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Microsoft targets end of May for expanded Surface Pro

Microsoft is broadening availability of its Surface Pro PC/tablet hybrids during May and June, officials are saying.

Surface Pro will launch before the end of May in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It will launch in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June, according to an April 23 post on the Surface Blog.

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jimbo45

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Will really love to see these out in the flesh -- Unlike a lot I think this device will actually sell very well indeed -- I hope the docking facilities will also be good enough for this to replace a portable PC -- we shall see.

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^^ What are you talking about? The surface is not a hybrid. It's a tablet with a touch cover. It's impossible to work with it like a laptop. I already tried it. If they wanted the surface to be more successful, they should have made it a real hybrid, not the touch cover that falls apart in the first month.
 

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^^ What are you talking about? The surface is not a hybrid. It's a tablet with a touch cover. It's impossible to work with it like a laptop. I already tried it. If they wanted the surface to be more successful, they should have made it a real hybrid, not the touch cover that falls apart in the first month.


What are you talking about? I've had and used it perfectly fine for almost the past 3 months.

Because you fail at use, it doesn't mean everyone does.
 

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^^ What are you talking about? The surface is not a hybrid. It's a tablet with a touch cover. It's impossible to work with it like a laptop. I already tried it. If they wanted the surface to be more successful, they should have made it a real hybrid, not the touch cover that falls apart in the first month.




What are you talking about? I've had and used it perfectly fine for almost the past 3 months.

Because you fail at use, it doesn't mean everyone does.
My point is the surface isn't a hybrid. It's a tablet with a touch cover. If you put a saddle on a duck, it doesn't make it a horse.

A hybrid is a machine that can act either as a laptop or a tablet. It's gotta have a minimum behavior such as being able to sit on your lap while you work. No, adding a bluetooth keyboard won't make it a hybrid.
 

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It's not something that appeals to me, not at that price anyway. Nice specs for the pro but at that price range some people, like me, are just going to buy a full sized laptop.
 

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from the only models I've seen of the surface pro - there isn't any reason at all why it can't be used as a PC given a sensible docking station with a PROPER monitor, a DECENT keyboard and a mouse.

Then when used like this why isn't it exactly like a PC. How many people actually have a laptop on their laps at work anyway.

I think the stupid Ms supplied extra keyboard that you could get for the device deserves a one way trip to the garbage can -- that IS a POS. Nothing to stop you using a decent proper wireless keyboard and mouse with the device when docked.

For the rest the Ms surface pro looks like a nice piece of kit albeit a bit expensive -- however now the economy seems to be gradually inching (or should I say micro milli-metering) its way out of recession some people might buy these as " trendy nice boys toys" - after all expensive Apple products never stopped people who liked that type of kit from buying incredibly expenisve gear.

Cheers
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We have a Surface Pro at work and a coworker bought a Surface Pro last week. Originally, the thought was to take our company Surface Pro and give it to her to use as she goes to and from school and use it as her everyday work machine to replace her laptop. She has a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Ultimately, she elected against using it as an everyday machine because we all use dual displays, and the 10" on the Surface Pro was just too small for everyday. Thus, she bought a Surface Pro personally to take to and from school and will remain with her work laptop for everything else.
 

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My point is the surface isn't a hybrid. It's a tablet with a touch cover. If you put a saddle on a duck, it doesn't make it a horse.

LOL and a half! :thumbup:

The more I read about the Surface, especially from you Pros, the more I'm learning that it's probably not going to fit my needs. It may be fine, powerful, and useful for some, but bottom line it's about screen size for me. I need to view blueprints. I just don't see me doing that on such a small screen.

I haven't seen one personally, for no one in town has displayed one yet. I'll have to get closer to the big city to see.
 

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My boss bought the Pro to replace his work laptop, easier and lighter to take to customers offices. He bought a little BT keyboard and mouse, I have to say it works great as a laptop replacement. Once we got the VPN up and running he can take it anywhere and be able to pull up result files with little effort. He bought the Samsung model with 11" screen and it has cell service as well as wifi. Nice little machine.... A bit pricey for me personally, but a nice little machine none the less

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Hi there
from the only models I've seen of the surface pro - there isn't any reason at all why it can't be used as a PC given a sensible docking station with a PROPER monitor, a DECENT keyboard and a mouse.

