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Without the detachable keyboard the Surface operates as a standalone tablet, although most users are likely to buy the keyboard. In our limited testing the tablet felt too narrow when in portrait mode.
Microsoft has also updated some of the accessories and added a few new ones. Like the new Touch Cover, the Type Cover 2 is also backlit and adds new colours — Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black
Here's the reverse of the device, again showing where the magnetic charger attaches and the kickstand when closed.
A number of accessories that won't be available until next year may also make the tablet more attractive to enterprise customers. For example, the Power Cover with a built-in battery promises to extend battery life by up to 50 percent.
Other accessories include a Bluetooth adapter for the type covers that will allow you, for example, to connect a Surface tablet to a monitor and type from another location; the Arc Touch Mouse has also been updated to connect via Bluetooth 3.0, freeing the tablet's USB port for use by other devices.
A docking station, also expected to be available early next year for Surface Pro 2, allows the tablet to connect easily to desktop PC peripherals. When docked, the device can connect with an external monitor, Ethernet, speakers and power supply. PC peripherals connect via the dock's single USB 3.0 port and trio of USB 2.0 ports. A USB car charger allows you to charge your tablet on the move and includes a secondary USB port for simultaneous charging of a phone or other device.
Here's what the Surface 2 Pro looks like with the Touch Cover closed.
The Surface Pro 2 faces an uphill battle: currently Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy and Amazon's Kindle Fire are the top tablets used in businesses across the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany — 53 percent, 18 percent and nine percent respectively according to research by Forrester, thanks to the BYOD movement that has seen consumer devices increasingly used in the office.