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Is the Surface Pro 2 worth it?

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Ok so right now I have a 1st generation iPad Mini. I love it, it's great I just wish it did a lot more. I've been looking at the Surface Pro 2 which will only cost me around £170 if I can sell my iP… Read More
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
Ok so right now I have a 1st generation iPad Mini. I love it, it's great I just wish it did a lot more.
I've been looking at the Surface Pro 2 which will only cost me around £170 if I can sell my iPad.

A few things that attracting me to it are it's:
- Form Factor
- Speed (compared to other tablets)
- Ability to run games from steam)
- Everything a Laptop can do
- Photoshop

Although it's price right now is around £350 - £400, is it worth getting or should I be looking at a light powerful notebook/laptop? Thanks for any help :P
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
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So I had an iPad Air, Sony Vaio laptop and my Note 3/4 phone.
I used my iPad a lot but, I had to regularly grab my laptop to do other stuff, ie download stuff for Plex :p.

I then briefly used an 8" Windows tablet and it was good, my partner got a Surface so then I had to get one :p. She's got the first gen and I've got the second gen.
Since getting it, I barely used my iPad and it's now sold and has been for a few weeks. My laptop hadnt been switched on for ages either, I finally restored it a few days ago and listed it for sale today on Gumtree.

I was browsing HUK and saw this thread on my Surface and was using it as a tablet, I've just pulled the keyboard round though so I can reply to this message. - I did prefer the keyboard on the iPad, more specifically I had installed Swype on the iPad with iOS8 so for long bits of writing the on screen keyboard isn't that great for me but, I have the Type Cover for the Surface which works great.

I still have to sometimes get my head around it being a multi device. Ie I downloaded something to watch the other day while using my Surface as a "laptop" (keyboard and USB mouse connected). Once we'd finished watching, I grabbed the Surface in tablet form and went to download another program and I still have it in my head that I downloaded the previous program on a different device.

Also great when I wanted to show my partner something in bed this morning, I just brought the tablet though after connecting it to my hard drive in the living room and getting the file :D. Made me love it even more being able to do that.
By the same token my partner also hasn't touched her laptop since getting the Surface and also sold an iPad Mini (her 8" Windows tablet totally replaced the iPad Mini and laptop so made sense to get a Surface :)).

Quick edit: My only niggle with it is like ceanth said above, only one USB port and I like to use a USB mouse so when I do plug my external hard drive in or a USB I have to disconnect my mouse. Will be getting a USB hub for it soon though I think :).

Edited By: bex85 on Dec 02, 2014 17:02

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#1
I really want one as well but the price tag is putting me off. The flexibility of a tablet, with an i5 4th gen, hd Graphics and a 10" screen that runs a full version of Windows 8 is pretty tempting. However all that it had over the 1st gen pro is a 4th Gen opposed to 3rd gen and Intel 4400 instead of 4000 HD graphics so if you can settle for a little speed difference and slightly worse off graphics save yourself some money and get the surface one pro (Y)
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Willsmith6669
I really want one as well but the price tag is putting me off. The flexibility of a tablet, with an i5 4th gen, hd Graphics and a 10" screen that runs a full version of Windows 8 is pretty tempting. However all that it had over the 1st gen pro is a 4th Gen opposed to 3rd gen and Intel 4400 instead of 4000 HD graphics so if you can settle for a little speed difference and slightly worse off graphics save yourself some money and get the surface one pro (Y)

I really want the more powerful option though, my friend has the first gen & says he wishes he spent a bit more for the pro 2, but im in this loop where I say, If i'm spending that much I may aswell get a pro 3 but the price they are charging for that is ridiculous :/
#3
I have a Surface Pro 2, 8GB RAM model which is my work computer. I must admit I do really like it. I think that Windows 8 works really well on this device. At home I use it in the tablet interface, internet explorer works really well, just as good as my wifes ipad.

At work I hit the desktop button, connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse and I have a proper computer.

The form factor is excellent, very small. Gaming wise I have BattleFIeld 3 installed from Steam and its just about playable with the graphics dropped down.

My top 3 things I like about the device:

1. Form Factor, I can now have a small backpack rather then ones of those chucky ones
2. Run desktop applications and games
3. Use it as a "tablet" at home or in bed
4. Battery life is AMAZING. This thing keeps on going forever. I can get at least 5 hours of use out of it.

My top 3 things I don't like about it:
1. Only one USB port. I have a usb hub connected but it would have been nice to have one more
2. Microsoft A/V port: There is no VGA port on the device, you have to buy an adaptor which has a female VGA port. A little annoying if you move around a lot as you'll need to buy more of these or carry it with you
3. Metal Finish: While the build quality is excellent I have found that the black paint has started coming off. You don't really see this on the front of the device but its visable on the bottom and around the charger port.

