Should I buy a Windows Surface tablet?
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:04
Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:53
I found some interesting articles on Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 at ZDnet.
I haven't really played around with the Surface tablet yet, but I'm one of the people interested in the Surface because I can run the odd Windows programs on it that I can't run on an iPad or Android tablet. Of course, I can and do run those programs now using remote desktop or PC-over-IP to access a Windows desktop virtual machine on NetFu company servers.
The Surface with Windows RT has an Arm CPU, which is not x86-compatible, so it won't work with any other Windows software unless it was specifically compiled for Windows RT. It costs about the same as an iPad or Android tablet at $500-$700. The touch cover is extra like the iPad/Android and costs $120 which is a little high.
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro and x86 CPU is not out yet, but is supposed to cost about $1000. So, that's a little high compared with an Intel Core i5 laptop like a Sony VAIO with an MSRP of $900 and street price of about $800. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro seems to kind of bridge the gap between iPad/Android tablets and Windows laptops, but I don't see the point if it costs the same or more than a Windows laptop. Maybe the weight difference makes it worth it for some people, but it's really only a few pounds difference at the end of the day.
So, the Surface with Windows RT plus keyboard costs $620-$820, comes with a "preview" version of MS Office 2013 and has whatever apps available for it in the Windows app store. Microsoft is supposedly releasing Office 2013 for iPad/Android in 2013, so I would say people who already have an investment in iPad or Android devices should just wait and see.