Microsoft has recently faced serious component shortages, being forced to temporarily halt sales of specific Surface Pro 2 versions.
Particularly, models packing 64 and 512 GB solid-state storage. Now, at long last, the manufacturing woes seem to have passed, and the two slates are back in action.
Hardware-wise, they’re definitely champions, trumping the iPad Air in practically every department, from processing speed, thanks to an Intel Haswell Core i5 chip, to RAM (4 or 8 GB), to battery life and connectivity options.
Running Windows 8.1 Pro out the box, the state-of-the-art tablet/notebook hybrid can also be had at $999 with 128 GB built-in storage and $1,299 in a 256 GB flavor, no physical keyboard included.