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Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update debacle. Although Microsoft yanked the firmware package before every Surface Pro 2 user could upgrade it, some owners sent back their tablets for replacement, only to find, WinBeta reports, that the hardware returned had a newer generation of Intel Core i5 processor inside.

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Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Looking to buy a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet computer in time for Christmas? Don't go to the source. It seems the Surface situation over at the online Microsoft Store is bleak. The online retailer has been out of its two hero tablet models for "the past several days," reports Neowin. But they're out there if you know where to keep digging. "X" marks the spot after the jump.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is significantly more battery-efficient than it was when it first launched on Oct. 22, thanks to a firmware update pushed by Microsoft shortly thereafter. It's a whopping 25% more battery-efficient than it was in terms of intense Web browsing, and a noticeable 16% better when running video. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech ran the tests that demonstrated the improvement and ranked the results against various other devices.

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iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

The war is on for the most sought-after tablet on the market, and the differentiation between the front-runners appears now, more than ever, to be strikingly high. What we've got from Apple is the iPad Air, a new far-smaller iteration of the same Retina display as the 4th generation unit. From Google there's the Nexus 7 (2013), a low-priced high-powered Android tablet manufactured by ASUS. Microsoft's competitor in the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 works with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, making this battle a three-way fight between operating systems right off the bat.

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Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

With the ushering in of the second generation of Microsoft Surface devices in the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, the company decided to give their accessory line a boot as well. What you're seeing this week is a Type Cover 2, a Touch Cover 2, a Power Cover, and a Docking Station. These accessories will all be working with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as the original Surface Pro but will not work with the original Surface RT.

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Surface Remix Project hands-on: Microsoft aims for the touch DJ

Surface Remix Project hands-on: Microsoft aims for the touch DJ

If you weren't impressed by the rest of the wares shown off today by Microsoft at their Surface 2 event, there's one accessory you must have missed. This is the Surface Remix Project - one of a line of devices that'll be coming from the company in the near future to make use of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2's ability to work with quick-attach keyboard and touch accessories. Here we're aiming at touch-loving DJs with a drum machine vibe and intentions wholly musical.

UPDATE: This cover's name specifically is Music Cover, part of a Music Kit with its software aimed at musicians in the near future. This is, again, one of many Remix Project devices slated for the future.

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Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Microsoft isn't giving up on Windows 8 tablets, and the Surface Pro 2 is the slate that it expects to finally crack the market. Taking the original Surface Pro and refreshing it with Intel's fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processors, the new Surface Pro 2 takes advantage of the more battery-efficient chips to deliver longer runtimes, not to mention introducing more interesting accessories along the way. Read on for some first impressions.

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Surface Pro 2 official: not “reinventing the wheel” but “making it better”

Surface Pro 2 official: not “reinventing the wheel” but “making it better”

This week the folks at Microsoft have introduced the Surface family in a bit of a reboot, starting with the Surface Pro. As the company is making clear this week through their own Panos Panay, "reinventing the wheel is not the goal, making it better is." In other words, this isn't going to be a striking bit of change for the Surface Pro (or the non-pro Surface, for that matter), instead it'll be a collection of boosts.

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New Surface Pro Power Cover tipped to have built-in battery

New Surface Pro Power Cover tipped to have built-in battery

Despite Microsoft's Surface tablets, both RT and Pro, garnering mixed, if not mostly negative, reviews, the company seems to be intent on continuing the line, with rumors of a next generation Surface Pro tablet in the works. If so, Microsoft seems to be learning from its and others' mistakes and is planning to release a detachable cover that not only provides a keyboard but an extra power source as well.

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