Microsoft Surface 2 RT - a powerful, classy, ​​controversial

Plates were already relatively long came into use, replacing partly laptops and netbooks. Especially popular are these mobile gadgets among youth, however, and in the business sector on the plates demand is only growing with each passing year.

If initially this category of devices associated mainly with the iPad, but recently Apple's share of the tablet market is falling. On the one hand, attacking numerous cheap Android-competitors, on the other - began appearing Windows-model. Among the latter occupies a special place ruler tablets Microsoft Surface, which also tends to take its position in this market. And today will be a speech about one of these devices - Surface 2 RT.

Surface 2 tablet comes with a preinstalled operating system Windows RT 8.1 - an operating system that is optimized for thin and light computers. Resolution 10, 6-inch display is 1920x1080 pixels. Inside it has a quad-core Tegra 4 processor with a clock frequency of 1, 9 and 72 GHz-core (sounds creepy) video card NVIDIA GeForce ULP. The other features include 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of user memory (+ slot microSDXC). Some models of Tablet Surface 2: Surface 2 (AT & T 4G LTE) and Surface 2 (4G) - have built-in connectivity to mobile broadband networks, which you can use to connect to the Internet, if the Wi-Fi network is not available. In addition, the version sold with 64 GB of internal memory.

Display: 10, 6 & quot ;, 1920 × 1080 px, ClearType Full HD
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 (Cortex-A15, 1.9 GHz, 4 cores)
Graphics Processing Unit: 72-core NVIDIA GeForce® ULP
Operating System: Windows RT 8.1
Memory: 2 GB
User Memory: + 32GB slot microSDXC
Camera: Front - 3, 5 megapixel, back - 5MP
Optional: 2 × 2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI, port USB 3.0, mini-jack 3, 5 mm, light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass
Battery: 31, 5 Wh
Dimensions: 275 x 173 x 8, 9 mm
Weight: 676 Gram
Price: $ 374 (13 000)

The tablet comes in a strict and massive black box in size more appropriate for the ultrabook. From this black box with a skewed right side looks white box, which is located and the tablet itself.

On the reverse side of the package main advantages of the tablet in three languages ​​(English, German and Italian) and license information with a guarantee. The side of the version of the memory.

Next we meet the light side of the box with a single inscription '' Surface ''.

The box opens like a great book. Inside, carefully lay the tablet and charge him.

Also present bukletiki and some bonuses. When buying a tablet Surface 2 user receives 200 GB of cloud storage OneDrive for two years (there is a promo code for activation). And besides, Skype gives an annual subscription, namely the unlimited free calls to landlines in 60 countries ( Russia is on the list, despite the sanctions i>), unlimited Internet connection through Skype Wi-Fi in public access zones Wi-Fi (more than a million worldwide), and technical support in the form of chat, and of course disable third-party advertising in Skype. Please note: free Skype subscription available within 90 days of purchase Surface 2.

The power supply as in other similar devices, only with colored stickers Windows 8.

Output Current - 2A.

USB cable or headset is not supplied.

Together with the tablet I ordered another keyboard and Type Cover 2 (she sold separately and is not included). Box she certainly is not as steep as that of the main unit, but it looks decent. Accessory simply attached to a cardboard box and stuffed into clear plastic.

Material keyboard is pleasant to the touch, more like rough velvet fabric, but most likely it melkofakturny hard plastic. Only here the keyboard is very good collecting dust ... Like Cover Smart Cover for iPad or Galaxy Tab, Type Cover 2 not only protects the screen of the device, but also removes it from sleep mode (when opened) or, on the contrary, puts the device into sleep mode (when closing).

Keyboard module has a standard keyboard, and support for a combination of typical problems, and touchpad with the recognition of different gestures. The keys have a good move and well thought out layout. Afflicts only the absence PrintScreen keys too small and Enter (still one of the most popular buttons;-)). And, perhaps, one more negative - a small area of ​​the touchpad (and the place allows it to increase, strange decision), as well as its material. The fact that it does not stand out visually, and tactilely its boundaries you feel. On the one hand it is beautiful, but from a practical point of view is not always convenient. Surprisingly, the touchpad works well and quickly recognizes scrolling or zooming.

Keyboard is attached to the plate with a magnet: it is enough to bring them closer to 5-7 mm - and they will literally be attracted to each other, accompanying the process of snaps.

