With the unveiling today of Microsoft’s Surface Pro pricing, many people were crying foul. Some went so far as to say that this marked the end of mighty Microsoft. Those people don’t have any idea what they are talking about. The Surface Pro is going to sell like hotcakes and here’s why.
In contrast to the Surface RT tablet, which is indeed meant to be a tablet, the Surface Pro is meant to replace your ultrabook. Sporting an Intel Core i5 chip verses a Nvideo Tegra 3, the Surface Pro can do everything an ultrabook can do. Even more perhaps.
The $899 entry level price may seem a lot for just a regular tablet but for the Surface Pro, Microsoft pricing is spot on. USB 3.0, an x86 processor, 4gb of ram, included active digitizer pen, full HD display….the list goes on. The only disappointing thing is that the Surface Pro will not include a Touch or TypeCover. But is comes with the pen as a trade off.
According a story by The Verge, the Surface Pro will have a battery life in the 4-4.5 hour range. While that kind of battery life is beyond abysmal for a tablet, for a notebook it is respectable. I wish that it was more in the 5-6 hour range but you can’t have everything.
In the end, you need to consider what the Surface Pro is intended to be, an ultrabook replacement.If you see it in that light, then you’ll see that it is a might fine device indeed.