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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: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2014 11:11:40 AM , Rating: 1
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@ $500 the Original Surface PRO is a great price.


If it launched at $500, like it probably should, I would agree.

But today? Meah, it's already obsolete. The battery life alone makes it a suspect buy. And in a few months, Microsoft will probably be forced to drop the Surface 2 Pro down to ~$600'ish anyway.

It's like the HP Touchpad fire sale. Everyone ran out and bought a dead-end POS just because it was cheap.

Yes it has an i5 and is a full fledged PC, but if the total package isn't impressive, who cares?

Regardless of hardware, Microsoft App Store is still an unmitigated disaster. There's virtually no development and is still years behind everyone else. That's the biggest thing holding the whole Surface thing back.

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So now the Surface isnt a tablet, it's a PC? Splitting hairs are we?


No, I think it's important we strictly classify devices. The Surface RT is a tablet. The Surface Pro is a PC. Why? Because it is x86 and runs x86 code/programs.

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Well a $500 Notebook PC sans keyboard that closely resembles a tablet in form factor with those specs vs other real 10" tablets is a great buy.

Does that work for you?


hehe okay, works for me :)


RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/2/2014 12:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Physical dimensions between the Pro & Pro 2 are identical. The ivy bridge i5 isnt that much slower than the Haswell in the Pro 2. I agree the battery life is pretty short @ 4-6 hrs for a tablet but since its not :D then its not so bad. at least for me it's not a big deal and i dont think it's a deal killer. Power cover will come out soon and alleviate that concern. The sites that have previewed it says you get roughly 60% more life with that cover so about 6.5-9.5hrs Calling it obsolete though? Are the 2013 Mac Book Air 11's Obsolete? Come on Son!

I agree they were def too expensive when they launched. MS should have treated it like they did the console and taken a hit just to get them into the wild. that would have been the smarter move. And at least include the damn touch cover!

As far as HP goes, the combination of hardware and dead end OS is what killed it. MS may not have the app store ecosystem that Android and Apple do but they have the entire x86 library which s way way better. Plus I have bluestacks which works great. Gives me access to those google apps. Have you used it? If not, try it out.

With an x86 tablet like PC what apps do you not have?


RE: Garbage
By ritualm on 2/2/2014 9:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
HP sank WebOS. The hardware and OS itself would have thrived if it weren't for HP's incompetence in handling its business divisions.

Reclaimer77 is a Google/Android fanboy. This guy has a deep seated hatred over everything MS does. You can't win an argument with him because he frequently changes the subject to "beat" you.


RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2014 11:08:43 PM , Rating: 1
Yes I have such a "deep seeded" hatred for MS I choose to use multiple MS products in my daily life...


RE: Garbage
By w8gaming on 2/6/2014 4:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
I will not be so sure Surface Pro 2 will be have such a sale. Microsoft has to be very inept to manage their hardware production if they could still end up with a large surplus of excess inventory of Surface Pro 2 after they have already been burnt by 1st generation Surface sales. If such a sale actually happens, it will be great news for the buyers for sure. But I really doubt a company is that stupid.


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