Best Buy currently selling Surface RT for as low as $299

The holiday shopping season may be over but there are still some deep discounts to be found on select electronics items, if you know where to look. For example, Best Buy is currently holding a tablet sale where several products have received price cuts, including the Surface RT.

Best Buy, along with Microsoft, has already cut the price of the 128GB Surface Pro down to just $599. However, Best Buy also has reduced the cost of the 32GB Surface RT to $299, while the 64GB version can be bought for $329 at the moment. By comparison, the Microsoft Store has the 32GB Surface RT priced currently at $349 (although it's out of stock at the moment) and the 64GB version at $379.

As we have mentioned before, Microsoft seems to have a supply issue with the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 products. Most models of those tablets are not available for sale at Microsoft's own store site other retailers are having a hard time getting new units to sell as well.

Best Buy has a number of older tablets on sale at the moment besides the Surface RT, including the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for $139.99, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD for as low as $119.99 and the more recent Lenovo Miix 2 8-inch tablet for $249.99.

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Hmm.. the rest of the world is still given a nice pile of warm sh*t. If you look at those discounts, you would think people on planet earth only live in the country of the glorious united states, there are no people anywhere else.

At $299 they should just call it Office portable. If a user isn't a heavy Office user, then the $299 sales price is still way too high. The whole Surface line is not successful at all. The price point to compete with the Android and iPad tablets is $199 for this machine. Without (free) Office, Surface RT is plain and simple "the half-brother" of Web OS.

What Microsoft needs to do, instead of bashing Google and Android, is be a loss leader for their computing hardware, then....THEN.....renovate their entire play and entertainment ecosystem.

Me too - it was a bargain at that price, and I just picked up a touch cover using a gift card for most of the cost. Got myself a nice ultraportable computer with detachable/optional keyboard for $225 total!

The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

TsarNikky said,
The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

Really? We get it that you hate Windows, but seriously, c'mon man. I must be doing something seriously wrong then in using mine as a productivity device.

TsarNikky said,
The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

I agree. I would have a Dell Venue 8 Pro or a Lenovo Miix2 anyday over the Surface. Full desktop but runs metro apps. And has 9-10 hour battery life =). And now they are like the same price...

On the contrary. I have been using Windows since 3.0. It is just that Microsoft showed extreme arrogance when they decided to not give users the choice of UI--even though MS was forcing one UI on two widely separate form factors.

TsarNikky said,
On the contrary. I have been using Windows since 3.0. It is just that Microsoft showed extreme arrogance when they decided to not give users the choice of UI--even though MS was forcing one UI on two widely separate form factors.

What? How do you do that on devices that use a wide range of input methods? Again, that argument makes no sense. The only arrogance here is from comments like these. They did an excellent job at unifying the platform to make it available on a wider range of hardware. Sad to see it being picked apart by trolls - Even when the desktop is still there to use.

I tried a friends Surface and it just wasn't for me. It's a sleek and fast device though. I went a treated myself to an iPad. What's funny is that once my buddy played with the iPad, he returned his surface and bought one as well.

One thing though, my iPad makes my iPhones screen look so small.

Of all the people I know, every single one of them was a Mac user. Then, last week I showed them my PC. The next day they all threw their Macs in the trash, and went out and bought a new PC with Win8.1 on them. Even though PCs have been around for years, they had no idea how a PC worked but when I showed it to them, their eyes were opened.

This story is absolutely 100% true. And my experiences can be extrapolated to every single person and computer user.

TAKEITBILL said,
Well, if you looking for cheaper alternative this is a deal. You know the price of IPAD with 64GB.

Ipad has 3g/4g already

Since this is a Best Buy specific sale and not found on MS' own store it looks like more of a stock clearing process than anything else, they also have other older tablets for sale to so it all fits.

There should be very few of the original Surface devices out right now outside of MS.

George P said,
it looks like more of a stock clearing process

Yeah thats usually the purpose of sales, to get rid of what didn't sell

BestBuy has the old gen, 1+ year old Surface for $50 off, and some are claiming that it is more proof that it is a failure.

Meanwhile, BestBuy has the 3 month old iPhone 5s on sale for $75 off, and the iPhone 5c on sale for $175 off, and some of them are even free. But point that out, and it is no indication of sales. Nope, none at all.

