Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, Windows 8.1 Pro, 10.6", 256GB, Wi-Fi, Black

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With more power, longer battery life, better colours, improved speakers and stunning graphics, the Surface Pro 2 from Microsoft delivers the full power of a PC in tablet form. Running on an fourth generation Intel Core processor, Surface Pro 2 brings you Microsoft Windows 8.1 at its best.

Product Highlights:

  • Powered by a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor, Surface Pro 2 delivers snappy performance and visuals, whether you're creating word documents and browsing the internet, or playing the latest games. This version of Surface Pro 2 also comes with 8GB of RAM giving you enough power to edit raw 6K video on the go.

  • Intel's Haswell processor delivers superb performance with low power consumption. This means, the Surface Pro 2 can perform for longer without needing to charge, with a battery life of up to 8 hours. It also allows for a much cooler, quieter experience.

  • Windows 8.1 delivers the best of Windows 8, along with the return of some of your favourite features from previous versions of Windows. Run legacy apps in desktop mode, with full use of the newly restored Start Button, or download apps from the Windows Store on the Start Screen for fast and intuitive touch based controls.

  • 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 Pro 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.

  • Connect mice, external hard drives, USB sticks and more with the ultra fast USB 3.0 port. Plug in a microSD card up to 64GB to enhance your system’s storage capacity and even output to projectors and monitors using the Mini DisplayPort.

  • 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.

  • The included stylus pen is the ideal way to navigate the touch screen interface on the go. Take notes, draw pictures and more, this stylus updates a traditional way of recording information with a technology twist.

  • Connect to the internet using the built-in Wi-Fi receiver, and transfer files wirelessly with superfast Bluetooth 4.0. Two HD cameras, on the front and the back ensure high quality images, whether you’re making a video call or taking a photo.

Please note: Microsoft Office is not included on with Surface Pro 2. To use Microsoft Office it must be purchased separately.

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

Accessories Included
Stylus, AC adapter
Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Up to 8 hours
Bluetooth Enabled Information Wireless way of transferring data between electronic devices over short distances
Yes - 4.0
CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Information Whether this machine can play/burn Blu-ray discs, DVDs or CDs.
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
H173 x W274.6 x D13.5 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
Intel HD Graphics 4400
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 will already be consumer by pre-installed data. A solid state drive has fewer moving parts so allows for a quicker start up as well as providing more security if your computer is dropped.
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 8.1 Pro
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.
1x USB 3.0, 1x mini DisplayPort
Processor Information The processor (also called CPU) is the "brain" of your computer and enables programmes to run.
Dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U
Processor speed Information Determines how quickly programmes run. Processors with 'Turbo Boost' can enhance their performance to deal with more demanding tasks.
1.6GHz to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost
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
LCD capacitive touchscreen
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
1.2 megapixels
Webcam (rear-facing) Information A camera on the back of the device, typically used for taking photos and videos.
1.2 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 Pro 2, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, Windows 8.1 Pro, 10.6", 256GB, Wi-Fi, Black 5 5 9 9
First rate Tablet/Netbook The addition of the Keyboard afforded good protection, Windows 8.1 is ok once you get used to the shortcut keys to revert to the traditional desktop. All in all, very satisfied. 09 July 2014
A tablet which also replaced my desktop computer. I am very pleased with the Surface Pro 2 purchase it's a great tablet and has worked flawlessly. It came with an extra 1 year warranty and a discount of £100. I would recommend anyone wanting to buy a Windows 8 tablet to seriously consider it. I use it as a desktop computer replacing my previous rather large desktop computer. 08 July 2014
Fantastic machine I took a very long time making up my mind to purchase this machine, and eventually went ahead in early April. It has changed the way I work! Initially I was cautious, and kept my trusty old laptop running in parallel, but this was quickly consigned to history as I got used to working with the surface. The crunch test came last week on a trip to Moscow. I left behind both laptop and iPad, relying instead on the Surface to cover all my professional and personal requirements. The machine lived up to expectations in all respects, and I can honestly say I have not been so impressed for a long time. I did have a little difficulty getting Outlook to synchronise my IMAP folders in GMail, but that is a software problem (now resolved), nothing to do with the actual machine. I purchased a docking station from the US on ebay (can't find anyone selling it in the UK yet), and it works like a dream. A great machine all round. Now to find out if it's up to the rigours of being on the road all the time...! 21 April 2014
A Fun Tablet with Attitude This is not just a tablet, but a fully fledged computer. A computer that has the power to run server applications like SQL server. I have also used it for Virtualization running server software. The 8GB of RAM and SSD combined with the 64bit 4th generation Intel professor allows this to be done with ease and at lightening speeds. The tablet side of the Surface Pro 2 is also great fun, especially with Windows 8.1. The screen is bright and clear, the battery life is between 8 to 10 hours, and the build of the device is generally solid. I say generally because I have had a screen problem with a blemish behind the glass; but all credit to John Lewis, as they exchange the device with no quibble. 19 February 2014
Fab Fab device - I am using this device my desktop replacement - brill 11 February 2014
stunning success microsoft I agree with the earlier reviewer. Dont believe the negative reviews about these machines. There is NOTHING on the market like them, so comparisons to ipads etc are nonsense. I bought this version as I'm an IT developer and wanted the 8GB of ram. I'm running all my development apps including SQL server and its effortless and speedy. Boot up is near instant as is loading apps. Running full Office 2013 pro on it, runs like a dream. Plus office 2013 recognises its on a tablet and adjust button locations accordingly - very impressive. And when you're finished working, you can use it like a tablet and play games etc to your hearts content. I travel extensively and this is now the only machine I take with me. I bought the type cover as well and thats much easier than using the on-screen keyboard. "possibly" the closest thing you could compare this to is the macbook air (but they are more expensive feature-for-feature and still dont run office), but thats a hinged laptop so not really a tablet format. If there was anything i'd change about it, its only that perhaps they could have made the screen 11.5" and reduced the bezel to gain a little more real estate, but I'm just being picky!. Its a FANTASTIC machine. 31 January 2014
Brilliant Device!! I had the 1st version and have just bought the new version. This not just a tablet it's a fully functional PC that can run everything you would run on your laptop and tower. Since I bought this I have not touched our iPad, it's vastly more powerful and does everything from gaming to development and everything in between. Microsoft really need to get the message out there as this device has really changed the way I work, all our clients comment on the device when used in presentations. If you pair this up with a docking station as I do it really come into it's own, I sit down at work, plug in one cable and it drives 4 screens, full size keyboard and mouse, at the end of the day I disconnect it and I use it to browse the web and send email in the evening on my lap, love it!!! 08 November 2013
Fantastic Device Don't be fooled by poorly written reviews in the media by people who don't understand what this device is or who it is aimed at. It is a powerful, fully fledged computer, faster and lighter than most ultra-books on the market in a tablet form factor (Albeit a thick and heavy tablet). A lot of people complain about the price but even a quick look at comparable hardware in ultra-books shows it is competitive. Not only that but it comes with a fantastic HD touch screen with digitizer. I work as a software developer and it runs all the software I need like a dream including a database server. I also do photography as a hobby and having a highly portable computer that can run Adobe software is fantastic. There are a few annoyances -They should have bundled the Type2 keyboard with it, it's annoying sticking the stylus on the side with a magnet, the power cable is a bit fiddly and there is a learning curve to Windows 8.1. But if you want a truly productive computer with maximum portability then look no further you will quickly learn to love it. 05 November 2013
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