You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the recent Surface RT price cuts were just the beginning of something. Something that’s now seen both the Surface Pro and Acer Iconia W3 get heavy discounts themselves.
But is it all because Windows tabs are simply not selling or is it also due to the fact all three above mentioned slates are in for soon to be unveiled follow-ups? It’s probably a little bit of both, but ultimately that doesn’t really matter.
What’s important is the Surface Pro and Iconia W3 are at long last available for realistic prices. As in closer to their true value. The former starts at $799 (with 64 GB of on-board storage, but sans the keyboard dock) and also sells for 899 bucks with 128 GB of internal memory. That’s $100 off previous price tags and, while it still doesn’t make the Surface affordable, it makes it a little more sensible.
The new prices seem to only be valid via the US Microsoft Store for now, but chances are other retailers in the country will follow suit soon enough. Canada, China and Hong Kong may be next in line for similar discounts, though the only ETA we have is a vague “later this month”.
Meanwhile, Acer’s Iconia W3 has been dropped to a starting price of $299, both via the Microsoft Store and through sellers such as Amazon or Staples. $300 will of course buy you the 8.1-inch tab with 32 GB of memory and no optional accessories included, whereas an additional 50 bucks will double the storage space.
What’s interesting is this little guy hasn’t been out and about for very long, being initially slated to cost $380, but actually slipping to $350 before its commercial release. Also, it’s both the most portable and cheapest Win 8 slate around, so I have to say I’m a little surprised it hasn’t caught on. But hey, there’s still time, right?