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When I woke up and saw this news, my enthusiasm was instantly deflated. I was hoping to see a $399 price point for entry and up from there. Since it is a tablet OS with RT, I guess really there isn't much of a need for the keyboard. The Win8 Pro version though, would definitely need a keyboard.

 

There are two different keyboards? Really? Type or Touch -- I would want the Type one I am sure. but damn...$130 is a lot for a Keyboard. I would think in the Pro version of the Surface the tablets would be included.

 

Yeah, I dunno guys. I don't think I am going to get one. Sure the hardware specs are much better than the iPad, but RT is Metro and right now I'm not very impressed with Metro. Plus I have Windows 8 running on three of my systems now...and Metro is an after thought on all of them. I guess I see no need to get one personally. Plus, there are partner manufacturers that have full Windows 8, touch screen and keyboard running on dual core Atom CPU for nearly the same price. Unless I sold my iPad 3 maybe and make the Surface my Tablet.

 

Because I'm a writer and for the content I write, i need a command central PC and or a huge top of the line Ultrabook to get work done. So, yeah, I might get rid of my iPad and get one..haha just thought of that while writing this.

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Dave

Maybe I'm reading more into your comment than I should. But it's my understanding (thought I read it somewhere) that Windows RT has the RDP client included, just can't be a host. Did you mean we need Pro for a RDP client?

 

I need to dig a little more on this then. I found this: http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US/surface-with-windows-rt/help-me-choose

and believed that Windows 8 Pro had the client.

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Yeah, I dunno guys. I don't think I am going to get one. Sure the hardware specs are much better than the iPad, but RT is Metro and right now I'm not very impressed with Metro. Plus I have Windows 8 running on three of my systems now...and Metro is an after thought on all of them. I guess I see no need to get one personally. Plus, there are partner manufacturers that have full Windows 8, touch screen and keyboard running on dual core Atom CPU for nearly the same price. Unless I sold my iPad 3 maybe and make the Surface my Tablet.

 

Because I'm a writer and for the content I write, i need a command central PC and or a huge top of the line Ultrabook to get work done. So, yeah, I might get rid of my iPad and get one..haha just thought of that while writing this.

 

While my wife complains about some issues with her iPad -- there is one thing her iPad has that she refuses to give up and that is the 3G service -- the RT is strictly wifi which doesn't cut it when we are on the road. She likes being able to use her iPad when we are traveling I-70 to/from.

 

She likes Win 8 on my Acer laptop but it's drawback is that it is only WiFi (like the RT) and except for the touch screen it is far more capable than the RT with it's dual core, 4GB RAM, 240GB SSD and solid keyboard.

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I need to dig a little more on this then. I found this: http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US/surface-with-windows-rt/help-me-choose

and believed that Windows 8 Pro had the client.

 

I saw that but then found this on ZDnet. http://www.zdnet.com/hands-on-with-windows-rt-finally-7000003589/

"If you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find other familiar Windows desktop apps and utilities: Notepad and Paint, the full Administrative Tools set (including Device Manager), and a Control Panel that is indistinguishable from its Windows 8 counterpart. The Remote Desktop Connection utility is included, which means you can connect to another Windows machine via Terminal Services."

 

I'm hoping ZDNet is right.

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I know logically the Pricing is competitive with what you get with an iPad for instance -- but emotionally the pricing, if true, is a very tough sell to the CFO who thinks I already have too many computers in the house. I hoped/expected an intro pricing period and $350 or $399 with a keyboard would be something I could possibly "slide" through. Now I need to step back and think -- possibly look at the other models -- and think some more. :)

I think Dvorak has a good article on Pricing or what Pricing should have been http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411044,00.asp

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I'm hoping ZDNet is right.

 

I hope so too.

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Sources that I trust, that have seen the Surface RT, say it is a top of line tablet, display, keyboard, battery life, build quality.

For $699 I could get an iPad 64GB or I could get a Surface RT 64GB with a keyboard, an office suite and a memory slot for expansion.

This is an easy decision, because I do not own or use any Apple products. I live within a Microsoft ecosystem.

Back to price, I think Microsoft is positioning themselves high to leave room for other OEM's to come out with lower priced tablets.

I would not be surprised to see a $299 RT tablet for Christmas.

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