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Microsoft Store has their Surface Pro 3 (64GB, Core i3) on sale for $649.00 with free shipping. (Student Offer)

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It all depends on your needs but for the vast majority of business applications, Windows is a definite advantage on the ... (more)

cnIsfg (Aug. 20, 2014 @ 9:23p) |

Obviously you didn't understand my point. If someone is buying Surface 3 and expects to have a similar experience as iPa... (more)

docjoo (Aug. 20, 2014 @ 11:52p) |

comparing this to an ipad is night and day. normal people do not just go out and buy a 64gb ipad, they buy the base ipad... (more)

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Over priced...IMHO Would luv to buy the I7 version for less than $800.

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I agreed with temecula1. But hey, if it fit your situation, then go for it...

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Temecula1 said:   Over priced...IMHO Would luv to buy the I7 version for less than $800.
 

 ...and I would like to win the lottery twice....but that is not going to happen either. Value all depends on your point of view. Compared to an iPad Air 64GB which sells for the same $649 MSRP this 3rd gen 64GB Surface Pro Gen is dirt cheap for the true desktop replacement functionality you get vs the iPad Air. Compared to inexpensive i3 laptops it may appear overpriced but then again it is not a laptop is it? Where else can you gen a 12.2" tablet with a real Intel i3 processor running Windows 8.1 Pro with a screen resolution that rivals Apple's Retina display all for $649?

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Yes, way overpriced

$300 to upgrade from 128GB i5 to 256GB i5

However, I would pick the i3 before an iPad

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For some, the surface is priced right. For most, it is over priced. If I have to spend over $2,000 (I7 + type cover), there are better value out there (not as nice though).

Don't get me wrong, I would love to get a hold of one...but not at those prices (even at a student discount). If MS price it at a range of $500 to $1,000, they would have a #1 seller with competitors hating them. At the current price, they don't see the Surface as a threat yet...IMHO

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This tablet is indeed day and night with the 2. I think they got it right, and if they would drop the price a little more they'll blow the competition out. If you haven't have a chance, go and play with one.

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not cheap but hardly overpriced. a 64gb ipad will cost you around this much and compared to sp3 the ipad is a kid's toy.

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nnvan said:   not cheap but hardly overpriced. a 64gb ipad will cost you around this much and compared to sp3 the ipad is a kid's toy.
  stop thinking with logic man. that doesn't belong here. why people continue to compare the surface PRO with ipads i'll never know. one is a real computer and the other is a glorified app launcher

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I'll pick this up right away if it included type cover!

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a little pricey.. i hope it gets the job done

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looks like it's for college students only..

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It is too pricey, I cannot afford to buy.

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To get this $150 advertised discount, you must first prove to them you are a student.

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If its really a laptop replacement then 64 Gb. does not cut the cake, at all. iPads - being a glorified app launcher, 64 Gb. is okay. If MS is marketing this as a laptop/desktop replacement than the storage needs to match laptop/desktop storage too.

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Hvae a gen one surface pro and will not upgrade until these hit the 450 mark. The windows app store really sucks (why I don't have a windows phone), no GPS (lack of sensors), and no optional SIM slot. If these are solved on the next generation, I'll upgrade.

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I feel, This is good deal for the one who need it these days.

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when determining if something is overpriced or not, using apple's pricing is a good way to skew the result.

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This is the price we pay for new forms of electronic technology.
The surface pro 2 is doing well for me, but the small screen is starting to irritate me. Think i may have to upgrade to the i5 256gb 8gb ram when that is around $1000.
For now, nothing on the market can meet my needs like the pro 2 is doing for me. The combination of portability, battery life and functionality is freaking great. 
best part, i don't have to register this device as a laptop when i go into facilities, ohyeah. 

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Also good for faculty and staff with .edu email.

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I bought the i7 and have no regrets. In my 30 years of computing it's up there with the Amiga 1000, SGI Onyx, and Mac IIfx in terms of cool.

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Although it has tablet form factor, I think it should be compared to ultrabooks like Macbook. Then it's actually not bad at all. Also, digitizer adds a significant value and makes it much more useful to any use.

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Would love to buy one of these some day, but I already have a beefy laptop (15" i7 w/ AMD graphics), a small ultrabook (13" i3), and a tablet (Nook HD+ that I still need to root). If I didn't have the small ultrabook, this probably would be on my X-mas list.  The battery life you get from the CPU upgrade to Haswell certainly makes the 3rd generation [Surface Pro] a compelling upgrade to the 2nd gen [Surface Pro].

I think the $200 to upgrade from 64GB i3 to 128GB i5 is a decent deal, although I think going above that is a little too pricey. Note that the bump from the 128GB i5 to 256GB i5 does include a RAM upgrade: 4GB -> 8GB. (RAM is soldered and therefore not user-upgradeable.)

