Neoseeker : News : Microsoft Surface tablet taking pre-orders, starting at $500
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smarti3 Oct 16, 12
I'd not heard of this until now. It actually looks really good considering you can use it without the keyboard and that it acts as a case for it. The price doesn't seem too bad if you compare it to other tablets such as the Ipad. It also supports SDXC cards of up to 64GB

The only downside is that windows app store doesn't seem to have many apps. I've not yet got a tablet but I'm hoping to pick one up soon. I might wait and see how much the Surface Pro is
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RabidChinaGirl Oct 16, 12
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I might wait and see how much the Surface Pro is
^ This, pretty much.
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Nagare Oct 16, 12
I'm not too impressed with the pricing to be honest. I was hoping that Microsoft would do more to compete directly with the likes of the iPad (and soon the Mini) and the Android tablets with a lower price point to get the product out to consumers. Kind of like they didn't do with the Zune at all. If the 32GB would have hit Apple's 16GB price point, that would have been AWESOME (hopeful thinking, I know).

smarti3, the only thing special about the Surface Touch cover compared to Apple's Smart Cover is that it costs an extra $50-$60 or more depending on if you want the Surface Touch Type cover.

As for the Pro, hopefully it only costs $200 or less more than the RT, but again that is probably wishful thinking.
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smarti3 Oct 16, 12
Nagare It's a shame it's not cheaper but it matches that of the new Ipad. It's not that bad a price considering it got 2GB RAM and can run Microsoft Office which will be really useful

The Pro version has 4GB RAM and an i5 processor which is better than my laptop which I'm currently using. It's a shame they dont have more memory though as I'm sure the various Windows 7 programmes it can run will soon clog it up


And from what I can see the only Surface tablets you can get come with the Touch cover already
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Nagare Oct 16, 12
smarti3, the price isn't horrible but I was hoping for $100 cheaper or the Surface Touch Cover included with the lowest base price ($500). If you want the cover, you have to pay at least $600 (plus taxes). Another problem with the RT (this version) is that Office is somewhat limited and you can't install any third party applications to the desktop or that aren't from the App Store. At all (so far).
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smarti3 Oct 16, 12
Nagare Ah, I missed that. Yeah it comes with a preview version of Office which gets updated to the full version later on down the line. You also have to purchase a license which are usually quite pricey
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Huntereb Oct 16, 12
Damn that looks sexy, I'd love to have one of these just to show off how it's exactly the same as an iPad (maybe even better) yet costs $300 dollars less.

I'm actually considering buying one of these, good job Microsoft! I can't wait to see all the cool tablets to be released in the future, especially smaller ones!
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Nagare Oct 16, 12
smarti3, I wasn't talking about preview version or not. There are some limited use features that won't work at all in the RT version such as Macros and some advanced data things that most users won't recognize but I would because I'm a Business major and use Excel a lot.

Huntereb, it costs $100 less not $300.
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Redemption Oct 16, 12
I think the whole Windows 8 RT vs Windows 8 differences will cause tons of confusion, but I've been looking forward to this tablet. I'm *very* curious how many Windows apps will get ported to RT.
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Nagare Oct 16, 12
Redemption that will be a very important question for those that purchase the RT version. I hope that they lift some of the restrictions though, I don't really see why I shouldn't be able to install a non-metro VPN client or Filezilla on my WINDOWs tablet.
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smarti3 Oct 16, 12
Nagare I was just saying. It's a shame they don't release the same time though as we'll have to wait until early 2013 for the Pro to be released
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Shadow of Death Oct 17, 12
I was actually a bit interested in getting a tablet type computer for work (during breaks).

Seems like Surface Pro would be a better buy for me, assuming it isn't too much more expensive and I got the type cover (I hate flat keyboard).

But nah, I think I'd be better off with a proper laptop, or even just a netbook. I could spend the same amount of money, and get a more powerful device.

I do wonder about the Surface Pro's gaming capabilities (probably not great XD).

Oh, and battery life is a consideration too. Not a big deal for me personally, since for my purposes I could only use my device a bit over an hour at work anyway.
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