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Microsoft sells 400,000 Surface Pros despite $899+ price tag

By Rick
Mar 15, 2013
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  1. Despite its rather steep $899 entry price -- and Microsoft's inability to keep the tablet in stock -- the company has moved more than 400,000 Surface Pro tablets since its February 9 debut. This information comes from anonymous sources in...

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  2. RH00D

    RH00D TS Addict Posts: 406   +105

    I think Surface will do better with time. Look at the success they accomplished with Xbox in the last 10 years.
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  3. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Rookie Posts: 65

    We now know there are 400,000 suckers out there...
  4. RH00D

    RH00D TS Addict Posts: 406   +105

    Not exactly sure how they are suckers. If they like it then it's money well spent. If they don't, they can return it.
  5. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Well the "duh" award goes to you... that was my opinion. And in America I'm free to express it. I think MS is terrible and $900 is too much to spend on any tablet, let alone an MS tablet, first gen, with all its bugs.
    But OF COURSE the obvious award would be givento someone if they said "well, if I won the lottery I'd get one."
  6. I think most of them where just sold to marketing firms so they could make a commercial snapping them together while dancing, without showing them doing anything actually useful.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,656   +82

    There is a word? Called Credit buy now pay later.. If they got these tablets off QVC or HSN they got 5 to 6 monthly payments. This gives you the pro in your hands. Better if you wait for Christmas in July 2013 on QVC this means you can have a tablet now use it and if you don't like it you can return it in January 2014 or just keep it. You'll end up paying more than $100 extra on these networks.

    Pro is $899 then it should have everything on there, if you have to spend $1199 to have it all on the Pro out of the reach for most. To me the price should be lowered. Those of you who spend this type of money might get mad if a Pro II comes out. Just don't know what Microsoft will do next!
  8. I think it would be cool if all 400,000 of them were returned.
  9. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 398   +35

    I'm certainly not a defender of Microsoft... .and I really don't care for Windows 8. But being in the IT business, this is currently the most useful tablet around for my needs. Having a full OS where I can access Active Directory tools, easily copy and move files to and from servers, workstations, etc, and just about do anything from it that I can with my desktop, that is a pretty sweet deal right there. I have one of the Pro's and I love the hardware. The unit is solid and well build (surprisingly, if I'm honest), the detachable keyboard is actually really cool, I can fold it back all the way and the keys are disabled so I can still hold it like a tablet. I don't have to mess around with it, it just works for my needs. The display is awesome, plenty bright, good viewing angles, and at 1920x1080 I can actually have space to move windows around and get real work done. Battery life is pretty poor though, which is really my only major complaint.

    So there are uses for this tablet, it's just not for everyone and I can certainly see why.
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  10. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    I wrote an entire novel on my Surface RT with Word, and I'm posting this through it's desktop-type browsing experience.

    Earlier today I recorded three university lectures with a recorder app, took notes during said lectures with OneNote, and tended to my Twitter and YouTube accounts before blogging on my Tumblr.

    It's highly useful, and fast. You couldn't pay me to trade it in for an iPad.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  11. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Addict Posts: 524   +142

    It's meant to be a mix between a tablet and an ultrabook (tablet form, ultrabook/real OS). So of course it won't be as cheap and won't sell as well as other tablets!

    And man, so many ignorant Surface haters... I bet they haven't even touched one before -_-
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  12. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Addict Posts: 632   +123

    Producing an computers?
  13. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    Surface haters are, 9 times out of 10, Apple Acolytes who can't stand the thought that another company's device could out-perform theirs. They wouldn't ever touch a Surface, only scoff at it from a distance.

    I actually had a guy in my university library snicker at me as I sat there in my own cubicle, doing homework.

    They're snobs.
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  14. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Addict Posts: 632   +123

    I couldn't disagree more. The majority of Surface haters are either people who regard tablets as gimmicky little toys that are usually bought, played with for a month and then chucked in a draw, or people that plain and simple have a serious dislike towards the complete dogpile that is the new Microsoft OS.

    Personally, I'm apathetic towards Surface. It's not going to improve my productivity or quality of life, so I have no reason to get one, nor do I have any real reason to hate it either.
  15. coppersloane

    coppersloane TS Enthusiast Posts: 108   +33

    Then our majorities differ.

