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Report: Microsoft Surface to sell for $599

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jun 2012 11:48 User comments (20)

Report: Microsoft Surface to sell for $599 Bloomberg reported earlier today that sources are claiming to have early access to Microsoft's pricing of the Surface tablets.
The sources say the tablets will be Wi-Fi-only to begin with, in an effort to keep costs down.

Thanks to such a move, the lower-end Windows RT-based tablet will sell for $599, likely meaning the "Pro" version will cost $799 or so.

If accurate, Microsoft will have to compete on price with Apple devices that offer 4G LTE connectivity although Apple has admitted that there aren't too many people who care about anything other than Wi-Fi.

For more information on the Surface, check here: Microsoft unveils Surface

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20 user comments

122.6.2012 12:14

I dont know guys, for that much money I rather get an iPad.

222.6.2012 12:31
marty3
Unverified new user

Apple admitted nobody cares about Cellular connectivity? Really. This is total bull. I had the 3 iPads, no can do without cellular, it's the only feature that confirms a device as a mobile. Rediculous, just go for a laptop then at least the keyboard is attached and the screen can stand upright on its own, they re gonna sell tables to go with this thing?

322.6.2012 13:41
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

Originally posted by marty3:
Apple admitted nobody cares about Cellular connectivity? Really. This is total bull. I had the 3 iPads, no can do without cellular, it's the only feature that confirms a device as a mobile. Rediculous, just go for a laptop then at least the keyboard is attached and the screen can stand upright on its own, they re gonna sell tables to go with this thing?
ummm... you must be an Apple fanboy... almost no one buys a celluar contract with their ipad or tablet, especially with plans going for like $40/month for a maximum of 2 GB of data. Also, not sure what you are talking about that makes the surface so rediculous that you need to buy a laptop instead? It's exactly like an ipad but without having to buy a keyboard or stand if you want one.

422.6.2012 14:03
marty3
Unverified new user

Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Apple admitted nobody cares about Cellular connectivity? Really. This is total bull. I had the 3 iPads, no can do without cellular, it's the only feature that confirms a device as a mobile. Rediculous, just go for a laptop then at least the keyboard is attached and the screen can stand upright on its own, they re gonna sell tables to go with this thing?
ummm... you must be an Apple fanboy... almost no one buys a celluar contract with their ipad or tablet, especially with plans going for like $40/month for a maximum of 2 GB of data. Also, not sure what you are talking about that makes the surface so rediculous that you need to buy a laptop instead? It's exactly like an ipad but without having to buy a keyboard or stand if you want one.

the cellular service on the iPad is month by month, it's not a contract. I hope you and the article writers would refrain from these generalizations , when you say no one buys a cellular contract this is grossly inaccurate and you sir don't know what you are talking about. In terms of using this article as a laptop, you can't use it on the couch right? The cover and the tablet are not hinged and that cover is mailable it needs a hard surface to lie flat and enable typing even if it's not entirely soft, it is still not a solid material. You also. Ant prop the tablet on you knees. Awkward is really the word that comes to mind.

522.6.2012 14:43
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Apple admitted nobody cares about Cellular connectivity? Really. This is total bull. I had the 3 iPads, no can do without cellular, it's the only feature that confirms a device as a mobile. Rediculous, just go for a laptop then at least the keyboard is attached and the screen can stand upright on its own, they re gonna sell tables to go with this thing?
ummm... you must be an Apple fanboy... almost no one buys a celluar contract with their ipad or tablet, especially with plans going for like $40/month for a maximum of 2 GB of data. Also, not sure what you are talking about that makes the surface so rediculous that you need to buy a laptop instead? It's exactly like an ipad but without having to buy a keyboard or stand if you want one.

the cellular service on the iPad is month by month, it's not a contract. I hope you and the article writers would refrain from these generalizations , when you say no one buys a cellular contract this is grossly inaccurate and you sir don't know what you are talking about. In terms of using this article as a laptop, you can't use it on the couch right? The cover and the tablet are not hinged and that cover is mailable it needs a hard surface to lie flat and enable typing even if it's not entirely soft, it is still not a solid material. You also. Ant prop the tablet on you knees. Awkward is really the word that comes to mind.


Your clearly clueless. No one said there was a contract, I just said the cost of a month. Second, the keyboard doubles as the screen cover and back folds in. You can use an on screen keyboard as well you idiot.

