Surface Pro Demo Units Spotted In Stores

The Surface Pro will not be sold in the United States and Canada until February 9, but if you are planning to purchase the device and want some hands-on experience, some retail stores already have the device. While a list of exactly which stores have the Surface Pro on display is unavailable, Engadget suggests that interested consumers may want to check out Best Buy, Staples, and of course, Microsoft Store outlets, since these are expected to carry the product. In the past, the Surface RT was made available in said locations, as well.


CNET also reports that the device is already up on the Best Buy website.

When it is officially released, the 64GB model of the Surface Pro will retail for $899 whereas the 128GB model is priced at $999. The package comes with a pressure-sensitive pen, but excludes the keyboard, which costs $120 for the Touch Cover, and $130 for the Type Cover.

To recap its specifications, the Surface Pro has a screen size of 10.6 inches and comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Said display is a capacitive, EM digitizer LCD touchscreen with a glossy finish.

The Surface Pro runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, and sports 4GB of RAM. It has a storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB on its hard drive. It also offers Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU and comes with a a built-in memory card reader.

The available connections are USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. Also onboard is a 3.5 mm audio jack, a built-in microphone, stereo speakers, a docking station, and an integrated webcam. Meanwhile, networking is possible through Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 GHz), with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption.

The Surface Pro has dimensions of 6.81 inches (h) x 10.81 inches (w) x 0.53 inches (d) and weighs 2 lbs.

February 9 will be definitely be a busy day for Microsoft. Apart from the Surface Pro, the company is also going to release the 4GB standalone version of Surface for Windows RT, three limited edition Touch Covers, and the Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition.

Are you excited about any of these Microsoft products?

via engadget, cnet, gdgt

One Reply to “Surface Pro Demo Units Spotted In Stores”

  1. I went to a Microsoft store today to test out the Surface Pro. I love it! The hardest thing was not being able to walk out of the store with one. I’ve been waiting for this thing since last Summer and with my 2006 Viao 10″ laptop finally dying in Sept. – it only made the wait that much harder!

    Playing with the pen was cool. I’ve used a Surface RT before but this was the first time I’ve used a pen with a tablet. Using OneNote with pen was amazing. There’s a feature that lets you take what you wrote with the pen and turn it into regular text – and it worked! You really can rest your hand on the tablet glass while you write and it won’t notice it.

    For all the crap written by the IT press about the Surface, IMO I think it will sell extremely well. I think there are a lot of business people who’ve just been waiting for a device like this that can do the job business-wise but will also operate as an ‘entertainment’ device when needed.

    There’s been a lot written by supposed ‘experts’ that the Surface just doesn’t measure up to the iPad in design, style, usage or just plain ‘coolness’ factor. That’s a load of very hot animal droppings! I’ve played with an iPad but have never felt a need to own one. I found nothing about it that screamed stylish or cool. I’ve held a Surface RT in one hand and an iPad in the other hand and not found that much overall difference in looks – at least from the front. The Surface is longer and the iPad’s corners are more rounded. The weight wasn’t enough to really feel a difference and the Surface feels more ‘substantial’. The differences I did find have everything to do with what the device will allow you do: the kickstand, the usb port, the micro sd port, the mini hd display port and let’s not forget the ability to ‘click in’ (as the advert goes) that touch or type cover.

    There is nothing wrong with an iPad! Apple would not have sold (and still keep selling) millions upon millions of them if there was. Still, let’s be completely honest here. If you are a business person in a Microsoft office work place, especially if you travel, you want a Surface Pro.

    I left my reservation at my Microsoft store today: Surface Pro 128gb, type cover and new wedge mouse. I can’t wait for the 9th!

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