Sonne said,
Yeah thats usually the purpose of sales, to get rid of what didn't sell
The word you are looking for is "clearance".

The purpose of sales are to beat competitors. The purpose of clearance sales is to clear inventory.

pickypg said,
The word you are looking for is clearance

The purpose of sales are to beat competitors. The purpose of clearance sales is to clear inventory.

Semantics, a retailer slashes the prices on a product that they've had stock of for over a year one can deduce why the prices were slashed...to get rid of the stock

WhatTheSchmidt said,
BestBuy has the old gen, 1+ year old Surface for $50 off, and some are claiming that it is more proof that it is a failure.

Meanwhile, BestBuy has the 3 month old iPhone 5s on sale for $75 off, and the iPhone 5c on sale for $175 off, and some of them are even free. But point that out, and it is no indication of sales. Nope, none at all.

Apple has agreements with retailers that if prices of competitors phones are dropped, so must be the Apple ones. Not many are claiming that the lower price for a generation old device is a sign of a failure. However, that same device was a part of a $900M write down...

stevan said,

Apple has agreements with retailers that if prices of competitors phones are dropped, so must be the Apple ones. Not many are claiming that the lower price for a generation old device is a sign of a failure. However, that same device was a part of a $900M write down...

We see prices of products change all the time without a change in Apple products. When the Lumia 920 was introduced, AT&T dropped the price about a month later. People here on Neowin started chanting "Fire Sale" while the price of iPhones stayed the same. And if prices of an iPhone are fixed to the price of a competitor's phone, then that sounds like price fixing to me, not to mention that Apple seems worried about their competitors.

The original iPhone price was dropped substantially because nobody wanted to buy one and to clear out inventory, Apple was in the very same spot. But don't criticize Apple for that, they were doing it to make their devices affordable for their users, and that hid on their bottom line was worth it for sales.

Sonne said,
Semantics, a retailer slashes the prices on a product that they've had stock of for over a year one can deduce why the prices were slashed...to get rid of the stock
I am actually surprised that the Surface RT is still being sold, and this might be a Best Buy moving to finishing off the last of its inventory, but slicing the prices of generation(s)-old hardware is often just the recognition that the hardware is older.

After all, dropping from $350 to $300 is not exactly a monster drop, especially given that it sold for less during November/December's Holiday sales. Obviously those are generally good sales, but they rarely beat clearance sales by such a wide percentage.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
[Apple was] doing it to make their devices affordable for their users, and that hid on their bottom line was worth it for sales.
Apple is well known for turning large profits on their hardware due to legendary supply chaining, and relatively high prices. I do not believe that Apple took so much of a hit with the original iPhone price's drop, rather I believe that Apple simply made a more reasonable profit per phone.

After all, the initial iPhone was $499 and $599, which required one to purchase the phone outright on AT&T, and it was not much more than the original iPod touch with poor cellular functionality plus a speaker. Both were certainly nice for their time, but I would never believe that Apple was taking a bottomline hit on the iPhone (or anything for that matter) unless I saw internal numbers.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Something else - can you provide any evidence about this supposed price drop thing that Apple requires?

Google it. It's in the carrier contracts that Apple signs as well.

stevan said,

Google it. It's in the carrier contracts that Apple signs as well.

So you throw out some random "fact" that I or no one has ever heard of before, but it is my responsibility to prove you are correct.

I did Bing it, and all I saw was results such as "AT&T Makes Rare iPhone 5 Price Drop"
(I also tried Google with the same search query, but it just tried to sell me stuff)

WhatTheSchmidt said,

We see prices of products change all the time without a change in Apple products. When the Lumia 920 was introduced, AT&T dropped the price about a month later. People here on Neowin started chanting "Fire Sale" while the price of iPhones stayed the same. And if prices of an iPhone are fixed to the price of a competitor's phone, then that sounds like price fixing to me, not to mention that Apple seems worried about their competitors.

The original iPhone price was dropped substantially because nobody wanted to buy one and to clear out inventory, Apple was in the very same spot. But don't criticize Apple for that, they were doing it to make their devices affordable for their users, and that hid on their bottom line was worth it for sales.

You forgot to mention that when Apple slashed the price of the original iPhone by $200, people who had bought the phone cried foul, while others chanted fire sale, so it's not like they got a free pass. The rest of the paragraph was you setting up your straw man.

benthebear said,

You forgot to mention that when Apple slashed the price of the original iPhone by $200, people who had bought the phone cried foul, while others chanted fire sale, so it's not like they got a free pass. The rest of the paragraph was you setting up your straw man.

