Having apparently sold out so quickly after its launch…yeah right…the Microsoft Surface Pro is now well and truly in stock and available at retailers all over the place. So, now that these debatable teething problems have been addressed, how exactly will the Surface Pro perform in comparison with the Surface RT?
Are we about to see the Surface Pro silence the critics and overshadow the disastrous Surface RT, or will it be another case of a launch drive that never gets out of first gear?
Even last week, it was pretty tough to just choose a random store and go pick up a Surface Pro with 128GB storage – Microsoft was well and truly sticking to its guns in terms of its sold out cries. Now there are tons of the things ready and waiting, so what can we expect now the dust has settled?
Unless something changes quite drastically in terms of price – chances are very little, if anything to write home about.
As far as the Surface RT goes, industry experts have commented that its timing and price-point were disastrous as it hit the market at a time last year when the world was well and truly in the midst of a first love affair with smaller, affordable tablet PCs. As such, the idea of a low-calorie Windows tablet that didn’t do everything Windows should be able to do wasn’t an attractive exchange for $500.
And now we have the Surface Pro, which according to those in the know is hugely more appealing and intriguing having landed with the kind of specs and features we never thought we’d see in an tablet. Sadly, said tablet hit the market for a minimum of $899 for 64GB of closet space and without keyboard cover that brings the thing to life – again, right at a time when bang-for-buck means more to the world than ever before.
Add all of the above together and you’re left with a situation where Microsoft’s Surface Tablet campaign could become a huge success story if willing to either roll out some serious price reductions, or introduce a third tablet that actually delivers what the market is crying out for.
Whichever way you look at it, nobody was really asking for what the Surface Pro or the Surface RT delivered, so how exactly Microsoft is going to convince that world it wanted either remains to be seen.