I’ve been using the Surface 2 since I bought it Saturday. Bought the Touch Cover 2 a day after at Best Buy (Why the Microsoft Store ran out of stock when Best Buy didn’t boggles my mind). The Touch Cover 2 is very nice. Although, I really wish the typing would keep up with my pace and that I wouldn’t mistype my words most of the time.
After a week of playing around with the Surface 2 and now getting to spend time with the Touch Cover 2, I’m still trying to find my way with it. Obviously, since there is no feel, I really need to look at the keys before I type. On the other hand, the sound that it makes when typing when volume is on a high level is splendid. The black color can easily fade, so keep that in mind. The Touch Cover 2 is light and thin and connecting it to the Surface 2 gives it that satisfying click sound that made the original Surface RT famous. Hopefully, I’ll be skilled at typing on a flat keyboard cover in time. It’s not that bad, but I do feel a need to really press on the corresponding key for it to work. I like the fact that there is a backlight for typing at night when all the lights are off. I can say that there is potential, just that I need to improve on typing on a cover. Fortunately, autocorrect is always there to help me.
Now we come to the tablet itself. It’s beautiful. This screams out premium item and rightfully so. From the feel of the Surface 2 to the look, Microsoft clearly spared no expense in trying to convey that. It’s not creaky and the builders clearly paid every bit of attention to detail. The 1080p screen is beautiful. Coming from the original CR-48 Chromebook, everything is a huge improvement. From the processor to the performance, this is what a tablet should feel like. The CR-48 was a Netbook that while Chrome OS, browser wise could still run, I wouldn’t be surprised if the end of the road was nearing soon due to the old single-core Intel Atom Processor that it possesses. NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 Processor with 2GB RAM is sufficient enough to stream videos while running another app or Office. The 10.6-inch screen makes it perfect for Multi-tasking another two apps side-by-side. New for Windows RT 8.1, multitasking two apps can now share equal space. You’ve got the Modern UI for your apps and the Desktop for Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with the traditional Windows interface. The Modern UI is fast and sleek. The Desktop will consume a bit more memory, but not enough that it will slow down and lag.
Battery life is dependent on screen brightness and whether you have your display automatically turn off. It’s very bright and I’ve turned both auto brightness and the option to turn off the display automatically off. This means less battery life than usual. I’ve gotten around five hours with heavy YouTube, video watching and being in the Desktop. Your mileage will differ depending on how you’ll primarily use the Surface 2. For productive use, I’m sure it’ll last longer.
Edit: As of 11/12/13, the Surface 2 just received a hardware update that will increase battery life. Right now, I’m testing to see if there has been any improvements in battery life. I’m also noticing that there are times that the Touch Cover 2 either struggles to catch up at times when you type really fast or I’m not physically typing hard enough.
Second Edit: Finished battery life tests, looks like I lasted 5 hours with YouTube and video on for 2 hours. I was down to 30% when I went out and came back. Not bad. If I was just working, I think battery life would’ve lasted even longer. I still like the sounds the keys make even if the sounds aren’t necessarily real. I still like it, so this purchase was definitely worth it.