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Microsoft Surface tablets will be around $350, according to Dummies.com

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The release of Windows 8 [2] and Microsoft Surface tablets is almost here yet the speculation about Surface tablet [3] pricing is still alive and kicking. We have had multiple people chip in over the months about Surface pricing, from a $199 rumor [4] to Microsoft CEO hinting at iPad-like pricing [5]. Today we have another interesting tidbit to share with you, one that shows Surface tablets at a price that is middle of the road in terms of the current market: $350 USD.

Dummies.com, the website for the “XXX for Dummies” book series, is running a contest that sees a winner receive a grand prize of a Microsoft Surface tablet, Windows 8 For Dummies, and Surface For Dummies. Dummies.com says the “approximate retail value” of this grand prize is $350. While it isn’t entirely clear which Surface tablet Dummies.com is giving away (it is likely the cheaper Windows RT [6] version and not the Windows 8 Pro [7] version), that means Microsoft Surface tablets may start off at a price around $350. In fact, if you put the retail values of the two books at $14.99 USD each, that means the Surface tablet (most likely the Windows RT one) is actually estimated to be less than $350 — $320, to be more specific. $320 isn’t as juicy as $199 but it sure as hell beats the heck out of iPad’s $499.

MICROSOFT YOU ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY WITH ANTICIPATION!

As a side but related note, anyone that wants to enter the contest for a chance of winning the tablet and the books can do so from here [8].

[via Ghacks [9]]