A business could achieve a similar end result with the combination of a desktop or laptop, along with a tablet. However, a comparably-equipped laptop like the Dell Inspiron 15R, or a desktop like the Dell XPS 8700 each run about $700. Adding a tablet—even a cheaper tablet like a Google Nexus 7—adds another $200-plus.
The money spent is about the same either way. The difference is that with a desktop or laptop and a separate tablet, there are compromises that have to be made in terms of what can be done when using the tablet, and hoops to jump through in order to sync and access information between the two. For a little more money, a company can instead just outfit employees with a Surface Pro 2 and a docking station, and achieve the same combination of power and versatility in one device without the additional headaches.
There are two caveats, though. First is the fact that even though the Surface Pro 2 tablets will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, Microsoft lists the optional docking station as "coming early 2014."
Second, the price for the Surface Pro 2 is still a bit lofty. It starts at $899 for the 128GB model, and the keyboard cover and docking station are additional expenses. While that is conceivably in the realm of "reasonable", it's not very competitive. If Microsoft included the keyboard cover and docking station at $900, that would be alright. I still maintain that Microsoft needs to make the 128GB Surface Pro 2 $800 with the Type keyboard cover included for free to really draw attention and capture some notable market share.
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