Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet, NVIDIA Tegra 4, Windows RT 8.1 & Microsoft Office RT 2013, 10.6", 32GB, Wi-Fi, Magnesium

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Thinner, lighter and faster, with a stunning new Full HD screen, the Surface 2 is great for work and play. Running Windows 8.1 RT, Surface 2 comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student RT Edition, giving you access to your favourite Office apps out of the box, as well as thousands more to download from the Microsoft Store, including Xbox, music, movie, games and social networking apps. It also comes with subscriptions to SkyDrive and the Best of Skype, helping you get the most of your tablet as soon as you turn it on.

Key Features:

  • Super thin with a depth of just 8.9mm, Surface 2 is a thinner, lighter, yet still robust tablet, making it perfect to carry with you or slip into a bag while you travel. The VaporMg casing with a magnesium finish delivers excellent protection with a sophisticated look.

  • The 10.6", 16:9 display features a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, giving you a stunning Full HD picture, with 50% more accurate colours than in the previous model. The speakers have been improved too, so you can enjoy HD movies with immersive sound.

  • Use your Surface 2 on your lap or on a desk with no additional accessories, thanks to the improved kickstand. The kickstand is able to be placed at two angles, ensuring you a great view from any position.

  • Surface 2 is equipped with front and rear-facing LifeCam cameras to give you great quality photos and videos and crisp images when video calling on Skype. The front facing webcam features 3.5 megapixels spread over a 1/3" sensor, for a high quality image, even in low light, while the 5 megapixel rear camera is great for snapping high resolution photos and videos. 2 microphones also ensure that friends and family get the best sound possible over web chats.

  • Surface 2 features connectivity options normally found in larger, bulkier machines. A superfast USB 3.0 port will enable you to connect USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices, whether it's an external hard drive or a mouse, while HD video out will let you plug your Surface into an HD TV to share content with others on a big screen. A micoSDXC port will also give you the option of increasing storage space on your Surface and transferring data from microSD compatible devices much faster and quicker than with a cable.

  • A battery life of up to 10 hours will keep Surface 2 going all day without needing to plug in to recharge.

  • Surface comes with a 2 year subscription to SkyDrive, giving you 200GB's of cloud storage for free. SkyDrive can automatically sync your files and folders, saving them to the cloud as well as on your Surface, giving you access to them anywhere in the world. SkyDrive also gives you access to the Microsoft Office Web Apps, so you can create and edit documents, spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations and OneNote files on the go.

  • You'll also be given a year's subscription to Skype's Unlimited World Calling package for free calls to landlines in over 60 countries and unlimited Skype Wi-Fi at over 2 million hotspots in airports, hotels, train stations and cafés worldwide.

  • Keyboard Sold Separately.

Windows 8.1 RT:

  • Windows 8.1 RT has been designed to exclusively work with tablets and low power devices, to help you get the best out of your device without sacrificing battery life.

  • Windows 8.1 RT runs up to four times faster than Windows RT, giving you instant access to apps, games and documents.

  • The Microsoft Store features over 100,000 apps available to download, covering everything from news and productivity to gaming and social experiences.

  • You can run two apps at once thanks to the split-screen function, giving you control of your music as you work, or letting you look up an actor while you watch a movie.

  • Multiple user accounts will enable your whole family to get involved with Surface 2, with each account fully customisable and including parental control apps to keep your children safe.

  • Surface with Windows 8.1 RT comes installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT

  • Surface with Windows 8.1 RT features device encryption and comes with Windows Defender

  • *System software uses significant storage space; your storage capacity will be less. See surface PDF (opens in a new window)

Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Up to 10 hours
Bluetooth Enabled Information Wireless way of transferring data between electronic devices over short distances
Computer Support Helpline Information We offer access to a 90 day helpline when you buy a new laptop or desktop computer from John Lewis. The service is available for a period of 90 days from the date you make your purchase.
Free 90 day computer support
H211 x W378 x D52 mm
Ethernet Port Information Allows a connection to a router via a cable (available separately).
Graphics card Information Generate the images you see on your computer screen
Graphics card type Information A dedicated graphics card enables you to run advanced programmes such as games or design packages more smoothly. Computers without graphics cards run these programmes through their processors.
Hard drive Information Stores files and programmes. A portion of this may already be consumed by pre-installed data.
Headphone socket
Location Services
Memory (RAM) Information Random Access Memory (RAM) allows your computer to multitask.
Memory Card Slot Information A memory card slot allows you to transfer photos and files directly from a memory card.
microSD (up to 64GB)
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Operating system Information Determines the interface you see on screen and the types of programmes you can run.
Windows RT 8.1
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) Information The resolution of an image within a certain space. The more pixels per inch, the higher the detail on the screen.
Ports Information Ports used to connect other devices, for example USB to connect peripherals or HDMI to connect to a high definition display.
1 x USB 3.0, Micro HDMI
Processor Information The processor (also called CPU) is the "brain" of your computer and enables programmes to run.
Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4
Processor speed Information Determines how quickly programmes run. Processors with 'Turbo Boost' can enhance their performance to deal with more demanding tasks.
Screen finish Information A matte screen is easier to view in bright light. Gloss screens can provide more vivid colours.
Screen Resolution Information Picture quality defined by the number of individual dots (pixels) used to create an image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the image quality.
1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen size Information Measured diagonally.
Screen Type
ClearType Full HD IPS LCD Display
Accelerometer, gyroscope, Compass
SIM Card Type Information The size of SIM card required
Wi-Fi Only
Touch Screen
Voice Recognition
Webcam (front-facing) Information Used for making video calls
3.5 megapixels
Webcam (rear-facing) Information A camera on the back of the device, typically used for taking photos and videos.
5 megapixels
Wireless Display Information Allows wireless data streaming to a WiDi-enabled TV.
Wireless networking
Wi-Fi- 802.11a/b/g/n


