Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3 costs
As a proud Surface Pro 3 user, I would like to point out why the Surface 3 (not pro) won’t make it in the Netherlands. There has been a dutch review on tweakers.net http://tweakers.net/reviews/4001/microsoft-surface-3-review-degelijke-tablet-met-een-hoge-prijs.html and they gave the device a 6 (on a scale from 1 to 10) and after over 300 comments, they changed it to a 7.
The Surface 3 is 499 in the USA. In the Netherlands, that is 599 euros inc VAT (btw) a typecover is 149 and a pen is also 49. That makes a total of 797 euro. It is 609 euro at the microsoft store (without pen and cover)
So 797 for 64gb entry level surface 3 and 729 + 149 + 49 = 927 for the 128gb variant.
The 64 gb variant has 2gb while the surface pro has an i3 and 4gb ram for 738 euro ex cover (867 inc cover and pen) that is a 70 euro difference.
When you compare the 128gb model: the pro has an i5 for 949 + 129 (cover) = 1078 euro vs the non-pro: 927 makes a 151 euro difference for an i5 cpu and both having 4gb ram.
iPad Air 2 costs
the 64gb version is 539 euro
the 128gb version is 664 euro
The keyboards from Logitech are around 90 euro and there is no real pen/stylus option. so the 64gb will be 629 inc cover and the 128gb will be 754 euro. compared to the surface 3, people will buy Apple products even though they cannot really multitask or use a pen/stylus.
I think that the Dutch consumer won’t buy the awesome device just because of the price difference and the current Apple hype. If the price drops, I would really recommend this device to people. Definitely because the upcoming release of Windows 10 and the free upgrade. I will stay a happy and proud Surface Pro 3 user and would not switch for a million. I hope this helps people make a decision purely based on prices. Would be great to see a surface 3 price drop in the Netherlands. That would change everything.