Feeds

Microsoft Australia slashes price of Surface Pro 128GB by $AUD400

Now priced about the same as a mid-range laptop

Application security programs and practises

Walk into JB HiFi, Australia's most prominent purveyor of consumer electronics, and slap down $AUD597. You'll walk out with this HP 15-d004au and its 15.6-in screen, quad-core AMD A6-5200 running at 2 GHz and packing a Radeon HD 8400 graphics card, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB disk.

Take just two dollars more to Microsoft Australia's online store and you'll get a 128GB Surface Pro for $599, a $400 discount.

This has the look of a run-out sale: the Surface Pro 2 is already on sale down under from $1019 and the Surface 2 starts at $529. It's hard to imagine that the Surface Pro's first edition is shifting big units when priced at only $20 less than its successor. Slashing its price is probably the best way to save them from landfill.

How does the $599 Surface stack up against that mid-range laptop? The HP has a bigger screen and storage capacity, but the pair are tied for RAM. The Core i5-3317U reportedly resident within Surface Pros boasts just two cores, but they hum along at up to 2.6 GHz, making them a little faster than the HP's AMD. And of course the lappie includes a keyboard, which is a $139.99 extra for the Surface Pro.

And the price of a WiFi-only 128GB iPad Air in Australia? $899, rather more expensive than the cut-price Surface Pro but also the very latest machine.

Where would you put your money? ®

The Power of One Infographic

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.