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  1. nottechsmart's Avatar
    Best Buy and others have the Surface Pro 128 gb for $599. Is it worth the $599 or is the new and improved Windows tablets (Like Surface Pro 2) on market worth the extra money? Also read this model can't be upgraded to Windows 8.1?
    01-01-2014 02:52 PM
  2. Jas00555's Avatar
    1) yes, that's an awesome deal! I'd say get it before they run out. The SP2 IMO is not worth an extra $500 (I would get this deal if I had the choice, but I already have a SP2).
    2) This is not Android (;. Every single instance of W8 can be upgraded to W8.1.
    01-01-2014 03:00 PM
  3. xandros9's Avatar
    Ehh, I'd say battery life, the two position kickstand and probably just some under the hood spec bumps arent worth the additional money, although it depends on you

    I'd say that's a good deal, also worth noting that the Surface Pro is a full blown computer (as opposed to Android and iOS which are big phones) and it can be upgraded to 8.1 like any other 8 computer out there (my Vista-era laptop has seen Windows 7, 8, 8.1, various Linux distros etc)
    heck, you could probably load Linux on there if you so choose
    01-01-2014 03:13 PM
  4. azcruz's Avatar
    A Surface Pro 128GB surfaced (sic) from where I am and I am tempted to replace my aged but still working although pathetic display and battery life Acer S3...

    It alsome comes with the Type Cover 1 for $600. The PC Benchmark scores say it will eat my current Acer S3 and not really that far off from the Surface Pro 2.
    01-01-2014 10:56 PM
  5. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    I just bought an open box one for 646 and thought I got a good deal, I didn't know anyone still had stock of the Surface Pro's of the original flavor. You are getting a i5 ultrabook/tablet with 4 GB of ram and 128 GB hard drive for 600 bucks. That is not a bad deal.
    01-02-2014 08:53 AM
  6. bilzkh's Avatar
    IMO the original Surface Pro is a champ. Go for it if you can.
    01-02-2014 09:45 PM
  7. SwimSwim's Avatar
    A very nice deal, because the original Pro is still rocking some top notch specs. It's up to you to decide if the improved kickstand, battery life, etc. are worth it. I personally think they are, but my tastes in tech are typically too exquisite for my own good...

    But if those improvements aren't worth the extra $500 (and it's perfectly ok if they aren't, seeing as $500 is a sizeable chunk of money), then the original Pro is still a highly respectable and powerful little beast, especially at such a fair price.
    01-02-2014 10:39 PM
  8. bpmurr's Avatar
    A very nice deal, because the original Pro is still rocking some top notch specs. It's up to you to decide if the improved kickstand, battery life, etc. are worth it. I personally think they are, but my tastes in tech are typically too exquisite for my own good...

    But if those improvements aren't worth the extra $500 (and it's perfectly ok if they aren't, seeing as $500 is a sizeable chunk of money), then the original Pro is still a highly respectable and powerful little beast, especially at such a fair price.
    I picked one up last night. I think the Surface Pro 128GB at this price point is a great buy and will hold me over until the Surface Pro 3 which I think we'll see more significant changes around size and weight with Broadwell.
    Last edited by bpmurr; 01-03-2014 at 09:56 AM.
    01-03-2014 09:25 AM
  9. negative1ne's Avatar
    i didn't get mine from best buy, but got it off ebay for around that price.

    it is the best tablet i've had so far. and at a pricepoint a lot cheaper than i would
    have ever expected.

    i haven't seen other used tablets at this price match up to it.

    i had no problems upgrading to 8.1, just went to the app store,
    pointed at the upgrade, and an hour later it was done.

