First Gen Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB Tablet Now Available for $500
January 31, 2014 8:59 AM
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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
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.
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2/2/2014 12:17:37 PM
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?
2/2/2014 9:50:07 PM
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.
2/2/2014 11:08:43 PM
Yes I have such a "deep seeded" hatred for MS I choose to use multiple MS products in my daily life...
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