Demand for the Surface Pro tablet has often exceeded supply since this Windows 8 tablet launched a few weeks ago. Microsoft’s own website currently has no units in stock, but customers aren’t out of luck.
Until recently, the online Microsoft Store was taking orders for this computer for delivery on March 1. It has now run out, and therefore is listing both the 128GB and 64GB versions as “Out of Stock”. There has been no word from the company on when it will have more units.
Fortunately for those who are interested in this tablet, the national retailer Staples’ website says it currently has the 128GB version of this device in stock, and buyers should expect to receive this product in three business days.
The retailer’s webstore also has the less popular 64GB version in stock. So does Best Buy’s site, but it is sold out of the 128GB version at this time.
Shortages of the Surface Pro seem to be related to there being few units produced, rather than overwhelming demand. Microsoft has not said how many it has produced.
Microsoft Surface Pro Overview
This computer has a 10.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, plus a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.
This tablet is built around an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Because it uses Windows 8 Pro, it is able to run software written for Windows 7 and earlier, in addition to apps written specifically for this new Microsoft operating system.
The device comes with a stylus dubbed “the Surface pen”, which has Palm Block technology. A Touch Cover or Type Cover is sold separately, at $120 and $130, respectively. Additional accessories for this tablet are in development.