In testing done by Anandtech, the Surface Pro 2 ran over 8 hours while browsing the web over Wi-Fi. That's a jump up from 6.6 hours before the latest software update was released. The improvement also means you can play video over Wi-Fi 16% longer to 7.75 hours from 6.65 pre-update.
But the Surface Pro 2 still trails the competition by a bit, scoring 8.330 versus 9.480 for the iPad Air and 12.230 for the latest Google Nexus model.
Groene, who’s official title is director of design on the Surface team, tackles everything from how design and engineering work meshed together to what fabric is being used on the Type Cover 2.
“We don’t design it first, and then engineer it,” said Groene in the video. “We design and engineer it always together.”
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ZDNet’s Mary Jo-Foley first reported that some Power Cover and Docking Station customers were getting their devices ahead of their scheduled availability, and Paul Thurrott’s Windows SuperSite later claimed that Microsoft execs have said that the accessories will be available early but only in ‘limited quantities’.
Microsoft announced the new Power Cover, which boosts tablet battery life by 75%, and the $200 docking station, which has USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort and Ethernet connections, at the Surface 2 unveiling in New York last month.