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Best Buy offers $400 off original Surface Pro

It wasn't necessarily the hardware that made the original Microsoft Surface Pro so unattractive to buyers; it was most likely the hefty price tag. If you have had a secret urge to get your hands on an original Surface Pro, this may the time.
 
Best Buy has announced a smoking deal on new 128GB Surface Pro tablets. The machine is up for sale at a $400 discount (from its current MSRP) making the tablet $499.99. That is half the price the tablet went for when it originally launched at $999.99.
 
The entry-level Surface Pro 2 tablet goes for $899.

 
The original Surface Pro has a 10.6-inch screen, integrated kickstand, supports pen input, and has built-in Wi-Fi. It also features Bluetooth and a memory card slot for storage expansion. The Surface Pro also offers front and rear cameras, but you don't get the slick keyboard accessory at this price.
 
It doesn't have the same sort of performance as the Surface Pro 2 offers with its updated Core i5 processor (or the 50% longer battery life), but the original tablet will get the job done at a much lower price for most people. 
 
The special deal at Best Buy makes a new Surface Pro 128GB tablet cheaper than some of the refurbished offerings available now. There is no indication of how long the new price will last.

Source: Best Buy



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RE: cheap iPad clone
By themaster08 on 1/31/2014 10:53:32 AM , Rating: 5
In what way is this a "cheap iPad clone"? You are a moron.

The Surface Pro is a fully fledged PC in tablet form factor.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: cheap iPad clone
By Labotomizer on 1/31/2014 12:16:33 PM , Rating: 3
Our experiences are clearly different. I have no problem seeing the screen. I use the stylus on occasion, mostly for note taking with OneNote. Use the touchpad or, more often, the Surface Wedge mouse when using it as a laptop replacement. I use the touch screen to use touch apps in the modern interface, as MS is calling it now.

I'm not saying you used it wrong. But you also don't speak for everyone. In fact, the writers at Penny Arcade did a long write up on how good the Wacom digitizer is and they use them to do their comics while traveling. I suppose that debunks the inaccuracy statements. Unless you're right and people who are professional artists don't know what they're talking about. Possible, I suppose.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 12:30:07 PM , Rating: 1
Lots of other people have experienced the inaccuracy just as I have. I found dozens of write-ups on the problem on the Internet when I was trying to figure out why the pen was so inaccurate, especially near the edges - where most menus are, and where the minimize/maximize/close buttons are. Maybe some of the Surface tablets are better than others.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By Fleeb on 1/31/2014 12:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
The stylus is inaccurate in iPads as well. Basically, there is no place for a stylus in a tablet right now.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 1:02:29 PM , Rating: 1
the iPad doesn't use a stylus. I just use my finger, and I've found it to be spot on. When I touch the screen to perform an action, I get what I expect.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 1/31/2014 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
A stylus is thin and can make very fine pinpoint interaction with the tablet. The finger, is fat compared to that, even for a child. Stylus is not going to leave lots of oily smudge on the screen, while fingers sure do. There are plenty of people prefer the advantage of a stylus, but I can see you are obviously not one of them. Doesn't mean it serves no purpose at all for everyone though.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By troysavary on 1/31/2014 1:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
It was most likely your Surface. Not all of them have the problem. Having used Wacom products in the past, I know you sometimes get one that will not calibrate on the edges.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 1/31/2014 2:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
There are ways to address the tiny desktop issue. Too bad that few people ever seem to know about it and I am tired of teaching others how to make the UI easier to use. So if many people persist to feel the desktop is difficult to use on a tablet, and Microsoft makes no effort to teach its own users, it is Microsoft's fault and it deserves the low rating that most users give them.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
Even if MS shouted from the top of buildings people would STILL ask the same questions! If you're a trainer then you'd know this. You can repeat the same thing 10 times in a row and the same person/people will ask you the same damn thing.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By retrospooty on 2/2/2014 1:54:58 AM , Rating: 1
Right... MS's piss poor scaling going back 15+ years is really a training issue. /rollseyes


RE: cheap iPad clone
By Argon18 on 2/3/2014 3:03:00 PM , Rating: 2
Amen, Microsoft simply doesn't "get" high pixel density screens. You're stuck managing every GUI element separately in a horribly cumbersome kludge of a GUI. Icon size, Icon spacing, Font size, Title bar size, Pop-up box size, all separate elements hidden in separate menus even. Using a Microsoft OS on a high pixel density screen is one seriously awful user experience.


RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 2/6/2014 4:44:28 AM , Rating: 2
I have done my part showing how people could have addressed the high pixel count, small screen issue in desktop mode. Some users obviously have learned how but it seems that there are just still so many who don't. I am tired of doing it further. I think it is time Microsoft does its part to educate the users. If most users still did not get it, Microsoft did it wrong then and it only has itself to blame. It is their product and it is their job to show others how. Millions of users cannot be wrong, it must be Microsoft's fault.


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