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Surface, Get Your Surface Here!

Just like the recently announced opening of preorders for Windows 8, Microsoft is now accepting money for Surface devices. Both the OS and the tablets built on it are available Oct. 26 -- at least for the ARM-based Surfaces. Oddly the Intel-based devices will lag by three months. Seems like it should be the opposite since Windows already runs on Intel, no?

The real news is Surface pricing. A machine with 32GB of flash RAM is $600 and the 64GB version is an extra hundred. If you want a machine sans keyboard (not sure why you would) you can scoop one for $500.

One thing included in the pricing is a free low-end version of Office. This should make the pricing a bit more palatable.

Is this in your price range? Opine at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/22/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Tue, Oct 23, 2012 80's Rocker

At first I thought it was high, but after looking at all the facts I think it is a good price and compared to Apple you are getting more for you money (Just looking at base w/o keyboard). 1) Double the storage. 2) USB Port 3) MicroSD support The keyboard costing $100 dollars is also similar to iPad. For a leather cover you will pay $70 (not a keyboard). And for a keyboard/cover you are looking at paying $100-$125, depending on which one you get. I just wish MS had offered a free touch cover to anyone buying the base unit between now and 1/1/2012. 32GB for $499 plus free keyboard (choice of color) 64GB for &599 plus free keyboard (choice of color) I think that would have make it a better sell for the Christmas season and those looking at these as Christmas presents. Then after the holidays you pay extra for type cover.

Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Well, I should have read before my first comment. $499 does not cover touch cover either as I initially thought.

Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Most people seem to miss the point that surface does come with keyboard (Touch vs Type). Touch keyboard is part of the offering, type keyboard is extra purchase.

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