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  • Microsoft Reveals Surface Pro Pricing


    One month ago, Microsoft raised the curtain on its Surface with Windows RT and impressed the tech community with an offering that has been well received by many in the short time the tablet has been on the scene. Now, Microsoft is ready for another big push.

    Wasting none of this established momentum, Microsoft said this week that it will launch Surface with Windows 8 Pro this coming January. Today on the official Microsoft Blog, pricing details finally accompanied the touted release of the Surface Pro tablet.

    Here's what we can tell you. The 64GB standalone version will be priced at $899. The 128GB standalone version will, naturally, cost more and come with a price tag set at $999. Microsoft says that both versions come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and "include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover" - but those are still sold separately.

    Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand.
    Not surprisingly, everyone isn't a fan of the price tags unveiled today.

    “At that price, by the time you add the keyboard you’re at the price of an 11-inch MacBook,” Wes Miller, an analyst at Kirkland, tells Bloomberg. “Everyone always says, ‘well, Apple is so expensive,’ but here we are in that same neighborhood looking at houses."

    Source: Microsoft, Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Reveals Surface Pro Pricing started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. WithinTemptationFan's Avatar
      WithinTemptationFan -
      The price is enough to turn me off from ever buying this tablet.
    1. HannibalK1ng's Avatar
      HannibalK1ng -
      Quote Originally Posted by WithinTemptationFan View Post
      The price is enough to turn me off from ever buying this tablet.

      that pricing is great and what everyone was hoping for under 1k for a windows 8 pro tablet.


      if anyone says its too expensive you have no idea.....

      and i guess i should ask if you would pay 1k for a ipad with an i5 and OSx? you would in a heart beat so stop hating on microsoft for doing something better and sooner then apple.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by HannibalK1ng View Post
      clearly dumb apple fan boy.....

      that pricing is great and what everyone was hoping for under 1k for a windows 8 pro tablet.


      if anyone says its too expensive you have no idea.....

      and i guess i should ask if you would pay 1k for a ipad with an i5 and OSx? you would in a heart beat so stop hating on microsoft for doing something better and sooner then apple.
      Its the same price as a macbook air.
    1. HannibalK1ng's Avatar
      HannibalK1ng -
      except more powerful and can detach the kb?

      but please tell me if you had the cash would you buy an ipad i5 with osx?

      the answer is yes so please dont hate everything microsoft does.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by HannibalK1ng View Post
      but please tell me if you had the cash would you buy an ipad i5 with osx?

      the answer is yes so please dont hate everything microsoft does.
      The answer is NO. If I wanted something to run OSX, I would buy a Mac. If I wanted something to run iOS, I would buy an iPhone or an iPad. I wouldn't buy a boat to ride in the highway.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      I would rather get a MBP with retina display.
    1. HannibalK1ng's Avatar
      HannibalK1ng -
      its only a matter of time until apple does this as well.

      they went the cheaper smaller option with the mini and will now do the same to have something between an ipad and macbook air
    1. f10M4N31's Avatar
      f10M4N31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HannibalK1ng View Post
      please explain why i am the stupidest person in the world please do?
      Because you're trying to pick a fight by being completely biased and in denial about the fact that Apple has devices of higher quality. The fact that you're being rude about Apple fans on a mainly-Apple site is even worse. Show some respect towards people and their opinions before you begin talking rudely. By the way, your grammar and spelling suck.
    1. HannibalK1ng's Avatar
      HannibalK1ng -
      lol no problems mate.

      but why mention about the higher quality of apple devices? there is no denying that i love apple products design and its way ahead of everything else so please dont use that?

      and sorry my spelling sucks on a forum, dont get paid enough to be professional on here, when im at work getting paid X amount of money then ill be professional and worry about grammar and spelling!

      also i dont understand how im being biased we are talking about a product that doesnt have an apple alternative.

      im saying for 1k your getting a good device and the price is justified.
    1. Lordstuny's Avatar
      Lordstuny -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      The answer is NO. If I wanted something to run OSX, I would buy a Mac. If I wanted something to run iOS, I would buy an iPhone or an iPad. I wouldn't buy a boat to ride in the highway.
      Exactly... Why create a tablet to run win8 when a laptop does the same
    1. DarkoNova's Avatar
      DarkoNova -
      Quote Originally Posted by HannibalK1ng View Post
      its only a matter of time until apple does this as well.

      they went the cheaper smaller option with the mini and will now do the same to have something between an ipad and macbook air
      Why would they need anything between the iPad and MBA?

