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    News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    WSJ says this price cut is in response to sluggish sales.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Yeah thing aint selling, and it still will not until it hits below £200.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Give the Surface Pro a 33% discount and I'll consider it!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Microsoft - you failed with Surface RT rev 1, let it go!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    I know an old lady who wants a cheap laptop to skype her friends and do a little web browsing. Something like this would probably by ideal but its still over priced. I can pick up a Win8 cheapo laptop for her for about £250 and so why would I recommend one of these when it has a smaller screen and no keyboard? They should be £250 including the keyboard....
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    With Silvermont Atom and new ARM based chips due in tablets within 6 months they won't flog these Tegra powered devices for £279 any more than £399, especially given that you still need to pay nearly £100 more to get the covers that actually give it a USP. If you want last year's performance on a feature limited device you can get any number of Android tablets for quite a way under £200.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Why would anyone want Tegra 3 performance now unless it was genuinely bargain bucket price?
    Should have been released at this price really and be dropping a further 30% now

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    The Surface tablets are really nice bits of kit and having office on them and USB ports is really useful but you can get the 64 Gb Dell XPS 10 with keyboard dock (which gives extra battery life and USB ports) for £419.
    Admittedly the Surface is nicer but if I was going to buy an RT tablet I'd probably still go for the Dell.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Still not enough - you are still talking £350 for a surface + keyboard (John Lewis started discounting last night), which is £100 too much.

    I'd impulse buy one at under £300 with the keyboard cover - I have played with one recently and the quality of the hardware convinces me it's worth buying for it's "Geek" and limited edition factors (limited in the sense that we wont see any more past the 2nd generation), but any more than that and it's just not worth it.

    You'd have to have a very specific use case in mind to buy one of these as your main tablet device over the Apple or Android equivalent, no matter how nice the hardware itself is.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    Microsoft - you failed with Surface RT rev 1, let it go!
    Not really, it's already my favourite tablet*, and I know someone who was looking to buy one before the price cut, which I think has made them take the plunge.


    * Granted 'Favourite Tablet' is a bit like living in the nice end of Birmingham.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    Not really, it's already my favourite tablet*, and I know someone who was looking to buy one before the price cut, which I think has made them take the plunge.


    * Granted 'Favourite Tablet' is a bit like living in the nice end of Birmingham.
    You might like it, your friend might like it, its still commercially a bit of a failure overall.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    What is the performance like on one of these things? I read a few reviews suggesting that it was quite laggy/slow. Does anyone on here own on and are the reviews accurate?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    You might like it, your friend might like it, its still commercially a bit of a failure overall.
    Outsold the Nexus 10?

    Not outsold the iPad.

    I think considering how few markets it was available in, how hard it was to find one to buy for the first 3 months, it's not really a commercial failure I don't think, they said over 2 million sold.

    Given I've said before, again and again that 10" isn't the good tablet size, 7" is. I think that's a good achievement. Considering it is a bit like the race to the top of the last big thing.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    With the Tegra 3 chipset it really isn't worth buying one, you'll only regret it 6 months down the line when Tegra 4 tablets are out and running circles around you.
    Drop it closer to 200 quid and these things might fly off the shelves...maybe.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Still doesn't seem worth it at any price to be locked to the Windows Store

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    Re: News - Microsoft Surface RT tablet price cut by 30 per cent

    Animus - I've said before I really wanted Surface to be a winner, but sadly it isn't. Your idea of 7" being the ideal form factor for a tablet goes against the grain of what Microsoft was aiming for with the Surface - this was meant to be comparable to a laptop in terms of usage scenarios with the benefit of tablet functionality as well (or the other way around I suppose). Still it's a device with too many compromises and priced liked a low end (RT) / high end (pro) ultrabook.

    Both were beautiful, technically impressive examples of hardware, flawed in terms of functionality and way over priced.
    The loose hinge / top heavy design is too much of a compromise. The touch cover isn't a replacement for a proper laptop with tactile feedback.
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