Joanna Stern looks at the Surface 2

Microsoft is trying, but I just don’t see it working out for them. The biggest problem isn’t battery life, it’s that customers don’t want the Surface.



  • mvcmendes

    Which explains the “We’ve added the Surface logo. You’re using a Surface, you want people to know you’re using a Surface. Let them know.”. If you’re using a Surface, you don’t care if people know it or not. They do.

    • Jorge Santos

      It may be true if only Microsoft’s own employees use the Surface ;)

  • GadgetGav

    “A First Look” is right… is there some reason why neither of them touched the devices that were on the table in front of them? That looked very awkward, especially when the product GM leaned in towards it and had his hands close to it, but still didn’t quite touch it. Were they just showing static wallpaper screens, not actually running Win 8.1..?

  • Ivan

    Microsoft introduces windows laptops with detachable keyboards. (Sold separately.)

  • badhedgehog

    Ooh, a two-stop kickstand. wow.

  • John Kordyback

    If Microsoft isn’t going to get serious and invest in a Metro version of Office then no one is going to take the Surface seriously either.

  • pawhite524

    Anyone else think the return to $499 plus keyboard cost for an RT is risky?

    So the Surface Pro has better battery life but how about the RT 2? The MS GM mentioned only the Pro in that bit of news. And what about the hungry OS that reduced a 32 gig drive to about 18 gigs on the RT? Any improvement with that?

    As to the Pro, for over a $1000 with the nicer keyboard I’d still go with a MBA 11.6″ or 13.3″ especially with some of the deals pricing these whiz bangs at approx $940 and $1040, respectively.

    Oh, and I give the reporter a “D” for her lack of hard hitting interviewing. This was more of a feature promo to me…

  • Tafelapfel

    Ooh yeah, a notebook with detachable keyboard. Or so it looks from the videos, because the device was only used in landscape and like every notebook or ultrabook out there. So no need for a detachable keyboard or this (slightly improved) kick-stand in the first place …

  • Peter Moeser

    You need Flash to watch the link…

    I think that says more than enough

  • adrianoconnor

    Surface pro is actually quite cool because of the built in wacom digitizer. It’s like a cross between a MacBook Air (same specs) and a Cintiq (though not quite as sensitive). You should watch the Penny-Arcade video of using the Surface to sketch in Photoshop. That alone makes me want one, but I think it could be a good general purpose Windows machine (I need one because I’m a developer).

    That said, I won’t buy one, I’ll stick with my MacBook Air :)