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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Market comparison
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 16th Oct 2012 13:50 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

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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RE: Market comparison
by r_a_trip on Tue 16th Oct 2012 14:05 in reply to "Market comparison"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

At least that ultrabook is running a true multipurpose OS. Windows RT on this machine is just a glorified phone OS.

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RE[2]: Market comparison
by lucas_maximus on Tue 16th Oct 2012 20:09 in reply to "RE: Market comparison"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Why do you need full blown multi-tasking and windows on such a small machine is beyond me.

The multi-tasking thing is brought up again and again with Tablets and Phones ... yet iPhones and iPads sell like hot-cakes.

So most people obviously don't care.

Edited 2012-10-16 20:13 UTC

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RE: Market comparison
by lucas_maximus on Tue 16th Oct 2012 20:07 in reply to "Market comparison"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Ultrabooks, don't really do that.

The main bottleneck on a modern PC is the Hardrive, if they have an SSD unless you are running Sharepoint or something equally heavy for development you won't really notice.

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RE[2]: Market comparison
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 16th Oct 2012 21:10 in reply to "RE: Market comparison"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think my original post may have been surprisingly grammatically unclear. If such a think is possible. I really do think that ultrabooks are priced higher than other notebooks that have the same level of performance (along with a heavier, thicker frame).

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