The Surface Pro 2 is a Windows 8.1 tablet from Microsoft. It’s part of the second-generation of Surface devices. Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 2 at a press event on September 23, 2013. The device was released a month later on October 22nd. The Surface Pro 2 has been very well received by users and critics.

The Surface Pro 2 is the second Windows 8 tablet from Microsoft. The first was the Surface Pro launched the prior year. The Surface Pro 2 is a continuation of that initial device, but with improved specifications, battery life and a small change to the integrated kickstand.

The Surface Pro 2 introduced a significant bump in specs from the previous model. Up front you’ll find a ClearType 10.6-inch screen with a 1080p display. You get an eye-pleasing 208 pixels-per-inch with this display. Inside you’ll find a dual-core 1.9 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. This is a fourth generation Intel Core i5 and significantly improved battery life for the Surface Pro 2. Average reports suggest that 7 to 8 hours of battery life can be expected with normal use on the Surface Pro 2.

There are four configurations of the Surface Pro 2 available. They differ only in memory and storage capacity. Here are the various ways you can get a Surface Pro 2:

  • 4GB of RAM + 64GB of storage
  • 4GB of RAM + 128GB of storage
  • 8GB of RAM + 256GB of storage
  • 8GB of RAM + 512GB of Storage

All Surface Pro 2 models can expand their storage through the microSD card reader. The Surface Pro 2 also comes with a Wacom stylus pen that supports pressure sensitivity. There are no LTE versions of the Surface Pro 2 available. Unlike the Surface 2, a Windows RT tablet, that does include an LTE model.

The Surface Pro 2 improves upon the original integrated kickstand found in the Surface Pro by offering an additional viewing angle. The Surface Pro 2 comes with 200GB of OneDrive storage for two years plus one year of free Skype calls.

The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 and is available through the Microsoft Store and other retailers.