Microsoft Surface Pro (Jan. 2013): 64GB - $899 & 128GB - $999

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#1 Posted by NVIDIATI (7700 posts) -

Microsoft confirms Surface with Windows 8 Pro pricing starting at $899 for 64GB version

"It's confirmed in a blog post that the device will start at $899 for the 64GB model, with the 128GB model setting you back $999. Both of those are what's Microsoft's dubbing the "standalone" model, which means you'll get a Surface pen/stylus, but have to shell out extra for a Touch or Type Cover. Both will be available in January (still no specific date yet)."

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#2 Posted by Xiumph (99 posts) -

Stupid and lame dumb tablet good for nothing POS.

#3 Posted by Byshop (11662 posts) -

Stupid and lame dumb TROLL good for nothing POS.

Xiumph

I agree. :)

That price is better than I thought it would be. Many of the convertable laptops/ultrabooks/tablets that are i5 or higher based run closer to the 1100 mark to start. Only problem is, like all of those the battery life will be on par with a laptop rather than a tablet (5 hours instead of 10).

-Byshop

#4 Posted by quebec946 (1352 posts) -

better buy a laptop for the same price than buying that overpriced tablet trash.

#5 Posted by Fizzman (9882 posts) -

Definitley picking one up. I didnt want to pay for the RT version.

#6 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23610 posts) -

1000$ for that?
lol...
Get a way better x230 for a similar price
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/x-series/x230/
I mean, it's everything that is, except it's not a tablet.
It's also actually useful and about a thousand times faster. Supports WWAN too.


Maybe it's good if you are artist for drawing.

#7 Posted by Fizzman (9882 posts) -

1000$ for that?
lol...
Get a way better x230 for a similar price
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/x-series/x230/
I mean, it's everything that is, except it's not a tablet.
It's also actually useful and about a thousand times faster. Supports WWAN too.


Maybe it's good if you are artist for drawing.

JigglyWiggly_

Surface pro has 1080p resolution, weighs half as much and has a solid state drive. I dont see the big deal, the Surface Pro is a fully functioning laptop. There is literally nothing the Lenovo can do that the Surface Pro cant. Both come equipped with third gen I5 processors and they both have the same amount of ram.

#8 Posted by Horgen (110151 posts) -

[QUOTE="Xiumph"]

Stupid and lame dumb TROLL good for nothing POS.

Byshop

I agree. :)

That price is better than I thought it would be. Many of the convertable laptops/ultrabooks/tablets that are i5 or higher based run closer to the 1100 mark to start. Only problem is, like all of those the battery life will be on par with a laptop rather than a tablet (5 hours instead of 10).

-Byshop

Well it is the choice one have to take. Bad battery life however more things you can do with it because of more powerful hardware, or choose lesser hardware and get better battery life. I really want to try surface pro, but because I recently got a tablet, I won't be buying one.
#9 Posted by Byshop (11662 posts) -

Well it is the choice one have to take. Bad battery life however more things you can do with it because of more powerful hardware, or choose lesser hardware and get better battery life. I really want to try surface pro, but because I recently got a tablet, I won't be buying one. horgen123

I split the difference and got a Clover Trail based Samsung tablet. 11.6", s-Pen, Windows 8 Pro 32-bit and still gets 10 hours of battery. Slower than any laptop or i5 but much better than any tablet while still the same size/shape/weight/battery of a tablet.

-Byshop

#10 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

So it also has an exhaust fan?

#11 Posted by jakes456 (1437 posts) -

better than an iPad.

#12 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -
Would rather have an ultra-portable (or 2) for that price.
#13 Posted by XaosII (16612 posts) -

Would rather have an ultra-portable (or 2) for that price.General_X

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

#14 Posted by Byshop (11662 posts) -

So it also has an exhaust fan?

Gambler_3

All the i5 tabs have active cooling. Most models are supposedly pretty quiet though (like you have to put your ear right up to it to hear the fan).

-Byshop

#15 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

better than an iPad.

jakes456
OMFG. Jakes actually said something that makes sense for once. /faints
#16 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

But it has intel HD graphics. :(

#17 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

Eh....

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/29/3707716/microsoft-surface-pro-half-battery-life-rt

So typical laptop battery life lol.

#18 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

But it has intel HD graphics. :(

Gambler_3
Can't tell if sarcasm or doesn't know what he is talking about....

Eh....

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/29/3707716/microsoft-surface-pro-half-battery-life-rt

So typical laptop battery life lol.

Gambler_3
Well of course. The RT is a Tablet, the Pro is a laptop.
#19 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -

[QUOTE="General_X"]Would rather have an ultra-portable (or 2) for that price.XaosII

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.
#20 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23610 posts) -

[QUOTE="XaosII"]

[QUOTE="General_X"]Would rather have an ultra-portable (or 2) for that price.General_X

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.

