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GeekWire’s Todd Bishop just made the leap. Will you?

Microsoft is turning on the marketing engines for its new tablet computer, the Surface, which is set to debut October 26th. It also just released pricing information for the first time, with the device ranging between $499 (32GB without Touch Cover) and $699 (64GB with Touch Cover).

That price point will pit Microsoft squarely against Apple’s dominant iPad, and GeekWire readers certainly have discussed that at length.

The Surface represents a huge bet for Microsoft. And, as I noted above, my colleague Todd Bishop already decided to make the plunge and bought a $599 Surface. My family is still in the market for a tablet. And I’m taking more of a wait-and-see approach, in part because I’m curious to get details on the rumored iPad Mini which is expected to be announced October 23rd.  (Let me know in the comments if you have advice on what I should do).

You may recall that some of the iPad fans we interviewed last week at an Apple store in Seattle about Windows 8 tablets (not a Surface) really liked what they saw.

So, with that in mind, here’s today’s GeekWire poll question: Would you buy a Microsoft Surface?

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