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Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity

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Posted October 22, 2013

Whether or not you like Microsoft’s updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs.

 
Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity
In this Sept. 23, 2013, file photo, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 is introduced, in New York. Whether or not you like Microsoft’s updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. The tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
 

On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. People used to the hundreds of thousands of apps on those devices will be disappointed.

Both new tablets go on sale Tuesday. The Surface 2 starts at $449 and runs a lightweight version of Windows 8.1 called RT, meaning it works only with apps designed specifically for it. The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 and runs a full version of Windows 8.1, so it also works with programs designed for traditional desktops and laptops, including Photoshop and Quicken personal-finance software. Microsoft also will continue to sell last year’s Surface RT model for $349.

Function over fashion

Microsoft takes a lot of pride in the new devices’ redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on. The inclusion of a second kickstand position makes typing on your lap as comfortable as typing at your desk.

Read more at: Phys.org

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