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Surface Pro Will Cost You….

Microsoft yesterday unveiled the prices it will charge for its Surface Pro tablet. This is the version of Surface meant for real computing as it runs on Windows 8 Pro, includes an Intel processor and can run the library of Windows 7 and other compatible apps. The surface you can buy today is based on ARM and really expects a whole new library of native software.

So what's this Surface Pro gonna run me? From $900 to a grand, for starters. A thousand bucks will get you a model with 128 GB of storage. With so many cloud storage offerings, hopefully that will be plenty of room.

Have you ponied up for an ARM surface? Any thoughts on these machines? Share at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/30/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Dec 6, 2012

To those saying the iPad is better: who are you kidding?You must be an apple fanboy or gal. iPad is SO limited, coming from an IT student, what is it to me? an overpriced big screen mp3 player. No, thanks. I'll go PRO next year, sure its a thousand bucks, but good things come with a price.

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 Jim

WAY too high-priced. One of the Pro models is NOT in my future.

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 Eric Atlanta

Yes, I am an RT user. I read a lot leading up to the launch. The early reviews had me ready to preorder. Then, shortly before launch, the reviews turned negative. Rather than trust a preorder through the mail, I went to check it out for myself at a Microsoft Store. I was immediately impressed and have not been disappointed since. I am looking forward to the pro release as it promises to be a device that can replace my desktop, laptop, and rt tablet. The price is higher than I had hoped, but honestly, this is an ultra portable, not a traditional laptop.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

I’m pleasantly surprised by the Surface RT thus far. I’ve been evaluating one that my employer purchased. It is sooo much more useful than my ipad. It comes with a decent remote desktop client. It seems to play all my media without the need for converting or transcoding. It is actually going to work well with Office docs and SharePoint. I have come across some idiosyncrasies, but fewer than I’ve had with the ipad. The Surface lineup definitely looks like the best enterprise options at this point. If MS sticks with it, it will be a great enthusiast product… provided they don't tank it like WHS. Their app market is still underdeveloped, but their products look promising if they watch that price point.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 Kelly Denver

I have really enjoyed my Surface RT! It is much more functional than an iPad for IT Professionals. With a full set of DOS based commands and native RDP client, I am almost able to leave my laptop at home. I don't expect it to replace my laptop and know that it has limitations, but far less than an iPad or Android.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 Tom Ohio

This is exactly what I was afraid of - MS pricing themselves out of the market. So much for going toe-to-toe with the iPad. Consumers will not buy the Surface Pro, and sadly, it may not take off for Enterprise either.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 Bruce Orlando

Surface Pro ... not quite a tablet, not quite a laptop - for $1,000. Hmm ... think I'll pass. I already have an i5 laptop with a 17" screen and an iPad3 for when I want to relax and read. I'd rather drop the $1,000 on a weekend cruise or something! ;-)

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