View Poll Results: At what hightest price point would you purchase the Surface RT

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  • $699

    2 4.44%
  • $599

    16 35.56%
  • $499

    14 31.11%
  • $399

    13 28.89%
10-09-2012 05:16 AM
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  1. ljkelley's Avatar
    At what highest price point would you purchase the Surface with Windows RT?
    06-24-2012 04:28 PM
  2. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Wow all those choices are to high. Microsoft needs to hit a price aroun $200-$250. They have to compeet with Android if they want to sell tablets. I suspect the Pro version will be $400-$500 but the RT needs to be way less.
    06-24-2012 09:09 PM
  3. ljkelley's Avatar
    Wow all those choices are to high. Microsoft needs to hit a price aroun $200-$250. They have to compeet with Android if they want to sell tablets. I suspect the Pro version will be $400-$500 but the RT needs to be way less.
    Both of these are premium devices. Anyone is deluded if they think it will hit $250. The Kindle Fire is lower speced, left over Blackberry Playbook design with only 7" screen. Other cheap devices are plastic and of less quality.

    The design, presentation etc... show them going after the iPad. They are premium devices. They don't want to compete to hard with OEMs and will let them go after the cheaper end of the market. Microsoft would lose alot of money it can't gain back like with the Xbox. And it would permantently make the impression that $250 is what you expect to pay for something of this caliber. The fact is it does more than the iPad. That is what Microsoft need to market. Rather than waste money on giving devices away, waste money marketing how this is better than an iPad and how for alot of people an even Windows RT device can replace their current computer.

    As for the Pro, just the Intel i5 chip will cost $250. Can you find a single i5 ultraportable that costs $500? I bet you can't find one that costs less than $800.

    Again deluded. And you are not helping Microsoft buy suggesting unobtainable price points.

    The Kindle fire is older 1Ghz dual core chipset with only 512 RAM and 8GB storage. This will start at 32 GB with I would Tegra 3 quad core 1.5ghz chipset and 2GB RAM.
    06-24-2012 09:55 PM
  4. Duvi's Avatar
    I picked $599... just to say I chose one :blush:
    06-24-2012 09:57 PM
  5. jdevenberg's Avatar
    Wow all those choices are to high. Microsoft needs to hit a price aroun $200-$250. They have to compeet with Android if they want to sell tablets. I suspect the Pro version will be $400-$500 but the RT needs to be way less.
    This is a ridiculous statement. They said they would price it like comprable ARM tablets. Think Galaxy Tab 2 10.1", iPad, and others. These START at $399 for new models (old models can be found for less). I think $399 is the smart price because that is where 32 GB, 10"+ Android tabs start. But the device would be worth every penny at $599. At $599 I would buy myself one. At $399, I'd get one and I'd replace my wife's iPad 2 with one as well.
    06-25-2012 01:36 AM
  6. Mitlov's Avatar
    I'd be willing to pay $699, but I suspect $599. An iPad 3 with 32 gb storage is $599, and has a higher-resolution screen but less valuable bundled software (Surface RT has Office Home & Student included...very valuable).

    The argument that this should be priced like a Kindle Fire is absurd. I own a Kindle Fire. It's a plastic case device, not magnesium. It's a 7" device, not 10.6". It has 8 gb storage, not 32. It's touchscreen drivers are a farce. It's OS is barely adequate for an eReader and Netflix viewer and Angry Birds device. It's web browser is basically unusable. It has NO cameras. A Surface RT will cost three times as much because it's three times the device.

    Likewise, the argument that the Surface Pro should cost under $500 is crazy. It's got an Ivy Bridge i5, 64 gb storage, and a 1080p screen. That's on par with ultraportable laptops like the MacBook Air and Asus Zenbook, which cost over $1000. I think $899-$999 is likely, and appropriate, for the Surface Pro.
    06-25-2012 05:38 PM
  7. sentimentGX4's Avatar
    With the unveiling of the Nexus 7, the Surface RT will have to be <$300 to win my dollars. I am very tempted to go Google despite my admiring the Microsoft ecosystem. It doesn't matter what excuses anyone puts out. At the end of the day, the Nexus 7 is the best value and a Tegra is a Tegra.
    06-27-2012 06:16 PM
  8. ljkelley's Avatar
    With the unveiling of the Nexus 7, the Surface RT will have to be <$300 to win my dollars. I am very tempted to go Google despite my admiring the Microsoft ecosystem. It doesn't matter what excuses anyone puts out. At the end of the day, the Nexus 7 is the best value and a Tegra is a Tegra.
    Enjoy your gimped tablet. Let us compare: The Nexus 7 has no USB, no MicroSD. The Nexus 7 only has 8 or 16GB. It has inferior construction. No Office 2013.

