It’s not particularly light — just under a kilo, in fact — but the new Surface Pro 2 is very sturdy, encased in magnesium and feeling very sturdy. The two position kickstand also makes it easy to stand the tablet up in one of two ways, emulating the way you use a laptop when paired with one off the typing covers.
For what it’s worth, Microsoft has nearly nailed this machine, but there are a few things going against it.
One of them is the price, which is just positively expensive. With a starting price of $1019 for the 64GB model, this is an expensive tablet computer. In fact, the pricing continues all the way up to $2039 if you want the 512GB model, with the keyboard case not included and adding another $100 or so to the equation.
Now if you don’t want to spend much, a thousand dollars is the minimum you can really put down for a Surface Pro 2, and with only 64GB inside, after Windows 8.1 is installed, you only find around 40GB for you to work with.
Thankfully, there’s a micro SD card slot to expand this, but it’s still a lot of money for what amounts to a tablet with not a lot of storage.
There also isn’t a lot of room to move as far as connectivity options go, with only one USB 3.0 port. Essentially, it’s a tablet with the innards of an Ultrabook, but only one USB 3.0 port means that very little can be plugged into this computer when you’re on the go.
While the Surface 2 provided a decent tablet experience that looked like Windows 8 and yet provided virtually none of the compatibility Windows 8 users could hope for, the Surface Pro 2 is a different beast altogether, revealing a solid Windows 8 tablet experience with all of the compatibility you could want.
It’s a little heavy and quite expensive, but between the speed, the excellent screen, and the solid battery life, customers who end up on the Surface Pro 2 will be very happy, if not a few dollars lighter than they might expect.