In what appears to be a Festivus/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/Etc. miracle, Microsoft
’s Surface 2
and Surface 2 Pro
are selling out all over the place.
All models except for the 64GB Surface (that’s last year’s Surface, mind you) are currently out of stock online at the Microsoft Store. There aren’t any at Walmart.com either, and Amazon
listings show dwindling supplies. Several models are not available for shipping at Best Buy
First-gen Microsoft Surface RT
Now of course, it’s entirely possible that Microsoft has purposely shorted the inventory to make it seem like demand is higher. You may not realize this--brace yourselves, we’re about to shatter your worldview--but companies will stop at nothing to goose sales or generate demand using any means necessary. Microsoft wouldn’t be the first to pull a stunt like that. What’s more, when this sort of thing happens, outlets such as yours truly cover it, and companies like Microsoft get a bump that way, too.
However, it could be that consumers are finally warming to the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, and regardless, Microsoft’s price cuts on the devices
aren’t exactly hurting sales.
Microsoft Surface 2
So let’s cut through the hype: It does appear that the stock of Surface, Surface 2, and Surface 2 Pro tablets is running out, so if you want one, you’ll probably want to act fast. Whether or not that means the Surface is suddenly immensely popular or just that Microsoft is playing a numbers game (or even more simply, that Microsoft sent out a limited number of units because previous sales were weak) is immaterial. It’s probably some combination of all factors we’ve mentioned.
Having reviewed Surface
and Surface 2 tablets
, we can say that the second generation seems to be an improvement on the first both in terms of the user experience and the underlying hardware. So there you have it, and happy shopping.