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    News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    It's finally nearing availability. Is anybody still waiting for it?
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    I guess they haven't revealed the price then?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    "We’ve worked hard to increase availability, and most retail partners in the U.S. and Canada as well as the Microsoft Store now have the 128 GB product consistently in stock"

    Marketing BS, it aint selling well at all, that's why it's consistently in stock. You don't fool me MS.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Its going to be about a grand and at which point people will just say for the first time ever that an Ipad is good value...

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Quote Originally Posted by raven1001 View Post
    Marketing BS, it aint selling well at all, that's why it's consistently in stock. You don't fool me MS.
    Well they did sell out at first, and they have sold over 1M in the first 6 weeks of launch. The question is, did they expect to sell more.
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    Its going to be about a grand and at which point people will just say for the first time ever that an Ipad is good value...
    Not really, because if you've got an iPad, you're still going to need a computer. With this, you won't need an iPad with your computer.

    But for me, its too much of a sledgehammer for my walnut tasks. I want more battery life than it offers, also built in 4g. As such its a definate no, maybe the refreshed version, but not this one.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Short version seems to be 'nice enough little laptop, but eyewatering price for the spec'?

    I'd have liked a Surface RT, if the software wasn't so restricted (put a proper ARM port on there, MS would have a sale!) - I've always liked ARMs. Maybe hacking a Chromebook's the way to go...

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    I've been using my RT a lot, a lot more than I anticipated. What is it that is restricted for you? It is a proper ARM port! Or do you mean adding in some emulation functionality? I fear that would be dog slow.

    As is the only limitations I've hit are that Excel 2013 on the surface lacks the data visualisation toolkit, still has all the normal charts mind, and no VBA. Really sad about that last one. All in all, its no worse than using Office for Mac.

    I still love how brilliant it is for multitasking stuff, doing some work on something whilst on a skype call. All on a 10" device which has never lasted less than 7 hours for me, no matter what I was doing.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Not at that price and storage size with the Asus Taichi and Sony Vaio Duo in the same price range.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Price and battery life will decide if its the mobile pc choice for me. If the price is north of £600 for the 128GB model then its likely to be a no buy.
    Having been none to impressed overall with a Vivotab Smart this (Surface) is going to have to be streets ahead better.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    For some reason my mind read the title as: "Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of the universe."

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    I don't see the point in RT at the moment, the Atom tablets are faster, similar price equivalent battery and size and run fully compatible x86 Windows 8. It looks to me like RT was just hedging in case Atom didn't shape up and ARM chips won hands down in the tablet power envelope. RT might make sense with better chips than Tegra 3 and tempt me if it undercuts Atom tablets at 7-8" for <£250.

    I was initially interested in a Pro but the lack of 3G/4G (so I'd need a MiFi or something pushing up cost) and lap standing unfriendliness killed it, the ridiculous price gouging on keyboard didn't help either. If it had 3G at least I might forgive the rest but its just not useful enough to me for the price. It is great hardware if you care not for 3G or using keyboard on lap... battery life wouldn't bother me, I'm so rarely more than a few hours usage between sockets. I'll be keeping an eye on v2... Otherwise still nothing compelling enough to bother replacing my 2.5 yr old Dell 101z.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Win8 on a tablet just isn't a pleasant experience. The IFKAM (interface formerly known as metro) is too in your face and big. The Win8 desktop is too small and fiddly to use with a small touch screen. The interface itself isn't consistent either. Sometimes an app will launch within IFKAM and sometimes it drops back to the desktop before launching. It's confusing and unpleasant for most normal users.

    I've used both a Win8 RT and Win8 Pro tablet and - the Win 8 RT one impressed me more. It's just lacks most of the functionality you would need (the Win 8 app store is like a ghost town). The Win8 Pro tablet has better functionality - but at a price that you could buy a decent Ultrabook for.

    And don't get me started on the price of the keyboards!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Overpriced, too heavy, not enough storage capacity on the SSD, numerous bugs in OS, battery life inadequate.

    On other hand proper USB port can take USB memory stick, great screen, wonderfully inventive keyboard/cover.

    I will wait for version 2.

    And I hate the w8 music and movie apps (or "programs" as those of us who have graduated from short pants call them). Nothing more than advertising billboards with a small program attached by accident.

    Why buy WMC, download XBMC

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro will arrive in the UK before the end of May

    Too little too late to be honest. Should have been available ages ago. New tablets from everyone else just around the corner.
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