Acer...
lol
their build quality is unbelievably bad
stay away
lcds are also always terrible

also netbooks are pretty useless.

#21 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

Can't tell if sarcasm or doesn't know what he is talking about....

Well of course. The RT is a Tablet, the Pro is a laptop.FelipeInside

Oh so its you again. :roll:

Ofcourse its a laptop and a horribly over priced one at that. All it has going for is the IPS screen but I am sure we are going to see more of those with the windows 8 laptops.

#22 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -

[QUOTE="General_X"][QUOTE="XaosII"]

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

JigglyWiggly_

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.

Acer...
lol
their build quality is unbelievably bad
stay away
lcds are also always terrible

also netbooks are pretty useless.

Well so far my Acer laptop has lasted longer than my Asus did.... And in a battle of usability, I'd take the netbook over the tablet any day of the week. They can surf full websites, run all standard Windows programs, play any digital media are expandable with several usb ports, always have a functional keyboard, etc. etc.
#23 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"]Can't tell if sarcasm or doesn't know what he is talking about....

Well of course. The RT is a Tablet, the Pro is a laptop.Gambler_3

Oh so its you again. :roll:

Ofcourse its a laptop and a horribly over priced one at that. All it has going for is the IPS screen but I am sure we are going to see more of those with the windows 8 laptops.

Yeah it's me again, whatever that meant. It's a laptop AND tablet all in one, with Full HD, USB3, etc etc. At $1000 that's pretty reasonable. (of course there are cheaper and more expensive models from other brands)
#25 Posted by XaosII (16612 posts) -

[QUOTE="XaosII"]

[QUOTE="General_X"]Would rather have an ultra-portable (or 2) for that price.General_X

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.

So... The device you listed has sub 1080 resolution, weighs more, doesn't have a digitizer, and runs the equivalent of a slowtastic Atom CPU.... And it provides "the same or better functionality."

Who are you trying to kid?

#26 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

[QUOTE="General_X"][QUOTE="XaosII"]

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

XaosII

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.

So... The device you listed has sub 1080 resolution, weighs more, doesn't have a digitizer, and runs the equivalent of a slowtastic Atom CPU.... And it provides "the same or better functionality."

Who are you trying to kid?

I think he is just confused. He probably is comparing the Acer to the Windows Surface RT, not the PRO.
#27 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -

[QUOTE="General_X"][QUOTE="XaosII"]

Find me a 1080p, 2 pound, with an activie digitizer ultra-portable for the same price.

XaosII

Those just sound like fluff to me. I can get a device with the same or better functionality for half the price. Though I'm the first to admist I'm leary against the tablet form-factor and would take a laptop any day of the week. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215873" title="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215873">Something like this would offer better productivity and would be just as good for content consumption as a tablet.

So... The device you listed has sub 1080 resolution, weighs more, doesn't have a digitizer, and runs the equivalent of a slowtastic Atom CPU.... And it provides "the same or better functionality."

Who are you trying to kid?

And I ask you, what functionality can the Surface Pro do that the Netbook cannot, and if the only thing is touch screen and higher resolution for twice the price color me unimpressed. I will say that I can see where the Surface Pro might fill a niche for artists on the go that absolutely NEED to be able to run Photoshop and draw digitally on the go, but most people would be better served getting a more powerful desktop and a Wacom.
#28 Posted by darksusperia (6918 posts) -
I know you all secretly want this lol
#29 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

I know you all secretly want this loldarksusperia

That looks very nice, and it's been getting good reviews too.

I just see it a lot more breakable than the Surface, lol....

#30 Posted by XaosII (16612 posts) -

And I ask you, what functionality can the Surface Pro do that the Netbook cannot, and if the only thing is touch screen and higher resolution for twice the price color me unimpressed.General_X

Well for starters: actually write notes. I have an HP Touchsmart tm2t convertible laptop. Since i've purchased it, i no longer need to carry arund notebooks for school, including my math and engineering classes - subjects that are normally impossible to simply type up notes with. The Wacom digitizer isn't like those crappy touch stylus for the iPad; They are magnetic and can support hundreds of levels of pressure sensitivity.

And of course, especially when used as writing surface, an IPS screen is a must-have given the far more extreme viewing angle.

It has an i5 CPU so it can actually run far more content creation programs than that dinky little C-60 ever could. A C-60 chokes up under heavy flash playback, and i would know, i use it to run my file server. Photoshop, Visual Studio, and other programs of the like? Forget it.

Unless your argument is "since it runs the internet, why would anyone buy a laptop over $300," then im pretty sure you know the value of a high performance laptop. And if that *is* your argument, then its pretty dumb.

