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128GB Microsoft Surface Pro sells out at Microsoft's U.S. online store

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128GB Microsoft Surface Pro sells out at Microsoft's U.S. online store
The 128GB version of the Microsoft Surface Pro is already sold out at Microsoft's U.S. online store just a few hours after being launched. This is the version of the Surface tablet that runs Windows 8 and is powered by a dual-core, Intel i5 core processor. Unlike the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, which is powered by an ARM-supported processor, desktop apps can run on the Surface Pro which is more of a mobile business computer. And perhaps the idea that the Microsoft Surface Pro is more suited toward heavy workloads has driven buyers to shell out the rather pricey $999 for the larger 128GB model.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is sold out at Microsoft's U.S. online store

The Microsoft Surface Pro is sold out at Microsoft's U.S. online store

That tablet does not include the Touch Cover with a flat touch QWERTY or the Type Cover with more traditional raised keys. Both covers dock to the tablet and provide protection to the screen. The Touch Cover is $119.99 and the Type cover is $10 more.

If you have your heart set on the 128GB model, the Canadian version of the Microsoft Store is said to still have it in stock. Other sellouts of the model have taken place with the online store belonging to business retailer Staples, and at Best Buy Canada. In the U.S., your best shot at obtaining a 128GB model of the Microsoft Surface Pro might be to check out the physical locations of certain retailers in your area, such as Best Buy or Staples. And if you'd be happy with the 64GB model, you might want to gobble it up online now, because that version is probably on its way to a sellout as well. While Microsoft is said to have had 4 million units of the Microsoft Surface RT ready at launch, only 1 million of the Microsoft Surface Pro slates were said to be shipped in time for Saturday's release of the device.

source: MicrosoftStore (U.S.), WinBeta via TechCrunch


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posted on 09 Feb 2013, 12:45 4

1. androidfurever (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not bad for a tablet that's running subpar software, excluding the iPad since its not actually a tablet but a toy.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 12:54 28

2. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


It's an amazing tablet compared to the IOS/Android, this tablet destroys both in capabilities because it can run EVERYTHING your desktop can and it is much much more powerful, the i5 powering it is better than anything you will see in android tablets for years and they use solid state drives so everything loads instantly.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:42 13

20. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1097; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Yoo buddy Windows 8 has been tested by Professionals who are not Microsoft FANBOYS and they found out that it is actually better than Windows 7 period the problems is too many people are addicted to using the OLD desktop. they wont give the
Modern UI screen a chance!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 22:27 3

37. cmikeh2 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 May 2012)


That's not to say it's completely perfect yet. Personally I'm having some sleep problems with my laptop and there are some WiFi issues. But on the whole it's a pretty solid OS.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 22:34 1

38. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1552; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Yeah I'm stuck on the desktop because that actually worked. I wanted to stream a video and then use the hdmi out to send it to my tv. On windows8 they apparently don't allow the hdmi out work on the desktop. No problem, I figured I'd view the video through the Modern UI's web browser. Nothing. Apparently the codecs aren't the same between the desktop and the Modern UI, and with MS disabling hdmi out for the desktop on windows8, it made it useless to watch the video on my tv. This was with an HP Envy laptop bought last November. Ridiculous considering the Envy series is tailored for entertainment.

Wanna know what worked? My old Asus laptop running Vista. VISTA! They're shiny new OS has less functionality than a previous OS that the majority consider the worst out of all iterations of Windows. I knew when I went to get a new laptop I should've gotten one with windows7. They've always said every other version of windows was good (Win 98, XP, & Win7 were good; Win ME, Vista were bad). To me Win 8 continues that tradition. They should try to enhance their mobile devices, not dumb down their desktops to be more like their mobile devices. If the Modern UI doesn't at least have the same or better functionality as the desktop, I consider that a failure.

Just my opinion I know, but consumers are who buy their product and if they're not satisfied they need to rethink what they're doing.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 23:18 1

40. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Win8 is virtually the same as Win7 behind the scenes, except that the new version is slightly faster, and has the metro style touch screen interface. You need to do some research, since it's most likely your own lack of knowledge preventing you from taking full advantage of the OS...

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 18:03

56. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


lack of knowledge that's funny just making a desktop work like a tablet is not good a idea and a i5 eats up battery life in tablet oh just because some one doesn't like that s**tty metro sexual doesn't make for a lack of knowledge maybe when they comes out with a cpu that has the same power as i5 and needs half the juice then win8 will rock but as for desktop { not } needs more work

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 23:50

51. halcyoncmdr (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


Not sure what you're doing but I have my TV hooked up to my Win 8 computer via HDMI with no issues sending content over. I watch movies and such on my TV and surround system with no issues at all.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:42

50. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Agree. Specially in the Enterprise maket. We're still stuck with Windows XP and open source apps. omg.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 21:37

35. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I agree with you up to a certain extent mate, the Galaxy note 10.1 does have a quad core exynos processor that any other processors out there in tablets, and it can also run everything your desktop can, including dropbox support, but overall I'd surely choose this tablet over any iTablet and tablet made by a non exynos processor

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 03:57 3

42. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It can't be compared to classic tablets.
It's double the weight, double the thickness, double the price and half the battery life.

