Unfortunately, the entry-level,
After two days of testing the Surface 2 at work and home, I was reminded of the old adage about
But it remains to be seen whether there will be a third version, since the Surface 2 is based on Windows RT, a forlorn operating system that's been largely abandoned by the rest of the PC industry.
The Surface 2 goes on sale Tuesday alongside a new version of the more powerful and capable Surface Pro. The latter costs twice as much --
With all sorts of new tablets going on sale this holiday season, including new iPads expected to be unveiled Tuesday, it might be wise to wait before taking the plunge on a Surface 2.
I wouldn't be surprised if
I wanted to like the Surface 2. It's pretty impressive for what's only the second generation of the computer produced by
But after experiencing several hiccups during a two-day trial -- including a frozen keyboard, occasional app hang-ups and a few abruptly closing browser windows -- I decided it's not yet a tablet that I'd buy for work or home use.
If it cost
There are some things to like. The cool slab is just a third of an inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. Its 10.6-inch touch screen has been upgraded to full 1080p resolution, and its battery is claimed to last 10 hours, two hours longer than the original Surface, which
The Surface 2 does some cool tricks and comes with Microsoft Office, so it can be used for work as well as browsing, watching videos, playing games and most other things people do with tablets. With its split-screen capability, you can do several at once.
During Thursday's Seahawks game, the Surface 2 was a perfectly fine substitute for the iPad I normally use for email and browsing on the couch.
Later that night I watched part of a TV show via the Surface Netflix app, which is superior to the
But the next morning, when I propped up the Surface on the kitchen counter to squeeze in some work over breakfast, its
I tried three different Surface keyboards and none worked. Finally I went into the system controls and did a "refresh" -- a 15-minute process -- and the keyboards started working again.
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