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Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but Surface chief Panos Panay says it's designed to remove the conflict of buying a laptop or a tablet. The kickstand on the device is multi-stage, and the device is just 9.1mm thick. "This is the tablet than can replace your laptop," claims Panay. Microsoft has moved to a 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio and HD display, but the new tablet also has thin bezels with a silver and black design. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on the Surface Pro 3 tomorrow starting at $799.

It's an amazing piece of hardware, and Microsoft really deserves praise for the amount of power it has managed to pack in such a slim and light package, but the same could be said of the previous Surface Pro - and that one hasn't exactly taken the market by storm either. The problem, is software - something Microsoft was remarkably hush-hush about during the unveiling.

Something else Microsoft was hush-hush about: Windows RT and ARM. No new RT/ARM-based Surface device, and I have a feeling that particular experiment has met its end today.

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amazing?
by l3v1 on Wed 21st May 2014 06:31 UTC
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I don't think the SPro2 is amazing. It's nice, OK, I give it that, but otherwise... I mean come on, nice screen, 'novel' 3:2 ratio and whatnot, but with the kickstand still not as good as a proper keyboard, and with prices hitting $1729 with i7, 8GB ram and 256GB storage I'd say it's a long way from their PR-claim that this is 'the' laptop-replacement tablet (i.e. for proper working people, not subway content consumers).

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RE: amazing?
by smashIt on Wed 21st May 2014 08:11 in reply to "amazing?"
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2005-07-06

and with prices hitting $1729 with i7, 8GB ram and 256GB storage I'd say it's a long way from their PR-claim that this is 'the' laptop-replacement tablet (i.e. for proper working people, not subway content consumers).


if you compare them to a thinkpad x240 with similar specs the prices are on par

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RE[2]: amazing?
by unclefester on Wed 21st May 2014 08:42 in reply to "RE: amazing?"
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2007-01-13

if you compare them to a thinkpad x240 with similar specs the prices are on par


Still bloody expensive. I saw an AMD powered HP 11,6" laptop running Windows 8 for AUD299 on the weekend. I would need to spend over AUD2000 to get a Surface pro 3 with the same storage.

These expensive lightweight laptops with high-res displays and high end CPUs are usually overpriced toys purchased (with shareholders money) just to impress other executives.

My i3 laptop rarely exceeds 10% CPU usage. The idea that any executive needs an i7 to web browse, watch a video or display a Powerpoint presentation is laughable.[One of my friends bought the top of the range i7 Macbook Pro when he does nothing but web browsing.]

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RE: amazing?
by ricegf on Wed 21st May 2014 12:09 in reply to "amazing?"
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2007-04-25

I see Microsoft introducing yet another expensive mobile device, and I see virtually all of their laptop and desktop manufacturing base racing to market with inexpensive Chromebooks / boxes, mostly under $300.

Google seems to be repeating their successful Android strategy (which took 80% of the market against Apple's excellent but pricey iPhone) in the traditional Windows arena (laptops and desktops).

I could be wrong, but I think the laptop market will be minority Windows in 5 years. The bulk of the overall market appears to favor inexpensive maintenance-free devices, despite Microsoft fans' continued insistence that everybody desperately wants to run Photoshop.

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RE[2]: amazing?
by unclefester on Thu 22nd May 2014 04:10 in reply to "RE: amazing?"
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2007-01-13

I think the future is probably $150 Chromebooks or possibly a new generation of (gasp!) Linux netbooks.

Once solid state drives are really cheap (<$100/GB) the laptop as we know it is probably doomed.

Current laptops are already overpowered for most tasks. My i3 Acer laptop benchmarks about 4x as fast as my old AMD4000+ desktop. Even the very bottom end of the AMD mobile APU range are fast enough for general use.

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