Microsoft's finally announced release dates and prices for the Surface Pro with full-blown Windows 8 for the US and Canada. Sadly, the UK's fat out of luck for the time being, and the prices? Well, let's just say it's not going to come cheap. But how much is too much, for an all-singing, all-dancing Microsoft-made tablet-come-laptop?

The Surface RT, for all it's faults or plus-points, depending on how you look at it, wasn't cheap. It's iPad money, which puts it squarely in the premium bracket. So, when I say that the 64GB Surface Pro, the entry-level machine, is $900 in the US, you shouldn't be surprised. What's that in real money? Probably £600 give or take a tenner or two. There's also a 128GB variant, and both come with a fancy stylus. But the real kicker is that if you want that fancy Type Cover, or even the Touch Cover, which is basically the biggest selling point for the thing, you have to buy it separately, and it's not cheap at about £100 a pop too.

Come on Microsoft, think about this. You're punting the Surface Pro basically as a laptop replacement. For £600 or there abouts, bundle the damn Type Cover in. Seriously. [Microsoft]