Surface 2 Diaries: day four

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

With the past few days spent mostly in the office, day four was all about getting work done on the road.

Well, not exactly on the road. The first part of the day was spent working away from my desk but still in the office. The latter part of the day was about getting out and about, culminating with me writing and posting today's diary from one of the cafes near the CNET Australia offices. Which worked, obviously, as you're reading this. (Although our VPN access was a little sluggish on the free Wi-Fi — such is life.)

In general, today has been a broadly successful enterprise and the Surface 2 continues to impress with its 'business' chops. On that note, I'd like to give a shout out to commenter RickyH2 who posted a link yesterday that helped me change the IE settings to open on the desktop version by default — it's helped productivity immeasurably.

A few strange niggles still occur, of course. I made a number of changes to the auto-formatting settings in Word a few days ago, all designed to ensure what I wrote adhered to our house style. This morning, they'd all been changed back to the defaults and I'm not sure why.

While we're talking about Word, the tablet doesn't like remembering where I've been saving files. Whenever I save a new file, it immediately defaults to me saving in Skydrive, despite the fact I've been saving to the device's hard drive every other time.

The Surface 2 also seems to get a bit funny coming back from standby mode after a night off. There's usually a few different attempts required before the screen comes to life. Today was stranger than usual as neither the Type Cover nor the on-screen keyboard would let me type my password so I could sign on. One reboot later and all was well, but I'm not sure what went wrong.

But none of these are truly big issues, and the light-but-sturdy design of the Surface 2, along with the solid battery life, has made today quite the success story. Bring on day five!

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tksurface posted a comment   

Nic, you found a bug. And a recent one too. I now have the awakening problem you speak of and had to do 2 restarts. This did not happen in Late December or Early January (even a few days ago never had this problem).... so I'm guessing something happened in an update.

Hope they fix it soon.

Backlight of keyboard goes on.
Keys and trackpad don't work.
Disconnecting and reconnecting keyboard doesn't fix it.

Restart and manual powerdown before the surface 2 started working normally with type cover... definitely a bug


allisondana posted a comment   

I've been looking to get one of these but everywhere seems to be sold out. I realise its probably a long shot but does anyone have any idea as to when we might see new stock in Australia?


tksurface posted a reply   

They just became in stock a few days ago in the USA and finally are not running out of stock minutes after getting then in stock. I'm sure they will be in stock in AU soon.

To buy one in the USA before christmas, I refreshed the bestbuy (major 3rd party retailer) and the microsoft store page about 13 times per day and then buy instantly when the stock filled.

I don't think you need to do that now.


trebor83 posted a reply   

I think there are still a few around if your are prepared to search/travel a bit for them. For example, I was able to find 3 Harvey Norman stores in the wider Melbourne area that, at least on their website, claim to have stock available for the 64gb Surface 2, although none with the 32gb model.


tksurface posted a comment   

I notice that manually detaching either my type or touch keyboard and reattaching it almost always fixes the bug where neither the physical keyboard will work on awakening nor will the onscreen keyboard auto pop up.

Maybe microsoft secretly wants us doing the surface click / pop noise...
I think it is just a bug that needs ironing out. They seem to update these tablets crazy often which is reassuring

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