In any kind of performance or usability testing, a Surface Pro would run circles around a netbook.

#31 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.
#32 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.AmazonTreeBoa

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

#33 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -

[QUOTE="General_X"]And I ask you, what functionality can the Surface Pro do that the Netbook cannot, and if the only thing is touch screen and higher resolution for twice the price color me unimpressed.XaosII

Well for starters: actually write notes. I have an HP Touchsmart tm2t convertible laptop. Since i've purchased it, i no longer need to carry arund notebooks for school, including my math and engineering classes - subjects that are normally impossible to simply type up notes with. The Wacom digitizer isn't like those crappy touch stylus for the iPad; They are magnetic and can support hundreds of levels of pressure sensitivity.

And of course, especially when used as writing surface, an IPS screen is a must-have given the far more extreme viewing angle.

It has an i5 CPU so it can actually run far more content creation programs than that dinky little C-60 ever could. A C-60 chokes up under heavy flash playback, and i would know, i use it to run my file server. Photoshop, Visual Studio, and other programs of the like? Forget it.

Unless your argument is "since it runs the internet, why would anyone buy a laptop over $300," then im pretty sure you know the value of a high performance laptop. And if that *is* your argument, then its pretty dumb.

In any kind of performance or usability testing, a Surface Pro would run circles around a netbook.

I think we have two different ideas of mobility computing and that's fine. Most of my mobile needs are best served by a web browsing machine, since if I have to do anything heavy I do it on my desktop which is far more competent than ANY mobile device. But my needs aren't the same as others. I took all my notes by hand in College because I knew I'd be too distracted by the internet to pay attention during lecture, and I never really NEEDED to do anything on the go that my desktop couldn't do at home (rendering, photoshop, and such). I've played around with my mom's netbook (an old one from like 2008) and it does everything I'd really need an ultra-mobile device to do, I've never NEEDED to run Photoshop on a $900 tablet, my $600 laptop does that much better. Like I said before in my edited post, I can't see very many people NEEDING the abilities of the Surface Pro when a netbook can offer the same functionality that most people would use for half the price (Internet browsing, content consumption, word processing). The Surface Pro is an interesting niche device I'll give you that, and it's capabilities in it's form factor are fairly impressive. But I highly question its usefulness for the general population.
#34 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -
@General_X: I understand that you are seeing things from YOUR side of view, but there is a reason why there are different categories (netbook, laptop, desktop replacement). Some are meant for some uses, other are meant for others. A friend of mine works on his laptop with Dreamweaver and Photoshop on the train, a Netbook just doesn't cut it. Also, lots of people seem to miss one of the BIG features of Surface Pro, which is Office Business. You can't use the Office RT for Business or Domain, the Surface Pro will be a big hit against the iPad in the workforce just because of the added benefits.
#35 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.FelipeInside

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

:lol: I am not running all over the net to find one for you pal. It's over priced. Deal with it. All laptops are over priced. Also windows 8......really? Dude, windows 8 sucks.
#36 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"]

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.AmazonTreeBoa

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

:lol: I am not running all over the net to find one for you pal. It's over priced. Deal with it. All laptops are over priced. Also windows 8......really? Dude, windows 8 sucks.

Ahh, the truth comes out. You think all laptops are overpriced and a hater of Windows 8. Now I understand why you posted what you posted.
#37 Posted by Elann2008 (32991 posts) -
I would buy it for much less, but at the price-point. No thanks.
#38 Posted by KHAndAnime (13909 posts) -
Is this tablet crap actually in demand or is this the newest corporation gimmick? I just can't think of a single reason to buy one of these things over an equivalently priced laptop. This touchscreen fetish is getting a little old...
#40 Posted by KHAndAnime (13909 posts) -

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.FelipeInside

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

Go to Newegg's laptop section and there are plenty of laptops with i7s, 500gb+ hard drives, 6gb+ RAM priced around $700. I'm sure at least a couple of them are 1080p - and they have much beefier specs than the Surface and provide much more functionality.
#41 Posted by Horgen (110151 posts) -
Is this tablet crap actually in demand or is this the newest corporation gimmick? I just can't think of a single reason to buy one of these things over an equivalently priced laptop. This touchscreen fetish is getting a little old...KHAndAnime
I would have agreed with you until I started at university.
#42 Posted by kungfool69 (2580 posts) -

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.FelipeInside

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

Sony have the Viao Duo, we cant keep them in stock long enough before they sell out. SO POPULAR. its $1498AU and its what we sell when people come in asking for "that windows tab i saw on TV". i5 ultrabook CPU, 4gb ram, 128GB SSD and 1080p display. it even has teh digitiser pen as well.

