What do you do when you put a lot of money into a seemingly bold experiment project, fail miserably at gaining a foothold in the market and lose more money than Bill Gates can count? If you’re Microsoft, you go for a do-over.
The thing with do-overs is they’re pretty pointless when you make the same mistakes as the first time you failed. In the case of the Surface Pro 2, the sequel to last year’s poorly received first-gen Surface Pro, you keep the price bar much too high.
Namely, the new tab will apparently start at $899 (with 64 GB of on-board storage) sans any included accessories if you don’t count the built-in kickstand. To be fair, the kickstand been tweaked and now supposedly adds value to the slate.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to upgrades and advancements. The Surface Pro 2 runs Windows 8.1 out the box, packs state-of-the-art Intel Haswell speed, includes 4GB or 8GB of RAM and sports a 10.6-inch full HD screen that’s now capable of displaying 46% more accurate colors.
The battery life has been considerably boosted courtesy of the new Haswell chips, from 4-5 hours to close to 8 hours. The connectivity options include everything you could ever need and more: USB 2.0 and 3.0, Ethernet, a MiniDisplayPort, but all these are located on the new $200 docking station. That’ll ship in early 2014.
Bottom line, this is way cooler than last year’s Surface. It’s crisper, faster, stronger, smoother, but is it worth $900 (plus 200 for the dock)? Not really. Oh well, the holidays are coming and you know what that means – discounts galore.