Hypothetically, you could upgrade the SSD -- it's a μSSD board according to iFixit -- but opening the Surface Pro 3 is almost guaranteed to crack the screen. Personally, I'd rather have a thicker device with a more durable screen, but that's not spec that sells devices.

Edit: Added "Surface Pro" for clarity.

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xpolarx said:   Yes, way overpriced

$300 to upgrade from 128GB i5 to 256GB i5

However, I would pick the i3 before an iPad

  You also go to 8GB of RAM with the 256 i5

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Hoogineer said:   Would love to buy one of these some day, but I already have a beefy laptop (15" i7 w/ AMD graphics), a small ultrabook (13" i3), and a tablet (Nook HD+ that I still need to root). If I didn't have the small ultrabook, this probably would be on my X-mas list.  The battery life you get from the CPU upgrade to Haswell certainly makes the 3rd generation a compelling upgrade to the 2nd gen.

I think the $200 to upgrade from 64GB i3 to 128GB i5 is a decent deal, although I think going above that is a little too pricey. Note that the bump from the 128GB i5 to 256GB i5 does include a RAM upgrade: 4GB -> 8GB. (RAM is soldered and therefore not user-upgradeable.)

Hypothetically, you could upgrade the SSD -- it's a μSSD board according to iFixit -- but opening the Surface Pro 3 is almost guaranteed to crack the screen. Personally, I'd rather have a thicker device with a more durable screen, but that's not spec that sells devices.

  Haswell is 4th generation.

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dougpaw57 said:   
Hoogineer said:   Would love to buy one of these some day, but I already have a beefy laptop (15" i7 w/ AMD graphics), a small ultrabook (13" i3), and a tablet (Nook HD+ that I still need to root). If I didn't have the small ultrabook, this probably would be on my X-mas list.  The battery life you get from the CPU upgrade to Haswell certainly makes the 3rd generation a compelling upgrade to the 2nd gen.

I think the $200 to upgrade from 64GB i3 to 128GB i5 is a decent deal, although I think going above that is a little too pricey. Note that the bump from the 128GB i5 to 256GB i5 does include a RAM upgrade: 4GB -> 8GB. (RAM is soldered and therefore not user-upgradeable.)

Hypothetically, you could upgrade the SSD -- it's a μSSD board according to iFixit -- but opening the Surface Pro 3 is almost guaranteed to crack the screen. Personally, I'd rather have a thicker device with a more durable screen, but that's not spec that sells devices.

  Haswell is 4th generation.
 

  FYI Hoogineer's reference to third gen was referring to the third gen Surface Pro not the CPU generation.

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I love this form factor and would love to jump in. But I just don't love the pricing and options. I want a 128GB i5 with 8GB of RAM to allow this to serve as a true laptop replacement. If that configuration hit Staples at a decent price point it would be very hard to resist. I'm not going to argue whether these prices are reasonable or not. But for me personally I need the config mentioned above under a thousand before I sweeten the deal with coupons and such.

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Micro SD at least lets you add more room fairly easily. 

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diswes said:   Hvae a gen one surface pro and will not upgrade until these hit the 450 mark. The windows app store really sucks (why I don't have a windows phone), no GPS (lack of sensors), and no optional SIM slot. If these are solved on the next generation, I'll upgrade.
  One has nothing to do with the other.  Windows apps are sold on the Windows Store - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Store  and Windows Phone apps are sold on the Windows Phone Store - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Phone_Store

They don't have the same apps in them.  Just like Apple's app store for iOS doesn't sell Mac software.
 

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silentbob007 said:   Micro SD at least lets you add more room fairly easily. 
  Yep.  Just pop in a cheap 64 GB Micro SD card and double your storage.  People don't consider this because it's not available with iPads.

Also cloud storage with One Drive works seamlessly with a Surface Pro.

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I would be more concerned with room to install programs. SD cards and cloud storage work fine for documents, pictures, and media files. But Service Packs, Office, VMware, and all the other programs I need to get through the day aren't feasible to install on relatively slow mediums. These require full speed local storage. I can squeeze by with 128GB. But anything less is a non-starter on a laptop replacement device.

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Why are people comparing Surface to iPad? Surface is trying to be both tablet and laptop. But as a tablet, it's not a great experience due to lack of apps. iPad has the advantage of being able to utilize more apps than Surface. Everyone has different needs. If you need a cool light laptop that you don't mind paying extra $$$, go for Surface 3. If you need a tablet for apps, go with iPad.

If you remember HP's Touchpad tablet, then you probably won't buy Surface to replace iPad. Touchpad was better hardware, but it lacked apps. Remember Blackberry Playbook? Probably not, since not many people bought them...once again...lack of apps killed the product. If you need tablet, go for iPad or Samsung Note ( I prefer iPad). Don't buy Surface 3 if you are thinking to replace iPad or Samsung Note. It won't. Surface is a hybrid that is trying to half of this and that. It may look cool, but is it worth $650? Only if you think it's worth that much as a laptop. Don't value it as a tablet. As a tablet, you are not going to get the same great experience you would get from iPad or Samsung Note.

