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  1. berty6294's Avatar
    Well since I bought the original Surface on release day, and the Surface 2 on its release day, the laptop that I used to use for over 80 hours a week has yet to be turned on. So yes, I would definitely say it is a laptop replacement! Not only has it replaced all the time I would have spent on my laptop, but I use it even more because of the other fun things that come with it!

    If you need to use desktop apps, just use splashtop or teamviewer. I would still prefer that over carrying around a laptop.
    06-19-2014 01:23 PM
  2. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    If you need to use desktop apps, just use splashtop or teamviewer.
    That would require: A) a second system B) constantly left on and C) accessible via the network
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    06-19-2014 01:59 PM
  3. thatdennis's Avatar
    Definitely yes - only if you use it for office work (type, browse, send e-mail). Other than that no.

    For others, they want to play PC games or use other 3rd party programs, which is impossible on the Surface 2.
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    06-21-2014 03:53 AM
  4. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Definitely yes - only if you use it for office work (type, browse, send e-mail). Other than that no.

    For others, they want to play PC games or use other 3rd party programs, which is impossible on the Surface 2.
    I use Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and many other '3rd party' programs on my pro/pro2 and it all works just fine. Sure I won't be dealing with files that require 16 gigs of ram, but most laptops don't really do that either.
    06-21-2014 11:31 AM
  5. thatdennis's Avatar
    I use Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and many other '3rd party' programs on my pro/pro2 and it all works just fine. Sure I won't be dealing with files that require 16 gigs of ram, but most laptops don't really do that either.
    Wow I still couldn't believe people can't differentiate between a Surface 2 and Pro 2. The OP and I were talking about the Surface 2 (the one with the RT OS), the one that isn't able to run 3rd party programs, the one that is cheaper and has no PRO in its name.

    The one you're referring to is the PRO, which of course I will recommend the OP if he asks about it, but sadly the OP asks for the ARM surface 2, not the pro one. If he has the budget though, go ahead and buy the Surface PRO 3, instead of the Surface 2, ultimate laptop replacer.
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    06-22-2014 11:21 AM
  6. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Wow I still couldn't believe people can't differentiate between a Surface 2 and Pro 2.
    Most people don't have the time to read every little detail. But one would assume if you're trying to replace a laptop you're getting a Pro. Either that or you're just a basic user who might as well settle for using only your smartphone as your pc.
    06-22-2014 05:13 PM
  7. thatdennis's Avatar
    Most people don't have the time to read every little detail. But one would assume if you're trying to replace a laptop you're getting a Pro. Either that or you're just a basic user who might as well settle for using only your smartphone as your pc.
    It's not every little detail, it's the title, in a large font size. And yes, OP states that he wants to use it only for browsing and office, so he's basic user. You don't want to type a whole length of essay or tabulate something on excel in a smartphone, don't you? Quite the dedication there.
    06-22-2014 11:08 PM
  8. wormy6's Avatar
    If you have access to a family PC or work PC then its very easy to replace a laptop with a surface 2. If you use a x86 program heavily/frequently and can't live without it then its a very bad idea.
    06-24-2014 12:22 AM
  9. berty6294's Avatar
    That would require: A) a second system B) constantly left on and C) accessible via the network
    I feel like most people have at least one PC sitting in their house, hell how about the laptop the Surface is replacing! As far as networks go, I really can't think of anywhere I could go that doesn't have WiFi. I feel like both of these hold true for 90% of us.
    06-24-2014 12:32 AM
  10. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    I feel like most people have at least one PC sitting in their house, hell how about the laptop the Surface is replacing! As far as networks go, I really can't think of anywhere I could go that doesn't have WiFi. I feel like both of these hold true for 90% of us.
    Tell me more about your home planet.
    06-24-2014 10:42 AM
  11. Ebuka Allison's Avatar
    It's not every little detail, it's the title, in a large font size. And yes, OP states that he wants to use it only for browsing and office, so he's basic user. You don't want to type a whole length of essay or tabulate something on excel in a smartphone, don't you? Quite the dedication there.
    This crazy OP has actually typed up a few essays on his Lumia 620 lol. Exactly as pleasant as it sounds
    06-24-2014 10:47 AM
  12. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Saying that it does everything a laptop does is just not true. Unless it's some type of chromebook. If it's a Windows laptop he's replacing, they no way can it do all the things the laptop does. But going by the limited functionality he's using his laptop for, it would be a nice replacement.
    06-25-2014 02:16 PM
  13. etphoto's Avatar
    I'm on my Surface 2 all the time and never have needed my laptop (lucky since I got rid of it). I'm a pro photographer and spend a lot of time editing images on my desktop. But, for email, Word Docs, browsing and some games my surface is perfect.
    06-25-2014 04:02 PM
  14. Nels Schulzke's Avatar
    What do you use it for though? Do yo use it for writing, gaming, watching movies, what? I mean without more info it's not really a valid point.
    11-20-2014 08:36 PM
  15. Nicholas Haque's Avatar
    Can it install windows 10? I don't really care about windows apps from the store and I've never been much of an Instagram user. Can it run TF2? My current PC is a thinkpad with frequent BSKOD problem.
    09-27-2016 12:06 PM
  16. xandros9's Avatar
    Can it install windows 10? I don't really care about windows apps from the store and I've never been much of an Instagram user. Can it run TF2? My current PC is a thinkpad with frequent BSKOD problem.
    The Surface 2 (not to be confused with the ultrabook-caliber Surface Pro 2) can NOT upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has abandoned that model for major updates.

    You cannot run typical Windows programs on an RT Surface, which includes the non-Pro Surface 2. so no TF2.

    I would try to see why the ThinkPad is BSOD'ing but all else fails, you'll have to look elsewhere.

    There are many computers out there for you, but this one isn't it.
    09-27-2016 03:52 PM
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