Microsoft's new generation of tablets significantly improved Type Cover 2, it became even thinner now thickness of only 5 mm. Also added and integrated lighting keys. Moreover, this adaptive lights (there is a proximity sensor)! It's very simple - presented to her hand, and she lit up, well, or you can simply press any key.

Interesting point: Type Cover 2 can be wrapped on the back side of the body, and it will stop working until you will not return it back - the intelligent accessory determines not only the connection, but the orientation in order to avoid accidental clicks. But still feeling the keys under your fingers - not the usual, it's very confusing.

Since the device is to order from the United States, of course, on the Type Cover 2 only English letters. Here are three ways to resolve the problem: do laser engraving, paint marker to letters or labels. And, well, or do nothing at all and leave only the Latin alphabet. Decided to go through the first and 500 rubles a local service in 10 minutes caused Russian letters. Externally caused letters look absolutely the same way as native English, highlighting also works on Russian letters. What happened - you can see in the photo above. Now, let's quickly move on to our device.

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The plate looks solid and expensive, but cute. The edges are not smoothed-bevelled, as it is now fashionable, and quite clearly defined. Because of this, the device looks a bit angular. The display is surrounded by wide fields, for which it is convenient to hold the tablet without obscuring the screen.

Above is the front camera, front microphone, light sensor, and LED camera works.

The front surface is allocated only the Windows logo 8, which is very interesting to beat in the form of faces. The touch, clicking on which you can always get to the main menu OS.

Housing Surface RT 2 is made of a magnesium alloy (Microsoft itself calls him VaporMg ) which is lighter and stronger than aluminum and has a plastic insert on the upper end in order to pass WiFi-signal. Rear faces the tablet sloping, tapering toward the rear side, but without the smoothing. That is, the rear surface of the same straight line as the front, but smaller in size.

On a plastic insert placed rear camera and microphone.

The main feature of the tablet certainly stand! Have it saves you from having to buy a docking station or look for some other ways to fixed vertical mounting plate. True, this metal plate takes half devices (although not bulging), but can flex at two positions. The whole structure is held very firmly, do not feel that now something will develop or change to another mode.

One position is ideal for typing on the table, and another - for typing on the lap. The only, albeit a very significant drawback coasters - it's impossible to adjust the angle of inclination. But experts from Microsoft provided the angles at which to work comfortably with the tablet.

For convenient poddevaniya stand on the left side of the tablet there is a small ledge. A slot is located behind the stand microSDXC.

On the right side we see one of the two speakers, and a full microHDMI connector port USB 3.0. As for the USB-port, then connect to it calmly external hard drives and flash drives, and can be charged through it and other gadgets. Adapters and cables to connect the tablet Surface 2 to an HDTV are sold separately and are not included.

Just below is the connector for the charger, which uses a magnetic lock, not a physical anchorage connector.

5-pin connector connects to devaysu (in this case even appropriate to use "clips") magnet, and no matter what polarity. After connecting the white LED lights. In the photo it is not, because it was not there for the socket connection.

The left side is the second speaker, volume control and audio jack 3, 5 mm. The very sound quality is good, plays clean, but not very loud. To view the series at home or on a trip is fine.

By the way, Kickstarter already there were special "ears" that are placed on the corners of Surface reinforce sound ten decibels, but it does not require additional power. They just prevent the dissipation of sound and send it directly to the user. I just tried to embrace the dynamics of palms and, indeed, the volume increased slightly. So it is quite a useful accessory for owners Surface!

The top of the power button only. What I did not like, so this switch with a single tap. Sometimes you just want to check whether the device is on or off, and push - and immediately activated.

And on the bottom are the main contacts for connecting accessories: keyboard-cover. The tablet is quite thin - not like the MacBook Air, but still thinner than most other models.

The whole design looks really nice. It looks like a laptop, only more portable and compact.

However, the paint that covered the device over time with frequent friction on the surface can get off, exposing the true color of the material. Therefore it is better to take care of before buying a case.

The tablet is equipped with a screen diagonal of 10, 6 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080, with the result that is 208 pixels per inch (ppi). Display Surface is covered with glass, and has an anti-glare filter oleophobic coating.

