Microsoft's Surface Pro pops on Best Buy

The tablet makes its first appearance on Best Buy's Web site. It's due to go on sale February 9.

Surface Pro will offer laptop-like performance in a 2-pound tablet.
Surface Pro will offer laptop-like performance in a 2-pound tablet. Best Buy

Microsoft's Surface Pro has made its first appearance on a retailer's site other than Microsoft's.

That would be big box retailer Best Buy, which is already boasting that the new Microsoft tablet will go on sale at midnight February 8 at a store in Union Square in New York City.

Best Buy lists the two available models, 64GB and 128GB, priced at $899 and $999, respectively. Neither product comes with the $129 Type Cover, which is a 5.75 mm-thick mechanical keyboard.

Microsoft is also offering a $119 Touch Cover pressure-response keyboard.

The tablet comes with 4GB of memory and an Intel "Ivy Bridge" processor. Combine those two features with the 128GB solid-state drive, and you have an ultrabook in tablet's clothing.

Which means better performance in Windows 8 desktop mode than the existing Surface RT tablet, though battery life will suffer because of the more power-hungry processor.

And storage has become a delicate issue for Microsoft. While the 128GB version of Surface Pro has 83GB of free storage out of the box, the 64GB version has only 23GB of free disk space , Microsoft said a few days back.

Finally, note that some Microsoft stores are displaying the tablet starting today. For example, a Microsoft Store in Los Angeles has the Surface Pro in-store today, CNET confirmed.


Best Buy's listing say's 'coming soon' but doesn't have an option to pre-order -- yet.
Best Buy's listing say's 'coming soon' but doesn't have an option to pre-order -- yet. Best Buy

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Read the full CNET Review

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro (64GB)

The Bottom Line: The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device. / Read full review

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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