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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 Nortel on 2/11/2013 4:14:48 PM , Rating: 0
The Ars Technica review was an honest review, they said:

- Runs hot
- Runs loud
- Runs short
- The whole resolution scaling situation is unsatisfactory
- Metro-style apps still lacking in breadth, number, and quality
- The design fundamentally doesn't work

If MS would have came out with this years ago it could have been a hit. We have since moved into a world where it is far more convenient to have everything just work. Your average person doesn't want to kludge around with installing PC software, updating drivers and dealing with scaling modes.

The fact that a tablet has a fan made me actually laugh out loud. This product is an embarrassment when compared to the Nexus 10 or iPad 4. Enjoy your Zune.

RE: Large Stock
By gsellis on 2/11/2013 5:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
Mine runs warm, is quiet, and runs about 4 hours doing normal stuff. It works. I have been taking notes on build ups using the stylist in the lab. And... had a Windows 2003 server running in VMware 9 workstation this morning.

You are just guessing. If you used one, you would know. It is an ultrabook in sff.

Charging mine now for the bus ride home...

RE: Large Stock
By ATrigo on 2/11/2013 7:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
We have since moved into a world where it is far more convenient to have everything just work. Your average person doesn't want to kludge around with installing PC software, updating drivers and dealing with scaling modes.

Yeah right, because jailbreaking to have access to the real features is "It Just Works".

RE: Large Stock
By Manch on 2/12/2013 10:17:10 AM , Rating: 2
We have since moved into a world where it is far more convenient to have everything just work.

That part had me rolling. I don't know what world Nortel came from, but that's always been the case here on Earth.

RE: Large Stock
By althaz on 2/11/2013 7:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Peter's review focussed on exactly one use-case: his. He uses his laptop in his lap to type things on. The Surface is crap for this (well, it's not better than other tablets at least, the touch keyboard is probably the best in the business, but not by any real margin).

Peter said it wasn't hot but he did find the fans to be annoying (but importantly he said they weren't overly loud, he just didn't like the tone they produced).

The device didn't meet Peter's expectation, but to be honest I can't understand how he had so little idea of what he was going to be getting.

It's not a laptop. It's a portable computer you can use as a tablet. A laptop is an in-between advice that (IMO) is crap for taking with you and crap for using somewhere fixed.

The Surface Pro is a little better for working at a desk (as it takes up less space, I would be plugging in a real monitor/mouse/keyboard for usability or using it as a monitor).

It's a LOT better for using on the couch (notebook's can't really be used on the couch, IMO, so this isn't exactly hard).

It's also a LOT more portable than any laptop or ultrabook.

It's failures when compared to a laptop are obviously battery, screen size and typing-in-your-lap. With the latter two you're no worse off than any tablet (indeed you're better off than most).

Which leaves the sole (major, there's LOTS of minor things that could be improved), valid criticism of the device as battery life. Battery life on the Surface Pro is pretty abysmal. It doesn't impact me personally (which is why I'm buying one as soon as humanly possible), but I expect this to be a deal breaker for those looking for primarily a tablet.

Of course there are lots of minor things that should be fixed/improved (in addition to the big one, which is battery life):
- The pen should slide away somewhere instead of clipping onto the same spot as the charger.
- Weight needs to be reduced, I would say this is the second biggest problem with the Surface Pro, although I didn't find it overly heavy, it's not quite light enough for a tablet.
- Get rid of the fans. Tablets should be silent, not quiet.
- Better graphics performance - HD4000 is actually pretty capable (better than all other tablets maybe?), but it's fairly weak by PC standards.
- I kinda want to say "get more apps", but considering everything I've looked for is already on the ms app store, this might already be covered

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