Here we go again[/caption] So most of you who read this blog know that recently I have become a huge critic and skeptic of the direction Microsoft chose to go in with Windows 8.x and the corresponding Windows Phone models. I reviewed the Microsoft Surface and the Surface Pro 2 and was still left wanting a little. 8 months later, it seems that Microsoft have gotten the message from a bunch of consumers and they (much to their credit) have taken on the major challenge posed to them by consumers and bloggers alike.
Introducing Surface 3 – “Meet the tablet that can replace your laptop”[caption id="attachment_67021" align="alignnone" width="1125"] Surface Pro 3[/caption] Once again, I am actually excited to check out this new innovative device from Microsoft. When I looked back at the reviews I did of the old Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, there were major issues that Microsoft appear to have fixed this time around. Too heavy – this is lighter. Screen too small – this screen is larger. Uncomfortable in the lap – The hinge is more flexible now. No docking station at time of release – They better have one next month. [caption id="attachment_67023" align="alignnone" width="1125"] Surface Pro docking station[/caption]
The Bold BetMicrosoft are betting on the fact that they can actually create a new class of device. Not a tablet or a laptop but a tablet that can replace your laptop. It’s exciting to see Redmond take up such a MAJOR challenge and at least attempt to drive and define a class of device before Apple. Will it work? I’m not sure but I am willing to try and see.
PricingWhile everything looks good, I really do have concerns about the aggressive pricing of the device.
- The 512GB Intel i7 tablet is $1949.
- The 256GB Intel i7 tablet is $1549.
- The 256GB Intel i5 tablet is $1299.
- The 128GB Intel i5 tablet is $999.
- The 64GB Intel i3 tablet is $799.
Quick Aside – Panos Panay kicked ass during the launch presentationI haven’t seen Microsoft really give food for thought like that in a while. He struck the right tone and spent the presentation being playful (w/Joanna Stern) but being very direct about the business challenge the company was trying to take on. I’m not usually impressed with launch speeches but I thought he was fabulous. OK I have rambled for long enough. If you haven’t preordered yours yet, you can do so at the Microsoft Store. I would love to hear back from you guys and girls about 4 things.
- Do you plan to preorder the new Surface Pro 3?
- Why or why not?
- If yes, what model?
- What do you think about the pricing?