Re: I find myself amused for some reason
It's hard to know how big a deal pre-orders are. If you really want the device, pre-orders a big deal, since they're the only surefire way to secure a unit as soon as possible. But otherwise, tough to say.
Microsoft claimed certain Surface Pro 2 configurations sold out almost instantly-- but that was mostly PR spin. Now that the company's financials from that period are public record, it's clear Microsoft simply didn't make that many Surface Pro 2s to begin with. On the one hand, this strategy makes sense-- Microsoft produced more first-generation devices than it could sell, to paraphrase Steve Ballmer. On the other hand, a sold-out debut doesn't mean much if Microsoft artificially limits stock.
That brings us to the Pro 3. Shipping dates slipped for late pre-orders, which suggests decent initial demand. But again, we don't know much about Microsoft's manufacturing strategy, so it remains to be seen how much demand there actually is.
All that said, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the best-selling Surface by a big margin. It's certianly the best of Microsoft's tablets, and one of the best Windows hybrids.