Microsoft Store site out of 32GB Surface 2 and 512GB Surface Pro 2

Microsoft started taking orders for both the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets from Microsoft in late September, before the tablets launched in mid-October. While Microsoft has yet to offer up any concrete information on the sales of the new products, the company's official retail website is currently experiencing shortages on two of the models.

The Microsoft Store site shows that the $449 32GB version of the Surface 2 is "out of stock", while the 512GB Surface Pro 2, priced at $1,799, is also "out of stock". In addition, the 256GB version, priced at $1,299, is still showing it won't ship for current orders until December 15th, which is the same time frame that the tablet had a month ago.

Microsoft has also added some incentives for people to purchase the Surface tablets from their website. The original 64GB Surface, previously known as the Surface RT, has received a $50 price cut down to $399. Also, people who buy the 64GB Surface 2 and a Type Cover 2 will receive a free Touch Cover, a $79.99 value. Finally, a purchase of any version of the Surface Pro 2 is eligible to receive a bundle that includes Office 365 Home Premium, the Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, a Cyan Touch Cover, and a Surface Pro Screen Protector for an extra $269. The price for all of those items would cost a total of $348.97, if purchased separately.

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Hello,

The Surface Pro 2 is an interesting device to me. It (arguably) represents the apex of Windows 8.1 slates, and I plan on getting one next week to see how the user experience differs from other devices. I am not particularly enamored of any of the keyboard covers, though, and plan on using a third-party Bluetooth keyboard.

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Aryeh Goretsky

Zoharzenica - give up already. I use both a new MBP/iPad 4/iPhone 5S and also a Dell M6700 Workstation and just upgraded to an SP2. The SP2 was what I wanted the SP1 to be with battery life. The form factor was more than good enough for me. Working on the screen is fine for light duty PShop, AutoCad Rendering and presentations. I just purchased the Dock and when I have a little more time I will set up my 27" Dell 2713H's 2560x1440 x (2) - I hope that it can handle it well. I will know soon enough.

You cannot explain the SP2 to those looking for a tablet as it sounds to techy to most. Those who want portability and want the power are amazed at the SP2 when I show it. MS needs to get this in the hands of consumers to really show off its ability. The new commercials are much better at explaining what the SP's do. The dancing thing was a little too crazy and didn't explain anything about what the product was. The new commercials are actually connecting to people and that creates dialogue. The people I have met along the way who considered the new iPad Air or a laptop have been very happy with what I have shown them that they went out and purchased them. I think a 13 inch would really be a nice addition to the family. With the size perhaps they could thin it out some, add a larger battery and another port or two.

I placed my order for an iPad mini Retina as i consume lots of books and I really like the 7.9" form factor better than the 7" ones. Upgrading my iPad 4 at this point is useless.

I can appreciate both Apple and MS so I am not an MS Loyalist by any means but the SP2 is a great hybrid and I hope it only gets better by Barcelona next year.

Surface 2 Pro aims different market which doesn't exist right now. It does bring something new most people are not aware of it. Surface 2 Pro is what Windows 8 is about, so we will see how that plays out in the future.

What i am trying to say is that Surface 2 Pro with 512GB SSD should not be more than $1200. That is a real price because really good SSD of 512GB is no more than $500.

zoharzenica said,
What i am trying to say is that Surface 2 Pro with 512GB SSD should not be more than $1200. That is a real price because really good SSD of 512GB is no more than $500.

first of all, that SKU also has 8GB of ram. Second, yes it costs more, because how many tablets with 512GB SSD and 8GB of ram can you name that also sport a high quality finish and superb screen and pressure sensitive digitizer pen?

you're paying not for the parts, but for the lack of anything that touches surface pro's spec sheet.

Ram is really cheap. My PC has 32Gb of RAM. You said it costs more because how many tablets with 512GB SSD and 8Gb of Ram can you name. Wait a minute...isn't this full blown PC? You people are so confused just like MS is. You use argument of Tablet or PC as you see fit whatever pointless argument trying to win and justify existence of such device. This is typical SSD, nothing special about it.

Yeah cause the surface uses the huge ass RAM or SSD we use in desktops or even laptops. And like they're not part of the entire motherboard, nah they still use these space-wasting slots and big ass components.

It isn't free nor as cheap as desktop/laptop variants, and I'm sure it isn't as much that warrants the increment of price, but hey. Its not even meant to do a shock and awe in the tablet market anywho.

Sold out other places as well. Wanted to get the 256gb model for work/testing but was sold out. This was a site separate from Microsoft's.

Of course this is not an indicator that the S2s are selling well as no official numbers have been released.

techbeck said,
Sold out other places as well. Wanted to get the 256gb model for work/testing but was sold out. This was a site separate from Microsoft's.

