Microsoft's Surface Pro and RT firmware updated

While Microsoft is preparing for a big public preview for Windows 8.1 in late June, the company is still issuing minor firmware updates for its Surface tablets. Today, Microsoft began the rollout for the May updates for the Surface Pro, running on Windows 8 Pro, and Surface RT, running on Windows RT.

In a post on the Surface Pro update page, Microsoft states that today's update will included some improvements for the tablet's "Wi-Fi connectivity and stability." No other details were revealed but Microsoft has been trying to improve the WiFi functions of both the Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets since they were first launched. The update also adds the PXE boot feature found in the UEFI firmware. This new addition is only activated when using the Ethernet Adapter for the Surface Pro "due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot."

The change history log on the Surface RT website reveals that today's release will have a UEFI firmware update that, along with some general system stability improvements, will also enhance the speaker volume on the Surface RT. There's also a new driver pack that will work with the UEFI firmware update to improve the speaker volume, along with some unnamed performance improvements.

Both products will get a new version of the Trackpad Settings driver in their firmware updates that will allow the Trackpad Settings app to work with the Touch Cover for Japanese Surface users.

Source: Microsoft

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Thanks for the answer. My experiences with previous small devices and internal speakers were so-so, and was never very impressed with the quality.
But you are right regarding the entertainment part, it should be loud enough to enjoy music, a movie and such.

Always interesting to see people expecting proper sound from small devices like tablets. They want them to be razorthin, have excellent batterylife, a ton of ports, and oh yeah.... excellent speakers. Most of these speakers were not designed to be loud, as the quality of that sound will quickly go down the drain. Listening to music would always be better with headphones.

How loud are the speakers in dB when at 100% volume? Before and after the fix? Can someone test this?

Dutchie64 said,
Always interesting to see people expecting proper sound from small devices like tablets. They want them to be razorthin, have excellent batterylife, a ton of ports, and oh yeah.... excellent speakers. Most of these speakers were not designed to be loud, as the quality of that sound will quickly go down the drain. Listening to music would always be better with headphones.

How loud are the speakers in dB when at 100% volume? Before and after the fix? Can someone test this?

You have heard of the HTC One, right? It's very much a reality these days to get good quality sound from smaller devices. Also, a lot of these devices are marketed towards entertainment (Netflix, Youtube, home videos, etc.) - it's a reasonable expectation that you would be able to hear the media the device was intended to play.

I would happily provide a db test on the Pro but I don't have the tools to do so.

I can confirm this also, Surface Pro is very dependant on the source material. If its anything other than 2.0 volume its quite low. Headphones have always been fine. But most audio sources are quite low unless you cup the spekers like a cell phone.

Surface Pro does have low volume issue. It is dependent on what you're listening to but overall it could be improved. For a sanity check after I purchased mine I went back to Best Buy to check out both the Pro and RT again (thought maybe my unit was faulty?). Turned out the RT seemed a little worse but the Pro was still lacking. Still waiting for a volume update on the Pro to improve. I'm glad to see that they are still working on overall updates for both the RT and Pro though. This enforces my personal thoughts that I made a good choice when purchasing the product. Other than the (now much better) wifi and power issues, the Pro has been an absolute dream. Loving it.

Justin Jones said,
Downloading now. God I hope this makes my SurfaceRT louder.

Its funny how its TOO loud with headphones and quiet with speakers.. I've nearly blown my ears forgetting to turn it down before I plugin my headset heh

MikeInBA said,
Please update if it has!
Appears to have helped, don't know if this fixes it 100% but a definite step in the right direction.

It is very slightly louder but by no means good enough. Ambient room noise (fan, AC, TV in the next room) easily overpowers it. This is not enough, the speakers just suck.

But with headphones it rocks. It's super loud and clear.

I'm sure it has less to do with the speakers sucking and more with the angled back side facing direction. I can hear my system from other rooms if I place it flat.

The content you're using matters a lot too. When playing from Xbox Music I often find it adequate, but for a lot of YouTube videos and such it's too quiet. Interested to see if the update is noticeable. But it's just hard to fit good speakers into such a small space.