    The Surface has full USB with host support. MicroSD upto 32GB. Built in memory starts at 32GB. Office 2013. Magnesium construction with VaporMG. Built in kickstand and available touch cover.

    I'm amazed at how people want something for nothing.
    06-27-2012 06:48 PM
  9. jimski's Avatar
    I expect the RT to be $449-$499 for 32GB and $549-$599 for 64GB. I think that's a great price for what they are including. Can't wait.

    I expect other OEMs will off RTs for about $100 less, with plastic cases, maybe less memory and other cost saving "features".

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express Pro
    06-27-2012 08:31 PM
  10. Mitlov's Avatar
    Enjoy your gimped tablet. Let us compare: The Nexus 7 has no USB, no MicroSD. The Nexus 7 only has 8 or 16GB. It has inferior construction. No Office 2013.

    The Surface has full USB with host support. MicroSD upto 32GB. Built in memory starts at 32GB. Office 2013. Magnesium construction with VaporMG. Built in kickstand and available touch cover.

    I'm amazed at how people want something for nothing.
    And let's not forget that the Surface will offer roughly twice the screen real estate of a 7" tablet like the Nexus 7. It's just like the old Kindle Fire versus iPad comparisons. One is a cheap-and-portable media consumption device, the other is a fully-featured premium laptop. The Fire didn't slay the iPad, and the Nexus 7 won't slay the Surface.
    06-29-2012 06:47 PM
  11. dlusted's Avatar
    Well, in GBP terms; I would definiately buy if it's 400 (coinsides with other Android WiFi Tablets on the market).... But if over 500 then I would have to wait and just keep with my laptop a while longer
    07-03-2012 02:16 PM
  12. jdevenberg's Avatar
    Well, in GBP terms; I would definiately buy if it's 400 (coinsides with other Android WiFi Tablets on the market).... But if over 500 then I would have to wait and just keep with my laptop a while longer
    400 is around $624 currently and 500 is about $780. If it comes in at the prices we are talking about in the US, then that seems like the likely range for GB. Products from the US are always more expensive in the UK than in the US. The extra shipping and tariffs mean higher prices.
    07-04-2012 12:19 PM
  13. fwaits's Avatar
    I said $599 assuming you meant the 32GB variant and that it comes with the keyboard. With the KB, Office bundled, that's a great deal.

    I'll be going Pro however assuming I get a Surface.
    07-05-2012 09:00 PM
  14. ninjaap's Avatar
    I think if they don't control prices, then RT will eventually disappear. I mean, if HP and the likes can come up with a budget x86 machine, priced the same or under an RT, why would anyone buy an RT?
    07-05-2012 09:08 PM
  15. jdevenberg's Avatar
    I think if they don't control prices, then RT will eventually disappear. I mean, if HP and the likes can come up with a budget x86 machine, priced the same or under an RT, why would anyone buy an RT?
    Because some of us care about quality. I'd rather have something that does less, but does it extremely well then something that can do it all but does a mediocre job of it. Plus I have a perfectly good desktop for x86 applications. I'd rather have one good steak than a sack full of McDonald's cheeseburgers.
    07-05-2012 10:25 PM
  16. ninjaap's Avatar
    Because some of us care about quality. I'd rather have something that does less, but does it extremely well then something that can do it all but does a mediocre job of it. Plus I have a perfectly good desktop for x86 applications. I'd rather have one good steak than a sack full of McDonald's cheeseburgers.
    Depends where you draw the line for mediocre. Lots of parents nowadays get by with purchasing $500-$600 x86 Dell laptops for their kids for school. I would not give my child a Metro only machine for school.
    07-05-2012 10:58 PM
  17. TMavC5's Avatar
    I'm buying one. Compare to iPad its a steal.

