Microsoft Surface Pricing Revealed: Is it Too Expensive?

Surface for Windows RTMy inbox is filled with information about the upcoming Microsoft tablet and recent announcements about pricing and what exactly you’ll get for your investment.

Back in June, I wrote a piece describing some of the unanswered questions Microsoft left us with after the big unveiling of the Surface tablet. In the article, I described how important price was to anyone’s buying decision, and whether or not all the features boasted in the press conference would be included in the base model.

To no great surprise, that infamous keyboard cover that really set the Surface apart from the competition will not be included in the base model. That means you’ll have to fork over an additional $120-140 for a keyboard cover if you opt to get the base Surface for Windows RT tablet at $499.

Here’s a look at some of the prices announced by Microsoft today.

  • 32GB Surface for Windows RT – $499
  • 64GB Surface for Windows RT – $599
  • 64GB Surface for windows RT with Touch Keyboard – $699
  • Touch Keyboard – $120
  • Traditional Keyboard – $130

If you want to buy a Surface tablet running anything other than Windows RT, you’ll need to wait a few months as the full-featured Surface isn’t set to release until then. From this price starting point, it’s fairly clear that the more powerful edition of the Surface running Windows 8 (non-RT) will probably be a lot more expensive than a netbook.

What Do You Get?

The Surface for Windows RT may not be a powerhouse in personal computing, but it isn’t a slouch either. It’s an ARM-based tablet so processor-intensive tasks such as video editing and advanced gaming wouldn’t really be recommended on it. The performance should be expected to be on-par with a modern netbook, the iPad, or a high-end Android tablet.

Here’s a look at the specs.

  • Size: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Screen: 10.6 inches (1,366 x 768)
  • Processor: NVIDIA T30
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32 – 64GB
  • microSDXC
  • 720p Rear and Front-Facing Cameras
  • Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0, cover port, micro HDMI
  • Audio: Dual Microphones / Stereo Speakers
  • OS: Windows RT
  • Wireless: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0

With those specs in mind, is the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT overpriced? It boasts more storage at the price than the iPad, and Windows RT (despite not having the old desktop) is still pretty powerful operating environment. It’s the first Windows PC ever produced by Microsoft itself, and that could mean it’ll be the most compatible with the operating system. That’s not to say Microsoft’s OEM partners will experience more issues, but one thing I learned by using a Galaxy Nexus is that it never hurts to get hardware made by the software maker.

What do you think? Is the Surface overpriced? What would you pay for the full Windows 8 Surface with a more powerful processor expected out in a few months?

The Microsoft Surface is now available for pre-order on Microsoft.com.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.