Presenting the Pro 2
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.
An OS update
The device runs on the next version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.1. In fact, the Surface Pro 2's October 22 sale date is just five days after Microsoft is supposed to release Windows 8.1.
Take it as a tablet
Though the ingenious detachable keyboard covers are one of the best things about the Surface Pro 2, it is a tablet at heart. So, when you're ready for some touch-screen action, just put the keyboard cover aside and tap away.
A Surface favorite
Speaking of the Type Cover, it's thinner this time around, but with the island-style keys that are shallow and usable. The Type Cover is $129 for the basic version, but MS also showed us a second kind of Type Cover that includes an integrated battery.
Choose your color
The Type Cover comes in multiple colors, from bland to bright.
Or try the Touch Cover
The Touch Cover (left) is thinner, as well. It has the same flat keys that work, but offers less tactile feedback than serious typists need.
The built-in kickstand now adjusts to two different angles, making the screen easier to see from different positions. Microsoft says the new angle is 40 degrees, while the original was about 24 degrees.
'Surface' is in
The logo branding on the back panel is different, reading "Surface" rather than "Microsoft."
Slim and trim
The Surface Pro 2 retains a svelte profile. The five dots in the center are the connection points for the keyboard covers.
For your headphones
On one side you'll find the volume rocker and an audio in/out jack.
For your cable needs
Of course, the Surface Pro 2 would be nothing without a USB port.
Sure, cameras on tablets are a controversial subject, but the Surface has one. Here's the lens on the back.