3 Reasons Why Surface Pro is Priced Right

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kcorp2003

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Getting that desktop experience on the go, will be amazing. i'll be productive (with higher end software). finishing up my assignments. There is a difference between Win8 and Win8 RT. x86 tablet with win8 should be their main goal to begin with.
 

alidan

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if you can still go desktop with this, it may be a decent choice for a laptop...

that said, they specifically mention input pen...
does it has sensitivity? different pressures? angle? or is it a glorified 3$ pos you can find on amazon that just emulates a finger?
 

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Yep this is the one I've been waiting for. And is really the only scenario where Win 8 should be better than Win 7. Don't know why MS didn't release this one before the RT machine. It's obvious that RT needs more ecosystem some of which could have been developed more if they had reversed the release order/timing.
 

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I think many experts are wrong about Microsoft's pricing on the Surface. I mean, yes, they're pricey, but they also represent the high end of the market; therefore, they're not competing with their partners on a volume basis. It's totally possible that Microsoft doesn't expect the Surface products to be the best-selling Windows 8 devices on the market. They just want them to be the best, and they want to make a pretty penny off the ones they sell.
 
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Brilliant! Finally a tech writer whose head doesn't explode at the thought of a tablet more expensive than the IPad and realizes that the Surface Pro will be revolutionary. Yes it is more expensive, but buying an ultrabook/macbook air/even a decent $500 laptop AND an IPad/Surface RT/Nexus 7 will still come out to cost the same if not more expensive than this all in one combo. It's just people don't feel so bad buying a $400 IPad when they already paid 400-700 for a laptop some previous time. They forget that they are buying two pieces of tech when they should be able to buy just one. The Surface Pro solves this play/work divide. You get the functionality of Windows and all the work that Windows allows, WITH the fun and portability of having a tablet. Also, a lot of people don't realize (and I praise this writer for realizing this) is that a lot of us NEED windows for work. I work in the legal field, and aside from law students, every working professional attorney I have ever seen is running a windows PC. Bravo for a well written well thought out article.
 

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[citation][nom]alidan[/nom]if you can still go desktop with this, it may be a decent choice for a laptop...that said, they specifically mention input pen...does it has sensitivity? different pressures? angle? or is it a glorified 3$ pos you can find on amazon that just emulates a finger?[/citation]

It runs Windows 8, just like any other desktop/laptop. It's x86, it runs everything your Windows 7 PC can.

The pen is a Wacom pen, it's pretty much the same as Samsungs S pen (which is a Wacom pen).
 

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[citation][nom]cercuitspark[/nom]It runs Windows 8, just like any other desktop/laptop. It's x86, it runs everything your Windows 7 PC can.The pen is a Wacom pen, it's pretty much the same as Samsungs S pen (which is a Wacom pen).[/citation]

that doesnt mean it cant be an altered version without the desktop mode

now as for the pen... i know wacom makes pressure, angle sensitive pens, but if i remember right they also make finger replacement pens that are just a fake finger...

what does the samsung s use so i have some frame of reference.
 
[citation][nom]classzero[/nom]I'll develop on my less expensive laptop that supports touch! Sorry Overpriced[/citation]
So what you are saying is that having a table form factor and digitizer is worth $0 and should be given free?

Whether you want to buy it is one thing, but it definitely has features to make it worth more than your laptop.
 

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What I really want to know is why I should purchase the Surface Pro rather than the Samsung ATIV 700T. It appears to me that the ATIV has more levels of pressure sensitivity (1024 vs 256), a place to stow the stylus, a larger screen, better battery life, and hinges like a traditional laptop when the keyboard is attached as opposed to a kickstand. What makes the Surface Pro better? All I see is that it's a little cheaper.
 
[citation][nom]bigdragon[/nom]What I really want to know is why I should purchase the Surface Pro rather than the Samsung ATIV 700T. It appears to me that the ATIV has more levels of pressure sensitivity (1024 vs 256), a place to stow the stylus, a larger screen, better battery life, and hinges like a traditional laptop when the keyboard is attached as opposed to a kickstand. What makes the Surface Pro better? All I see is that it's a little cheaper.[/citation]
$300-$600 I assume.
 

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Disclaimer: im not an apple fanboy, I do not own any apple devices.

But for $1030 (with keyboard) I rather get MBA.

imo, I think $1000 is too much to spend for a type of device I like to upgrade every 2-3 years.

I like to spend $600-700 for an ultrabook
 

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If something goes wrong with it it's a $1K brick.

Personally that's why I'll never understand the appeal behind tablets. I want my gear fixable. Even if it's just a laptop I'd like to know that I can replace the screen, HDD, memory, keyboard, etc.

