Microsoft’s True iPad Killer Will Cost A Whopping $900, But It Comes With A Free Stylus

Microsoft’s True iPad Killer Will Cost A Whopping $900, But It Comes With A Free Stylus

Microsoft Surface is supposed to be Remond’s answer to the iPad. It’s beautiful and has a cool keyboard. But the reviews for the Surface RT were pretty underwhelming. We played with it too and though it was cool, but definitely no iPad killer.

The common consensus in the tech world is that we’ll have to wait till Microsoft releases the Surface Pro with full Windows 8 before making a judgement on Microsoft’s dreams of squashing the iPad. Well, things aren’t looking too promising because Microsoft just announced that the Surface Pro will be available in January 2013 except it’s going to be expensive, like holy-crap-I-just-blew-$900 expensive.

Yep, the baseline model of the Microsoft Surface Pro will be priced at $899. For the nearly the price of two iPads with Retina display you’ll be able to buy a 64GB version of the Microsoft Surface Pro that comes with regular Windows 8 rather than the crummy Windows RT that comes with the Surface RT.

Oh, and that $900 you’re going to shell out on the Surface Pro doesn’t include one of their really awesome Touch Cover keyboards. You’ll have to buy that separately for $129, but you do get a free stylus with your purchase so it’s not a total loss, right?

  • Lucasapplegeek

    WOW! $900 for a windows 8 tablet? that a lot of $$. I’ll buy an 2 iPad’s or 3 iPad Mini’s for $900. At lest I’ll be getting quality product.

  • Geo_Rage

    And what about a mobile data network connection? …

  • Cesar Florez

    These people cant get anything right… Steve Ballmer is trying to take the same approach steve jobs did unveiling the iphone and criticizing that it costs “” $500 for a smartphone?” ” who would ever pay that?” .. Theres one big difference; Microsoft isnt Apple nor would it ever be.. I personally use a Pc at my office and an IMac at home. I will not upgrade to windows 8 at all.. It looks complicated.. When are they firing Mr.Ballmer? Any day now hopefully..

  • extra_medium

    Wow, talk about skewing numbers in order to feign shock and surprise. So what if its the base version? Its priced pretty closely to the comparable iPad version, plus comes with a full OS. are you seriously complaining because it costs twice as much as the 16gb wifi iPad? Or that they didn’t make a crappy 16gb model to compete at the low end? That’s what the rt is for.

  • extra_medium

    WOW! $900 for a windows 8 tablet? that a lot of $$. I’ll buy an 2 iPad’s or 3 iPad Mini’s for $900. At lest I’ll be getting quality product.

    How much is the 64gb iPad 4 again? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

  • jshulman10

    i don’t think Microsoft has what it takes be competitive. Mainly because they don’t understand their consumers. Customers what something that just work, something they could understand right out of the box. It takes 5 minutes just to figure out how to remove the surface from the box… they’re to technical with everything.

  • nefan65

    Wow, talk about skewing numbers in order to feign shock and surprise. So what if its the base version? Its priced pretty closely to the comparable iPad version, plus comes with a full OS. are you seriously complaining because it costs twice as much as the 16gb wifi iPad? Or that they didn’t make a crappy 16gb model to compete at the low end? That’s what the rt is for.

    So you’re saying an extra $200 is worth just having a full version of Windows 8? I don’t think it is, but it’s your money…

  • tbonep51

    Buster, C’mon…. I’ll be the first to admit my Apple Fan boy status but I see it this way…Microsoft is making a good offer. They are offering up good hardware and a pretty good OS. Add full windows and you’ve got something. Now the good part: Microsoft is pushing the limit with a full OS tablet. I’m hoping it’s very successful as it will back Apple into a competitive corner. They’ll have to come out swinging. I would love to have an iPad, with retina display, 128+ GB, USB, video out, running OS X and using a mouse (oh, and LTE). How about you?

  • mjtomlin

    RE: tbonep51, “Microsoft is pushing the limit with a full OS tablet”

    Come on now, you can’t honestly believe that? They’ve combined two failed product categories into one device; Windows Tablets and Netbooks. Windows Tablets failed because it was a frustrating experience using touch for a pointer driven interface. Netbooks died off because it was a frustrating experience using a windowed OS on such a small screen. Now we have both, a touch interface and a small screen. This will fail completely.

    Here’s what I predict, it’ll be expensive, have horrible battery life, run infuriatingly slow and just all around turn people away from ever buying a Windows machine again.

    People will be much better off buying a $600 Windows laptop and an iPad mini.

  • technochick

    Wait until folks find out that the 64gb Pro only has 12gb of stuff for their files and apps

  • BadApple

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