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Microsoft Surface Pro get half battery life of Surface RT

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    at 999 USD -- that's EXCLUDING TAX so we are talking around 1300 USD if you get the keyboard as well -- you'll need the 128 GB version if you want to run anything like Office / Photoshop etc on your tablet -- I can't see the value now of this tablet over an Ultrabook apart from the form factor being slightly smaller.
    Your math skills are highly questionable. First, sales tax in the US is only about 8% maximum (it varies by state, and there is no federal income tax), and second wise shoppers use sites that do not charge tax because they are in a different state. So tax is not an issue for anyone buying a surface online.

    The keyboard is $129, so that's $1128, plus shipping (and many places have free shipping as well, especially in the holiday season).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    at 999 USD -- that's EXCLUDING TAX so we are talking around 1300 USD if you get the keyboard as well -- you'll need the 128 GB version if you want to run anything like Office / Photoshop etc on your tablet -- I can't see the value now of this tablet over an Ultrabook apart from the form factor being slightly smaller.
    Your math skills are highly questionable. First, sales tax in the US is only about 8% maximum (it varies by state, and there is no federal income tax), and second wise shoppers use sites that do not charge tax because they are in a different state. So tax is not an issue for anyone buying a surface online.

    The keyboard is $129, so that's $1128, plus shipping (and many places have free shipping as well, especially in the holiday season).
    OK stand corrected on this one -- but even so in my book 1200 USD is still a LOT of money when I can get say a semi decent (not even an Ultrabook) HP laptop for around 450 - 550 USD.

    OK form factor is bigger etc but it seems to me that this tablet at around 1200 USD isn't a sensible buy for anyone other than the really rich guys.

    Everybody has different takes on new technology --- I remember being one of the first adopters of CD's years ago at HUMUNGOUS prices -- but I'm older and wiser now -- and suggest people leave the ist iteration when a MK II or something similar will appear not too much later -- probably better 'Specced and certainly significantly cheaper.

    Early adopters usually pay through the nose to be the first off the blocks.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    jimbo I think you are right. This thing is too expensive - any way you look at it. If you want a tablet, you can get a Nexus 7 for $199 and have a ball with it - as I just do.

    And I'll take the extra $1000 and make a cruise to the islands.
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  4. #14


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    Have you looked at Ultrabooks that weight 1 pound, have 128GB SSD's are capacitive touch and also have Wacom tablets built-in? I doubt you will find anything even close to that price, particularly in an i5.
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    The fact that a Rolls Royce is more expensive than a Mercedes does not make the Mercedes cheap.
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    If the actual batter life of the Surface Pro is only 4 hours, I may stick with the Acer W700. I get almost 6 hours with it.
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  7. #17


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    My laptop is similar to that of the banned poster 'Kat' (see above, post #6). He/she claimed 6+ hours of battery, and I can confirm his/her figures. But I'd want and expect much better figures from a tablet/tablet PC though, Surface Pro or not.
    Wenda.
    Last edited by Wenda; 27 Jan 2013 at 18:21.
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  8. #18


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    Overpriced, pure and simple. Very few people will be buying this, regardless of the battery life. It's astonishing to see how M$ keep shooting themself in the foot.
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  9. #19


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    That's not something I can afford, I wouldn't buy it even if I could. For that kind of cash I'd be looking at a hybrid with a detachable keyboard. Something that folds up like a laptop. A real keyboard not a Rubbermaid keyboard. Even then I'd be tempted to just buy an Ultrabook.
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    Dayum, these guys just can't seem to catch a break.
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