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Hoogineer said:   Would love to buy one of these some day, but I already have a beefy laptop (15" i7 w/ AMD graphics), a small ultrabook (13" i3), and a tablet (Nook HD+ that I still need to root). If I didn't have the small ultrabook, this probably would be on my X-mas list.  The battery life you get from the CPU upgrade to Haswell certainly makes the 3rd generation [Surface Pro] a compelling upgrade to the 2nd gen [Surface Pro].

I think the $200 to upgrade from 64GB i3 to 128GB i5 is a decent deal, although I think going above that is a little too pricey. Note that the bump from the 128GB i5 to 256GB i5 does include a RAM upgrade: 4GB -> 8GB. (RAM is soldered and therefore not user-upgradeable.)

Hypothetically, you could upgrade the SSD -- it's a μSSD board according to iFixit -- but opening the Surface Pro 3 is almost guaranteed to crack the screen. Personally, I'd rather have a thicker device with a more durable screen, but that's not spec that sells devices.

Edit: Added "Surface Pro" for clarity.

  
SP2 was already a Haswell. You're thinking of the original SP1, which had a ~5hr (maybe 7 if you ran it throttled and dimmed).

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why this hot, i don't understand

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docjoo said:   Why are people comparing Surface to iPad? Surface is trying to be both tablet and laptop. But as a tablet, it's not a great experience due to lack of apps. iPad has the advantage of being able to utilize more apps than Surface. Everyone has different needs. If you need a cool light laptop that you don't mind paying extra $$$, go for Surface 3. If you need a tablet for apps, go with iPad.

If you remember HP's Touchpad tablet, then you probably won't buy Surface to replace iPad. Touchpad was better hardware, but it lacked apps. Remember Blackberry Playbook? Probably not, since not many people bought them...once again...lack of apps killed the product. If you need tablet, go for iPad or Samsung Note ( I prefer iPad). Don't buy Surface 3 if you are thinking to replace iPad or Samsung Note. It won't. Surface is a hybrid that is trying to half of this and that. It may look cool, but is it worth $650? Only if you think it's worth that much as a laptop. Don't value it as a tablet. As a tablet, you are not going to get the same great experience you would get from iPad or Samsung Note.

  Your analogy comparing the Surface Pro Gen 3 to the legacy Touchpad, Playbook and other App store only devices is seriously flawed. Unlike those devices and the iPad ,Surface Pro Gen 3 is NOT an App only device. With an Intel processor and a non-walled Windows OS , you can install and run nearly all Windows programs your laptop or PC can run and do so very well. 
Since you seem insistent on comparing the number of IOS apps to Windows programs as selling point of the iPad over devices running the full blown Windows OS  then at least understand what you are comparing. Last time I checked there were only 1.6 Million IOS apps and many of there are totally useless in terms of productivity. Compare that measly 1.6 million IOS apps to the estimated 100 million+ Windows platform programs that have the capability of running on the Intel platform with the system specs of the Surface Pro gen 3

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Does this have a built in gps chip?

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cnIsfg said:   Temecula1 said:   Over priced...IMHO Would luv to buy the I7 version for less than $800.
 

 ...and I would like to win the lottery twice....but that is not going to happen either. Value all depends on your point of view. Compared to an iPad Air 64GB which sells for the same $649 MSRP this 3rd gen 64GB Surface Pro Gen is dirt cheap for the true desktop replacement functionality you get vs the iPad Air. Compared to inexpensive i3 laptops it may appear overpriced but then again it is not a laptop is it? Where else can you gen a 12.2" tablet with a real Intel i3 processor running Windows 8.1 Pro with a screen resolution that rivals Apple's Retina display all for $649?
You make it sound like Windows is an advantage
I've had a lifetime of that fat bloated OS. I still use it when necessary but not the go.

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FinancialAnalyst said:   
diswes said:   Hvae a gen one surface pro and will not upgrade until these hit the 450 mark. The windows app store really sucks (why I don't have a windows phone), no GPS (lack of sensors), and no optional SIM slot. If these are solved on the next generation, I'll upgrade.
  One has nothing to do with the other.  Windows apps are sold on the Windows Store - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Store  and Windows Phone apps are sold on the Windows Phone Store - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Phone_Store 

They don't have the same apps in them.  Just like Apple's app store for iOS doesn't sell Mac software.

  Thanks for that. Windows store sucks still. LOL.

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jateshvarmani said:   Does this have a built in gps chip?
  No, but crybabies will just tell you to buy everything external. 

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comparing this to an ipad is night and day. normal people do not just go out and buy a 64gb ipad, they buy the base ipad. only people with excess money would go out and buy a 64gb ipad and they arnt looking for a full spec computer. The surface is more comparable to a 11in macbook air if you want to compare it to something apple has to offer

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