Microsoft Reveals Surface Pro Pricing Details, Launches in January

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erica2797

The main idea is to compete with Apple.The products of Apple are stylish and long lasting and their price is high.So if i have to pay $900 for a tablet then why should i buy Windows product instead of Apple.
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Jakspratt

People are missing the obvious... the Surface Pro is ideal for enterprise solutions as it allows you to join the device to a domain and authenticate your ID and credentials against security groups and subnets. This is something that you are unable to do on the iOS and Android tablets. For this reason alone, businesses will be a major player in making the Surface Pro a success.

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hades_2100

I just bought the Samsung ATIV SmartPC 700TPro, which is this, but with a proper detachable keyboard. So no, won't be buying this...

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wolfing

according to reports, it's half the battery life of the RT version (so about 4-5 hours). That pretty much puts it in the 'notebook with touch screen' category imho.

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GoldenMonkey

This is basically a full fledged laptop without the keyboard so the pricing is actually very good for what you get. I would want one except that I just picked up a new laptop over the weekend.

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Shalbatana

For what you get I think it's great. It's under what everyone was predicting. However I wonder if it comes with either keyboard, or they're still $100 more on top of that?

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eday_2010

It's pricey, but I haven't seen another Windows 8 tablet that was cheaper and had the same specs. If the price included a Type Cover, then it would be a great price. But the fact that you need to buy a Touch/Type Cover separately makes it less appealing. But again, has anyone else put something out so far that is as good or better for the same price or less?

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zamira

They look great,want to have one.

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warptek2010

Microsoft, do you actually think a smart consumer would spend $999 on this instead of putting that money towards a good notebook model? How about that notebook with the swiveling screen that... holy shit... turns into a tablet when you want the portability and turns back into a notebook when you need that! WTF?????

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Happy

Neat if you can afford it BUT it is out of the price range of most people and I don't see it faring well in the marketplace.

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maxeeemum

At this price point I'd say this is the final nail in the Windows 8 coffin. Maybe Apple could pull this off but not M$. Like I've said before "PC users are not Apple sheep". The Surface Pro tablet is mainly for the true blue Microsoft fanboy.

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xeones

yeah totally been waiting for this. Price is about what was expected. Will replace my 2.5 year old laptop with this.

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captainjack

If I had the money I would love to buy a tablet, and I would give the surface pro some serious consideration, but it's so tough. I look at my Desktop (which I built for just over $1000) and it kicks so much ass. Could I really pay that same amount for a gimped product that provides touch and portability? I have a hard time seeing what x86 would be better on a a tablet versus a laptop or a Desktop.

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machew100

This is really nice. My cycle of replacing my laptop has a couple months or so before I make the jump, but otherwise I would strongly consider a surface pro. Seems legit.

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Peanut Fox

This may very well be the first half decent Ultra Book. 1080p screen is nice, and it sits around a grand. Could use more storage, but I don't think it's a big problem today.

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Stinky Fartface

I am confused about something. Is the tablet locked to 64 or 128 GB of internal storage? That's fine for a computer that uses a mobile OS and only runs apps. But this thing has full blown Windows on it as supposedly is supposed to act like a real PC. If you put Windows 8, Office, and some collection of Adobe software on there it doesn't seem to have enough room. I thought it would have a second drive option.

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H8Cr1me

Seems like the perfect device for me. I design hotels and this is ideal for tablet use around the job site while I can still use it as a full development PC. I can even plug in an additional monitor in the job trailer. Modest PC Gaming as well. I'm sold.

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pocosdad

I already have a rock solid (home-brew) Win 7 desktop ($600) , an Asus netbook with Nvidia discreet graphics ($200 refurb)running Mint and a $99 Android 8" tablet all of which have things pretty well covered.
I found the netbook beats a tablet in cost and functions for pennies compared to the tablets out there today. I am sure that the tablet world meets the needs of many folks, but the cost has gotten plain as silly.
If the only buyers are the impulse and early adapters then I believe MS has a pretty steep hill to conquer.
The one thing I really don't get is why does MS or anyone else think we need only one OS for each of our devices...I can share data with all mine and no two have the same OS...life is good.

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Wonko33

I will not pick one up.

I don't have anything against them, I think they are pretty cool and they deserve to be successful, but for the same reason I don't want a laptop, I don't need to carry an object of that weight and size in my backpack.