Barely usable as a tablet actually.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:18

49. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


then don't use it.. -_-

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:13 3

7. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Damn dude hittin two camps in one swing.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:07 2

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5845; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Equal opportunity insulter. If the BB PlayBook had got any traction, I wonder if he would have managed to insult them as well?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 23:14

39. androidfurever (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's such a flop it doesn't even deserve an android user saying its name.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 16:58 2

24. Veigald (Posts: 239; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Sub par software? Thought it's running Windows 8?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 17:16 2

25. androidfurever (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Windows 7 was great, windows 8 took a step backward. Android is a better desktop interface than Windows 8. Not trolling, just pointing out the truth.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 17:31 4

26. semipro1337 (Posts: 67; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I think your pointer is borked.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 17:51 3

27. Commentator (Posts: 2432; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Not at all. I have an Asus Transformer 300 and a Sony Vaio touchscreen laptop, and I prefer the Vaio to the TF300 for literally everything.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 20:49 5

33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6561; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


this is NOT A TABLET it's a REAL PC excluded the DVD drive. I'd prefer the SURFACE PRO 128GB over any other tablets. plus u can't DO LOTS with a Ipad nor Android.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 23:54

52. halcyoncmdr (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


I think this is what a lot of people are missing. The Surface is a tablet. The Surface Pro is a full fledged touchscreen "laptop/ultrabook" that has a touchscreen and OPTIONAL keyboard. Don't want the keyboard? Don't use it, heck, just don't buy it, or don't attach it. The touchscreen can do everything the keyboard/touchpad would be able to do if you want. IT isn't meant to compete directly with an iPad. It is meant to be the compromise between the tablet (which won't run most apps) and your laptop (which will run just about anything you want).

I had an ASUS Transformer TF101 and I had an MSI Wind 12. Each had their uses, and the Wind did what I needed it to do as far as a laptop is concerned. The transformer had the portability I needed and the space-saving I wanted.

The Surface Pro brings me the perfect mesh of those two things. It isn't perfect for everyone, but for what I would use, it is more than I need, in the package I want, at a Price that is reasonable for its power.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 18:13

57. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


ya but a iPad or android last for hours not minutes good luck on doing lots with a dead battery on your new surface lol

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:05 9

3. airisoverrated (Posts: 27; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Already have an uninformed, unhelpful flame comment. Guess we had a 50/50 shot between an Android or iOS fanboy posting some hate first. For shame...

I'm stuck in NE so no getting mine until tomorrow. At least I know no one else up here could beat me to the store to get one. I'll be making my trip to a store to get a 128GB version tomorrow. I was too slow for online purchase.

Not shocking they sold out of that model quickly online. Initial reports point to a total stock of about a million units for launch, counting both storage sizes. Figure that was split between store stock and online orders for Microsoft, Best Buy, and Staples (all 128GB models sold out on all sites) and it's not shocking that after stocking retail stores a very limited amount was left for online purchase.

Still good news for Microsoft that there is clearly some demand for the Surface pro, but we'll have a better idea of what that actually pans out to once a few months go by and the initial rush passes.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:15 4

8. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


you weren't too slow. it was prob. only 8 pieces online. no wonder it sold out.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 20:31 7

32. Penny (Posts: 1183; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Clever. How about I say it was probably 1 billion pieces sold? There, now we're both equally stupid with our unsubstantiated claims.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 09:31

55. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


nope. 8 pieces make more sense than 1 billion. i guess you really are stupid, and don't drag me to your stupidity.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:07 15

4. jove39 (Posts: 1295; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Congrats to MS...surface pro is real deal...all other tabs are just toys.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:11 3

5. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


I would wait for Haswell i7s with GT3 before buying one of these, I am waiting the complaints of the people that buy this then Intel will announce Tablets powered by Haswell i7s with GT3 later this year and they will complain because haswell will have much better battery and GT3 is equal to a gddr3 gtx 650.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:13 2

6. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


congrats, it sells out of 128 or maybe even 8 items

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:19 4

10. INF1N1TY (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


You must really want to be heard.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 09:28

54. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


nope, just wanna shut down some stupid people. don't worry, you are also included.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:35 7

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I wouldnt call the rest toys....but I would pick the Surface Pro over all the rest for straight productivity.

If the Pro can have a good experience with eBooks, media players, streaming media, games....it might be the best all around tablet.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:10 6

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5845; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"If the Pro can have a good experience with eBooks, media players, streaming media, games....it might be the best all around tablet."

MS MAY have happened upon a new market segment. IF the Pro can have a good experience as you mention AND can do the desktop thing in a form factor a little less chunky, they may have a compelling value proposition. I am waiting to see what v. 2.0 looks like. Me thinks a minimum entry point is in the Core i7 territory.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 18:05

28. Commentator (Posts: 2432; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Methinks" is one word.

I think an i5 is fine in this instance. It's aimed to compete directly with the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks, which use i5s at the $900-$1000 price-point. It does needs to be tweaked for use in laptop mode, though. From reviews of both the RT and the Pro, one downside is the kickstand doesn't make it easy to use as a laptop, which could be easily fixed (from what I can tell) with a Touch Cover with a modified hinge.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:16 5

9. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


They're pulling a Google. Purposely don't build enough units so it sells out. Makes the device look better because "lots of people must want it".

