Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 16th Oct 2012 13:50 UTC
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Against the ipad and android tablets it doesn't seem so great. But really I think it will end up being compared against straight up laptops more often by people looking for laptops. Its a small light weight notebook, like a netbook with touch. You can get a decent laptop for $500 or so. The price is not terrible, but not good enough that I would suggest this over a larger laptop for most people. Its a cheap, low powered ultrabook. All the style with less sizzle. I can see some marketing people using that as a pitch: Stylish cheaper ultrabook with touch.

At that price and that market segment I think it makes sense, but I'm not sure as I'm the right one to make that judgement. I detest ultrabooks as they sacrifice performance, specs for style and higher prices.

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