Of course this is not an indicator that the S2s are selling well as no official numbers have been released.

It's probably not setting any records but it looks to be selling good enough to push out the stock they have. Which could mean they're either ordering fewer than they're selling so they run out or they're ordering just enough and this is out of stock for a few days till the next batch comes in.

Either way, if they sell what they make, and at these prices the margins have to be good, they're going to be making money this time around.

If I had to guess, I'd say the sales are better than the first Surface. They did a much better job this time around. Still a lot of room for improvement in RT though.

All true, I just hate when companies report sold out items but do not state item amount. Without numbers, just typical marketing to hype up a product. Not just MS here either...lots of companies do this.

techbeck said,
All true, I just hate when companies report sold out items but do not state item amount. Without numbers, just typical marketing to hype up a product. Not just MS here either...lots of companies do this.

The thing is though, MS hasn't made a big deal out of this, just something Neowin posted as far as I can tell.

$1,799 for Surface 2 Pro is a joke of century even $449 for Surface 2 is too much. They will never sell these products for this price. They might sell a few here and there but that's about it. It tells me that Surface 2 Pro has no place on the market. Microsoft is not doing themselves a favor at all. People are looking for affordable tablets and they are looking for actual tablets! I really feel sorry for Microsoft...

I don't even know how Microsoft came up with $1,799 considering all the part of Surface 2, they are not worth even remotely close to $1,799.
For $1,799 you can buy high end pc with better video chip than Surface, Samsung or some other Tablet + phone.


Edited by zoharzenica, Nov 12 2013, 8:37pm :

$1800 is for the 8 GB 512 GB model. Devices this size with those specs don't come cheap. And comparing the inking ability of the SP2 with a Galaxy Note is definitely a joke. You're not going to run full Photoshop on a Note.

The $1799 one is expensive just because of the 512gb storage. I think the 256gb version at $1299 is more of the sweet spot for Surface Pro prices. I just wish it came with a cover.

zoharzenica said,
$1,799 for Surface 2 Pro is a joke of century even $449 for Surface 2 is too much. They will never sell these products for this price. They might sell a few here and there but that's about it. It tells me that Surface 2 Pro has no place on the market. Microsoft is not doing themselves a favor at all. People are looking for affordable tablets and they are looking for actual tablets! I really feel sorry for Microsoft...

For $1,799 you can buy high end pc which better video chip than Surface, Samsung or some other Tablet + phone.

Um, dude, the Surface isn't a bargain bin device. There's no reason Microsoft should be selling them cheap. Also, what about the Surface doesn't make it a tablet? It's more tablet than anything else on the market...

zoharzenica said,
$1,799 for Surface 2 Pro is a joke
[...]
They will never sell these products for this price.

You choose to say this in the Comments section that follows an article that says it's sold out?

_dandy_ said,

You choose to say this in the Comments section that follows an article that says it's sold out?

Ha, someone beat me to it.

Anywho, 1299 is a solid price. 256 for me plz.

Wow, you must be joking right? Surface 2 cost less than the iPad and offer tons of feature the iPad only dream of. And the Surface Pro is a FULL PC in a tablet format. How cheap do you want these to be??

Portability is the name of the game. I'd love to see you lug around your high end PC with one hand...

I would not run Photoshop on Surface Pro 2 either cause size of screen is useless for anything but what Samsung or Apple tablet does already. Again Surface 2 Pro running crappy intel video chip has no serious power to do anything i would want to.

They will never sell these products for this price.
And yet the Microsoft Store website is out of stock. I'm sure they're just hiding the stock from customers /sarc.

Enron said,
The $1799 one is expensive just because of the 512gb storage. I think the 256gb version at $1299 is more of the sweet spot for Surface Pro prices. I just wish it came with a cover.

SSDs are much cheaper. I am not sure what is Microsoft smoking. 256Gb fs SSD size is not $500 on the market. Major rip off by MS.

TruckWEB said,
Wow, you must be joking right? Surface 2 cost less than the iPad and offer tons of feature the iPad only dream of. And the Surface Pro is a FULL PC in a tablet format. How cheap do you want these to be??

Portability is the name of the game. I'd love to see you lug around your high end PC with one hand...

iPad is joke too for its price...and i am not interested in full pc in tablet format. It is like having Ferrari engine inside body of Chevy Malibu

zoharzenica said,
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Surface isnt for everyone and there are other/cheaper alternatives. I dont think MS expects them to be the #1 selling Win8 tablet. And it doesnt have to be as long as they are swinging a good profit.

techbeck said,

Surface isnt for everyone and there are other/cheaper alternatives. I dont think MS expects them to be the #1 selling Win8 tablet. And it doesnt have to be as long as they are swinging a good profit.

