Microsoft is listening. Surface Duo 2 draws on its previous specs, the Surface Laptop Studio eliminates the Surface Book’s diminished screen, and the Surface Pro 8 could be the one we’ve been waiting for, with an improved keyboard, pen, high-refresh-rate screen, and Thunderbolt ports (finally!). But there is one area in which Microsoft is still pushing: to make you pay more than the quoted sticker price for using these computers as advertised – because none of them include a pen or keyboard.
Microsoft Surface Pro Pricing
While Microsoft calls the $ 1,099-and-up Surface Pro 8 a “powerful laptop with a flexible tablet,” it’s not a laptop at all when you take it out of the box. Touchscreen tablet, and nothing else, unless you add a keyboard or pen Microsoft will happily sell you for $ 130 and up. Microsoft has only used 11 minutes of its 49-minute event playing Surface Pro 8 without a limit on which you will need to pay extra. (Two of those moments were a repeat from the previous part of the presentation, and six of them were part of a montage that included Keyboard Surfaces and style.
In fact, you’ll pay $ 129.99 for an extra pen, $ 179.99 for a new Microsoft keyboard with a typewriter, $ 279.99 if you want both ($ 30 discount), $ 199.99 if you want that keyboard with a fingerprint reader, or $ 329.98 for your keyboard, pencil, and fingerprints as a whole. So with a complete view of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 keyboard and magnetic retrieval pen, you look at a minimum of $ 1,379.98 ahead of tax – and that’s just 8GB of RAM and a 128GB small SSD. Double that barest price cap for the future, and is at a total of $ 1,679.98. That may not be a bad deal, but it is definitely not $ 1,099.
There are ways to save more money. Technically, the Surface Pro 8 is compatible with older Surface Pro X keyboards, starting at $ 40 cheaper for $ 140, and you can currently get them for just $ 104 if you don’t mind having a magnetic pen from the keyboard. (Microsoft also sells a stand-alone charging charger for $ 35 if you change your mind.) Some companies will also be selling other keyboards, such as the new Brydge which makes Surface Pro a clamshell design. Also, Thunderbolt ports should mean that you do not need to pay for the Microsoft single-cable docking solution.
But whether consumers choose to or not, Microsoft wants to have both options – the seemingly low starting price of laptops and a big upsell to make them that way – and that applies to some of its products as well. You may have heard that the ARM-based Surface Pro X has a new low price of $ 899. While that is legally true, that $ 899 buys you a tablet that promises the first permanent Wi-Fi connection, does not include a keyboard or pen, and includes the final gen-SQ1 processor instead of the new SQ2 model. The full view of Surface Pro X with the new SQ2, LTE, keyboard and pen will cost you $ 1,579.98, or you can run away by paying $ 1,400 if you discard the pen and use the cheapest keyboard for sale.
I can’t bring myself to criticize the $ 399-and-up Surface Go 3 in the same way – Microsoft has really shown kids watching videos and taking video calls for about a full minute during launch. While its storage gen gene Pentium, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage may be a little iffy by 2021 (we just wrote the history of the loss of 64GB iPhones), Microsoft does not advertise it as the first keyboard machine. And even if that keyboard is still worth $ 100 each, you can still get a pen as low as $ 65 on sale.
But even Microsoft’s demonstration of the new $ 1,499 Surface Duo 2 features an outstanding feature that will make you pay extra. Have you seen the moment Microsoft shows you how the new Surface Pen can stick to the power of its new phone and charging?
“To ensure your Surface Slim Pen is always available and charged, we are launching the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover,” said a Microsoft presenter. The fact that “Pen Cover” refers to the new case you’ll need to buy for the phone to do those things, not the cover features of the Surface Duo 2. (And you’ll need to buy a pen, of course.
It is unlikely that Microsoft will stop the practice anytime soon: it has been proven that the strategy comes out on more than seven generations of Surface tablets and offers the company greater flexibility when it comes to sales: free to tempt buyers who have been on the phone.
Microsoft can always say it’s on consumer choice and sustainability, and – why put a keyboard where others can’t use it, or even throw it away? (That’s the issue of disassembling the phone’s chargers, too, though it’s not that easy.) And one thing Microsoft has done to keep the issue back – its pens are compatible all the way back to Surface Pro 3 from 2014, and the keyboard cover from that Surface Pro 3 works all the way up to 2019’s Surface Pro 7, reports Windows Central.
Unfortunately, the new Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 8 break that keyboard compatibility streak, so you can’t go looking for last year’s model for $ 30 or $ 40 used instead of buying it for $ 104 already sold.
Microsoft Surface Pro Specifications
The fifth generation of Microsoft Surface Pro was launched in India a few months after its launch internationally, so it will have a tough time competing with non-standard laptops and 2-in-1s competitors that have brought it to market recently. It looks good and has a well-designed kicking area, and the 12 inch 3: 2 screen is very nice, and moves quietly. The Surface Pro weighs less than 1kg which makes it very versatile. However, performance is restricted to the previous generation Intel CPU, and connectivity is limited to a single USB 3.0 port. Also, you will have to pay extra for the Surface Type Cover and Surface Pen that should be installed.
|Model||Surface Pro (2017)|
|Price in India||₹69,990|
|Release date||May 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||292.00 x 200.00 x 8.50|
|Screen size (inches)||12.30|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||267|
|Processor make||Intel Core i5-7300U|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|