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Microsoft extends the reach of its Surface Pro tablet

Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts, but that isn't stopping the software giant from expanding the latter's reach into new markets. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro (in 64GB and 128GB capacities) in the U.S. earlier this year, and Japanese buyers will now getting the opportunity to sample Microsoft's home-brewed tablet aimed at business users.
 
Starting June 8, potential customers in Japan will be able to purchase the familiar 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro models. In addition, a new 256GB SKU has been added to the mix and will be available for 119,800 yen ($1,175) -- this wouldn't be the first time that a company released a higher capacity model late in the a product's life cycle to extend its life a bit.

 
Microsoft is also being especially generous to Japanese customers by throwing in Office 2013 for free with all SKUs -- U.S. customers must purchase an Office 2013 license separately.

Sources: Engadget, AV Watch



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Wrong form factor
By Motoman on 5/29/2013 12:18:54 PM , Rating: 1
I just don't think the Surface docking form factor is the way to go. The convertible units where you just flip the screen around seem to be much better designs. Having to dock and undock the KB seems like a hassle and introduces opportunities to damage it and/or lose it.




RE: Wrong form factor
By karimtemple on 5/29/2013 1:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
The keyboard is a cover. The expectation isn't really that you undock it. It's actually fairly ingenious.


RE: Wrong form factor
By kleinma on 5/29/2013 1:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. That and it is designed to not need to be removed if you don't want to. I have the thicker type pad cover, and I can easily fold it around the back of the surface like you would with an iPad case cover. The surface is smart enough to know the cover is folded back, and if you press a key by accident, it does nothing.

That and undocking it when you want to amounts to pulling the cover off from its magnetic hold. No wires to remove, eject buttons to press, etc.. like most common docks.


RE: Wrong form factor
By karimtemple on 5/29/2013 1:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
I raved about this when it first came out.

Then I found out that the tablet has fans. lol. wtf. And pretty thick. I doubt Haswell will be fanless -- not mainstream implementations, anyway -- but I'd love to take a look at a Silvermont Surface.

That is, if a Haswell Surface is in fact not fanless. A fanless Haswell Surface Pro is basically a slam-dunk. And if they expanded the magnetic docking to include a desktop dock? Good God. I'll also be looking for Thunderbolt.


RE: Wrong form factor
By kleinma on 5/29/2013 2:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
I think it has a single fan on the CPU, and I have never been able to actually hear it going. My only fear is its lifespan. Beyond that it doesn't matter to me if there is a fan or not.


RE: Wrong form factor
By hughlle on 5/29/2013 3:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
With regard to it being pretty thick. I agree. Saw one in the shops today and i was2 rather taken aback. My personal opinion was that anything that required that kind of cpu power was not designed to be used in a tablet format. Most likely it is ignorance, but i can't think of anything i would want to run in that kidn of touch screen configuration that would require that kind of powre. Anything that did, would be much better suited with a keyboard and mouse. Given that it appeaed thicker than the ultrabooks with similar or same specs, i would personally just buy an ultrabook and have a nice light and slim tablet to go alongisde.


RE: Wrong form factor
By karimtemple on 5/29/2013 4:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
That's what's so crazy about the Touch Cover for the Surface; it's no more obtrusive to your carry than the Smart Cover for the iPad. You still get the pointing interface, you still get the keyboard. Amazing.

The thing about touch is its just an interface. You use it because you have to, because you're moving around and movement disrupts the ergonomics of keyboard and pointer interface. Similarly, 'tablet' is just a form factor. The form gives you mobile ergonomics. It doesn't actually take away stationary ergonomics (assuming you have a desktop dock or at least a video out port), and a touch part doesn't take away your ability to use a mouse.

The interface is not really tied to the power of the machine, except the consideration that touch gives you less control [fewer controls] of whatever power the machine happens to have. To me, the question is more like "Do you want your tablet to be weak or powerful?" Well, powerful.

This is assuming of course that your "powerful" tablet isn't the same thickness as a folded ultrabook lol. Haswell (and Jaguar/Silvermont) should fix us up. We should start seeing product this Fall.


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