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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro to cost $899
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Default Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro to cost $899 - 12-01-2012, 09:59 | posts: 19,599 | Location: Guru3D testlab

Microsoft announced the Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro will hit the market in January, prices start at $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB model, but none of the two tablets come with ...

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro to cost $899
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 11:40 | posts: 948 | Location: Somewhere in Scotland

Don't think I'll bother.
Really pleased with my customised Galaxy Note 10.1 ( white, WiFi only 16Gb version) Tablet.
OK, I know it costs about half of what the Micro$haft slate costs, but I'm really happy with it.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 11:57 | posts: 2,013

Nice tablet that is no doubt, but the price is just ridiculous.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 13:14 | posts: 4,695 | Location: FLA,USA

Too much money for a tablet it cost more than an iPad nothing should cost more than an Apple. Maybe this is why they cut the orders in half.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 18:47 | posts: 2,916 | Location: USA

Microscam! lmao i seriously hope the next xbox isnt some overpriced, peice of hardware with issue like the 360 when it come out and the surface
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 19:00 | posts: 1,220 | Location: Warsaw, Poland

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Too much money for a tablet it cost more than an iPad nothing should cost more than an Apple. Maybe this is why they cut the orders in half.
In contrast to iPad, that's a fully functional PC in tablet form factor. But it needs a docking station, or a few of them. If you want just a tablet, then buy just a tablet - it'll be cheaper, lighter and will have longer battery life.
However, imagine yourself such scenario:
- You have Core i5 powered "tablet", with pen etc that you can use anywhere.
- You have a docking station at your home, where you have monitor/tv, keyboard and mouse and you use it for your regular PC non-gaming purposes.
- You have the same docking station at office and it is you work PC too, running all enterprise Windows apps.
- Basically you'd have your PC with its system and data wherever you go, capable of running both tablet and desktop apps, even Linux on virtual machine.

If you think about it as an iPad or Android-powered tablet, it's nothing fancy; however if it's going to be a more portable laptop variant, then it's awesome, but it'll need a dock or a few of them. In such case, the price is justified.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 19:06 | posts: 1,766

this is not another tablet guys, think about it like a "ultrabook" in tablet form factor, there is a i5/4gb ram, SSD AND a 1080p screen, 899$ is a modest price
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 19:23 | posts: 7,442 | Location: GTA, Canada

Tablets - The solution to a problem which doesn't exist yet. Yours in 128GB Mico$haft flavour for only $1000 before taxes.
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this is not another tablet guys, think about it like a "ultrabook" in tablet form factor, there is a i5/4gb ram, SSD AND a 1080p screen, 899$ is a modest price
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Default 12-01-2012, 19:41 | posts: 1,522

The battery life is horrible and no keyboard included ! Sorry microsoft I was considering this but it's a total failure to me.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 20:25 | posts: 2,313 | Location: Ohio

For this price I'd rather have a nice laptop with all the real capabilities for work or play and non of the inconveniences of a tablet format. The only real use (imo) of a tablet is to dink around on the Subway/Metro - and you can buy a $300 tablet to do that. :?
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 22:39 | posts: 3,878 | Location: MI, USA

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This^

I'd rather blow that much on a pretty darn nice PC.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 22:52 | posts: 3,702 | Location: Sweden

can see myself picking up something like this if i had extra money to blow. would function like a laptop when i need it to and a tablet when i don't. the price is kinda ridiculous though, esp with such limited HD space.
   
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Aren't these Windows RT based products (not to be confused with the Windows updates that are names Windows8-RT-KB(num)-x(64/86))? In which case, they aren't Ultrabooks because you can run normal Windows apps on an ultrabook.

You can get a reasonable laptop for that price.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 23:34 | posts: 9,776 | Location: UK

Such an unreasonable price.
They are trying to be Apple.

I hope it fails so some form of price normalising happens.
Then, it might actually take some sales away from their competitors.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 23:39 | posts: 1,019 | Location: Tiny Town in USA

Is this tablet any better than a netbook or laptop you could buy for $300, 1/3 of the price? Also, it's a rectangular device with rounded corners. Apple may want some money.
   
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Default 12-01-2012, 23:40 | posts: 8,698 | Location: Indiana

only 4 hour battery life?? lmao
I'm still fairly happy with my first gen Ipad. was really considering the original Surface but not reading the best reviews of it and not sure how 16:9 ratio will work in portrait mode trying to read an ebook or e-mags. I much prefer portrait mode on ipad when it comes to reading.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 02:57 | posts: 7,442 | Location: GTA, Canada

4 hour battery life lol. The only thing it's powering is Micro$haft CEO wallets with all the money they saved by using dog crap for batteries.

