Microsoft Surface 2 The Microsoft Surface 2 is a definite upgrade over 2012's Surface RT. It's faster, with a sharper screen, and houses better cameras.The Microsoft Surface 2 has a sturdy build, smooth gaming performance, and high-quality cameras. Windows RT 8.1 is easier to use than before, and the built-in photo-editing tools and Xbox Music are fantastic features. Office 2013 is included for free, and thanks to a new kickstand angle, the tablet is less likely to fall off your lap.
Where the Surface always performed was in gaming, and the Surface 2 is no exception. Running the onscreen Egypt HD 2.5 graphics benchmark the Surface 2 achieved a respectable score of 33fps. Running the 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme benchmark the Surface 2 scored an average of 8432, Ice Storm Unlimited averaged out at 12,787. These are very healthy scores that reflect our experience of a zippy machine even when running multiple processes.
Battery Life: Of course, the reason the Surface 2 uses Tegra 4 and not, say, an Intel processor, is to improve battery life -- though as the new Atom in the Asus Transformer Book T100 proved, the latest Atoms are very frugal, too.
Here the Surface 2 doesn’t disappoint. Microsoft claims 10 hours on a full charge, and we can’t fault its estimate. We spent a whole day using the Surface 2 on and off, using it to write, browse the internet and stream videos, and still had a comfortable 20-30% spare by the end of the day.
Our only real complaint here is that the auto-brightness system typically sets the screen a little dimmer than is comfortable, which means you’re constantly fiddling with it manually. 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. Specifications
Display type10.6 in
OSMicrosoft Windows 8.1 RT
ProcessorNVidia Tegra 4
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 4.0Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.81 in x 0.35 in x 6.81 in
Weight1.49 lbs Price:$449.99 VS HP Omni 10 The HP Omni 10's screen is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution IPS display and an Intel Bay Trail processor.The Omni 10 is relatively thin and feels appropriately heavy for a tablet its size.There is a Intel Atom Z3770 Quad core 2.39 GHz processor (CPU).The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).It feels like a solidly built slate with decent specs, but the lack of any exciting bells and whistles made it pale in comparison to some of HP's other tablets, not to mention other Windows 8.1 releases.You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.Despite its humdrum demeanor, the Omni 10 tablet packs enough of a punch for productivity, with 64GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The device also features a Micro-HDMI port.As the name Omni suggests, HP intends this tab for all around use and not specific business (like HP ElitePad) or home use (like HP Slate). Specifications
Display type10.1 in
OSMicrosoft Windows 8.1
ProcessorIntel Atom 1.5 GHz
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.24 in x 0.39 in x 7.17 in
Weight1.43 lbs Price:$400 VS Asus Transformer Book T100 The Asus Transformer Book T100 runs full Windows 8.1, comes with a keyboard, has great battery life, and is a steal if you can find it for $350.The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a fairly low-cost 10-inch Windows 8 tablet that can also function as a laptop thanks to its keyboard segment.So, the T100 looks like a netbook, and offers the same typing experience as a netbook. And it feels like one too: With the tablet docked so that it's in clamshell mode, the whole thing weighs 2.4 pounds (the tablet itself comes in at 1.2 pounds). It's just about as heavy as a netbook, and just as easy to carry in one hand, though it will still feel heavy compared to a Surface 2 with a Touch Cover attached.There is an upshot to the T100 only being able to handle average computing tasks - battery life. It managed to keep going for 10 hours and 45 minutes on 3D Mark's Home Battery test, which runs through a cycle of opening and closing applications and playing HD video files until no battery life remains. It means that you no longer have to plump lots of money for a Haswell-based laptop if battery life is high on the agenda to get hold of the full Windows experience.The Transformer Book T100 is a great value given the quality of the tablet and keyboard dock. It is as full-featured a hybrid as you will find, at a decent price.
But, The cramped keyboard feels like an old Netbook's used to; not as fast as zippier, larger, more expensive Windows products; display not that vibrant.
The bottom line: 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. Specifications
Display type10.1 in
OSMicrosoft Windows 8.1
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.4 in x 6.7 in x 0.93 in