In addition to the first-ever Surface 2 advertisement, Microsoft has also posted two short videos that explain its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices. They're not horrible, though they both highlight accessories that are in fact added-cost options.

Surface 2 -- from Microsoft

This video highlights the following Surface 2 features/advantages...

  • Colorful new Type Cover 2 typing covers, which are sold separately
  • Thinner, lighter and faster than a tablet
  • Two position integrated kickstand for desk or lap use
  • Work and play functionality in a single device
  • Front- and rear-facing "high-res" cameras (3.5 mpx on the front, 5 mpx on the back)
  • Start screen customization with apps from Windows Store and new tile sizes
  • New search with Bing integration
  • Comes with your favorite Office "programs" including Outlook
  • USB 3.0 for plugging in peripherals like hard drives
  • High-definition screen
  • Video-out for enjoying Surface 2-based movies on your HDTV

Surface Pro 2 -- from Microsoft

This video highlights the following Surface Pro 2 features/advantages...

  • The tablet with the power of a laptop
  • Longer battery life (than Surface Pro 1)
  • Camera supports the Camera app's Panorama (Photosynth) functionality
  • Two position integrated kickstand for desk or lap use
  • Surface Pen (really called Surface Pro Pen) lets you write or draw
  • SkyDrive integration
  • USB 3.0 for plugging in peripherals like hard drives
  • High-res front-facing camera for Skype, rear-facing camera for remote presentations
  • Install and use the programs you use every day – including Photoshop and other desktop applications
  • New Touch and Type (2) covers provide backlighting and display protection
  • Extend your reach with the Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers, which is sold separately
  • Works in day light and low light