Ever since the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet was laid bare several months ago, its specs, features and price-tags have been well and truly under the microscope. Confirming the suspicions of most, Microsoft has now revealed that when the official Surface Pro Tablet release date finally arrives early next year, the two specifications – 64GB and 128GB – will hit the shelves for $899 and $999 respectively.
The question therefore is whether or not the critics of the world were right to suggest that at almost $1,000 a piece, the Surface Pro Tablet has effectively priced itself out of the race?
There’s no disputing the fact that the price-tags do indeed appear a little lofty and are certainly on the high side in contrast to rivals like the iPad from Apple and Google’s Nexus Tablet range. You’d also be right to point out that even the cheapest Surface Pro Tablet is still far more expensive than a superbly powerful laptop or desktop PC, so why would anyone pay more for less?
The answer – the Surface Pro Tablet is designed to double-up as both a full-fat PC and a tablet PC combined, i.e. taking the place of two high-end devices rather than one.
Or at least that’s what the Surface Pro’s supporters are telling us.
If, therefore, the Surface Pro is genuinely able to fill the need for a high-spec laptop or desktop PC and a stupendously capable tablet at the same time, $899 starts to look somewhat less extortionate. That being said, the vast majority of everyday consumers are turning to tablets more as entertaining toys and recreational devices as opposed to serious machines and PC replacements, therefore it may come down to the corporate market to seal the Surface Pro’s fate.
Shame Microsoft couldn’t have found some middle ground between the decidedly limited $499 Surface RT Tablet and the $899 Pro – a $650 offering the best of both would have been unstoppable