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:47 4

15. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


yup though Id say more like pulling an LG then a google..( or maybe just say a Nintendo)

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 18:51 1

29. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lol... google are subsidizing the nexus 4 and nexus 10, so yes, it is THEIR fault. Damn you fanboys are blind

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:29 7

11. HTCOE (Posts: 483; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


still overpriced in my opinion

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 21:54 1

36. pookiewood (Posts: 606; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


That's the issue! I really want an RT version because I have my capable laptop for exe style programs. Either include the Touch KB as a pack in or drop the price by $100 or 2.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:40 11

13. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Other tabs are just an extension of your smart phone on a big screen. What else do they offer???

Pro is the real deal. However, personally I am eyeing a model from Asus than the MS one
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_Transformer_Book_TX300/#overview

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 04:06 1

43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


They are a big screen extensions and.. thats the point! That's what they offer!
It means a desktop grade browsing, much easier document editing, some real productivity with Wacom digitizers, fantastic movie watching experience, great strategy and MMORPG gaming...and even some serious work can be done with a non windows tablet.

Check this out!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aide.ui&hl=en&referrer=utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3Daide+android

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:47 4

14. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


without solid numbers "sold out" can be they sold 1 or 100,000

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 04:18

44. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


or just a glitch considering its MS

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 13:52 2

16. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


They are wasting their money on MS Surface with only 85gb of free memory they are paying for 128gb and lowest display resolution tablet on the market for 10 inches.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:37 9

19. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


err and lol you know MAC book Air also comes with 87GB space free put of 128GB and besides removing recovery files from Pro gets u 98Gb free more and thats proved now no theories and u definitely waste money on ipads and droid tabs which are useless in real life rather just big fat stretched phones this one is pretty good for the job it does and u are pretty fool with zero knowledge about thing u bashing its resolution is HD 1920×1080 not RT one. get a life and use Google search

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 06:45 1

45. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...I never really had an issue with the space....but when I read the Mac Book had similar....it became a non issue for me.

"and u definitely waste money on ipads and droid tabs which are useless in real life rather just big fat stretched phones"

Uh....no. You can use a non Windows tablet for real work. Everybody's real work doesnt revolve around Office or Windows software...

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 14:44 2

46. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes for ur last part i meant real work dont revolve around office of documents it goes beyond that i Bet no other tablet ipads or androids can be used for developing stuff or even games u play on same thing come out of ipad and droid tab tiny world surface is admit-ably more productive even in office where i use C . orcad or other stuff i can do it on surface if i had it though :\

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:06 3

21. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1097; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Wow folks some the Previous comments are wrong 1=price the Microsoft Surface Pro has the same specs as some ultra books Ultra books sell for over 1000 dollars. 2=screen resolution is the surface Pro is 1080 and there are a lot of 10.1 inch HDTV screen Tablets that have less resolution. 3= Windows 8 is a bad OS= wrong.tests have shown it is better than windows7 but many People dislike the Modern UI Tiles Start screen.4=The Surface pro is a bad.Laptop replacement Microsoft says it's a tablet never said it was laptop replacement. The bottom line to me after using a Surface Rt and studying it's design and the design of the Microsoft Surface Pro is folks the best use for the surface Pro with ether of it's 2 combination Cover and keyboards is to Use it as a portable Computer. It excels in that role because you can carry the Surface pro any where and put on a table or Desk and start computing with the power of a full PC. the surface Pro needs a stiff strong Keyboard dock with an exta battery inside it to be a good Tablet Laptop convertible.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:32 2

22. nikenturd (unregistered)


Fake scarcity or fake demand?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 16:04 1

23. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Have to say I'm pretty surprised, the surface pro got some pretty harsh reviews from a lot of tech blogs. Congrats MS, though I wonder how big the stock was online? Perhaps another nexus 4 case were they only had a small supply.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 19:39

30. bucky (Posts: 1488; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I find it impressive that people are buying this considering you could buy an i7 Thinkpad with ssd in it for less!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 20:13 4

31. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


@som... Do you know what the surface pro is and its capabilities, ah lop!?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 21:08 1

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6561; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If i have the money this would be my tablet/laptop. but I'm not rich like everyone else here.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 02:16

41. BattleBrat (Posts: 1083; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Look into the Thinkpad Tablet 2, bout $600 a productivity tablet, like the surface

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 15:31 3

47. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I bought 64GB version as the 128 was sold out. I have been on Android ever since android originated both phone and tablet. Currently I have the Galaxy GS3 and Kindle HD. You can read all the reviews and say what you want but when the dust settles, this thing is awesome, period! I am not going to run through a laundry list of good and bad here. All I will say is, if you need a tablet or a computer and can afford it, BUY IT! You will not be sorry.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:59

48. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


60% will be return

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 00:27

53. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I think next year 2014, will be the real PC Tablet computing.

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