Acceptable colors, contrast is high. The image is dominated by "cold" shade. White is really white, but the black color is especially angled acquire a little purple. On the bright sunlight to see anything is possible only at maximum brightness. By the way, there is no problem with it - its here with a reserve. In subdued daylight and artificial light for me was comfortable brightness approximately 50-60%.

Display Surface 2 RT supports ClearType and multitouch on five points.

Front camera 2 Surface allows you to call even in poor light. Picture through the darkness get enough juicy. Microsoft really responsible approach to the implementation of WEB-cameras, positioning Surface as a reference device for video calls in Skype. Front camera 3.5 MP gives an excellent picture of high resolution, even in low light.

At 5 MP camera in normal lighting conditions you get good pictures with natural colors, if not to find fault with detail. Focusing problems arose.

The video quality is generally decent, lets you shoot in 1080p and stereo.

Surface 2 RT is running mobile-tablet operating system, Windows RT 8.1. Today, when the market is filled with tablets on a full Windows 8, the choice is less functional Windows RT can be explained only by the need to install a tablet SoC architecture ARM.

With the arrival of the last major update came shortcut button and a search bar menu power control plate directly on the home screen, next to the avatar and username in the upper right corner. And near the navigation buttons on the panel "Applications" from the home screen indicator is the number of new applications installed on your system.

In applications appeared sorting by name, date installed, and the frequency of use categories. I like the third sorting, and left her.

On the RT version only significant difference from the older version while the main drawback is the lack of OS to run applications from other versions of the family Windows. This means that in addition to the preset programs there is nothing to install just will not work, and the choice of software is limited only by the proposals of the Windows Store. Incidentally, at this time the store has about 160 000 applications.

The problem is also compounded by the strange company policy - a ban on the installation of applications from any source other than the app store. However, you can make a kind of "Jailbreak" to lift this ban. Then you can run any application compiled for the architecture of ARM, the benefit list of such applications already save up enough large. Only unfortunately for the new version of Windows 8.1 jailbreak is not yet released, but soon will necessarily!

In Windows RT present traditional desktop panel, notifications and tags. You can create folders and documents, sort them, and change the desktop background.

There is also a conductor, and the ability to work with files in Windows 8. However, in the interface section work only a few pre-installed programs - this Office, Scissors, Paint and others. And let me remind you the new programs that would have the usual window interface of Windows 8, you can not put (in the shop all the programs are running in the tiled interface and pass it on moderation).

Drawback that I noticed when using windowing - a blur of some elements. Most likely this is related to unfinished minus scaling. If your HD blur fonts are not so noticeable, then FullHD looks not very pretty. It is possible that the update will remove this bug, but so far looks like this.

In Windows RT has a significant advantage in comparison with Windows 8: This is the pre-existence and totally free office suite Microsoft Office 2013 (whereas in a normal Windows 8 pre-installed Office is not, it will have to buy).

However, be prepared for the fact that MS Office on Windows RT is not quite the same Office, both for Windows 7/8. Firstly, it contains only four applications with a familiar interface: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Outlook comes in the form of tile Mail app. In addition, the Office interface is slightly different from the standard PC version (it is evident desire to optimize for touch-control), and most importantly - no support for macros and ActiveX.

Another interesting point is multitasking. At RT it is implemented at a good level, familiar to the full Windows. Until that can be active Flash-player on a web page, and the user is currently engaged in other tasks.

In the tiled interface is also present convenient switching between applications. There is a way to simultaneously view and manage two applications. You can, for example, 75% of the screen to open a browser or video, and the remaining 25% correspond to Skype. On other operating systems have to switch between applications, which is not always convenient.

And not necessarily to the second application was Metro style.

We should talk about Internet Explorer. You will not believe, but it is not that old and buggy otkryvalschik Internet, and convenient browser with support for gestures. I am sure that many owners of the TouchPad or laptops will agree with me. Incidentally, in IE works full Flash-Player. For many - is an important parameter, for example, to play your favorite game in the social. networks. But plugins Java and Silverlight can not be set.

Very cool implemented integration with cloud services OneDrive. Edit the document on your PC or laptop, save it. Then run Microsoft Word on the tablet and in recent documents have already seen our file, open it and you can continue to work with him. If you want your files synchronized and were always available offline, then do not forget to enable this feature.




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