.25GHz
  • Screen size
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    10.6"vs9.27"
  • Thickness
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    8.9mmvs9.16mm
  • Megapixels (front camera)
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    3.5MPvs2.55MP
  • USB version
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    3vs2.13
  • Number of microphones
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    2vs1.25
  • GPU clock speed
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    672MHzvs487.39MHz

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Design

1.weight

676g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

8.9mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.height

172mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
4.width

275mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Display

1.resolution

1080 x 1920px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.screen size

10.6"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
3.LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixels
Microsoft Surface 2
The device has an LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixel, resulting in sharp and crisp images. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.
4.has a touch screen
Microsoft Surface 2
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

Performance

1.CPU speed

4 x 1.7GHz

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.RAM

2GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.has an external memory slot
Microsoft Surface 2
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
4.internal storage

32GB

The internal storage, also called read-only memory (ROM), refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.semiconductor size
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.
6.Has integrated graphics
Microsoft Surface 2 (Nvidia Tegra 4)
With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

3.5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.video recording (main camera)

720 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a front camera
Microsoft Surface 2
A front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
5.Can create panoramas in-camera
Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1)
It allows you to take multiple photos capturing different parts of the scene, and then joins them together into a single photo.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Microsoft Surface 2
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Microsoft Surface 2
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.number of microphones

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Battery

1.has a battery level indicator
Microsoft Surface 2
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
2.has a rechargeable battery
Microsoft Surface 2
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Features

1.has an HDMI output
Microsoft Surface 2
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.Supports widgets
Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
3.has NFC
Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1)
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
4.The browser has word wrap
Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
5.has a gyroscope
Microsoft Surface 2
A gyroscope is a sensor that tracks the orientation of a device, more specifically by measuring the angular rotational velocity. Initially, they were built using a spinning rotor to detect changes in orientation, like twisting or rotation.
6.USB version

3

Newer USB versions are faster and have better power management.

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