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We’ve really enjoyed all the positive feedback we’ve received on Surface Pro 2. Keep it coming! We love the product and we’re glad that you do too. We’ve also seen a lot of comments about how it “feels” so much faster and better, along with questions about what exactly we did to improve it so much over Surface Pro. We thought we’d take a little time to share with you what we did to make a great product even better and deliver all the performance that you expect from a high-end laptop with Surface Pro 2.
We started by adding more memory and storage choices:
Next, we set out to extend the Surface Pro 2 battery so that it lasts throughout the day.
However, we didn’t stop with a processor change. Our engineering team made numerous design changes that add up to a 75 percent battery life improvement over the original Surface Pro, without increasing the battery capacity, product size, or weight. Yep, 75 percent. The internal lithium-ion battery lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge. And yes, this is active use– seven hours tested by browsing the web or watching videos.
Here some of the changes we made:
The Surface Pro battery is a long-life component designed to meet more than 1200 full charge and discharge cycles, and the embedded firmware manages the battery charging to avoid shallow ‘topping off cycles’, which can have a negative effect on long term battery capacity.
In order to replace a laptop, Surface Pro 2 is furiously fast; 10 to 20 percent faster than the original Surface Pro, depending upon the amount of RAM available. And what about graphics? The Intel HD4400 GPU is 50% faster than the original Surface Pro. This performance improvement is across the board and especially apparent in graphics-intensive apps.
We also improved the speed of the internal buses, so that communication between the CPU and internal subsystems delivers full performance.
Another area that we focused on was making Surface Pro 2 quieter and the case cooler to touch. To do this, we improved the accuracy of the thermal sensing and cooling regulation. This way, the cooling fans run less often, and with fewer revolutions per minute (RPM) - and a slower fan is a quieter fan.
The Surface Pro 2 display is Full High-Definition 1080p, with ClearType Display Technology. The 0.7mm glass cover is optically bonded with an integrated touch sensor. The high contrast ratio of the display provides one of the lowest front reflections on the market, which means less glare and eye strain.
The colors on Surface Pro 2 are crisper, richer, and much more accurate. To do this, we carefully measured the colors on Surface Pro 2 and created a display primary matrix with color look-up tables (LUTs). This process, known as display color characterization, remaps the colors you see onscreen so that you see a true representation of the original colors.
Initially you’ll see the color improvements in apps that understand monitor profiles, and in the coming months you’ll see this improvement in color quality everywhere—when you take and view photos, watch movies, and check out the tiles on the Start screen (the system-wide color improvements are coming soon in a Windows Update). The improved rendition of colors is especially helpful when using photo and video editing software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere.
We improved the overall color accuracy of the Surface Pro 2 display by about 46%. Below is a side by side comparison of the standard ColorChecker Color Rendition Chart on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2.
Color Rendition Chart on Surface Pro Color Rendition Chart on Surface Pro 2
The colors on Surface Pro 2 are richer and better match the standard ColorChecker Color Rendition Chart.
In order to make the transition between road warrior and desktop master super simple, we created a dock for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Our Docking Station lets you quickly connect to all of your desktop PC peripherals in a single step.
The Docking Station Ports:
We also made a couple of changes to improve the typing in your lap experience, which we’re calling lapability.
First we added another kickstand position: a 40 degree angle for typing on your lap, or a desk if you’re so inclined. We also made Type Cover 2 more rigid, for a better in-lap typing experience.
We improved the speaker sound and added Dolby® Digital Plus, so that you’ll have the best possible audio experience from the built-in speakers.
Dolby Digital Plus features:
Great Inking Experience
And finally, we leveraged all the richness of pen computing at Microsoft over the past 15 years. The Surface Pen that comes with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 is light and well balanced. It supports 1024 levels of pressure, meaning that you have control of the thickness or darkness of the lines you’re creating based on how hard you press the pen against the screen. It fits nicely in your hand and writes smoothly on the display glass. Both Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 have Palm Block technology that prevents accidental actuations (when the pen gets close to the display, touch is deactivated). ClearType and the optically bonded display bring the pen tip closer to the ink, helping with accuracy and delivering a great inking experience.
We’re very excited about all the improvements we’ve made in Surface Pro 2. Many of the improvements are a result of customer feedback. So please keep the feedback coming and we’ll continue to challenge ourselves.
Senior Director of Product Development – Surface Pro 2
Distinguished Scientist – Surface
I have used the surface pro 2 for a while now and it is just 1st class.
You can read my full thoughts here, given without reward I must say.
Honest and user based assessment of the Surface Pro 2, the true one device!
On your docking station, why only 100Mb ethernet? And only one USB 3.0? That is a deal killer for me!
I got the surface 2 pro and I think it's an amazing product, I am a really high end user and was looking for a working tool.
probably the only tablet that can do great handwriting in a natural way except for the android based Samsung galaxy note family.
I do have two things that I am very disappointed about
first one is the back camera, as a great working tool, I would expect to be able to take picture \ scan a document and then put me notes and writing on the digital edition
the rear camera which comes with the device is so bad that I have to scan the document with my phone, move it to the computer and then only I can put my noted on the document, too bulky process for such an important task.
the second issue is probably a bug related to the WIFI adapter which loose connection every once in a while and only after shutting the WIFI and reconnecting the device is back on track.
would be happy the hear an official response.
I really love my new surface 2. The only thing I really find anoying is the fact of being terrible to handwrite on the screen to take notes, for exemple with OneNote. The writing gets terrible. Much worse than the Asus Vivotab Smart with capacitive display that I had before. From Microsoft they told me that the Windows 8.1 RT didn't have the same controllers than Windows 8.1 pro.
Will they offer controller updates in the future to solve this kind of problems?
An adapter for an external battery needs to be developed. I have been using an iPad for several years to take notes in all day meetings that last 8 to 10 hours where I don't have the option to plug in to an AC outlet. I have been using an external battery pack that kept the iPad fully charged for more than 10 hours of constant, uninterrupted use. It used a USB cable. It seems to me that the planned car charger platform could be easily modified for a USB connector. Is that in the works?
Surface Pro 2 is quieter device which i gone through. It also give more power backup than its predecessors. I read article which explains the features and performance about Surface pro 2 check out www.gadgetride.com/.../microsofts-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2.html
We have an Outlook Add-in which installs a custom form (amongst other things) in Outlook. Would the Surface 2 or RT allow us to install our custom form??
Simply the best product I bought so far ... but what's really annoying: no possibility for repairement ... except a 500€ exchange through microsoft for a overworked model from someone else ... that's not ecological and also not very pleasant for each person, which bought a SP2 :/
One of the things that I am very worried about on the Surface Pro 2 is firmware support for long-term battery health. I've summarized in the following post:
Is there any way that we could see an update for this in the future?
I am LIVING better battery, performance, display and colors. Thanks Surface Team!
I question the inclusion of a 10/100 Ethernet port on the docking station, instead of a megabit Ethernet port. It's hard to imagine a significant cost difference between the two. Is there a technical reason for this decision?
"we updated to Mini DisplayPort version 1.2, so you can daisy chain multiple monitors after an upcoming Windows Update"
Now I understand this may be difficult to answer currently, but any idea on when this Update may be coming out... roughly at least? Or at least, could you say that it's in the pipeline for the next update or perhaps even further down?
- Are you'll planning to open up your APIs so that more developers can make customized touch covers?
- Are you'll going to introduce an update cycle for those who have bought the Surface Pro 1 and wish to upgrade?
- When will these family of devices support international warranty?