Well, hot damn. 14 hours is pretty epic (Engadget video battery test, albeit locally looped).
Anyway, my quick unboxing comments (I'll post a much more in-depth review later):
I really like the Surface 2 case. The cool matte feel and definitely NOT a fingerprint magnet the way VaporMg is. If they had this sort of finish but a darker grey, that might get business more on-board (because business likes black for some reason--I swear all the execs at work have black Audis).
The Type 2 does feel nice despite the lost keystroke, probably because it's sensitive to "light touch" typing yet you still feel the key moving. It's definitely quieter than my PC keyboard (Enermax Crystal, 2.6 lbs solid aluminum scissor-key switch from 2006
). There is a dot on the Caps lock key that I kept trying to rub off--oops! No, that dot lights up when you have Caps lock on, nice little bonus. I do not, however, like how the blacklighting bleeds between the keys, though that might've been the point; I would've preferred only the letters to glow, but I'll look into brightness settings later. The non-felt feel is great, too; it's still very "soft touch" but not "cloth-y" like the original keyboards.
Setting up---I went with the custom settings instead of express settings, and saw that I could disable automatic updates for apps this way. I always wait a while to update because you never know if something will break unnecessarily. IE privacy settings are enabled by default. I also disabled Bing's web results in the Windows search (yuck) and "let MS use my search history" (no way), and disabled page prediction (again sending history to MS), disabled "let apps use my advertising ID across apps." But I did leave location request and malware info sharing on. Might turn the former off later.
Setup requested my phone app authenticator code after that step since I have authentication on my MS account. I decided to let my main login be the MS account login because I want to enable device encryption.
Ohh, lookit the new tile sizing--so much better. I'm letting it update now (firmware, etc.) before getting more into the various settings and downloading my previous apps and figuring out device encryption.
Edit to add:
Yes, I personally like a low-maintenance device as my backup/secondary since I have a gaming desktop. Having two full computers requiring equal maintenance would drive me nuts, not to mention I don't want to game or run everything on a secondary because that would be distracting for my purposes...
Noticed that the microSD slot on the Surface 2 is located much lower on the edge of the device instead of just under the hinge area. Easier to access.
Oh my god, the text is tiny. Um.