We’ve known about the Surface for several months now, but one aspect of the tablet that has haunted us up until today was the price. Many people believed that the Surface would need to be priced around $300 or less in order to remain competitive with the likes of the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini. Others argue that a $500 price point is just fine considering the Surface is designed to be a desktop/laptop replacement instead of the consumption device that many people see in tablets. How do our readers feel?
Microsoft has gone to great pains to show that the Surface is more than just a tablet slapped together in order to compete in the mobile market. Both The Verge and BGR have articles today concerning the exclusive tour the two sites got of Microsoft’s Surface testing facilities. The articles go into detail about every aspect of the Surface’s design, almost as if Microsoft wants to convey to the Internet that it has a premium device on its hands and therefore it should command a premium price.
I’ve gone back and forth today over thoughts of whether I’d like to pre-order. I feel as though if the $500 price included the touch cover keyboard, I’d jump in on it. At $600, I just can’t justify the purchase until I’m sure the Windows Store will have the sort of apps I need in a device. Since Surface is geared around productivity, a WordPress app would be a nice start, since consumption apps like Netflix and Amazon’s Kindle are already available. What do you guys think of the pricing model?