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Big sales numbers or simply not enough tablets?

Microsoft launched its Surface Pro tablet over the weekend. The software giant is now boasting that the Surface Pro tablet has sold out at most retail locations. Microsoft no longer shows 128 GB version of the tablet as in stock on its own online store.

Other locations including Best Buy and Staples are also sold out of the tablet. Microsoft, however, does still show that the cheaper 64 GB Surface Pro at its own online store. Selling all available units would usually indicate strong demand, however, it remains unclear exactly how many units Microsoft had available.

Business Insider reports that some posts online indicate that Best Buy and Staples locations had only a few Surface Pro tablets in stock while some locations had no stock at all. Posts to the official Surface blog also indicate that there were few tablets to be had.

One post read, "Tried every outlet that Microsoft released the Surface Pro. Cannot get my hands on the 128 GB version. My local Staples and Best Buy stores ( 2 of each ) had 2 64 GB versions for sale each and ran out by 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 and had no 128 GB versions at all. What is wrong with you guys at Microsoft?"

If customers are looking to score a good deal on the less capable Surface RT, Staples is offering a decent deal. Customers can now get the tablet with a $75 discount from Staples using special coupon code 99279.

Sources: Business Insider, Virtual Pants, SlickDeals

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RE: Large Stock
By Shadowself on 2/11/2013 3:06:44 PM , Rating: 0
-comparable Ultrabook pricing\iPad 128GB pricing
True, but people are used to Windows based machines costing less than Apple's prices
-lighter than any Ultrabook
But not lighter than its main competitor: the iPad. Agian, people expect better from a Windows machine than they get from Apple
-typical resolution for Sub-$1000 Ultraportable
Again, not better than the iPad 4
-average Ultrabook battery life
But horrible when compared with Android and Apple devices. People expect more. People expect at least in the same ballpark as other high end tablets. The Surface Pro is off by a factor of two to five depending on what you're doing
-runs warm , no reviewer said "hot"
One person's warm is another person's hot. It's subjective unless you put a thermocouple on it and measure it
-no review mentioned fan noise to be intruding
Same as with temperature
-typical Intel graphics, same as 90% of notebooks
It's not competing with 70% of notebooks. It's competing with the top of the line tablets
-since when was 720p camera not enough for conference calls?
Should be fine for most people.
-what's wrong with the stylus mount?
It's the stylus thing in the first place.
-low build quality? what? have you even read reviews?
From what I've seen the quality is good to very good. I would never rank it as excellent.
-how is the power connector design any better/worse than Apples magsafe?
Apple's iPad does not have a magsafe connector. It uses the new lightning connector, but your point is valid
-two of the most revolutionary keyboard designs ever, why don't you try them first?
I have tried it. It's not for me. Not even close. But that's a bit of personal preference
-what tablet can you use on your lap with a keyboard?
There are third party devices for Android and Apple tablets that include a keyboard that when combined create a much more stable combination than the Surface and its keyboard
-it's a Windows 8 delivery vehicle, designed to expand on the features of the OS, specifically touch. so obviously it runs Windows 8. if you have a problem with that and want Windows 7, go ahead and load Windows 7 on it and enjoy the 'excellent' touch support Windows 7 offers.
This is BY FAR (very, very far, acutally) the strongest selling point of the Surface Pro. You an run the vast majority of Windows apps on it. My guess (purely a gut feeling) is that the Surface Pro will be a success for Microsoft. People want a tablet, but they also want all the Windows apps that they love/hate but use. I believe the Surface Pro will sell well if only for that single reason.

RE: Large Stock
By inighthawki on 2/11/2013 4:03:15 PM , Rating: 5
It's competing with the top of the line tablets

You are about as dead wrong as you can get. This device is a device that has the properties of an ultra book, but with the ability to use it in the tablet form factor. It is not a competitor to the ipad, or any other android notebook.

Also, why is having a stylus a bad thing? Additional features are suddenly a downside?

RE: Large Stock
By inighthawki on 2/11/2013 5:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
That should read "Android tablet " not "Android notebook"

RE: Large Stock
By Mint on 2/12/2013 1:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
Also, why is having a stylus a bad thing?
Isn't it obvious?

"If you see a stylus, they blew it" -Jobs

RE: Large Stock
By maugrimtr on 2/12/2013 10:16:20 AM , Rating: 2
Arbitrary Apple limitation as they sought to create a consumption device. A stylus is a fundamental requirement for a device geared for creating stuff. The same with a keyboard. I can type far faster with a real keyboard - I do a LOT of writing (physics and software security) and finger fumbling on an iPad is frustrating at best. Having a built on tablet keyboard is pretty neat contrasted with having to get a third party setup for an iPad (hidden cost in iPad pricing).

RE: Large Stock
By bsd228 on 2/11/2013 4:03:44 PM , Rating: 3
> quote:
> -lighter than any Ultrabook
>But not lighter than its main competitor: the iPad. Agian, people >expect better from a Windows machine than they get from Apple

You're confused. The Surface Pro is not a competitor to the Ipad. Both are tablet form, yes. But one has a desktop class cpu and operating system, and the ipad does not. If Apple squished the guts of a mac mini into an ipad and ran OSX, it would be the same type of product.

RE: Large Stock
By mcnabney on 2/11/2013 5:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
It may be able to run all Win8 software, but 99.999% of all software that CAN run on Windows is going to have serious issues with the touchscreen/default resolution. Have you seen the new Office updated for Metro? Making it touchscreen friendly has turned it into a kludge. Real work generally involves precision - and even the best touchscreen will NEVER come close to a mouse.

RE: Large Stock
By inighthawki on 2/11/2013 5:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't had any issues with Office 2013's interface on tablet or desktop.

RE: Large Stock
By StraightCashHomey on 2/11/2013 6:05:58 PM , Rating: 3
That's because you've actually used it, and he spanks it to a poster of Steve Jobs.

RE: Large Stock
By ResStellarum on 2/11/2013 8:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is BY FAR (very, very far, acutally) the strongest selling point of the Surface Pro. You an run the vast majority of Windows apps on it

And the vast majority of Windows apps are built for the desktop interface, which means they are horrible for touch just like the Windows 7 slabs.

Even the new touch centric tile ui can't save the surface, because let's face it, it's no where near as good as Android or iOS, which were designed from ground up to be touch friendly, not some tacked on superimposition sitting on top of the old Windows 7 desktop pretending it's not.

RE: Large Stock
By Mint on 2/12/2013 1:39:18 AM , Rating: 1
You're forgetting about the stylus, probably because Apple told you to.

The stylus is a near-perfect mouse replacement for legacy apps on an ultra-mobile platform (aside from FPS games), and even has precision/control advantages. I use it with remote desktop on my Galaxy Note. You hover for mouse movement, tap to left-click/drag, and press the stylus button to right-click.

The point of Surface is that you don't have to be hamstrung by the limitations of touch in a 2lb form factor.

I'm actually pretty sure that Apple shunned the stylus for exactly this reason. The stylus would have played perfectly into Apple's creative, graphic designer image, but it also gives legacy apps a chance to survive on an ultra-mobile platform. They want to make x86 obsolete.

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