A light tablet serves all my "on the go" needs and I just use my gaming tower at home for the heavy lifting.

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mreeves.edu

Without the ARM processor, it will be as hot as a laptop. Having desktop power in a tablet really defeats the purpose of a tablet. I suppose there are some uses for this, but I do not see many.

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Ghost XFX

Thinking about how W8 turned out and MS's entry into the tablet market, they were "reaching too far into the cookie jar", if you will. W8 was obviously made for Surface, not Desktop. It was as if they forgotten about the desktop users, and included them too late in the process. And because of that, their sells will suffer the consequences. So unless they have a fix of some sort, I don't see W8 going far amongst users. Like with Vista, there will be some that take to it just fine and see no problems with it. The rest of us will wait it out to know better.

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I Jedi

Microsoft, if I can take a guess, needed to get its foot in the door in the tablet market because it saw the growth in that field. The desktop operation was doing just fine with Windows 7, but that's just the problem. If they're doing fine in the desktop arena and nowhere else, they're going to become irrelevant pretty fast and never increase their money revenue substantially. Unfortunately, Microsoft has shot itself in the foot - once again. Windows 8 has been largely rejected, even by experienced users of Windows. Regular people, upon using 8, are confused by how to use it, even though it can be pretty streamline to use. The result is the same, though: It's bad news for Microsoft. Can they recover, yes. Will they, yes. What they needed to do was offer a metro/non-metro U.I. (old U.I.) for desktop users and keep it metro on tablets. Some say this just shows how out of touch Microsoft is with the average consumer, but the only way to grow is to try out new things.

Also, the price point entry for even the Surface RT was too deep for the average consumer - especially in this economy. I still hold to the opinion that they should have sold the product for less and tried to recoup loses by getting app. sales. If I'm not mistaken, they do this with the Xbox systems. Though, admittedly, users pay $60 for a new game, not three dollars like an average application cost.

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Badstroller

I don't think that the surface RT price is to deep. It seems to be a competitive price against the iPad and high-end androids.

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I Jedi

You bring up a valid point. The issue I see, though, is that for a $500 price tag, the Surface is being sold way too high for what you can get with a Nexus 7, Kindle Fire or like devices. I think the price tag is even unwarranted based on just the fact that the platform really hasn't managed to stand on its own feet as of yet with its lackluster application selection and adoption by the public at large.

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Baer

I have a Kindle and I love it but my Surface Rt can do way more. In fact it does just about all I need while traveling.

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Hey.That_Dude

Or get an ultra touch book tab for the same amount with the same portability (and in the case of ASUS, similar functionality) for less... herm...

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Budman_NC

As usual, the new tech goes to the folks with the deep pockets. Seems like a bad time to release a new product. Wouldn't Christmas availability make better sense? Either way, its way out of my price range for a tablet.

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sakichop

Any chance it gets built-in 4G? That would definitely sway my decision.

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wolfing

way too expensive for my taste. Hell, an iPad is too expensive for my taste.

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kitsunekaji

NOW this is what I was waiting to hear about. I realised that MS had just gone hush-hush about the full-on Surface. The RT was not interesting to me at all, but this it something I'd buy if I had the money. I could do a WHOLE lot with this system. Ahh... Dual or Triple booting this machine, that is so light and fast....
Too bad it costs so much, but it is a good indication of where things can go from here, isn't it?
They played things pretty smart though, cause an informed consumer would NOT pass this up for the RT version! Now, the serious computing can begin!

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minnow4

good luck with the locked bootloader...

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whitneymr

Only a partial problem. Fedora has a key so you can load it.

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commandrew

That's obviously an i5 with one of the nice integrated Intel graphics, so no BF3 or similar, but now we can play games like LoL and old shooters on a tablet! provided we have a mouse and keyboard with us.

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TommM

Will be interesting to see the reviews.

Might be nice as a business tool, especially as most businesses are using Win XP/Win 7.

But for my own personal use? Nope - not interested. For that money, I'll buy a laptop that has a proper keyboard and a few other hardware options this won't provide.

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robert.samberg

Unfortunately, probably not in January; Black Friday and Cyber Monday left some serious dents in my wallet. But yes, eventually, I will definitely pick one up ... looking forward to it!!!

Wow, though, and I thought the iPad was a bit costly!!!

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Fuchsy44

First thing I thought of was that I could build a budget gaming PC instead of this. They look awesome. I'd like one but I won't be forking out $900 for it.

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