Tablets just seem... useless.

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I don't have a problem with the price, but it will definitely limit the audience to folks looking for a premium product. The Samsung is definitely a viable competitor - I'd personally prefer not to have a detachable kb to keep track of (I really like the surface kickstand/integrated kb concept) but I'd have to actually play with both before I could make a call - the Samsung has some advantages also.

I don't really see the Air as competition other than folks who are ok with a traditional ultrabook... they're not tablets. I don't like carrying multiple devices on the road so I want something to replace my Ultrabook and iPad and do a good job of being both - and I think this device (or the Samsung) could possibly do it.
 
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I am very much looking forward to this hybrid product. Many people are saying that they would rather spend money on a laptop instead of this tablet, if they do not want a tablet form factor then this product is not for them. It is silly to compare the surface pro directly to laptops because it is not a laptop. In the same vein, it is silly to compare it directly to other tablets (unless they are running Win8).
 

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The problem is that i5 ultrabooks can be had for ~$500 today. The larger form factor is going to be more desirable for actual work too. Personally I have a multi-monitor desktop, a 17" laptop, 11.6" laptop, a 10" android tablet and a 7" android tablet, and a SG2s phone. 93% of my computer/tablet time is spent on the desktop, 5% on the phone, 1% on the 11.6" laptop, 1% on everything else.

Surface dings:
$130 for a type keyboard that's inferior to type on than a $10 desktop keyboard.
Cost more than a i5 desktop with 3 monitors.
Touchscreen more awkward than a mouse.
vastly unupgradeable compared to desktop.
fewer external connectors/peripherals, USB,PS2,DVI,HDMI,DVD,ESATA.
lower disk an memory capacity.
mobile CPU slower than desktop counterpart.

So yes the surface is relatively powerful ultrabook in a tablet form factor. But seriously if you require that kind of power to do your work, you are already using a desktop, are you really going to switch to a tablet? Even a notebook/ultrabook offers a better windows experience. and a Nexus 7 is far less expensive, more portable, has better battery life, and offers a completely adequate casual experience. The Surface is nothing more than another gimmicky product for people to show off how fashion conscious they are at their local Starbucks.
 

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I'll wait a year until they lower the price and work all the issues out. Still will be nice to have a tablet that can run my steam library (at least some of the less demanding titles), maybe some GOG stuff, I can take to the gym and watch my mkv ripped movies while I do stairmaster, be able to access files and such across my network without going through 3rd party apps.

They still need a GPS and a flash for the camera though. Maybe NFC too.
 

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Worthless unless they have a better GPU. That is why most laptops suck, they don't have a decent GPU for gaming or they give you a low res screen so the GPU can power it at reasonable FPS.
 

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[citation][nom]nurgletheunclean[/nom]The problem is that i5 ultrabooks can be had for ~$500 today. The larger form factor is going to be more desirable for actual work too. Personally I have a multi-monitor desktop, a 17" laptop, 11.6" laptop, a 10" android tablet and a 7" android tablet, and a SG2s phone. 93% of my computer/tablet time is spent on the desktop, 5% on the phone, 1% on the 11.6" laptop, 1% on everything else.Surface dings:$130 for a type keyboard that's inferior to type on than a $10 desktop keyboard.Cost more than a i5 desktop with 3 monitors.Touchscreen more awkward than a mouse.vastly unupgradeable compared to desktop.fewer external connectors/peripherals, USB,PS2,DVI,HDMI,DVD,ESATA.lower disk an memory capacity.mobile CPU slower than desktop counterpart.So yes the surface is relatively powerful ultrabook in a tablet form factor. But seriously if you require that kind of power to do your work, you are already using a desktop, are you really going to switch to a tablet? Even a notebook/ultrabook offers a better windows experience. and a Nexus 7 is far less expensive, more portable, has better battery life, and offers a completely adequate casual experience. The Surface is nothing more than another gimmicky product for people to show off how fashion conscious they are at their local Starbucks.[/citation]

So you do not use a laptop much. Alright it isn't for you, however it will be for others. Also find me an ultrabook that is 1080p, has an SSD, a touch screen, a wacom digitizer and is as light/thin as the Surface Pro for around $500. Why are you even comparing this to a desktop? How exactly can other notebooks/ultrabooks offer a better windows experience? To boot you also throw in a comparison of throwing in a cellphone os tablet. Nothing is going to beat a Nexus 7 on lounging around and browsing the web or flinging disgruntled avian at mean porcine creatures. However, that is all it can ever do on its own...

Lastly, nothing will ever replace an Apple product for a Starbucks Hipster. Get your facts straight.
 
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Then why they are running " The the price is right" campaign on adverts driven sites like this?...just saying...
 
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