Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Nov 2012 17:55 UTC
Windows "Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899." Stefan Constantine noted on Twitter: "For the price of a Surface Pro ($899), you could buy a Nexus 4 ($349), Nexus 7 ($299), and a Chromebook ($249). Do the math." No matter how hard people are going to shout the Surface Pro is an ultrabook competitor, people will compare it to an iPad.
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Ultrabook competitor?
by l3v1 on Fri 30th Nov 2012 09:13 UTC
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2005-07-06

Well, it never even crossed my mind to put the surface pro in the same league as ultrabooks. I mean an i5 with unknown speed (probably low, for heat and battery considerations), unknown memory (if it's below 4G then that's it), unknown ssd (if it's below 256G then that's it), and the small screen size (while 10.6 is quite OK for a tablet, and the resolution is nice, there's no way one could use that for anything besides tablet functions, unless you hook it up to a monitor, but then it's not portable anymore, is it), crappy keyboard (I've read quite a lot of dissatisifed comments about the Surface keyboard).

All in all, for ultrabook-level functionality, I'd prefer my xps13 over a Surface Pro any day (or one of the gazillion other ultrabooks that are better ultrabooks than any tablet posing as one).

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RE: Ultrabook competitor?
by galvanash on Fri 30th Nov 2012 10:29 in reply to "Ultrabook competitor?"
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2006-01-25

I mean an i5 with unknown speed (probably low, for heat and battery considerations), unknown memory (if it's below 4G then that's it), unknown ssd (if it's below 256G then that's it), and the small screen size (while 10.6 is quite OK for a tablet, and the resolution is nice, there's no way one could use that for anything besides tablet functions...


Im actually looking forward to the product, but I have to agree with you on a few points. From what I read they have only disclosed a 64GB and 128GB model (don't know CPU clockspeed or memory)...

If Microsoft wants to compete with Apple on pricing, THAT is where they can do so... on the storage. Apple easily charges 4-5 times market value on SSD storage space and memory upgrades when you go above the base models.

Microsft should have a model of this thing with at least a 256GB SSD (preferably also 512MB) and at least 16GB of memory as an option. If they actually priced it at reasonable market value over the base model they would be extremely price competitive with the higher end Airs - it would give them favorable comparisons on high end of the product spectrum.

ps. As for the screen. I have an 11" Air - basically the same size screen as this thing will have. I use it for work (web developer) and I find the screen quite usable. Of course it is nicer plugged into a big monitor (which I do at my desk at work), the point is it is extremely lite and when I need it traveling I can manage quite well with the small screen. I don't know how great the Surface Pro will be, but I'd take my Air over any 13" ultrabook - they seem absolutely huge in comparison.

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