New Surface Pro 2 firmware brings battery boost

New firmware for Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet has reduced power draw from the Wi-Fi, improving battery life.

Nic Healey Senior Editor / Australia
Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
Nic Healey

Despite only going on sale in Australia late last month, the Surface Pro 2 has already received a firmware update that vastly improves its battery life.

(Credit: Microsoft)

The update was designed to reduce the amount of power drawn by the Wi-Fi modem, and it seems to have succeeded admirably.

Tests by AnandTech saw the tablet last for over eight hours when browsing the web over Wi-Fi, a large jump up from its initial time of 6.68 hours. Similarly, video playback over a wireless connection now runs for 7.75 hours, up from 6.65 hours.

That said, the battery life of the Pro 2 still lags behind competitor products, such as the iPad and Google's Nexus 7.

(Credit: AnandTech)