I have just about finished setting up my 256/8 gb SP2 that I got a little over an hour ago. Initial impression: Overall faster than SP1; faster boot, faster browsing; I am getting the best WiFi performance I have ever gotten with a PC on this device. (Whether Bluetooth is on or off does not matter...) Screen and display: no significant difference from SP1. Colors may be better, but I can't tell. Battery: Too soon to tell Type cover 2: slight disappointment here! The keys do travel less than on the first gen, and I did come to like the feel of that keyboard. That said, I am typing this without any discernible decrease in speed or accuracy, and overall it feels comfortable. Even if I try to get interference with the touch pad during typing it doesn't happen. There is a soft fiber backing on the keyboard which will still sop up spills on the counter, but does not feel like a flannel shirt. The backlight has 4 levels of adjustment (off to bright) and is indeed very useful in low light conditions Touchpad is the problem here- it is modeled after the Touch cover, with no moving parts. It will not allow (at least easily) complex commands. Right- and left-clicking is confirmed by an audible "boink" and not tactile feedback. I am very pleased with the performance of this device, and I think it will serve me well professionally and personally.