    Sent from my Lumia 900 Cyan using Board Express
    07-05-2012 11:02 PM
  18. Mitlov's Avatar
    Depends where you draw the line for mediocre. Lots of parents nowadays get by with purchasing $500-$600 x86 Dell laptops for their kids for school. I would not give my child a Metro only machine for school.
    It's not Metro-only. It uses the desktop for Microsoft Office (which is included in its price, a nice bonus) and for Internet Explorer.
    07-06-2012 01:19 PM
  19. AzD's Avatar
    It's not Metro-only. It uses the desktop for Microsoft Office (which is included in its price, a nice bonus) and for Internet Explorer.
    No, I believe that is the Pro version. RT one is metro only.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note
    07-06-2012 01:26 PM
  20. ninjaap's Avatar
    It's not Metro-only. It uses the desktop for Microsoft Office (which is included in its price, a nice bonus) and for Internet Explorer.
    Still seems to be confusion. But from what I understand, RT is Metro only coupled with MS Office in Metro, not desktop. Bloggers are calling it Office 15.

    EDIT: Same with IE10. I believe there will be a Metro version for IE, because I remember Chrome and FF complaining that MS was blocking them from submitting their browsers. If RT had dekstop mode, then it wouldn't be a problem for Chrome and FF. MS already stated that Adobe Flash will be limited in Metro IE. Not so with desktop IE. All these point to a Metro only RT, IMO.
    Last edited by ninjaap; 07-06-2012 at 02:19 PM.
    07-06-2012 01:29 PM
  21. fwaits's Avatar
    Still seems to be confusion. But from what I understand, RT is Metro only coupled with MS Office in Metro, not desktop. Bloggers are calling it Office 15.

    EDIT: Same with IE10. I believe there will be a Metro version for IE, because I remember Chrome and FF complaining that MS was blocking them from submitting their browsers. If RT had dekstop mode, then it wouldn't be a problem for Chrome and FF. MS already stated that Adobe Flash will be limited in Metro IE. Not so with desktop IE. All these point to a Metro only RT, IMO.
    They are restricting the desktop mode on RT devices to Store apps only which are of course all Metro. With the exception of their own native IE10 and Office that they are bundling in. There have been articles on porting Office to ARM and the screen shots that have leaked still show it with the traditional minimize, restore, and close buttons, not a full screen Metro only app. IE10 has 2 forms as you mentioned and is already seen in the Preview versions.
    07-06-2012 03:55 PM
  22. ninjaap's Avatar
    They are restricting the desktop mode on RT devices to Store apps only which are of course all Metro. With the exception of their own native IE10 and Office that they are bundling in. There have been articles on porting Office to ARM and the screen shots that have leaked still show it with the traditional minimize, restore, and close buttons, not a full screen Metro only app. IE10 has 2 forms as you mentioned and is already seen in the Preview versions.
    If that's true then technically you can't really use desktop mode unless you're using Office or IE. No other x86 programs will work. So RT is still a Metro only device, with the exception of Office & IE? Wow. This is definitely going to confuse consumers.
    07-06-2012 04:12 PM
  23. fwaits's Avatar
    If that's true then technically you can't really use desktop mode unless you're using Office or IE. No other x86 programs will work. So RT is still a Metro only device, with the exception of Office & IE? Wow. This is definitely going to confuse consumers.
    Yeah were not really sure how the implementation is going to work since no one has really seen an RT build live yet. I think the shortcuts will be in the Metro UI but they'll open in the desktop mode of course so they won't so much see the desktop itself really I wouldn't think.
    07-06-2012 06:19 PM
  24. ninjaap's Avatar
    Yeah were not really sure how the implementation is going to work since no one has really seen an RT build live yet. I think the shortcuts will be in the Metro UI but they'll open in the desktop mode of course so they won't so much see the desktop itself really I wouldn't think.
    That sounds like a lot of hearsay. Unless I read something official from MS, I'm going to take the safe route and assume RT = Metro only and Pro = Metro/Desktop.
    07-06-2012 06:34 PM
  25. fwaits's Avatar
    That sounds like a lot of hearsay. Unless I read something official from MS, I'm going to take the safe route and assume RT = Metro only and Pro = Metro/Desktop.
    Well don't take my word for it.

    Microsoft News Microsoft Demos Office 2013 On Windows RT Device

    Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    Particularly this section of the blog post from the link above:

    WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These new Office applications, codenamed Office 15, have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption, while also being fully-featured for consumers and providing complete document compatibility. WOA supports the Windows desktop experience including File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop, and most other intrinsic Windows desktop featureswhich have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption.
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    07-07-2012 02:56 AM
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