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Microsoft Knocks $100 Off Surface 2 Price

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Is Microsoft cleaning house before the holiday season? The company seems to be in a giving mood, as it is currently knocking $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablet, selling the 32 GB version for $349, the 64 GB version for $449, and the 64 GB model with 4G LTE support for $579. Not too shabby.

The Surface 2, which dropped the "RT" label in its name but still runs Windows RT, was launched on October 22, 2013. Unlike the "Pro" model, this tablet sports Nvidia's Tegra 4 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.7 GHz. There's also 2 GB of memory and a 10.6-inch ClearType screen with a Full HD resolution and 5-point touch input.

Those who purchase the 32 GB model will only have 18 GB of available space, and there's just 47 GB of usable space on the 64 GB model. A microSD card reader helps make up the difference by providing up to 32 GB of additional internal storage.

The Surface 2 also includes a 5MP camera on the back and a 3.5MP camera on the front, dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two microphones, Dolby Digital Plus speakers, a full USB 3.0 port, a microHDMI port, and five sensors. This tablet also comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT at no extra charge.

The Surface 2 battery purports to provide up to 10 hours of video playback. The 4G LTE version's battery also offers 10 hours of video playback on a Wi-Fi connection, the battery is only rated for 7 hours when browsing the web on a 4G LTE network.

Although we're speculating here, it's possible that Microsoft may be getting ready to introduce a new Surface RT tablet in the near future -- hence the $100 discount to move current models off the shelf.

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    CaptainTom , August 25, 2014 4:07 PM
    I can get a 32 GB tablet that runs FULL windows 8 for the same price! It baffles me that MS expects ANYONE to buy these things...
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    Steve Simons , August 25, 2014 4:40 PM
    I don't think they'll release another RT tablet. They may have a bit of stripped down Surface, but it will still run Windows 8.
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    Andy Chow , August 25, 2014 7:36 PM
    "In a giving mood"? More like they can't sell any. Who buys this stuff?

    Windows RT is dead. Windows Surface is dead. Show me the selling statistics, Chromebook vs Surface vs Macbook. I'd like to see the evolution over time.
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    ingtar33 , August 25, 2014 7:49 PM
    500 for a tablet running windows RT... yeah... m$ is smoking a peace pipe on that one.
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    edogawa , August 25, 2014 8:04 PM
    The Surface RT line is too expensive and has a lack of apps. The Surface Pro line is awesome on the other hand, and most people seem to love them. Pricing is their biggest problem at the moment for their Surface line.
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    Darkk , August 25, 2014 8:50 PM
    Microsoft needs to sell these at a fire sale and then bury it. The Surface Pro 3 is a very nice improvement and it will do well.
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    Eve Twain , August 25, 2014 11:00 PM
    They should install Android and sell it.
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    Amdlova , August 26, 2014 12:21 AM
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    They should install Android and sell it.



    LOL you make my day ;) 
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    icemunk , August 26, 2014 3:36 AM
    Quote:
    I can get a 32 GB tablet that runs FULL windows 8 for the same price! It baffles me that MS expects ANYONE to buy these things...


    Heck, you can get a 32GB full Windows 8 tablet (8" mind you) 2GB ram, and a Z3740 processor, 1280X800 IPS for $157 right now.
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    damianrobertjones , August 26, 2014 4:24 AM
    Quote:
    I can get a 32 GB tablet that runs FULL windows 8 for the same price! It baffles me that MS expects ANYONE to buy these things...


    Yet people buy Android and Apple tablets?
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    kawininjazx , August 26, 2014 5:20 AM
    I love my Surface RT, at least we can get one supporter in this section. How many people actually own one or used it extensively who calls it crap? I don't want or need full windows on my tablet, I already have a ton of computers, I just want to surf the web, the RT is quick and the battery is great.
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    ubercake , August 26, 2014 6:17 AM
    The Surface 2 really is a good, responsive tablet that function more like a laptop than a tablet. It has Office included. These things really are solid laptop replacements if you pay the additional $120 for a keyboard. At that point, though, it's hard to justify this over a $300 laptop other than for the touch and convenience of the small size. They definitely aren't junk though. I think the initial high-priced strategy and going toe-to-toe with the well-established iPad was not good for Microsoft.

    Imagine if Microsoft released these things initially for $250 or $300 with Office and a keyboard included. I think this is where they should have started in order to get some market penetration.
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    house70 , August 26, 2014 6:27 AM
    Tried to use Windows RT at our office, but turns out it does not support Silverlight plugin, required for some work related stuff. Really did not expect a Microsoft tablet to not have support for a Microsoft plugin. It's like they tried to shoot themselves in the foot, sabotaging their own platform.
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    kawininjazx , August 26, 2014 6:42 AM
    Quote:
    The Surface 2 really is a good, responsive tablet that function more like a laptop than a tablet. It has Office included. These things really are solid laptop replacements if you pay the additional $120 for a keyboard. At that point, though, it's hard to justify this over a $300 laptop other than for the touch and convenience of the small size. They definitely aren't junk though. I think the initial high-priced strategy and going toe-to-toe with the well-established iPad was not good for Microsoft.

    Imagine if Microsoft released these things initially for $250 or $300 with Office and a keyboard included. I think this is where they should have started in order to get some market penetration.


    I got the type 2 keyboard refurbished (like new) for $60

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    Jeffrey Barone , August 26, 2014 7:05 AM
    I love windows x86 but rt is like Web os just uncalled for
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    Jeffrey Barone , August 26, 2014 7:06 AM
    I love windows x86 but rt is like Web os just uncalled for
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    gm0n3y , August 26, 2014 11:40 AM
    Was really hoping that this applied to the Surface Pro too. Really want one but just can't justify spending that kind of coin.
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    punahou1 , August 26, 2014 12:16 PM
    I've had one of these for a few months now and I really do not like it. The touch screen was very difficult to use when in applications so I had to buy usb mouse. The track pad on the keyboard is very small so this is difficult as well. You are limited to microsoft store applications which apparently was not supported by my office printer so that does not work. I do like its light weight, battery time and the bundled applications which were enough to entice the purchase. In the end I should have picked up the pro version or an inexpensive lap top. My fault.
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