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Firmware update greatly improves battery life of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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Firmware update greatly improves battery life of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2
According to a report published on Saturday, a firmware update that was received by the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has improved the battery life of the tablet. Before the update, the Windows 8.1 Pro powered tablet lasted 6.6 hours while browsing and 6.65 hours while playing video. After the update, those times improved to 8.3 hours for browsing and 7.73 hours for video.

The update was desperately needed as Microsoft admitted that the slate has a number of things that require power from the battery such as the higher resolution display, active digitizer and capacitive touch. Following the update, the Surface Pro 2 jumped over the Microsoft Surface RT, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, the Microsoft Surface 2 and the Google Nexus 10  when measuring battery life while browsing. When it comes to viewing video, the update enabled the Surface Pro 2 to hop over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Any Microsoft Surface Pro 2 owners spot the improved battery life with their tablet?


source: AnandTech via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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posted on 02 Nov 2013, 19:45 20

1. DFranch (Posts: 129; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


That is pretty impressive considering the Surface pro 2 is a full fledged computer with a core i5 processor, and the rest are simple mobile devices.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:08 3

2. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I agree. It's actually really nice in person. The price is the only thing stopping me. My lenovo x220 pretty much has it beat in every department for less.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:13 3

4. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


except form lol

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:19

5. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


yea the form is much better but my x220 isnt exactly huge either

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:12 1

3. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


just needs to be a little bit cheaper, IDK I think the whole Tech industry is still too expensive. Loving the Amazon/Nexus pricing model though!

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 22:16 3

7. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Quad core bay trail windows 8 tablets still beat any android device and they get 12+ hours of battery life.

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 22:40

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Commoditizing the market seems great from an individual point of view, but it is bad for the industry in the long run. All you need to do is look at the health of OEMs in the tech business, or the nearly two decades of awful Windows beige box desktops and brick laptops. That is what happens when only one or two players makes the majority go the money.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 14:20

14. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


finally a wise guy. kudos

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:33

6. hafini_27 (Posts: 145; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Now, only if it is cheaper

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 01:41

9. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 560; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Veery impressive... Now MS is doing a good job

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:32

10. papss (Posts: 3451; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I think it's priced right for what you get and I'm all for the better battery life for such a full featured ultra tablet. I will be purchasing one right after the first of the year.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:37

11. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 309; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


If only it were easy to use on the lap in weird positions

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:13

12. timezone (Posts: 69; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


How do we know if we got the updated firmware? Is there a rev change?

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:09

13. timezone (Posts: 69; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Went to updates and forced the update.

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 00:03

15. makio9 (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


ummm...what firmware update?

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