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Thinking about committing my tax return on a Surface Pro 2. Thoughts?

#1APanasonicYouthPosted 3/8/2014 8:49:33 PM
The 256GB model for the 8 GB of RAM.

My laptop, though it was pretty nice when I bought it in 2008, is showing its age. I'm on the road all the time now due to school and lugging my laptop around is a pain. I game on it semi-regularly - primarily Civ V, SC2, TF2 and Diablo III, which all run moderately well.

I'd build my own rig, but a desktop isn't what I need at the moment.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't lusting after a SP2. I'm no hardware expert but it seems pretty powerful for a tablet/laptop hybrid. Gets nearly unanimous positive reviews, too. Expandable storage (microSD though, meh), USB 3.0 (only one though, meh), and no bundled Type Cover 2 or Office. I do froth at the mouth at the idea of playing Civ V with a touch screen, though...

I'm not terribly familiar with the tablet market, however, so I ask: any other tablet/laptop hybrids you guys would recommend? Any good/bad things to say about the SP2?

tl;dr - SP2 worth it for a student?
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#2Mr kittyPosted 3/8/2014 9:37:45 PM
I went with a nexus 7. The surface pro 2 is relatively expensive & it's overkill for my type of usage.

I do not tend to games outside of desktop usage.
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#3staticxtreme5Posted 3/8/2014 9:40:13 PM
The Surface Pro 2 is a nice device, so long as your primary use for it isn't gaming. It will handle some games decently but it certainly isn't designed for it.
#4cynicwithin2000Posted 3/8/2014 9:46:04 PM
I actually had this question about a month ago. I ended up buying a yoga 2 pro. You can use it as a tablet, but it still has a dedicated keyboard for gaming. The only downside is that it does not have wacom pen compatibility. But I've tried tf2 and diablo III on it and they run fine.
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#5drfirepantsPosted 3/8/2014 10:18:35 PM
I was wanting to do the same thing but I have to put my return towards other things. I think it's a pretty slick device, but expensive :/
#6Strike_Freedom2Posted 3/8/2014 11:00:33 PM
I choose the yoga 2 pro over the surface. It runs BF4, Bioshock Infinite, and Tomb Raider (only games i've tried so far).
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#7animanganimePosted 3/9/2014 12:20:53 AM
Go to a Microsoft store or bestbuy and try out the keyboard for it, I'm confident that you won't like it
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#8APanasonicYouth(Topic Creator)Posted 3/9/2014 12:53:31 AM
animanganime posted...
Go to a Microsoft store or bestbuy and try out the keyboard for it, I'm confident that you won't like it


Did you use the Touch Cover or Type Cover? Big difference.
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#9Melon_MasterPosted 3/9/2014 12:54:03 AM
I like my SP2, with reasonable settings it even runs Skyrim well. Especially since they now come with an updated i5-4300U, which is a good bit faster with zero battery hit.
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