    later
    -1
    01-04-2014 10:34 AM
  10. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I picked one up last night. I think the Surface Pro 128GB at this price point is a great buy and will hold me over until the Surface Pro 3 which I think we'll see more significant changes around size and weight with Broadwell.
    Can't wait to see what the Surface Pro 3 has in store either. Hopefully they can slim it some, and perhaps use the same new silver color found on the Surface 2? I get they're trying to make the difference between the devices more obvious, and the Pro model is more about raw power than design and elegance (but it still does an awesome job on the latter), but the silver looks very snazzy. I want...
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    01-05-2014 04:15 PM
  11. bpmurr's Avatar
    Can't wait to see what the Surface Pro 3 has in store either. Hopefully they can slim it some, and perhaps use the same new silver color found on the Surface 2? I get they're trying to make the difference between the devices more obvious, and the Pro model is more about raw power than design and elegance (but it still does an awesome job on the latter), but the silver looks very snazzy. I want...
    I hope they stay with the matte black color. It hides marks and looks like Darth Vader's tablet.
    01-05-2014 06:11 PM
  12. SwimSwim's Avatar
    I hope they stay with the matte black color. It hides marks and looks like Darth Vader's tablet.
    Hmm, true. The Surface is rather prone to scratches, isn't it? And maybe they could offer color options, perhaps? ;)

    What, I'll sit tight with my SP2 for now. Shame, I've got lots of devices I'd like to buy, just to play around with some tech toys. But alas, money is most precious, and I've got to set some aside if I want to afford a SP3 and a next generation Lumia 1020 in 2014...

    I've got to just become a tech reviewer, and my life will be complete. I hear Daniel has one of every Windows Phone ever made, the lucky dog...
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    01-05-2014 11:43 PM
  13. Misha52's Avatar
    A Surface Pro 128GB surfaced (sic) from where I am and I am tempted to replace my aged but still working although pathetic display and battery life Acer S3...

    It alsome comes with the Type Cover 1 for $600. The PC Benchmark scores say it will eat my current Acer S3 and not really that far off from the Surface Pro 2.
    how do you get the type cover? is it bundled with the tab?
    01-06-2014 05:00 AM
  14. azcruz's Avatar
    how do you get the type cover? is it bundled with the tab?
    It was from a local seller, but I was too late. Somebody beat me to it.

    Sent from my LT25i using Tapatalk 4
    01-06-2014 08:24 AM
  15. Misha52's Avatar
    It was from a local seller, but I was too late. Somebody beat me to it.

    Sent from my LT25i using Tapatalk 4
    thank you so much!! hope to be still in time :D
    01-06-2014 08:38 AM
  16. nthknd's Avatar
    I went to best buy to exchange my two day old Sony vaio tap 11(fan issues,wifi issues,keyboard issues) was going to either get something new or get another sony..was standing in line with a Lenovo yoga 2 and saw a lady with the surface pro...she just bragged how great it was and there was one left.. jumped out of line and grabbed it. Came home updated it everything work right out the box..beat the two days I was on the phone with sony. Loving it so far. Kinda thick and heavy compared to other brands but it works very well and fast to be a last gen processor. Very happy so far.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
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    01-17-2014 01:10 AM
  17. nthknd's Avatar
    Oh Microsoft store online has them 599.00 also.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
    01-17-2014 01:11 AM
  18. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    I purchased the Surface RT when it first came out. I was very happy with it, but couldn't say no to this deal and just bought the Surface Pro. Perfect!
    Now selling the RT on ebay with a number of accessories....
    01-21-2014 06:14 PM
  19. negative1ne's Avatar
    there are even cheaper surface Pro (1) on amazon used from $499 up.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Amazon.com: Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro 64gb Memory: Computers & Accessories

    these are the 64G versions though. still, if you're trying to save money,
    why not?

    later
    -1
    01-21-2014 06:51 PM
  20. Torontonian22's Avatar
    I have a Surface pro one and even if I love it, It's hard to recommend it.

    There are just still too many flaws and bugs that make the experience very frustrating! Quick pros and cons (personal point of view, of course, your experience may differ)

    PROS:
    - powerful enough to do your everyday tasks: web, office, lightroom (for me), email and even some games (Diablo 3 for example)
    - USB port FTW
    - Micro SD
    - Full Windows 8
    - Easy to connect to a TV or monitor
    - Kickstand
    - overall size...