Then when used like this why isn't it exactly like a PC. How many people actually have a laptop on their laps at work anyway.

I think the stupid Ms supplied extra keyboard that you could get for the device deserves a one way trip to the garbage can -- that IS a POS. Nothing to stop you using a decent proper wireless keyboard and mouse with the device when docked.

For the rest the Ms surface pro looks like a nice piece of kit albeit a bit expensive -- however now the economy seems to be gradually inching (or should I say micro milli-metering) its way out of recession some people might buy these as " trendy nice boys toys" - after all expensive Apple products never stopped people who liked that type of kit from buying incredibly expenisve gear.

Cheers
jimbo
A lot of people like to type on the train.


And everytime I look at the surface, I can't help but think of the following cheap chinese usb keyboard with case for tablets.

Tablet holder - Leather case & USB Mini keyboard for 8 Tablet PC

I just can't shake that off. I'd rather have a real hybrid that turns into a tablet or laptop whenever I need it to. Something like the asus transformer form factor. In fact, I currently use the hp envy x2 as my main computing device. Waiting for such a form factor with an i-series processor.
 

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I've had my SP 128 since early March. I have the type cover AND I have used it on my lap. I'm a designer and I use CAD on it at home with a dual monitor. I don't use it heavily for CAD but it's fine for touchups at home. I use excel and word every day with no problems at all. I rarely sit with it in my lap and type on the type cover but I have and it works ok.


My pictures and personal stuff is on the SD card and I use a thumb drive for more storage. I'm rarely far from an outlet so the battery life is ok for me. Obviously, everyone would like more but it works for me.

When typing and doing actual work I'm at my desk so typing on my lap wouldn't matter anyway. When I want to kick back in the recliner and just surf the net and catch up with Twitter, Facebbook, etc., I either remove the cover or fold it over and use it as a tablet. I may be that individual that it's a perfect fit.

I recently got a pen loop with an adhesive back that works fine for pen storage. Most of the general complaints for me have been resolved.

I'm lovin' my SP 128.
 

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If you haven't seen it in the other thread I posted in on launch day....




I don't understand the difficulty understanding the use I get out of mine. It works fine as my main pc at home and when I go to work it goes with me too.:eek:










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from the only models I've seen of the surface pro - there isn't any reason at all why it can't be used as a PC given a sensible docking station with a PROPER monitor, a DECENT keyboard and a mouse.

Then when used like this why isn't it exactly like a PC. How many people actually have a laptop on their laps at work anyway.

I think the stupid Ms supplied extra keyboard that you could get for the device deserves a one way trip to the garbage can -- that IS a POS. Nothing to stop you using a decent proper wireless keyboard and mouse with the device when docked.

For the rest the Ms surface pro looks like a nice piece of kit albeit a bit expensive -- however now the economy seems to be gradually inching (or should I say micro milli-metering) its way out of recession some people might buy these as " trendy nice boys toys" - after all expensive Apple products never stopped people who liked that type of kit from buying incredibly expenisve gear.

Cheers
jimbo

All valid points there Jimbo. For some people a tablet with that much power is a must have. The thing is though for me, the Surface Pro doesn't fit my needs or wants. I wanted a big screen that would be easy on my eyes and maybe game on ocasionally. I also wanted something I could use in my lap with a real keyboard. Most of the time It's only going to go as far as my patio so size or weight isn't that big a deal for me. That's why I went big and bought an ASUS K75DE. I already have a desktop with dual monitors so I have no interest in a second device that I would dock to a bigger screen. The things that I would do on a tablet with a 7" or 10" screen wouldn't require that much power, so what I would buy if I were to buy a tablet would be a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro. I had contemplated buying a hybrid for a while, something with a detachable clamshell keyboard. If I was still working and did a lot of traveling I likely would have went that route. In the end I wanted something with a full Windows OS on it and went for a laptop. Not having a touch screen isn't a big deal to me.
 

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