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Microsoft Discounts Surface Pro 3 For Education
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anon6756340729,
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8/5/2014 | 3:16:38 PM
Re: Discount?
Who cares if you love your chromebook or not. It simply is not a business laptop replacement. What the Surface offers is a computer that's powerful to do almost all the business tasks in a compact package. Don't compare it with your cheap crappy ChromeBook.
anon1507234978
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anon1507234978,
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8/5/2014 | 3:15:41 PM
Window can't penetrate education market
Apple Computer [AAPL] owns the education industry. Many of the former school book publishers only publish content using IOS requirements making Google and Microsoft insufficient enough that my kids who are in two different schools had to purchase Apple iPods even though we have multiple Google and Windows portables and tablets that are working just fine.
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Paul987,
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8/5/2014 | 2:30:37 PM
Re: Discount?
"Then again you could pick up a Chromebook for around $180"



...to browse the web and do some light on-line document editing?  Sorry, I need a real computer, not some simplistic terminal.  My Surface Pro 2 runs the full Adobe Creative Suite quite nicely, I can sketch and paint in Sketchbook and ArtRage, or sculpt in ZBrush.

Given how few of my needs a Chromebook is capable of handling, even the modest $180 price tag is actually somewhat expensive for what it would offer me.

I have to laugh how often people with clearly no significant need for computing power can't help but recommend wholly inappropriate systems to others in an attempt to appear to posses superior knowledge and experience.  Part of being intelligent is having an understanding of the limits of your knowledge.

  
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Lorna Garey,
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8/5/2014 | 2:24:19 PM
Re: Discount?
I have a Chromebook and love it -- it's my primary personal machine. I also have an iPad that normally functions as a lap desk for the Chromebook. I admit to being a gadget lover, and the Surface would be a desirable addition to my collection, if I could justify the cost.
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Paul987,
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8/5/2014 | 2:21:19 PM
Re: Keyboard
Agreed that the price of the keyboard is a point of contention - both because of it's price (100+ for a keyboard cover is seriously expensive for what it is), and the premium one pays for the Surface itself.

That said, unless you're extremely particular, the Type Cover is actually a pretty nice keyboard, and the whole package (Surface + Touch Cover) makes an extemely capable and flexable system.   

I bought a Pro 2 early this year, so I'm not really in the market for another, but if the 4th generation moves the bar as much as the 3rd did, it might be hard to resist.  All in all, I couldn't be happier with the Surface.
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lambda99,
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8/5/2014 | 1:54:23 PM
Discount?
Then again you could pick up a Chromebook for around $180...
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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8/5/2014 | 1:31:50 PM
Keyboard
I'd be seriously and sorely tempted if they included the keyboard. The note-taking functionality looks great. Maybe next year ...
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