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Documenting my first experience with the Surface Pro 2

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  • Yes, absolutely! I've pre-orderd a Surface (Pro) 2.

    5 41.67%
  • Yes, I will order within 6 months from now.

    2 16.67%
  • No, I will order after 6 months from now.

    0 0%
  • No, I'm not going to buy a Surface (Pro) 2.

    5 41.67%
  1. #1


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Documenting my first experience with the Surface Pro 2


    Hello Everybody!

    Last monday Microsoft announced the arrival of a new Surface line. The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The launch of these new tablets will be on monday October 21st.

    Next month I'll be working for 10 years straight at the same company and therefore I will recieve a gratification bonus. What better to use this money for then to buy a Surface, I thought to myself. So... yesterday I phoned Microsoft and placed a pre-order for the new Surface Pro 2.

    It will be my first tablet pc ever and I would like to share my experiences with you all. Perhaps it will be usefull for those of you who are considering to buy a new Surface tablet pc. And offcourse I'm happy with all the advice you folks can give me.

    Through this thread you can follow me ==> counting down the days until October 21st/ 22nd ==> waiting at the mailbox for the UPS man to arrive ==> finally opening the package and seeing my brand new Surface Pro 2 for the very first time ==> and offcourse my experiences with the tablet pc .


    I hope you folks will follow this thread and share the fun with me, waiting and opening the package!

    Greetz,

    Rover

    =========================

    Some information about the Surface Pro 2:
    Introducing the New Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

    What did I order?
    - The Surface Pro 2, 128gb version
    - The Type Cover 2, black (I chose this one because it has 'laptop' keys instead of touch keys)

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  2. #2


    SO, what makes you think anyone is interested in YOUR new toy? :-) well, maybe me for one. Will be interesting to see what you think. I picked up a 10" Iconia and love it. Trust the waiting isn't too bad!
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  3. #3


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,597
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    As an award for 10 years of service you are able to get a Surface Pro 2 ($899)? I'm jealous. I had my 10 year anniversary last month and I was given a $200 Visa gift card. I work for one of the largest software companies in the world and they are cheap!
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  4. #4


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi strollin,

    I live in The Netherlands. So the Surface Pro 2 is 'only' $1350 here. And another $175 for the Type Cover.

    The gratification is a certain percentage of my monthly income. The fact that I'll get it taxfree means that the bonus will double, since income tax in The Netherlands is at 52%.

    So I guess that you can't really compare the USA and The Netherlands
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  5. #5


    I just read this article and am interested in getting your perspective...

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 2: So Right, But So Wrong | Technology | Minyanville's Wall Street
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    love that the new Surface machines come with 200 GB of cloud storage. and the skype wifi hotspots as well! hate having to pay for hotspots!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Hi strollin,

    I live in The Netherlands. So the Surface Pro 2 is 'only' $1350 here. And another $175 for the Type Cover.

    The gratification is a certain percentage of my monthly income. The fact that I'll get it taxfree means that the bonus will double, since income tax in The Netherlands is at 52%.

    So I guess that you can't really compare the USA and The Netherlands
    Don't feel too bad about that, with ocare on the way, it won't be long before we are seeing the same kind of taxes.
    Glad you are getting a break on that. Good luck,, I am watching this thread.
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  9. #9


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I just read this article and am interested in getting your perspective...

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 2: So Right, But So Wrong | Technology | Minyanville's Wall Street


    Thanks for the very interessing links, Art. I've read the articles and I must say they provide some very interesting views on the Surface 2 tablets.

    In the first article the author, a self proclaimed Apple fan, makes a statement that the Surface Pro 2 is, from the hardware point of view, a great device. But it will never be a succes due to the fact that it's a overkill for the demand of the public (e.a. Simple iPads to lookup Facebook and a few websites). He also claims that tablets in general will kill off the desktop and laptops computers.

    The second article describes the potential Delta sees in the Surface RT 2. As well as their plan to rollout these tablets across the entire fleet.


    Well, I must say that I don't agree with the author of the first article (and not just because he is an Apple fan ). In my opinion the Surface Pro 2 will be a great tablet due to the fact that you can install whatever you like onto it. It is basicly a laptopcomputer that doesn't fold. That is the reason I'm buying a Surface Pro 2. The freedom to install any software I like, combined with the practical use of the tablet shape and touch function.
    I don't know enough about the Surface 2 RT to form an opinion about it. I guess it would be great if you are a student that only needs it to make notes, Facebook, Skype etc. In my opinion it's like the MS version of the iPad or Android tablet.


    For me the Surface Pro 2 device will fill the gap between my Windows Phone and my desktop computer. The Phone is for calling people and the occasional Facebook post or whatsapp message (or the traffic information offcourse ). My desktop computer is a combination of die-hard computer gaming, data storage/ media center (>6TB) and programs that acquire a great amount of processing power (e.a. Photoshop).

    What I'm missing is a device that I can use while sitting on the sofa, or lying in bed. And that I can take with me while on the road. A laptop is just not practical for me. The battery drains to fast and the clamshell design is not very practical in bed . In my opinion the Surface Pro 2 will fill this gap perfectly.

    So, concluding..... If you are looking for a replacement for the iPad or Android tablets ==> you should go for the Surface 2 RT. If, however, you are looking for a laptop replacement you should consider the Surface Pro 2!


    Greetz,

    Rover
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  10. #10


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    love that the new Surface machines come with 200 GB of cloud storage. and the skype wifi hotspots as well! hate having to pay for hotspots!
    Indeed! I didn't know this until after I placed the pre-order for the Surface Pro 2. So, it's not a unique selling point for me . But that doesn't mean I don't like this!

    Another great move from Microsoft
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