Surface Pro2



  • I just got a surface Pro 2 64 gig. And of course I got purple keyboard, ask anyone my team this is a big deal to me. So far I have to say I am impressed with it.
    First let me say this is not my first windows Tablet, I also have a Dell Venue Pro that I find clunky and not really usable for much.
    I also have had previous IPad's and currently have a IPad Mini and love it.
    But I have to say this is less like a Tablet and more like a Laptop. So I will be doing more of a comparison with my MacBook Pro than with my tablets.



  • For you this is extra handy since you don't have a Windows laptop like the rest of us.



  • I'm ordering one for our Technical Director. I quite fancy one myself, but I'm not sure what the advantages are over an Ultrabook?



  • i like em, but I also like network jacks



  • There is a docking station with a network port.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    There is a docking station with a network port.

    That's nice. What kind of display connections does it have available?



  • Product Description

    The Docking Station for Surface Pro gives you everything you need to get work done - a display port, an audio input/output jack, an Ethernet port, as well as a high-speed USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0 ports. Docking Station for Surface Pro includes four USB ports - one USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0 ports. Transfer large files to an external drive, plug into USB printers or headsets, charge multiple accessories, and more.



  • Does it support multiple displays?



  • No it doesn't on it's own or with the dock. You can use USB to VGA or HDMI adaptors however.



  • No multiple displays? I just heard @ajstringham 's head droop. Scratch that one off the wish list.



  • Bwahahaha



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    Product Description

    The Docking Station for Surface Pro gives you everything you need to get work done - a display port, an audio input/output jack, an Ethernet port, as well as a high-speed USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0 ports. Docking Station for Surface Pro includes four USB ports - one USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0 ports. Transfer large files to an external drive, plug into USB printers or headsets, charge multiple accessories, and more.

    That makes it sound like the dock is a required successory for maximising productivity.



  • You don't need the dock. On board it has 1 USB 3 port so you can connect a powered usb hub and to the USB to VGA adaptor via that. From what I am reading that works really well.



  • Tested so far:

    1. Office 365 installed very easy (as it should)
    2. OneNote is really awesome as I can handwrite notes on it (think steno pad) with the included stylus. This will be really nice when walking around a clients building just taking quick notes. You can also use Notepad and there is an option on the keyboard to get lined writing paper that changes it to text.
    3. Used LMI to work on my desktop works great, very little lag. Easy to use the stylus to move things around etc. the Stylus has a button that acts as your right click on a mouse.
    4. CRM is awesome on here (FYI it is now awesome on IPad and Windows 8 desktop as well)
    5. Using the stylus to convert to text works really well, and my hand writing is horrible.
    6. Skype is pretty awesome too both camera and sound are really good.
    7. Lync works great with the camera but the sound is choppy and digitized sounding. However with my Plantronics Legend UC via the USB dongle it works great, it didn't work great via Bluetooth though


  • @Minion-Queen said:

    No it doesn't on it's own or with the dock. You can use USB to VGA or HDMI adaptors however.

    Noooo!



  • One of my clients had the original Surface pro and loved it. As a lawyer he found the small size but with full POWER to be exactly what he was looking for.

    Personally I want something like the Asus Transformer Book Duet (https://www.asus.com/us/News/hnzqzGZ8TfSnrQTo) to replace my aging Asus Transformer Tf101. Larger screen, and dual OS makes it sound as if it could be the best of both worlds.



  • I tried an early one and hated it. So slow and unresponsive. Very painful to use.



  • The Surface Pro2 is anything but slow and unresponsive so far. I did a quick test of the first one and really disliked it as well.



  • Doesn't take much to be faster than my desktop. It's the touch screen that makes the responsiveness an issue.



  • It has two displays if you include the device itself as one display. That's how most laptop users I work with use their docking stations.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    It has two displays if you include the device itself as one display. That's how most laptop users I work with use their docking stations.

    I hate doing that. A key reason why I hate docking laptops.



  • I did connect my Surface to a 27" today for a bit via the USB-DVID adaptor. Worked very well and did use the Surface as one and the 27" as the second monitor. So I know it works very well.



  • The Surface Pro 2 has a mini Display port. That is what you are suppose to use to connect a second monitor by default. Of course that means you'll typically require a Mini Displayport dongle to convert to VGA or DVI since not to many monitors currently support direct input of Displayport yet.

    Using the Displayport and a USB video adapter you should be able to get 2+ additional screens besides the Surface Pro 2 itself.



  • Favorite thing so far is the easy of having everything synced with my desktop. So I can move to the couch or out on the deck and not miss a beat on Skype, lync, email even web pages I had last open.


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