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  1. #21


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    My fridge and car are, pretty-much, because I built them.

    As is my desktop PC (started life as an Acer SA10, but the case and
    badge are about all that's actually original SA10)

    The enjoyment you get out of computing is obviously different to mine.

    And that's OK, we probably have different usage patterns and needs too.

    Oh, I did have an Apple once. An iMac, with OS9(?) on it.

    Great for iTunes and DTP, but that was about it.

    But you couldn't kill it with a stick of Dyna-gel. It's still going strong, a
    friend's daughter uses it for her school assignments etc.

    Just wasn't what I needed personally. I actually like to get
    'under the hood' with my computers.

    (That's my Commodore C64 and my Amiga A500 on the shelf above).
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  2. #22


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Those prices are not out of line. $899 for a 64GB and $999 for a 128GB? You can't buy an iPad with 128GB and the 64GB with wifi is $699. But, for that extra $200 you're getting a lot more. You're getting a Core i5 processor rather than an ARM processor. You're getting a Wacom digitizer with stylus, you're getting Office included. You're getting a keyboard. You're getting real full-sized USB 3.0, you're getting the ability to run any Windows app you want.

    It's a no brainer to me.
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  3. #23


    I think both Apple and Microsoft just have to have noticed that many people all over the world and maybe in far off outer space. That Android OS devices are being bought and are being used. It'd not the same old two OS world anymore.
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  4. #24


    Most people don't buy the high end ipads as they don't want to spend this kind of money.

    I am interested in being able to run Windows apps, but I'm not really interested in paying 900 dollars for a machine far less capable than a laptop, with a small screen.

    Are you sure about office being included? I was reading that the pro will not include office, only the rt version.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 207
    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Those prices are not out of line. $899 for a 64GB and $999 for a 128GB? You can't buy an iPad with 128GB and the 64GB with wifi is $699. But, for that extra $200 you're getting a lot more. You're getting a Core i5 processor rather than an ARM processor. You're getting a Wacom digitizer with stylus, you're getting Office included. You're getting a keyboard. You're getting real full-sized USB 3.0, you're getting the ability to run any Windows app you want.

    It's a no brainer to me.
    you got to buy the keyboard for surface separate as it states in article so price goes up more

    Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately).
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  6. #26


    I don't see anywhere that Office is included.
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  7. #27


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    While the stylus and digitizer in the surface are very expensive, it does seem a bit steep with those storage capacities. I'd rather have seen a 256GB unit at the high end - I could live without the large amounts of RAM or CPU horsepower, as the device will be a work device to replace the laptop and a tablet (I'll still do most of my dev work and PC gaming on a desktop, but again, that's not really work either). I get the pricing is for replacing both a tablet and a laptop, and it may do so for a good number of people, but I think where it falls down is the storage sizing - people aren't going to take into account that the screen/digitizer is expensive, they're going to see "pen input" and "small storage" in a tablet form factor and think this is too expensive.
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  8. #28


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Just wasn't what I needed personally. I actually like to get
    'under the hood' with my computers.

    (That's my Commodore C64 and my Amiga A500 on the shelf above).
    The Amiga had some awesome games.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Those prices are not out of line. $899 for a 64GB and $999 for a 128GB? You can't buy an iPad with 128GB and the 64GB with wifi is $699. But, for that extra $200 you're getting a lot more. You're getting a Core i5 processor rather than an ARM processor. You're getting a Wacom digitizer with stylus, you're getting Office included. You're getting a keyboard. You're getting real full-sized USB 3.0, you're getting the ability to run any Windows app you want.

    It's a no brainer to me.
    Yeah! Kind of silly that the thinking is that the Surface Pro is too expensive and an ipad would be better. Excuse me, but no, and ipad or android won't be better.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    This doesn't surprise me too much. I figured it would be around 800 to start off with, the base 64 gig model without touch or type cover. Then I figured 900 with a keyboard cover, 1,000 dollars for the 128 gig model with a keyboard cover. Not too far off.

    Seriously right now people, this is a TABLET PERSONAL COMPUTER RUNNING WINDOWS 8 PRO!!! NOT AN IPAD OR AN ANDROID!!! Does your ipad or android tablet run Office 2013 Pro or iTunes to manage your ipad or iphone, or allow you to convert video files, or be able to run bittorrent clients (ipad), or data recovery software, virtualization software, Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD 2013, or even allow for some light Steam gaming? I'm going to answer this because this is such a stupidly easy question to answer:

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even then, there is the fact that there are other OEM models about there to choose from. Some that I think of off the top of my head that have Intel chips on other tablet PCs are running Atom processors for 800 dollars and 128 gigs of storage and don't include an 1080p resolution or Wacom stylus or a touchscreen that allows for proper ink input. Considering ultrabooks start at 900 dollars, without touch, this is a proper price. I'd like to have the keyboard included, but shoot. It's a high quality device with a high price, this isn't hugely foreign as apple already charges supreme prices when android has much lower prices. Difference here is that more capabilities are something standard place, it's like a PC, it's like a tablet. It's a tablet PC. It runs the same software your desktop or laptop does.

    Still then, saying that it would just be best to go with a laptop, the argument is the same with an ultrabook over a normal laptop. What do you usually get with an ultrabook? Higher prices, lower weight, fast processor, SSD storage, and pretty great battery life.
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