    We differ on dogpile classification, too. It took me about 15 minutes to grasp Windows 8, where most people who call it a dogpile just aren't very good at adjusting to new patterns or innovations.

    They chalk up the new OS to a dogpile because the Start button was removed, and they can't grasp the following 'new' directions:

    Swipe down to close program. Swipe right to bring up Charms menu. Swipe left to switch to another program running in the background. Swipe up to right-click.

    You have to wonder about people who can't understand such simple directions. One can only deduce that they are A) not very smart, or B) have some other, deep-seated reason for their hatred of the OS.

    Whatever the case may be, it allows me to enjoy the convenience of a tablet, and be productive. As a student, author, and entrepreneur, I had to wait for such a device if I was going to get a tablet at all, because the rest are only toys.
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  16. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Personally...I love the Surface PRO! It's Windows 8 that makes me hesitant to jump in! :)

    The Surface has the one thing missing from the iPad: a USB port! This one simple oversight makes tablets like the iPad 100% USELESS for office work. If I'm going to be working in Excel, Photoshop, or any other type of office-based software application...then all I care about is being able to connect my mouse/keyboard to it. If someone wants to innovate a new way of interfacing "on top" of that functionality, I'm all for it...but don't take away my mouse/keyboard plz...

    -Ravik-
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  17. The Surface Pro wouldn't be bad if it could be upgraded to Windows 7. I like the idea of a productivity tablet.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,971   +1,486

    You are absolutely correct, I do find it difficult to adjust to a new car painted in twenty different pastel colors. It's not that I couldn't adjust to Windows 8, its the fact that at the moment I find no need in adjusting. You can keep your tablet and the OS that was designed for it, because Microsoft didn't design it with my PC in mind.

    Edit:

    Ohh and I don't have to touch a tablet because I know it could never replace my PC and I don't have the money to be spending on every little trinket that comes out.
  19. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,010   +150

    what?
    most windows 8 haters (at least the ones I read about) hate the idea of a windows 8 OS inside a desktop computer but praises windows 8 as a full-fledged tablet OS.
    and your idea of "upgrading" a tablet OS to windows 7 is so... nevermind...
  20. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,942   +899

    This tablet would be great if it had a bigger battery. But then it wont be as slim
  21. Railman

    Railman TS Enthusiast Posts: 610   +81

    I am not surprised the Pro sells better than the RT model. The RT version of Office is cut down version of Office and crucially does not includes macro operation which is a big no to business use. Both versions are overpriced but price is not as critical for business users provided there is a perceived advantages for it use.
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,656   +82

    I've use the Surface RT and like it and don't know why the critics didn't like the panel. Sharp and clear. I'll wait for the price to go down. The Pro needs some more features to shell out those funds for it. A tablet is not a laptop nor a netbook. It's a tablet. Later down the tech world when the newer panels come out that can fold-up into your shirt pocket those tablets would be more fun to carry around than current tech.

    Tablets will be faster have a lot of RAM and larger storage but again later down the road on that path of new tech technology..

    I have my Android tablets here you can do a lot but still again I still use my PCs more the desktop also the laptop and netbooks get more of a workout than the tablet does. To take the PC with you would be the tablet in the SUV which can be mounted up front or and the rear of the front seats head rest. If you have SUV with setting for 7 to 8 you can have all these tablets running media via WiFi storage or internet access via your cell phone tethering FoXit.

    So there are many uses for the tablet also can be used in the kitchen and bathroom. Wait up to the news from USA Today or watch Geekbeat TV and see what's new in tech world or view TechSpot reviews here.

    I as you can see there are many uses that the tablet can give you than what a Desktop PC can't too because of the size, keyboard, mouse, monitor. Laptop and netbook still has the keyboard. Sure the hybrid ultra laptop/tablet still has weigh on it (money).
  23. theruck

    theruck TS Rookie Posts: 45

    400 000? and 395000 still on retailers stock...
  24. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,030   +738

    400.000 eh. Now imagine how many they could've sold and the profit they could've made if they sold them at a price that justified the purchase.


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