Seriously, $900-$1000 pre tax and they didn't include a reasonable battery, sounds legit.

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Default 12-02-2012, 03:03 | posts: 6,632 | Location: Above Earth in a Big Rocket Ship

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4 hour battery life lol. The only thing it's powering is Micro$haft CEO wallets with all the money they saved by using dog crap for batteries.

Seriously, $900-$1000 pre tax and they didn't include a reasonable battery, sounds legit.
You realize that the battery is actually larger than most tablet batteries right? And the reason why the life is bad is due to the i5 processor and not the battery? Also why are all your posts always so negative? Your from Canada you should be happy! =)

But yeah this tablet looks bad, Nexus 10 is looking like a better buy every day.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 03:06 | posts: 5,883 | Location: Dubai

Lol, I'd rather buy a laptop than their frankenstein laptop-tablet hybrid.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 03:17 | posts: 7,442 | Location: GTA, Canada

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You realize that the battery is actually larger than most tablet batteries right? And the reason why the life is bad is due to the i5 processor and not the battery? Also why are all your posts always so negative? Your from Canada you should be happy! =)

But yeah this tablet looks bad, Nexus 10 is looking like a better buy every day.
There's nothing positive to say about Micro$haft these days. Everything they're doing appears to be a global scale troll job and they constantly remind me of Apple. For the price they could have easily provided a much more powerful battery.

If you were in Canada right now you wouldn't be happy. There's about 6.5 hours of sunlight a day and it will soon reach -40C during the day. It's a toasty warm 0C right now. As a bonus when it's sunny the UV is enough to give you cancer with relatively little exposure and the albedo is enough to hurt your eyes through sunglasses. That and I'm pretty sure our government is completely corrupt and stealing our tax money.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 04:54 | posts: 2,151 | Location: Philippines

that's steep!
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 10:37 | posts: 1,619 | Location: USA

If you are actually going to utilize its portability with insane power then you wouldn't mind the price, but if it's the other way around, then you will, definitely.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 11:19 | posts: 11,396 | Location: England

Battery life is going to be the killer when you're on the move. A couple of lunch time meetings and a bit of work either side and its going to be dead.

Very happy with the iPad3 I just bought. Came with 97% on the battery, used it every evening this week for several hours and still on just over 50%.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 12:36 | posts: 4,695 | Location: FLA,USA

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In contrast to iPad, that's a fully functional PC in tablet form factor. But it needs a docking station, or a few of them. If you want just a tablet, then buy just a tablet - it'll be cheaper, lighter and will have longer battery life.
However, imagine yourself such scenario:
- You have Core i5 powered "tablet", with pen etc that you can use anywhere.
- You have a docking station at your home, where you have monitor/tv, keyboard and mouse and you use it for your regular PC non-gaming purposes.
- You have the same docking station at office and it is you work PC too, running all enterprise Windows apps.
- Basically you'd have your PC with its system and data wherever you go, capable of running both tablet and desktop apps, even Linux on virtual machine.

If you think about it as an iPad or Android-powered tablet, it's nothing fancy; however if it's going to be a more portable laptop variant, then it's awesome, but it'll need a dock or a few of them. In such case, the price is justified.
The keyboard/cover thing is proprietary and only micro$oft will offer (something apple gets ostrisized for btw) it's the same with the docking station $1000 for a 128GB plus at least $200 worth of proprietary accessories and still the 4 hour battery life is HTC making this thing. Not worth it I got an ASUS u51 laptop with an i5 and usb3.0 for $490 added in a $100 128GB ssd and already had a keyboard half the price all the functionality and a DVD writer why would anyone with more than two brain cells get one of these.
   
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Default 12-02-2012, 15:31 | posts: 1,220 | Location: Warsaw, Poland

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Aren't these Windows RT based products (not to be confused with the Windows updates that are names Windows8-RT-KB(num)-x(64/86))? In which case, they aren't Ultrabooks because you can run normal Windows apps on an ultrabook.

You can get a reasonable laptop for that price.
This is not Win-RT, but Win 8 Pro - regular fully featured desktop edition.

And regarding ASUS u51 - they were around $1k over here too, so price is not an argument in this particular case.
   
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