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The Surface Pro has been met with a plethora of demand today as lines have been spotted around the US with hopeful consumers who are looking to get their hands on the device today. We have nabbed a few pictures from twitter to show that while some may have written the Surface off as another Microsoft failure, consumer response seems to indicate the opposite.

I was the third person at my local Microsoft Store this morning to snag a Surface Pro, and I have to say that I was very surprised by the turnout - the store had a huge inventory and sold out in less than 30 minutes. Of course, I was aided by a Reservation Pass that allowed myself and a few others to jump to the front and snag the 128 GB model, which were nearly impossible to find all throughout the day, nationwide.

While it isn't perfect, the Surface Pro is a very exciting piece of hardware, and I definitely expect to see Microsoft improve on the Surface line with future Surface Pro iterations. I am absolutely loving mine. thumb.gif

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All I see is tech that would be great to load Linux with an E17 or KDE setup.

Can't wait for people to complain about this one though. rolleyes.gif I feel for MS but at the same time...they deserve the harsh criticism. After all, 2001/2002 they showed off this idea and now 10-11years later they're not "near perfect" with it? Either way, hope they make it to v2.0 and more OEMs actually attempt to make something like the Transformer or this.
     
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We had maybe 5-6 people in my Staples trying to get one today. Too bad we only had one in stock.
 
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Yup...all those people lining up for a $1,000 device...they must not have ANY idea what they're buying and will thus do nothing but complain about it (if they were even able to get a hold of one). Some seriously sound logic there. rolleyes.gif
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Yup...all those people lining up for a $1,000 device...they must not have ANY idea what they're buying and will thus do nothing but complain about it (if they were even able to get a hold of one). Some seriously sound logic there. rolleyes.gif

I think the SP is a great concept and the idea will be improved and perfected especially with haswell. The iPad is great and all, but low performance ARM devices can only do so many things - a full PC on the go is something a lot of people are interested in. I can't run powerpoint, excel, and photoshop on an ipad, the simple fact that the SP can run billions of x86 apps makes it one of the best things ever IMO.

This is where PC computing is headed, ultra mobile devices - and Haswell will allow over 10 hour battery life. Exciting times. The only thing about the SP I can think of, is perhaps MS can offer different keyboard docks such as the one that the thinkpad helix uses.
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[appleinsider} Microsoft sells out of Surface Pro, just like the Zune HD did in 2009

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In a blog posting earlier today, the company didn't report how many units of the new Surface Pro it had sold, or even had shipped to stores, and was even careful not to imply that the "amazing" customer response was actually being reflected in any specific way, such as in indirect sales or even a quantified numbers of customers.

Instead, Microsoft's Panos Panay stated that the company is "working with our retail partners who are currently out of stock of the 128GB Surface Pro to replenish supplies as quickly as possible."

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/09/microsoft-sells-out-of-surface-pro-just-like-the-zune-hd-did-in-2009

other sources that corroborate this:

Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/02/10/links-10-feb-microsofts-surface-pro-sells-out-but-how-many-did-they-release/

Zdnet

http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-surface-pro-launch-marred-by-supply-shortages-7000011089/
Edited by perfectblade - 2/10/13 at 11:42am
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so many people say bad things about the SP yet never used one, i also think its a great idea, pretty much a WIN8 laptop that turns into a tablet. im not an office worker myself but i can see them being alot more useful than an ipad or other ARM chipped tablets, you can use so many more programs and im sure it will only improve, the comment about having 10 years to do this is stupid alot of tech we have now wasnt around then. thumb.gif
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Sad thing is that for what these are supposed to be, the Surface RT is way better (I own one personally and absolutely love it).

Phenomenal battery life, decently lightweight for a tablet, etc...

Sure the Pro runs x86 applications. It is also heavy, hot, has a fan (moving parts = big no no), and terrible battery life for a tablet. I don't think it comes with Office for free either, despite costing double the price as the RT.
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A cool toy, especially if travelling and wanting to travel light, but I don't travel much, and when I do, my current laptop is fine. If I need heavy crunching, VPN to my desktop at home, and voila! Fully decked out with the accessories, you're looking at near $1300. You know what you can build for $1300?
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Sad thing is that for what these are supposed to be, the Surface RT is way better (I own one personally and absolutely love it).

Phenomenal battery life, decently lightweight for a tablet, etc...

Sure the Pro runs x86 applications. It is also heavy, hot, has a fan (moving parts = big no no), and terrible battery life for a tablet. I don't think it comes with Office for free either, despite costing double the price as the RT.

It is all a matter of perspective, RT is the better value if you use it as a tablet(except the 1366X768 screen), but when you compare Pro to ultrabooks/macbook with similar hardware then it is no hotter, no heavier, cost about the same even after you add the type cover and you can get full office on it instead of Office for RT, and other 10 bazillion x86 apps you can't run on Windows RT.
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