In the United States Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet is available for $499 and up. But you’ll have to pay $599 or more if you want a model with 4GB of RAM.
That’s because the cheapest model has 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while higher-priced models have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Now it looks like there’s another option: Microsoft is offering a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
You won’t find the mid-range model on Microsoft’s website. But you can pick one up from CDW, MacMall, Provantage, PC Connection or other stores for about $549 in the US.
As Betanews notes, it sells for about €659 in Germany, which puts it about halfway between the European prices for the entry-level and high-end models.
Like other versions of the Surface 3, this model sports a 10.8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Tail processor, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port and Windows 8.1 software.
It has a built-in kickstand and the tablet is compatible with an optional Surface Pen and Surface Type Cover, but those accessories are sold separately.
I had one. Terrible eMMC speed. Slowed everything down if you needed to load/open anything significant from storage. And the microSD speed was even slower, so using a fast card there instead is out, too.
Also, the screen had issues calibrating with my Spyder4 Pro. Dark colors were extremely posterized and kind of bright (for being dark). Maybe a limitation of the display’s gamut?
I agree with the other comments. If the cover was included, I’d have already bought one, as would a lot of other people. The $130 for the keyboard is just too detrimental
its great hardware but they really charge a premium for it. And the $130 for the keyboard is painful. When you can get a crappy laptop fo $200, the surface really has issues with the price. If they want to sell more throw in the typecover. So I agree–get a refurb or return for some $$ savings.
But those are crap $200 laptops though. Also a lot less portable, it’s not unreasonable to pay a premium for the portability (just like ultra-portable laptops tend to be more expensive).
There are cheaper Atom based 2-in-1s and ultra-portables (e.g., Asus T100), but these tend to be lower spec, and we’ve yet to see other Cherry Trail devices appear. It makes sense that MS should make a premium product rather than entering a price war with their hardware partners. They seem to be selling fine now, there’s no sense selling more if it means they make less money and annoy their partners too.
Also, from a price perspective, the Surface 3 is $100 less than a similar Apple iPad Air 2.
The Type Cover is expensive, but a Bluetooth Windows compatible keyboard should work as well.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a refurbished model.
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