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The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« on: September 23, 2013, 06:39:24 PM »
Details and pre-order information here.

As an owner of a Surface RT, I can say that they can only get better, barring major firmware bugs (that will get fixed anyway seeing as Microsoft is very good at patching and support of their hardware and software).

(Also: the current Surface RT will still be sold as a lower-cost version)

What'd you think?

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The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« on: September 23, 2013, 06:39:24 PM »

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 08:04:02 PM »
I think netbook and ultrabook owners have something they should look into. iPad and Droid tablet owners are probably not overly interested.

That being said, they do look nice. If I was in the market for a new laptop, I'd give the Surface Pro 2 a serious look.
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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 06:14:57 AM »
I've actually got an iPad and a laptop right now, I must say the idea of combining the two seems appealing. I'm must not sure I could give up my mouse and rely on touch that way. The price point is impressive.

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2013, 12:22:28 PM »
I think netbook and ultrabook owners have something they should look into. iPad and Droid tablet owners are probably not overly interested.

That being said, they do look nice. If I was in the market for a new laptop, I'd give the Surface Pro 2 a serious look.

Just remember that it might be slightly more awkward to use that a real Ultrabook if you're thinking of using it on your lap, though the second generation Surfaces should fare better than the first generation Surfaces. They certainly are handsome and great performers.

I've actually got an iPad and a laptop right now, I must say the idea of combining the two seems appealing. I'm must not sure I could give up my mouse and rely on touch that way. The price point is impressive.

Well, there's a USB port and full Bluetooth support for all your mouse needs. Even supports adapted PS/2 mice if you're inclined. xD

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 06:14:11 AM »
I suppose if you really needed more than one USB port you could always plug in one of those USB strip things. I just can't help but wonder if it doesn't over-tax that one port on the computer though. Kind of like when you plug a million things into a power strip.

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 08:28:21 AM »
I suppose if you really needed more than one USB port you could always plug in one of those USB strip things. I just can't help but wonder if it doesn't over-tax that one port on the computer though. Kind of like when you plug a million things into a power strip.


It's a factor of both bandwidth and power.

A USB 2.0 port has 480 Mbps and 2.5 watts, and a USB 3.0 port has 5 Gbps and 5 watts normally. Don't go over them and it'll be fine.

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 06:52:33 AM »
I wonder how the 11-inch macbook air would compare besides being more expensive

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013, 07:16:41 AM »
Well, the internals are similar and the prices aren't too far either... The Surface series has more of a work-play feel compared to the Air's do-everything approach.

List of advantages for each:
Surface:
-full 1080p screen
-more portable
-removable keyboards IN COLORS
-plastic case is less prone to tiny dents
-can do video output without a $30 adapter

MacBook Air:
-more CPU power
-more ports (2x USB and Thunderbolt vs the Surfaces 1x USB and hdmi)
-better battery life
-access to iTunes and the wealth of stuff available there
-can even Virtualbox windows
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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2013, 04:58:27 PM »
Colorful keyboards are definitely a plus, but when the University decided to give me a refund that could only be spent in their bookstore and they only sell macs... I gotta say though I'm really happy with the macbook air

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2013, 01:25:01 AM »
Colorful keyboards are definitely a plus, but when the University decided to give me a refund that could only be spent in their bookstore and they only sell macs... I gotta say though I'm really happy with the macbook air
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Although personally I'd run to a MacBook Pro. Computers without dedicated graphics cards irk me... :|

Still, the Air is a great machine!  =)
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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2013, 05:16:08 AM »
The Air is a very portable machine that runs remarkably well for its size. It has its place in the market, but not in my backpack. My personal choice is the Pro, every time.
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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2013, 05:24:15 AM »
Same here. MacBook Pro is my goto choice for all things laptop. If I can't have a Pro, the Razer Blade Pro will back me up.
As far as tablets go, an iPad will be with me for the foreseeable future.
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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2013, 07:05:08 AM »
The flash storage and weight were big on my list, I know, I know, you can order the pro with the flash but it seems better in my thinking to have the one that was intended for flash

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Re: The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2013, 07:27:50 AM »
Actually all the MacBook Pro Retinas come with built in flash, and designed with it in mind.
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