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Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet, NVIDIA Tegra 4, Windows RT 8.1 & Microsoft Office RT 2013, 10.6", 32GB, Wi-Fi, Magnesium 4.6 5 14 14
Very good product I've been using this tablet for a month now and have had no issues or problems with it. I am very pleased with it. There are many tablets on the market, I spent a good while looking around at them and I am glad I chose this one. I have found the built in stand very useful! I very much like the built in security to - it's Microsoft so you can trust it and it's free. I bought the Touch Cover keyboard at the same time - I couldn't do without it now! 16 April 2014
Amazing tablet The Surface 2 is an amazing tablet. I mainly bought this tablet for doing my revision or doing my homework as it comes fully installed with Microsoft Office. The two position kickstand is brilliant for every surface. The only thing this product is lacking are the apps, the app store is good but has no where near enough compared to the Apple's IPad. Overall this tablet is amazing for student and business people, the super fast speed of the Surface makes it brilliant for surfing the web. 11 April 2014
A tablet computer for getting things done... well having some fun! I've had a Microsoft Surface Pro for a few months now, but it hasn't really changed the way I work and play. The Surface 2, however, is an all together different matter! First of all, the Surface 2 is lighter than the Surface Pro (or any traditional laptop), so it gets used in more scenarios. It works great on a desk, table, lap, or sofa. You can connect it to you TV or PC monitor via a cheep HDMI or VGA cable adapter. Second, the Surface 2 will run all day long on a single charge, so no need to pack the power charger. It has instant on, while also updating email etc. in the background. Third, the Surface 2 enables us to do all of the things that most of us tend to do on a laptop and on a tablet computer (e.g. iPad), but its design and functionality means there's much less of a compromise in either direction than with other devices. I've got an iPad, but I reach for the Surface 2 80% of the time these days. Microsoft Office RT is included in the price of the Surface 2, so all-in-all the device offers great value for money. If you have an old Windows XP PC and want a great replacement look no further. 08 March 2014
brilliiant Superfast tablet with premium quality feel &fantastic screen resolution.Only had it 4 days & bought the stylus & mouse for even more productive work.Was told by others it wouldn't print but it does & effortlessly.Does everything I want very quickly especially transferring files from USB.A great selling point was no antivirus was needed as its built in.Well done Microsoft. 06 March 2014
A fantastic bit a kit I did a lot a research before buying the Surface 2... In the end I asked myself what I needed and the Surface 2 gave everything and more... Office - Check Speed - Check Multi tasking - Check Light weight - Check Great screen - Check and of course the flip stand, two angles which are spot on... Honestly, I don't use my laptop at all now, Office is built in, Explorer 11 is fast and silky smooth, I can multitask, I can even listen to Spotify with a third party app, all sorted... The surface 2 is a work machine, it has more apps than you would believe reading the reviews, but if you want millions of apps, you have android or Apple. But seriously how many apps do you really use?? You can't install old windows programs, if you need this go for the Surface pro, but that is heavier and the battery doesn't last as long, you pays your money... Need a bigger screen, you can attached the Surface 2 to a monitor... Although I used it to show a YouTube clip in a workshop the other day and volume and picture fine for 10 people to see and hear!! I even tried some of my downloaded films - played flawlessly! Connects to any wireless I'm near - writing this in a coffee shop right now! I am extremely pleased with the Surface 2, it does everything I want and more - unreserved recommendation!! Oh, I bought the type keyboard cover, which is great and acts as a protective cover as well... Max : ) 05 March 2014
Work and play on the same device! The Microsoft Surface 2 is the successor to the Microsoft surface RT. It features rich graphics with its full HD (1920x1080) display perfect for sharp text or watching your latest movies. If performance is what you are after then the quad core NVIDIA tegra 4 processor (running at 1.7ghz) will certainly give you all the power you need to multi task. One of the unique features of the Microsoft surface is the direct USB 3.0 socket built into the tablet, it lets you transfer data 10 times faster then previous versions of USB technologies but having the socket on the device lets you connect a multitude of accessories directly to it including mice, keyboards, external HDDs, memory sticks or even digital cameras. The surface 2 also has Microsoft office fully installed as a permanent software giving you full access to Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook and fully compatible with desktop versions of office. This tablet certainly is a unique mix of work and play and must be seen in action to fully appreciate all it has to offer. 12 February 2014
so easy to use ! Read all the latest reviews and the blogs what were the downsides if any and always know that any problems would be handled by. John Lewis and at a very good price 29 January 2014
microsoft surface2 Brilliant product, I wanted a tablet with windows8 so I can use it like my computer but with much more ease than a computer, this is wonderful. My husband bought the ipad air from John Lewis in Ipswich but I consider the Microsoft surface2 to be much better. I definitely recommend this. It has everything you want - camera, video, Skype, internet, email, windows8, lots of free apps to download. It is slightly bigger than the ipad air but it is lightweight. All in all it is exactly what I want in a tablet. 28 January 2014
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