    CONS:
    - ... but still a bit heavy and thick
    - build quality is just... unacceptable for the price: The screen at the top, between the front camera and the right edge is creaking, it's driving me nuts. I guess it's due to the heat. Not sure the device will last very long though
    - The top edge of the tablet tends to creak as well - not very sturdy
    - Battery life could be better (but not a real issue for me)
    - I have both type and touch cover... they keep getting disconnected on a regular basis. I have to remove/re-attach the covers for it to work again (or sometimes restart)
    - Sometimes it's just the trackpad that is acting up, for no reasons - once again, removing/re-attaching the keyboard does the trick
    - On an Ipad, if you fold the cover onto the screen, the tablet goes to sleep, done. On the surface pro (at least mine), not really. The screen goes off and sometimes, it will turn on again but you can't see it because the cover is on it... it actually woke me up at 4am and 3am twice because the vents were blowing like crazy... I grabbed it and it was burning hot. The screen was on... even if I made sure it was off. It went on on its own and got stuck... of course, the tablet started to get hot.

    Of course it a great deal at this price but I find it too unreliable, too buggy (despite the updates) and the build quality is just unacceptable for a "high-end" device.

    If you don't mind the CONS I have listed above, then the Surface pro is for you!

    Don't get me wrong, I still love mine. Just wanted to point out that it's not perfect. Far from it actually.
    01-22-2014 09:12 AM
  21. nottechsmart's Avatar
    Picked up one yesterday at Best Buy, also picked up a Type Cover 2. I'm still putting it through it's paces. Updated it to 8.1 this morning. Only thing I can really complain about right now is the battery life. It's not very good, about 3.5 hours of constant use and it needs to be plugged in. Also still playing with the pen, it seems pretty good so far also, just can't seem to find a lot of apps that support the pen. I was tempted to get the SP2 or the Sony Flip 14 when I was there though lol.
    01-26-2014 07:58 PM
  22. SwimSwim's Avatar
    Picked up one yesterday at Best Buy, also picked up a Type Cover 2. I'm still putting it through it's paces. Updated it to 8.1 this morning. Only thing I can really complain about right now is the battery life. It's not very good, about 3.5 hours of constant use and it needs to be plugged in. Also still playing with the pen, it seems pretty good so far also, just can't seem to find a lot of apps that support the pen. I was tempted to get the SP2 or the Sony Flip 14 when I was there though lol.
    Yeah, battery life was a big complaint for the SP1. I'd recommend grabbing a Power Cover, once they're made available. And yes! The pen is amazing! Too bad so few apps support it properly, what wasted potential...

    I also wish Microsoft would streamline how Windows 8 treats styli, right now, it seems like the OS can't make up its mind about whether a stylus should be treated more like a mouse, or more like a dinger, so you get a really awkward hybrid...
    01-26-2014 11:22 PM
  23. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    In all honesty the Surface Pro is still a very respectable device. After being unable to get the Surface 2, due to lack of stock, I winded up getting the surface Pro(OG). Despite slightly average battery life, the surface Pro is honestly the best piece of hardware i own and while the SP2 has a lot of nifty features, it is not enough to warrant spending 300-400 dollars more when i have a still great device for 599 :D

    I definitely recommend it. The Surface RT made my senior year of HS perfect and my Surface Pro has made this first year at Yale great!
    01-27-2014 12:35 AM
  24. SwimSwim's Avatar
    In all honesty the Surface Pro is still a very respectable device. After being unable to get the Surface 2, due to lack of stock, I winded up getting the surface Pro(OG). Despite slightly average battery life, the surface Pro is honestly the best piece of hardware i own and while the SP2 has a lot of nifty features, it is not enough to warrant spending 300-400 dollars more when i have a still great device for 599 :D

    I definitely recommend it. The Surface RT made my senior year of HS perfect and my Surface Pro has made this first year at Yale great!
    Definetly still a rock solid device for sure! And while the SP2 is (obviously) the superior device, to score an original Pro for such a price is incredible. It'd be lovely for someone looking for a cheap desktop/laptop upgrade: just plus in a monitor and you're good too go! And then it of course has the obvious benefit of being a tablet when you'd like it to be, and that amazing Surface Pro Pen (using it to hand-write this very comment). So congratulations on your purchase! The SP2 is here, but the SP1 is a slouch by no means.
    01-27-2014 01:13 AM
  25. negative1ne's Avatar
    there are many applications which use the pen, most are drawing, art, and technical releated.

    look for tablet PC applications, or go to Tablet PC Forums, Discussion and Support and read all about software, and hardware, etc.

    later
    -1

    l
    01-27-2014 05:27 PM
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