ByronM - 2:10 pm on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
How can you guys think they would engineer the Surface to compete with crapy 200.00 devices?
Surface has 2 Gigs Ram, Quad core, 1366x768 10.8" screen, USB 2.0 ports, 32 gigs storage, MicroSD, MicroHDMI out and a slick magnesium body with cool kickstand and an amazingly well engineered keyboard/dust cover that you can wash if you spill anything on it.
If you were hoping Microsoft would subsidize your dream purchase, get over yourself :) Microsoft and their investors realize there is a lot of opportunity in a beautifully designed device that is functional and affordable.
This thing simply blows the iPad out of the water. The USB 2.0 ports support just about any device with generic USB drivers - from Printers to 3g/4g cars to cameras, to phones, scanners, merchant readers, credit card machines, cash registers - everything that already has windows support since the days of Vista and unified USB support and MS included those base drivers in the OS. You also have the slick keyboard, the MicroHDMI (which does require a dongle sadly..)and MicroSD slot and the MicroSD slot is the newer variant supporting device capacity up to 2 tb (even though they don't yet exist) oh, and it include Office 2013 Home and Student.
Just like the ipad in a year, there will be a surface two and you will see surface 1 hit the 399 and lower price points, that is inevitible.. but for now, this price / design / functionality really is second to none and its a true hybrid that is very capable at all its functions.
Can use it as a "netbook" using the built in keyboard that is pressure sensitive to your touch and geometry of use (it can sense angle, tell if its on your lap or flat on a table to adjust its sensitivity), You can use it as straight up tablet for watching Netflix, Youtube, Movies, Xbox music/videos/movies.. It has flash support built into internet explorer ten - somewhat of limited capacity but works for web videos and content. And if you want to sit down at a desk and hack away, use the HDMI adaptor, plugin your USB hub and use your mouse/keyboard (or go bluetooth if you so desier) and run office on your 24" desktop screen.
While i would LOVE for this thing to be ultra cheap, it isn't a system designed for the lowest common denominator - its designed for people who want a device built like a tank, that is functional for the uses they're building for and can serve all those uses extremely well.
The Free streaming music support launches on the 26th (xbox music), the SmartGlass is launching on the 26th with Xbox support and it looks like AMC is using SmartGlass immediately for content for "Walking Dead" tv series - and MS has the guts to publish this technology in iOS and Android devices as well - so its pretty cool what they're doing and how they're doing it if you actually bother to pay attention.
done ranting now.