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    News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    You can watch the new Surface Pro advert, but can’t buy one.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Like your article, I'm not sure if this is a win for Microsoft. Meanwhile, the yellow umbrella vendor made a killing!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Well even before reading the article the headline made me think of a manufactured shortage as a marketing ploy. Maybe someone though that queues and shortages would make people think about Apple or a Japanese console launch. Or maybe nobody reads reviews and everyone likes the idea of x86 Windows on a tablet?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    I just think the didn't manufacture enough to make it look like there was a huge demand so people would buy them thinking they are good, but yet any sales would be better than the original which was just a failure.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Yeap, done on purpose to make it look like a must have product. Don't worry half of those sold will be returned as faulty soon enough - judging my the RT return rate

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    I really can't see why the general public would want one of these? £300 will net you a damn good laptop if you want a PC and £200 will net you a good tablet (i.e Nexus 7). Thats half the price with the same capabilities. Or you could get an ultrabook which is more useful personally. I'm sure a few will love the idea of a ultra portable x86 tablet but I still think an ultrabook is just a better idea for 99% of people.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    What, they sold all 100 of them? Who knew?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I really can't see why the general public would want one of these? £300 will net you a damn good laptop if you want a PC and £200 will net you a good tablet (i.e Nexus 7). Thats half the price with the same capabilities. Or you could get an ultrabook which is more useful personally. I'm sure a few will love the idea of a ultra portable x86 tablet but I still think an ultrabook is just a better idea for 99% of people.
    The *general* public don't queue for things or hover over the buy button at midnight on launch day, they aren't interested or have better things to do. This is the activity of technophiles and (although not on this occasion) the subset of Apple fans who've taken it a bit too far (I don't group them as technophiles as I don't think they're there for the love of technology, more a love of the brand and Apple is the only tech brand that really inspires it).

    So this launch day sell out is not to the general public, its to tech nerds, so it doesn't really matter what the plebs would think. Once the "ooh shiny" geek-lust has be satisfied the sales figures may well drop off, I don't think this is the right product for *most* people either, it's overkill they'd be fine with an RT or Atom tablet for half the price. But for a large number of more "serious" users it looks tasty... I was very interested until I read the reviews about how hard it was to use on the lap with the keyboard.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    What, they sold all 100 of them? Who knew?
    "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

    Cue the headline where Ballmer gleefully announces that Surface Pro sales have increased by 250%.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I really can't see why the general public would want one of these? £300 will net you a damn good laptop if you want a PC and £200 will net you a good tablet (i.e Nexus 7). Thats half the price with the same capabilities. Or you could get an ultrabook which is more useful personally. I'm sure a few will love the idea of a ultra portable x86 tablet but I still think an ultrabook is just a better idea for 99% of people.
    I don't think you're the target demographic.

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    I don't think you're the target demographic.
    I know that - I just don't know who is. As I said before, isn't an ultrabook a better idea for most people (Execs, sales, engineers etc)? I'm sure some tech fans/Microsoft fans will rush out and buy one but who else?
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I know that - I just don't know who is. As I said before, isn't an ultrabook a better idea for most people (Execs, sales, engineers etc)? I'm sure some tech fans/Microsoft fans will rush out and buy one but who else?
    Was mostly commenting on your comparison to £300 laptops. I spec the laptops for work and generally spend £800+ to get something that will last 3 years of being bashed around (I'm currently buying Thinkpad Carbon X1). The build quality/spec of the surface is in the same ballpark as the Thinkpad X/T or HP Elitebooks.

    For people like my CEO I think this is a viable tool - works like an ipad when out and about but can be plonked on the desk and used with a screen, mouse and keyboard in the office. However, I have recommended him off this until v2 comes along ....

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Not difficult to run out when there were only a handful built.

    If it had a high-res screen I'd be more impressed, but the battery life sounds feeble and, at the end of the day, it is Windows 8, so I don't want one.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Mix feelings and reviews about Windows 8 and on tablet. If the prices roughly converted to UK prices will be £567 for the 64GB model and £629 for the 128GB edition quoted from TechRadar site which is not too bad for 3rd Gen i5 processor with 4GB RAM and SSD storage for tablet.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    So the Surface Pro got a repairability rating of 1/10 by iFixit: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Micro...ardown/12842/3

    Clearly Microsoft is fully embracing their adoption of Apple's 'Close EVERYTHING!' policy.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface Pro systems sold out within hours

    Finally the Surface is getting the recognition it deserves, shame its just from the Microsoft fans...

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