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Keep Your Surface Rt Or Upgrade To Surface 2?


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I pulled the trigger, got the Surface 2 and I am in love! Ridiculously fast and just a joy to use! Will be picking up a type cover later this week, not sure what color yet.

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I played with one at Best Buy tonight. I was generally underwhelmed. It didn't feel like a substantial upgrade, it felt more like an apple 'S' style iterative bump. Honestly though it may have just been the environment at BB. I hate not being able to pickup either the device or keyboard and truly wield it because of the damn tethered security alarms. Seriously, why the hell is the keyboard tethered?!

 

My brother, a surface RT owner, and I will be trucking out to our local store at MOA this Sunday to immerse ourselves in the new iterations as well as the other options.

 

He really wants to get a new keyboard, and see if he can keep his wallet from tossing money at the S2.

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I also will not get the Surface 2 and keep my RT. The browser performance of IE 11 over IE 10 are sufficient. I really have no complaints except for the Metro OneNote app not handling the split screen well between 20% and 80%. Looks like it needs an update.

 

Also, I've noticed the Overdrive eReader app freezes up in 8.1.  Never had an issue with it in 8. You get a few minutes where it is responsive but when you're reading, by the time you finish the page, you can't page up or down. You have to close the app and reload it. Not optimal.

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I ordered one of the new backlit type covers, and it arrived this morning.  It makes a huge difference.  I had been using a touch cover but went for a type cover this time.  It makes a BIG difference on these aging eyes.  I feel more comfortable typing with the type cover too, even after nearly a year with the touch cover. 

 

So now I'm very happy with my decision to keep the RT but upgrade the cover.  The backlighting is a really major improvement.

I'm interested in the new backlit cover for the Surface 2 as well, but I was afraid it would not be compatible with the Surface RT. I still haven't recieved my touch cover from the retailer here, because of inventory issues. If I still don't get my touch cover in a few weeks, I'll probably just ask for a refund and get a new backlit cover myself.

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I'm interested in the new backlit cover for the Surface 2 as well, but I was afraid it would not be compatible with the Surface RT. I still haven't recieved my touch cover from the retailer here, because of inventory issues. If I still don't get my touch cover in a few weeks, I'll probably just ask for a refund and get a new backlit cover myself.

I hope you are enjoying your Surfaces. As far as the keyboards are concerned, I'm pretty old school and I really like my first gen type cover. I would love to upgrade to the Type Cover 2 for the backlighting and better rigidity.

 

If I were you though, and I had determined that I like the touch cover, I would go for the new touch cover 2. The number of sensors is crazy and not limited to just one behind each button area like the original. Sounds like they have plans for taking advantage of the new design and using gestures.

 

I haven't read anything that says the Touch Cover 2 isn't compatible with the original Surface RT. However, if you're not sure take your Surface to a Microsoft store or Best Buy and see if you can try it.

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The Type Cover 2's are ridiculously nice! So impressed with the build quality, much sturdier than the original covers, and very stylish and comfortable. Definitely getting one very soon.

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