Microsoft’s Surface Pro was expected to be released via Best Buy in New York City on February 8, but it has already appeared on the website of the retailer, priced at $899 for the 64GB version, and $999 for the 128GB version.
So what will you get for that price? First of all, the Surface Pro comes with an Intel “Ivy Bridge” processor and 4GB of RAM, so with Windows 8 Pro installed, it’s quite a powerful device able to compete with almost all rivals.
The 10.6-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and there’s a 42.0 Wh battery, too. All these specs sound quite attractive, and perhaps the only problem of this tablet is the amount of available storage space.
Microsoft has confirmed that the 64GB version of the Surface Pro will only have 23GB available for use, which is about 36 percent of the advertised storage.
The 128GB model of the tablet will come with only 83GB free, which is about 65% of its advertised storage.
The rest will be taken up by Windows 8 Pro, its recovery partition (which, as some experts claim, can be removed to an external disk to free some space) and a number of pre-installed apps.
Microsoft has created two accessories for the Surface Pro, the Type Cover and the Touch Cover, but it seems like none of them will be available from Best Buy (or they will be sold separately).
By the way, the competing 128GB Apple iPad is sold for $799 for the Wi-Fi only model and $929 for the Wi-Fi + cellular data one, but though Apple’s device has its charm, too, with the Surface Pro you’ll get Windows 8 and a lot of desktop apps (like Microsoft Office) working on it.
What do you think, is the Surface Pro worth buying?