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Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives Feb. 9 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-everybody's-clamoring-for-more-expensive-tablets dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "According to Microsoft, the Surface Windows 8 Pro will be available for purchase on Feb. 9 in the U.S. and Canada. As anticipated, the Surface Pro will be slightly thicker than the Surface with Windows RT, and will weigh about two pounds. The tablet is powered with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory. It also includes an 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi, a stylus for pressure-sensitive input, dual 720p HD webcams, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, microSDXC slot, and mini DisplayPort. Since the Surface Pro runs Windows 8 Pro, it will work with your corporate infrastructure, as well as any older apps that you used on Windows XP to 7. In terms of pricing, the 64GB version will cost $899 while the 128GB will set you back by $999."
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Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives Feb. 9

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  • Not at those prices (Score:4, Informative)

    by tuppe666 (904118) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @08:53PM (#42663745)

    It doesn't come with a hardware keyboard or Office (unlike the Surface RT)

    At the prices quoted it does the Surface Pro does not come with a keyboard at all :) those are sold separately.

  • by ahabswhale (1189519) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @09:29PM (#42664099)

    This is why I will never write code at a bank. The dullest environment ever.

  • Re:Compare to ... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:19PM (#42664571)
    How clueless can you be? Macbook air has no ethernet port, and surface pro does have a USB 3.0 port. As it runs Windows 8 Pro it supports more hardware than the Macbook air including any optical drive, barcode reader, or digital camera you want to plug into it.
  • by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:44PM (#42664751)

    The Surface Pro isn't good at anything.

    Surface Pro is the best tablet that can run x86 applications. Show me another machine that is as thin, light, and powerful with a stylus. You can't.

    I'll also save you the trouble of reading two replies to your posts....

    It's too heavy, expensive and crappy on battery power to be a good tablet

    You might say a tablet is defined by being thin and light and having all day battery life, but that's different from what I want in a tablet. I want a stylus for writing. Surface Pro has this, 90% of tablets today don't. I want ports for USB drives, portable harddrives, video out. Surface Pro has this, 90% of tablets today don't. I want an SD card slot for expansion and swapping cards. Surface Pro has this, 90% of tablets today don't. Hell even Google's Nexus tablets don't have this. So in my book, Surface Pro is the only real tablet out there. It all depends on the user's needs. The Surface pro is a little thicker and heavier than iPad (.5 lbs and .5") but the tradeoff is more power with an i5 and compatibility with millions of applications and devices. So great for you if your iPad or Android tablet is thinner and lighter and lasts all day. I don't care because they are as useless as rocks for my needs, and I'll gladly pay $899 for a tablet that does what I want.

    and it doesn't have a real keyboard or adequate screen size to make it a good laptop.

    What about this [microsoft.com] isn't a "real" keyboard? Or the infinite variety of bluetooth keyboards or wired USB keyboards that can be plugged in? I also fail to see how 10.6" is not an adequate screen size but 11.6" on the Macbook Air somehow is. That extra 1" is the threshold? I might similarly say the Macbook Air has inadequate resolution (1366×768 vs 1920x1080 on Surface Pro). Or that Macbook Air is too heavy (2.38lbs vs 2.01lbs). Or too thick (0.68" vs 0.5"). Or too expensive ($999 vs $899).

  • by hairyfish (1653411) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @01:03AM (#42665797)
    The Surface has a place. 90% of the corporate world use x86 apps, good luck running those on any other tablet. I've worked a few places that tried to do the iPad or Galaxy Tab thing and it never works because productivity requires a keyboard, a mouse, and corporate apps (which just happen to mostly be x86). We currently pay $1500 for a corporate laptop and another $500 for an iPad for a lot of our users. Even at $1100 (incl some accessories this is a win for us). I'm sure we're not the only company in the world in this situation.
  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @01:26AM (#42665945) Journal

    Surface Pro is the best tablet that can run x86 applications. Show me another machine that is as thin, light, and powerful with a stylus. You can't.

    Sure I can [microsoftstore.com]. Thinner, lighter, Core i5, and it has a stylus.

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