Ever since Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop and they opened pre-orders, I have been watching the configuration pages closely to see if the company would sell-through their initial allotment of devices. While during the pre-release period the shipping dates never changed, if you want a colored Surface Laptop, be prepared to wait.
According to Microsoft’s website, the burgundy device is out of stock with no time-frame for replacement and the cobalt option says it will have become available on 6/30. If you are looking for one of these machines and you don’t want to wait, your best bet is to call around to a local retailer to see what they have in stock.
It’s not all that surprising that this new device is backordered as that typically happens when any company announces a new product in a new segment. Even though Microsoft has been more cautious with filling their hardware channels ahead of a product launch after the Surface RT debacle, the Laptop was likely a safe bet.
Because of this, I suspect that they had more machines produced ahead of the release than they did with the Pro 3/4, Studio or Book seeing as this is a safer bet than what the company has released in the past. That being said, the ‘sweet spot’ for this device is the i5 model at the $1299 price point which is why I’m not all that surprised that it was the first to sell-out.
If you are looking for a Laptop, at least through the Microsoft Store, you still have the entry level models and the i7 available for purchase today and the i5 model can be found in the less desirable gold and platinum configurations.
<blockquote><a href="#127029"><em>In reply to Tony Barrett:</em></a></blockquote><p>See, MS has learned something from Apple. Create an artificial shortage on launch.</p>