Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT) comparison

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Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)

Microsoft Surface 2 (Windows RT)
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Asus Transformer Book T100

Asus Transformer Book T100
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Windows 8.1)
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Microsoft Surface RT

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Apple iPad Air

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Price $437 to $580 at 5 stores $349 to $419 at 9 stores $799 to $932 at 2 stores $237 at 1 store $450 to $499 at 4 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 11 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 3.5 stars out of 114 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews
Release date October 22, 2013 September 11, 2013 September 18, 2013 June 15, 2012 November 01, 2013
The Bottom Line The Microsoft Surface 2 is great for getting work done, but those looking for extensive app support (beyond Office) will find top Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets to be better options. The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat. Microsoft's subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface Pro 1.5 -- improved battery life and better accessories make it a worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it's still not an iPad-level category killer. If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps. Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

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Packaged contents Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable VaporMg case
Stand
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RAM installed size 2 GB
2 GB
4 GB
2 GB
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OS provided Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT
Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Apple iOS
Flash memory form factor Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Integrated
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Weight 1.49 lbs
2.4 lbs
2 lbs
676 g
1 lbs
Height 6.81 in
0.93 in
6.8 in
6.8 in
9.4 in
Input device type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Detachable keyboard
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Wireless connectivity Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n
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IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
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