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Microsoft's 128GB Surface Pro sells out within hours

  1. #151


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    It seems Microsoft has either a) done something right with the Surface Pro and/or b) doing something wrong with the manufacturing of the device as it appears they literally can't keep them on the shelf for long that an hour! At least in Seattle...

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  2. #152


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    50 units?
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  3. #153


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    50 units?
    Not just that, news is spreading fast on the Surface Pro, and huge lines form outside retail locations that are rumored to have received new tablets. Apparently, several people who formed lines outside the Seattle store had to leave empty handed as the tablets ran out.

    Glass half empty, glass half full.

    Actually, I wouldn't mind having that business, what's 50 times $1000 again. In one hour.
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  4. #154



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    I have a few questions about the pro tab for those here that have it
    1. Can you hook up an external DVD USB player to it to install office?
    2. Can you hook up a DVD player.burner to it for any use. Like playing music or installing software?
    3. Can you install classic shell on it to get back the start menu in the desktop app?
    4. Can you put in a USB flash drive to take off documents?
    5. Does it ask you to install windows updates like any other pc?

    Thanks
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  5. #155


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    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    I have a few questions about the pro tab for those here that have it
    1. Can you hook up an external DVD USB player to it to install office?
    2. Can you hook up a DVD player.burner to it for any use. Like playing music or installing software?
    3. Can you install classic shell on it to get back the start menu in the desktop app?
    4. Can you put in a USB flash drive to take off documents?
    5. Does it ask you to install windows updates like any other pc?

    Thanks
    All of that is yes.

    Although I'm not sure why you'd want classic shell on a tablet PC...
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  6. #156


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    I have to admit, I was picturing myself getting a Surface Pro to replace my previous HP laptop as soon as Microsoft started releasing details of the upcoming devices last year.

    I ended up abandoning that idea as soon as Windows 8 was released and instead got a mid-range Lenovo laptop, which I upgraded to Windows 8 immediately. I think cost had something to do with it, and maybe screen size. I'm still in the mode of thinking where I want my laptop to be a laptop, and nothing else. Plus, at the time, I had an Android tablet, so I thought my tablet needs were met. I couldn't justify two tablets.

    But then I went to Best Buy last week to take a look around, and I couldn't help it anymore. I decided to buy a Surface RT, and to offset the cost a little, I sold my Android tablet to my sister, and I also sold my Nintendo 3DS, which I decided I no longer wanted anymore.

    I know what you might be thinking. The cost of my laptop and the Surface RT combined would roughly equal the cost of the Surface Pro, so why didn't I wait? All I know is, I'm happy. I think I still see a separation between tablet and laptop. I like the fact that my Surface RT is mainly a tablet, but the fact that it came with Office 2013 is a nice little bonus, and I'm sure on occasion I might use it as a little netbook or for simple productivity tasks. Perhaps this transition for me will start to pick up more momentum in time. And it feels good to not have all the excess years of x86 baggage ... RT seems lean and mean, and I can do everything with my RT that I want to do, which is read, watch videos, and play a few simple games. My Samsung Galaxy Tab was nice, but this feels like a definite upgrade with more inherent potential to be a tool.

    I think if I had neither a laptop nor a tablet at all, I may have opted for the Surface Pro.

    But man, this supply shortage must be rough on the people who are trying to get one! I don't know if I would have the patience to deal with this.
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  7. #157



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    Coke robot, maybe for the convince of having the start menu since it is basically a pc even though it is a tablet
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    I have to admit, I was picturing myself getting a Surface Pro to replace my previous HP laptop as soon as Microsoft started releasing details of the upcoming devices last year.

    I ended up abandoning that idea as soon as Windows 8 was released and instead got a mid-range Lenovo laptop, which I upgraded to Windows 8 immediately. I think cost had something to do with it, and maybe screen size. I'm still in the mode of thinking where I want my laptop to be a laptop, and nothing else. Plus, at the time, I had an Android tablet, so I thought my tablet needs were met. I couldn't justify two tablets.

    But then I went to Best Buy last week to take a look around, and I couldn't help it anymore. I decided to buy a Surface RT, and to offset the cost a little, I sold my Android tablet to my sister, and I also sold my Nintendo 3DS, which I decided I no longer wanted anymore.

    I know what you might be thinking. The cost of my laptop and the Surface RT combined would roughly equal the cost of the Surface Pro, so why didn't I wait? All I know is, I'm happy. I think I still see a separation between tablet and laptop. I like the fact that my Surface RT is mainly a tablet, but the fact that it came with Office 2013 is a nice little bonus, and I'm sure on occasion I might use it as a little netbook or for simple productivity tasks. Perhaps this transition for me will start to pick up more momentum in time. And it feels good to not have all the excess years of x86 baggage ... RT seems lean and mean, and I can do everything with my RT that I want to do, which is read, watch videos, and play a few simple games. My Samsung Galaxy Tab was nice, but this feels like a definite upgrade with more inherent potential to be a tool.

    I think if I had neither a laptop nor a tablet at all, I may have opted for the Surface Pro.

    But man, this supply shortage must be rough on the people who are trying to get one! I don't know if I would have the patience to deal with this.
    I think you'll find they've got the patience because they've already got some sort of tablet. On Forums I visit there are people like me who already have Android or IOS tablets or both, who really want a Surface Pro because of some of the limitations in both of the others.
    Its usually the more tech type people who are the early adopters, although Surface Pro is a new kettle of fish, it's actually a PC that can do anything a PC can. So this going to be appealing to a much wider audience, especially business types, but not your iPad type Geek. When I say iPad Geek, I mean Apple lovers not your normal person with an iPad, there's plenty of them who want Surface Pro.

    I hope both do well, as I can see a market for both, the Netbook type market fore the RT and the more professional for the power users. Although I think the RT has a much brighter future than the Netbook.
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  9. #159


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    So what do you guys think ... how long will it take for these devices to become primary machines instead of companion machines? Or is that going to happen at all? I mean, it does seem to me that Surface Pro has the potential to do that, as tech guru Paul Thurrott is trying to do, but as I've been reading on his site, he runs into the occasional obstacle trying to make that happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    So what do you guys think ... how long will it take for these devices to become primary machines instead of companion machines? Or is that going to happen at all? I mean, it does seem to me that Surface Pro has the potential to do that, as tech guru Paul Thurrott is trying to do, but as I've been reading on his site, he runs into the occasional obstacle trying to make that happen.
    I give it two to three years. This isn't a fad type phenomenon, just look at laptop sales/shipments year after year compared to the desktop. What is currently selling in high numbers? Tablets. What is the Surface Pro? A tablet PC, best of both. It will take a while for people to make that distinction first, and a little longer for processing hardware along with displays to increase performance and efficiency, and displays will obviously need to be touch enabled and more efficient with power; to maximize battery life overall. When that happens, that's it.
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