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Surface ProRetailers are already listing Microsoft’s Surface Pro which officially goes on sale in New Zealand on May 30. The 64GB model costs $1350, while the 128GB model is $1500. You need to budget an extra $150 for a keyboard-cover.

Allowing for GST, these prices are roughly in line with those overseas. That’s a good thing.

Strictly speaking the Surface Pro is a tablet. Add the keyboard case and you effectively have a touch screen laptop – comparable with a Ultrabook. It’s thin and light with the power of a conventional laptop computer and a similar battery life at four to six hours.

Inevitably people will make comparisons with the iPad – which is cheaper, has a better screen and longer battery life.

Surface Pro is interesting because it shows off Microsoft’s vision of where personal computing is heading. It combines some of the best elements of the PC era in post-PC mobile device.

My concern is I can’t work out who Microsoft expects to buy the device. Presumably people who want the power and applications they can find on conventional computers packaged in a touch screen tablet.

Is that even a market? We’ll know soon enough.

One thought on “Surface Pro in NZ on May 30

  1. It’s entirely unfair to compare the Surface to the iPad, yet you do it anyway. The Surface Pro is in the ultrabook category, much higher than a simple tablet. Even the Surface RT shouldn’t be compared to an iPad. The Surface RT is a hybrid tablet laptop, where you can download files straight onto a desktop environment, plug in any printer/keyboard/mouse, and navigate through system files just like on a regular computer. The iPad is in it’s own category of simply a tablet. The battery life of the RT and the iPad (which is much more comparable in specs than the Surface Pro) is within minutes of eachother, both sitting on the 9 and a half hour mark. The Surface RT beats the iPad in specs, and while the screen resolution of the iPad is higher, the RT still has “retina display” at appropriate arm length. The viewing angles are better, the colour contrast is better, and the ClearType technology makes the differences barely noticeable. Comparing the price is foolish, ones a tablet, ones an ultrabook. Be a bit more impartial next time please.

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