622.6.2012 14:50
marty3
Unverified new user

I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.

722.6.2012 15:00

for this much money i rather just wait for the Nexus tablet or just spend it on a actual laptop probably with more ram, cd drive, more gb. i dont know, 799 is too expensive for my taste


Being nice always has its own consequences

822.6.2012 15:17
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.

922.6.2012 15:28
marty3
Unverified new user

Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!

1022.6.2012 15:40
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!
It boggles me how you are so clueless. Your bothered that it is exactly like an ipad but has more features? You must really hate your 3 ipads then.

1122.6.2012 15:52
marty3
Unverified new user

Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!
It boggles me how you are so clueless. Your bothered that it is exactly like an ipad but has more features? You must really hate your 3 ipads then.
You are not trying to understand. The iPad does not claim to be a laptop replacement like the windows pro does. The windows pro is designed to compete with laptops.

1222.6.2012 17:08

Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!
It boggles me how you are so clueless. Your bothered that it is exactly like an ipad but has more features? You must really hate your 3 ipads then.
You are not trying to understand. The iPad does not claim to be a laptop replacement like the windows pro does. The windows pro is designed to compete with laptops.
um, then why are they count as tablet market....?

Being nice always has its own consequences

1322.6.2012 17:23
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!
It boggles me how you are so clueless. Your bothered that it is exactly like an ipad but has more features? You must really hate your 3 ipads then.
You are not trying to understand. The iPad does not claim to be a laptop replacement like the windows pro does. The windows pro is designed to compete with laptops.
So your complaint is that you can't type while sitting on the couch? You know it has a on screen keyboard right? I think your just retarded man.

1422.6.2012 17:41
marty3
Unverified new user

Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
Originally posted by marty3:
I know exactly what I am talking about. And you are the dimwit if you can't understand what is being said. And yes you mentioned a contract right in the first sentence of your response. You can't just attack people who disagree with you. Bottom dweller.
I never said anything about locking into any amount of time. Your upset you were stupid enough to think they were selling a laptop that doesn't shut. It's called a tablet for a reason you fool.
@Smary-Jerry. I did not say anything about it being shut. My comment was about its functionality when open as a laptop replacement. The cover is attached by a magnet to the side so you can't place it at a particular angle to the screen and expect it to stay there , there are no hinges like a laptop. So therefore you need a table to place the tablet and the cover and type. Also the kickstand will keep it upright if placed on a hard surface, it will be harder to align it on a soft surface or on one's lap for instance. I becomes very difficult to use this as a laptop on the go. This is my opinion , if you don't like it then we can disagree but it doesn't make me a fool. Really it doesn't. Good day to you!
It boggles me how you are so clueless. Your bothered that it is exactly like an ipad but has more features? You must really hate your 3 ipads then.
You are not trying to understand. The iPad does not claim to be a laptop replacement like the windows pro does. The windows pro is designed to compete with laptops.
So your complaint is that you can't type while sitting on the couch? You know it has a on screen keyboard right? I think your just retarded man.
[wow you really are dumb!

1522.6.2012 20:55

WOW, who the hell cares who said what... Bottom line is... You like it,buy it... if not don't buy it..


Franco

1622.6.2012 21:38

It's a tablet, that happens to have a case that than be used as a real keyboard, and nothing more has been claimed for it. Both the RT and Pro models, point of fact, have significantly better specs than current iPads, beyond screen resolution, so *shrug* whatever. The USB port(s) are a serious plus,as well.

1722.6.2012 22:09

SmaryJerry & marty3, knock it off especially calling each other names or i'll delete you both, understood!!!

1824.6.2012 11:46

Wow.. All this over a tablet with cellular issues. Really!!?? come on now if you do not have anything nice to say JUST DON'T SAY IT!

I think it's smart for MS to come out with a price similar to Apple to show they are at least attempting to go toe to toe with ipad. If these "reports" are true on price MS better have their act together.

1924.6.2012 19:27

Yeah that price range is too high for me. Could just get one of those little weight laptops instead.

2025.6.2012 15:56

With the track record Microsoft has with portable devices, they should seriously consider losing money the first 6 months or so; selling it for around $399. Nobody wants to be that Guinea Pig...

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