#43 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

And lets not forget that the REAL price of this is NOT $900. Nobody in their right mind should get the 64GB version since almost half the space will be taken by OS and preinstalled software. And then the keyboard costs $130. So you are looking at $1130 for this device.

#44 Posted by Byshop (11662 posts) -

And lets not forget that the REAL price of this is NOT $900. Nobody in their right mind should get the 64GB version since almost half the space will be taken by OS and preinstalled software. And then the keyboard costs $130. So you are looking at $1130 for this device.

Gambler_3

Your math is way off. The pre-load will consume probably around 15-20GB, not around 32GB. You can also exapnd that capacity cheaply with the SD Card slot.

-Byshop

#45 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

[QUOTE="Gambler_3"]

And lets not forget that the REAL price of this is NOT $900. Nobody in their right mind should get the 64GB version since almost half the space will be taken by OS and preinstalled software. And then the keyboard costs $130. So you are looking at $1130 for this device.

Byshop

Your math is way off. The pre-load will consume probably around 15-20GB, not around 32GB. You can also exapnd that capacity cheaply with the SD Card slot.

-Byshop

You cannot install applications on an SD card. Surface RT the dumbed down windows 8 consumes 16GB so there is no way the surface wont be taking more.

#46 Posted by Byshop (11662 posts) -

You cannot install applications on an SD card. Surface RT the dumbed down windows 8 consumes 16GB so there is no way the surface wont be taking more.

Gambler_3

A) Of course you can install apps on SD card. What gave you that idea? Besides that you can offload video, music, etc and all the other things that would take up space on a mobile device to SD card as well.

B) I own an MS Store Win 8 tablet and my preload was about 20gig.

-Byshop

#47 Posted by Gambler_3 (7570 posts) -

[QUOTE="Gambler_3"]You cannot install applications on an SD card. Surface RT the dumbed down windows 8 consumes 16GB so there is no way the surface wont be taking more.

Byshop

A) Of course you can install apps on SD card. What gave you that idea? Besides that you can offload video, music, etc and all the other things that would take up space on a mobile device to SD card as well.

B) I own an MS Store Win 8 tablet and my preload was about 20gig.

-Byshop

You cant do that on the surface RT so I would think its the same on the surface pro?

Secondly no SD card can match the speed of an internal HDD let alone an SSD. You will just pointlessly cripple your performance by installing applications in the SD card even if its permitted.

64GB means around 60GB actual space and then you take out 20GB so you are left with 40GB. I wasnt trying to be absolutely precise with my statement of "almost" half the space.

#48 Posted by XaosII (16612 posts) -

You cant do that on the surface RT so I would think its the same on the surface pro?

Secondly no SD card can match the speed of an internal HDD let alone an SSD. You will just pointlessly cripple your performance by installing applications in the SD card even if its permitted.

64GB means around 60GB actual space and then you take out 20GB so you are left with 40GB. I wasnt trying to be absolutely precise with my statement of "almost" half the space.

Gambler_3

The Surgace Pro runs full blown Windows 8, just as if it were any other laptop. You can certainly install an application on an SD drive, or heck, even a USB thumbdrive on any Windows computer.

For games, there may be a noticeable decrease in load speed, but plenty of applications will run just fine off an external data source.

I use a convertible laptop with a 64 SSD running windows 7 for my note taking needs at school. Its not that bad. Hell, i've even got Diablo 3 on it fora bit of light gaming and i've still got space left over after Office, Visual Studios Express Edition, GIMP, and others.

#49 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"]

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.KHAndAnime

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

Go to Newegg's laptop section and there are plenty of laptops with i7s, 500gb+ hard drives, 6gb+ RAM priced around $700. I'm sure at least a couple of them are 1080p - and they have much beefier specs than the Surface and provide much more functionality.

Laptops or Laptop/Tablets? Remember, this is a Laptop/Tablet/Touch Cover Hybrid which is a lot lighter than a traditional laptop. As for demand, yes it is. The Surface RT sold out in Canada and UK and there is a lot of hype for pre-ordering for the Surface Pro. Reviews have been mostly positive, after you update the Tablet.
#50 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"]

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]Wow talk about over priced. Seems Microsoft is taking a page from apple's book and charging WAY more than the product is worth.kungfool69

Why do people say it's overpriced?

Find me a Tablet/Laptop with an i5, Full HD Screen, USB3, Windows 8 Pro and the other features at a much cheaper price than $900.

Most Laptop/Tablets are around that price, some much higher.

Sony have the Viao Duo, we cant keep them in stock long enough before they sell out. SO POPULAR. its $1498AU and its what we sell when people come in asking for "that windows tab i saw on TV". i5 ultrabook CPU, 4gb ram, 128GB SSD and 1080p display. it even has teh digitiser pen as well.

So is it a tablet as well? And it's $600 more expensive anyway so what's your point?