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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Surface Pro 2 introduced

Surface Pro 2 specs

New Surface 2

Surface 2

Surface 2

Integrated kickstand

Kickstand detail

Lap in action

Accessories

Power cover closed

Power cover open

Docking station

Docking station specs

New color Type Covers

Color Type cover

Now with a backlight

New Touch Cover

Touch with backlight

More sensitive to Touch

Surface apps

Gaming

Office

Skype

Free service on Surface

SkyDrive could service

SkyDrive

200GB SkyDrive free

Surface lineup

Microsoft's Panos Panay holding the new Surface Pro 2 tablet. It will sell for $899, and hits 21 markets on October 22.

Surface 2: Read CNET's First Take

Surface Pro 2: Read CNET's First Take

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The Surface Pro 2 has a large 10-inch screen, a full Intel Core i5 processor, and a 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution display -- all specs you might find in a high-end ultraportable laptop.
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Microsoft also revealed the Surface 2, the less expensive version of the Surface Pro 2 and a step up from the Surface RT (which remains in the lineup). It has the same 1,920x1,080 screen as the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 starts at $449.
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It's a lighter color now to show the "true color" of the magnesium.
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It's thinner and lighter than the RT, and battery life is 25 percent longer. It also has an updated 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor.
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Both of the new Surface tablets feature an improved version of Microsoft's integrated kickstand. Panay says it's "the evolution of the kickstand." The new version opens into two different positions, to accommodate different heights of user.
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The two-position kickstand mechanism.
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The new version is more lap-compatible.
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A range of new accessories was also introduced.
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A new keyboard cover with integrated battery extends battery life by 2.5 times. Here it is closed...
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...and open.
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Another important new accessory is a docking station, which will sell for $199.
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The station can connect to numerous accessories, including high-resolution desktop monitors.
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The new version of the Type Cover (without an integrated battery) is now available in multiple colors for $129.99.
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The new version is thinner...
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...and now includes backlighting. Finally.
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Microsoft also unveiled a new Touch Cover ($119.99), which supplies a full touch-sensitive keyboard but lacks the discrete keys of the Type Cover.
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Just like the Type Cover, the Touch's keys are backlit.
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The new version of the Touch Cover has more sensors, so it should help eliminate typing errors and dropped keys.
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Last year there were 10,000 apps in the Windows Store. There are 100,000 apps now.
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Microsoft's demo also included gaming using an Xbox 360 controller.
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Office is free on the Microsoft Surface.
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Here's a Skype call in action using a Surface.
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Microsoft is also throwing in free international calling from Skype, and free hot-spot Wi-Fi access for a year.
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File saves on Surface automatically default to Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service.
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Microsoft says everything syncs seamlessly with the cloud, which is great if the Surface gets lost or stolen.
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Microsoft is offering 200GB of storage free for the first two years to people who buy a Surface 2.
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Here's a summary of the new Surface lineup. See the links below for more information.

Surface 2: Read CNET's First Take

Surface Pro 2: Read CNET's First Take

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