How Much Does a Microsoft Surface Cost?
The Microsoft Surface is Microsoft’s answer to the Apple iPad or the Kindle. In June of 2012, Microsoft announced two Surface models: the Surface RT and Surface Pro, and one year later in 2013, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 were released. These devices use a special casing that is paired with a PVD finish. The devices include several buttons, inputs, a touch-sensitive screen, and a magnetic data connector.
How much is it?
- In October of 2012, Microsoft unveiled the pricing of the new Surface Pro 2 tablet with 32GB at $499. The first-generation Surface 2 retails for $349. Other versions of the Surface Pro 2, namely the 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions are available for $899, $999, $1,299, and $1,799 respectively, according to Microsoft sources.
- The Microsoft Surface RT on Amazon retails for $285.
- Overall, a Microsoft Surface can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,800 depending on the model you choose and the amount of storage it has.
What is going to be included?
- The Microsoft Surface is a tablet that was designed to be a laptop and a tablet in one. As of 2014, there are two versions of the device: the original Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. If you are not into the specs, the two devices are basically the same. A peek on the internals, however, proves otherwise. The Surface 2 runs on Windows RT 8.1 operating system, features 32GB and 64GB storage points, 2GB RAM, and runs on the Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad core 1.7 GHZ processor. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 2 runs on Windows 8.1, has 64GB and 128GB storage points, 4GB RAM, and runs on Intel Core i5 dual core 1.6GHZ processor.
- Each Surface model contains a rear-facing camera that can be used to take pictures or video. For example, Microsoft advertises to students they can take notes on the Surface while recording the lecture.
- The Surface also has a full-size USB port and microSD card slot.
- The prices noted above include 200GB of SkyDrive (Microsoft’s version of the Cloud) storage for a period of two years, one year of free Skype international calling and WiFi hotspot support.
What are the extra costs?
- While the starting price for the Surface Pro 2 is $499, adding an ultra thin keyboard to the package can jump the price to $599. Since the new Surface Pro 2 tends to underperform on battery life (roughly 6-7 hours) compared to Surface Pro 2 (10 hours), it would be ideal to purchase a power cover for $199. Additionally, you can add a docking station for desktop replacement purposes.
- A keyboard cover can retail for $50 to $75. There are also covers for the tablet itself; getting one of these is highly recommended to prevent damage to the tablet. For further protection, you should buy a sleeve that can be used to carry the Surface.
- If you do not like the touch screen, you can purchase a mouse that works with the Surface. For example, the Arc Touch Mouse can be bought for $69.99.
- A clear film cover that protects the screen can cost $5 to $10.
- While optional, some people will purchase an extended warranty that can cost up to $75 for two years.
- A wireless, stand-alone keyboard can cost $50 to $70.
- Stylus pens can cost $5 to $10.
- There are thousands of apps available on the Microsoft Store that you can download to your Surface. These apps can include games or programs, and some of them may be free while others will cost money.
Tips to know:
- The keyboards on the Surface do not have every single key found on full keyboards, but Microsoft has added a combination of keyboard shortcuts you can use to overcome this.
- Limited hard disk space on a Surface can be increased by freeing up space through copying a Recovery Partition to a USB.
- One thing that the Microsoft Surface can provide that other tablets cannot is access to and usage of all Microsoft programs that can be found on computers. These can then be linked to other computers in your office, to your email, or even projected up on a screen.
How can I save money?
- Contrary to popular opinion, the Surface Pro is not really a tablet since it is too big and heavy. It is more like a laptop with a detachable or non-existent) keyboard. Thus, if you had a tablet functionality in mind, it would be better to buy a laptop and a tablet. This will cost you roughly $750, much less than a 64GB Surface Pro equivalent and with better capabilities.
- The tablet will be on sale from time to time. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any special promotions or coupons.
- Be sure to compare other comparable tablets like the iPad and Kindle Fire.
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