Microsoft announced pricing today for its top-of-the-line Surface tablet, the Surface Pro.It’ll start at $899, or $400 more than the Surface RT tablet that’s out now.
Unfortunately, that extra $400 also gets you terrible battery life.
So, let’s recap.
$899 gets you:
- A Surface Pro with 64 GB of storage.
- No keyboard. You’ll need to drop another ~$100 to get one of the special keyboard covers.
- 4.5 hours of battery life, which is pretty bad compared to many other laptops and abysmal compared to most tablets.
Yes, the Surface Pro is a full-fledged PC, powered by an Intel Chip. That explains the price. But how can Microsoft sell a PC without a keyboard/mouse? And compared to other portable PCs like the popular light and thin Ultrabooks, the Surface Pro has lousy battery life. Many Ultrabooks can last seven hours or longer on a charge.
No matter what you think of Windows 8, the Surface Pro seems like a bad value.
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