Spot on, it doesn't have to top the sales chart just sell good overall and bring in profits which I'm sure it is anyways. If they've managed their supply orders well and don't have a large chunk of stock sitting like they overestimated with the Surface RT then there's no hit to take and it's just all revenue and profits till gen3 comes.

zoharzenica said,
Isn't their goal to push Windows 8 as Tablet OS? You don't do that by making expensive Tablets.

True, but MS isnt the only one making tablets. Any OEM is free to make their own tablets and then install Win8. And again, MS isnt the only one making Win8 tablets and there are cheaper alternatives.

MS pushed Windows for YEARS without making their own hardware. Windows surged and now is the most popular. So MS really is not relying on its own hardware to push Win8 sales.

zoharzenica said,
I would not run Photoshop on Surface Pro 2 either cause size of screen is useless for anything

That's why you hook up an external monitor to it. I have three 24" 1920x1200 monitors running off of mine, and it's doing a fine job as my daily workstation.

zoharzenica said,

I don't even know how Microsoft came up with $1,799 considering all the part of Surface 2, they are not worth even remotely close to $1,799.
For $1,799 you can buy high end pc with better video chip than Surface, Samsung or some other Tablet + phone.

I think we established that you don't know much. for 1799 yes you can buy a better desktop, how does that help me on the road? Ultrabook? find me an ultrabook with a touch screen that also weights no more than 2lbs? for even the MBA is heavier. Plus a phone? what kind of phone? Because if you're talking something like say a nexus 4, then you have to buy all that PC for 1449 good luck with that silly.

zoharzenica said,
I would not run Photoshop on Surface Pro 2 either cause size of screen is useless for anything but what Samsung or Apple tablet does already. Again Surface 2 Pro running crappy intel video chip has no serious power to do anything i would want to.

size screen issues resolved by an external monitor which BTW surface pro can drive a 4K display or dual 1080p displays. is that enough for you? does your ipad do that? What Samsung tablet does it? And how can you even attempt to do photo editing with less than 4GB or preferably 8GB of ram both of which are beyond any android/ios tablet to date?

good luck. the best you can do in those "media" tablets made by Samsung and apple is look at the work somebody created with a surface pro

plus understand, the GPU and CPU on surface are plenty good for photoshop and video editing. nobody suggests you can't do better on a desktop, but then again, nobody would seriously consider a desktop or high end laptop anywhere portable. you see surface pros being used for in the field editing all the time and easily handle a 36MP Nikon D800 RAW. Slap the dock and you have a pretty powerful mobile workstation.

Bottom line is you're paying for the most powerful tablet in the world in the 2lb range. Beats every android tablet, every apple tablet and a lot of much bigger ultrabooks. It doesn't mean it beats EVERYTHING including desktops of a similar cost and certainly if that is your expectation, you're more ignorant than you think.

Edited by neonspark, Nov 12 2013, 8:37pm :

Also the Surface is there to set a standard more or less. Not to compete head on with other OEM's. So they cant fight competitively on price because it would **** off other OEM's.

Stop comparing this to an iPad or Tab 3 or something, its not competing with it, and the surface (and pro) are way out of their leagues to begin with.

I don't have any Tablet, all i am saying is that my PC does better and i know how slow video chip is in Surface 2 Pro compared to some other decent video cards or AMD APU. I don't deny that Surface Pro is better device than Samsung or Apple offer but for its price....

Samsung and Apple didn't make Tablet to do what Surface Pro does and they are not gonna make such device because they target much larger group of people and that's why they are leading in the market...but what do you know.

Yeah, target only media consumption, or target every dark corner of computer usage.... Yeah what do I (and MS) know.
ipad and android failed in cooperate networks, the moment MS takes over the cooperate world with tablets, i'll surely expect similar as what happened on the desktop/laptop market.

zoharzenica said,
I don't have any Tablet, all i am saying is that my PC does better and i know how slow video chip is in Surface 2 Pro compared to some other decent video cards or AMD APU. I don't deny that Surface Pro is better device than Samsung or Apple offer but for its price....

So, wait, how do you know, when you don't have a Surface?

zoharzenica said,
I don't have any Tablet, all i am saying is that my PC does better and i know how slow video chip is in Surface 2 Pro compared to some other decent video cards or AMD APU. I don't deny that Surface Pro is better device than Samsung or Apple offer but for its price....

You need to compare apples with apples, and oranges with oranges. I use my Surface Pro as a desktop replacement, but that doesn't mean I was expecting something as portable as the Surface Pro tablet to be in the same price range as my much cheaper, but at the same time much more powerful, i7 with 32GB of RAM.

The Surface Pro can be used as multiple other devices from different categories...and then people try to draw 1:1 comparisons for every feature across all of those devices. Of course if you go that way, some data point is bound to look comparatively bad.