      They're basically the same thing, the only difference is screen size/PPI and keyboard. Adding a new device between them would just be repetitive and pointless.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Its the same price as a macbook air.
      Can you detach the keyboard on a mb Air? No.
      Is it touch screen? No.
      And I get you can just buy a Mac and an iPad but! That's gonna cost you more then the Surface and its way easier just carrying around one tablet then a laptop & tablet. I WUV my MacBook Air so try not to hate me little fanboys 😘
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by HannibalK1ng View Post
      that pricing is great and what everyone was hoping for under 1k for a windows 8 pro tablet.


      if anyone says its too expensive you have no idea.....

      and i guess i should ask if you would pay 1k for a ipad with an i5 and OSx? you would in a heart beat so stop hating on microsoft for doing something better and sooner then apple.
      Think the point you are missing is Microsoft recently condemned apple for its price tags! And here we go Microsoft is doing the same! At least apple have a reputation of quality what does Microsoft have?? Reputation for updates and security issues!
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      Can you detach the keyboard on a mb Air? No.
      Is it touch screen? No.
      And I get you can just buy a Mac and an iPad but! That's gonna cost you more then the Surface and its way easier just carrying around one tablet then a laptop & tablet. I WUV my MacBook Air so try not to hate me little fanboys ��
      The surface pro has a battery life of 3.5 hours. Both the MBA and iPad have better then that.
    1. curly420's Avatar
      curly420 -
      I'll get a Surface pro if it can be hackintoshed, then it is just a touchscreen macbook air. Granted, Bigger, but still. It'd be cool. xD
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      I'm good ill stick with my iPhone 5 for now.
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      So is the pen $200 or something, i see no reason why this tablet needs to be at such a high price, Windows 8 alone is less than $60 bucks, and this being a tablet it limits the ability of the OS. Not to mention amost 1k for a mere 64gb, i can buy a 500gb external hard drive for a mere 5% of the full cost of the tablet.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Okay now, lets be honest....
      When the iPad came out, I 'thought' it was gonna be a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook. Instead, it was just a really big iPod Touch. It still requires a computer to sync non-iTunes media and it can only install App Store applications. I can't complete 'normal' OSX tasks on it like I can w/ my MBAir which kinda sux!

      Although I wouldn't buy a Surface Pro, I think they did a great job combining the tablet and the PC. I love the keyboard and WISH the iPad had something similar to it. The ability to use it as a tablet or a computer is the perfect all-around device. I hope Apple takes note and starts merging the two ideas cuz that's what the iPad should've been from the beginning!!!

      As far as price, what would u pay for a tablet? What would u pay for a computer? Even though this might be a little bit high, I think their pricing is fairly close to reasonable considering you get both in one. I 'guarantee' if Apple released an iPad/MacBook device, they'd charge more than a MacBook for the simple fact that they put two OS' on one device.

      Let me hear your thoughts....
    1. mastaryan's Avatar
      mastaryan -
      Curious what the ram is. I love my iPad but wish I could use some programs on the go instead of my work pc. I never use my laptop anymore and will be in line for this Surface. Accounting on the go!
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastaryan View Post
      Curious what the ram is. I love my iPad but wish I could use some programs on the go instead of my work pc. I never use my laptop anymore and will be in line for this Surface. Accounting on the go!
      Surface.com says 4GB memory

      And why does everyone complain about the internal storage. This has ports people!! Just add in an sd card for cheap :-)

      I'm nearly sold on this as a full replacement for my work laptop that I carry between clients and will double as an at home tablet :-)