GSL 2014: Microsoft Surface 2 & 8.1 Update Hands-On

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The gadget Show Live has begun, and the event has already been impressive. Many top companies including Microsoft and Samsung are present at the NEC in Birmingham, and the show is buzzing with the latest tech. Here is my hands on with the brand new, Microsoft Surface 2.

The Microsoft Surface 2 is the next gen hybrid brought to you by Microsoft. I have always been interested in the Surface, and it definitely lived up to its expectations. My immediate impressions were good. The build quality of the devices was great. It felt really solid and sturdy, with a great feel to the back of the product. The device was quite weighty, but felt premium and not cheap at all. The kickstand, which is a main feature on the Surface, now has differ angles, allowing more viewing angles to be accessible for different purposes.

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One major feature I like about the tablet/laptop hybrid is the snap on keyboard cover. The keyboard is very thin, taking up hardly any room when storing the devices when it is attached. The keys are soft to touch, but responsive, and no need to push down hard. The attachment to the Surface is really good. You really need to pull hard to remove the keyboard cover. It doesn’t have a flimsy design and paints premium all over.

The new Surface 2, was running the Windows 8.1 update. I spoke about this in a recent article, and I got to get hands on with it. There isn’t major changes for the latest Windows OS, and as the changes are mainly for non-touch responsive products, it didn’t really make a big difference for me using the Surface. One feature however, that was impressive, is that apps downloaded from the app store can now be pinned to the desktop taskbar and viewed within the desktop. This is a great improvement from having to use the app in its on window, taking up the whole screen. Other features included easier shut down accessibility from the start menu, without having to slide in from the right.

Overall, my experience with the Microsoft Surface 2 was great. The whole Microsoft stand was well put together. I managed to get hands on with some other Windows Laptops, and some Windows Phone Devices, including the Lumia 1520.

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