I would highly recommend it if your not too much into playing games. As a universal device its perfect.
#4
So I had an iPad Air, Sony Vaio laptop and my Note 3/4 phone.
I used my iPad a lot but, I had to regularly grab my laptop to do other stuff, ie download stuff for Plex :p.

I then briefly used an 8" Windows tablet and it was good, my partner got a Surface so then I had to get one :p. She's got the first gen and I've got the second gen.
Since getting it, I barely used my iPad and it's now sold and has been for a few weeks. My laptop hadnt been switched on for ages either, I finally restored it a few days ago and listed it for sale today on Gumtree.

I was browsing HUK and saw this thread on my Surface and was using it as a tablet, I've just pulled the keyboard round though so I can reply to this message. - I did prefer the keyboard on the iPad, more specifically I had installed Swype on the iPad with iOS8 so for long bits of writing the on screen keyboard isn't that great for me but, I have the Type Cover for the Surface which works great.

I still have to sometimes get my head around it being a multi device. Ie I downloaded something to watch the other day while using my Surface as a "laptop" (keyboard and USB mouse connected). Once we'd finished watching, I grabbed the Surface in tablet form and went to download another program and I still have it in my head that I downloaded the previous program on a different device.

Also great when I wanted to show my partner something in bed this morning, I just brought the tablet though after connecting it to my hard drive in the living room and getting the file :D. Made me love it even more being able to do that.
By the same token my partner also hasn't touched her laptop since getting the Surface and also sold an iPad Mini (her 8" Windows tablet totally replaced the iPad Mini and laptop so made sense to get a Surface :)).

Quick edit: My only niggle with it is like ceanth said above, only one USB port and I like to use a USB mouse so when I do plug my external hard drive in or a USB I have to disconnect my mouse. Will be getting a USB hub for it soon though I think :).

Edited By: bex85 on Dec 02, 2014 17:02
#5
I bought the i5 128gb one from scan a few weeks ago.
Advantages - i do feel like I'm using my ipad mini 1 less (mainly as going online is a nightmare atm - very slow), I also think the screen is slightly better and you can definitely do a lot more with this than the ipad.
Disadvantages:
My main criticism is the battery and if you are planing on using it for general web browsing/listening to music/youtube i wouldn't advise spending/getting this and it is also quite heavy.
I bought mine as i needed something for doing some occasional work so i had to get a windows laptop/tablet and so treated myself to this and I bought all the adapters to go with it - usb Ethernet adapter/usb 3 hub and usb display adapter. Very happy that I bought it and dont regret it at all.

Edited By: vinsona85 on Dec 02, 2014 19:13
#6
Thanks for the answers! <3 Would you say £450 for the i5, 128GB model is a good buy? :)
#7
gamebantz
Thanks for the answers! <3 Would you say £450 for the i5, 128GB model is a good buy? :)
I think they were on offer for £400 a couple weeks back, Scan had been selling them for about £440 - I personally got mine from CEX A grade for £425.
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bex85
gamebantz
Thanks for the answers! <3 Would you say £450 for the i5, 128GB model is a good buy? :)
I think they were on offer for £400 a couple weeks back, Scan had been selling them for about £440 - I personally got mine from CEX A grade for £425.

Nice the price I'm talking about includes the backlit keyboard, do CEX include it?
#9
gamebantz
bex85
gamebantz
Thanks for the answers! <3 Would you say £450 for the i5, 128GB model is a good buy? :)
I think they were on offer for £400 a couple weeks back, Scan had been selling them for about £440 - I personally got mine from CEX A grade for £425.

Nice the price I'm talking about includes the backlit keyboard, do CEX include it?
Nope, if it includes the backlit keyboard, thats about the best price you can get!
I got the black backlit keyboard from CEX for £48, was listed as B grade but really, should have been A grade - I'm not complaining for the price though! My partners now got that (well was bought for her originally anyway :p) and I got the Cyan Type keyboard 2 (backlit) for £80 from Currys. Also picked up the last Touch Cover first gen for £30 in the local area from a different store.
#10
bex85
gamebantz
bex85
gamebantz
Thanks for the answers! <3 Would you say £450 for the i5, 128GB model is a good buy? :)
I think they were on offer for £400 a couple weeks back, Scan had been selling them for about £440 - I personally got mine from CEX A grade for £425.

Nice the price I'm talking about includes the backlit keyboard, do CEX include it?
Nope, if it includes the backlit keyboard, thats about the best price you can get!
I got the black backlit keyboard from CEX for £48, was listed as B grade but really, should have been A grade - I'm not complaining for the price though! My partners now got that (well was bought for her originally anyway :p) and I got the Cyan Type keyboard 2 (backlit) for £80 from Currys. Also picked up the last Touch Cover first gen for £30 in the local area from a different store.

Cool, sounds like a good deal then, thanks :P

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