1) a couple times you have complained that I would find a few random people on the internet who made such accusations, and then act like everyone did it. Are you not doing the same here, claiming people claimed foul, while others chanted firesale? But I guess it is fine for you to do it, but others can't.
2) the claim was that retailers are forced to lower the price of the iPhone based on other devices being on sale. I asked for proof, and then provided proof that it is not the case. But if you want to claim it is a straw man, and ignore information, then that is you.

The Pro has some real appeal if they every get the pricing and features right, RT has none for me whatsoever. I met my first RT owner in the "wild", it was a Christmas gift. His first reaction to realizing it won't actually run any windows programs was "Can I return this for the one that does?".

Hahaiah said,
The Pro has some real appeal if they every get the pricing and features right, RT has none for me whatsoever. I met my first RT owner in the "wild", it was a Christmas gift. His first reaction to realizing it won't actually run any windows programs was "Can I return this for the one that does?".

I don't understand this argument against RT devices, do people who buy IPads want to return them because they can't run apps that OSX runs?


grunger106 said,

I don't understand this argument against RT devices, do people who buy IPads want to return them because they can't run apps that OSX runs?

That does not make a difference. It is simply a campaign to make sure that something other than a Microsoft product wins. iPad, Android tablets, ChromeBook, they all do not run desktop apps. And nobody complains about that, some will even say that it is a good thing because it reduces the surface area for viruses, gives a better battery life, and is good for the user because it reduces what the user can do with their device.

It is purely an invented complaint.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

It is purely an invented complaint.

It was invented when the RT devices came out and their App Store was nowhere near as to what Apple and Android offered...

Hahaiah said,
The Pro has some real appeal if they every get the pricing and features right, RT has none for me whatsoever. I met my first RT owner in the "wild", it was a Christmas gift. His first reaction to realizing it won't actually run any windows programs was "Can I return this for the one that does?".

I attibute this partly to the similarity between the Surface RT and Pro - to the non-techie, it just looks like 2 differently priced but otherwise same machines. But that's not really an excuse in my book. If you're going to spend a few hundred dollars on a device, why wouldn't you read up on it a little to see what its abilities and limits are?

stevan said,

It was invented when the RT devices came out and their App Store was nowhere near as to what Apple and Android offered...

Were the Apple and Android stores initially as big as they are now? They've had time to grow, why shouldn't Microsoft be given the same? When I started using Android, the same indictment of "smaller app store" was aimed at it. Android overcame it, Microsoft likely can do the same, given a chance.

I've found very little that I want to do on my Surface that I can't, either through apps or web sites. For the casual user, there's probably not too much that you can do on the iPad that you can't on the Surface. And the RT has abilities that are unique compared to the iPad and the Android tablets I've used.

Edited by DConnell, Jan 2 2014, 6:29pm :

TAKEITBILL said,
That guy and you need to understand Tablets are made for lighter weight and lot of battery life.

Exactly, I have a surface 2 and it works great for what I expected to - email, web, media consumption, remote desktop and some games and office and outlook especially is nice to have as a bonus

I still have a 12.1" Thinkpad as my portable work tool - RT is not feature rich for all my work, but neither did I ever expect it to be - neither are ipads or android tabs.

The Pro and Pro2 would be enough for me to run a single portable, but I don't have the cash! Those devices are essentially ultrabooks with the keyboards sliced off and carry price tags to match

However when I travel for non work reasons its the surface that comes these days, it does everything I need on a trip and if I really have to do a little work it is ok in a pinch

I'm not saying the RT devices are perfect for everyone, but just seems like saying you can't run x86 apps on RT tabs is silly argument - of course you can't - if you can find me a device that can run x86 apps at a decent speed, with long battery life, tablet form factor for $350 let me know

Its like saying I bought an IPad and complaining you can't run the Mac version of adobe creative suite on it....

WhatTheSchmidt said,

It is purely an invented complaint.

It's not an invented complaint because the iPad doesn't confuse the Average Joe by opening some apps in an OSX desktop. You forget that a majority of the buying public doesn't camp Neowin all day, so when they see the traditional Windows desktop, but they can't install the things on their main computer or laptop, there's going to be some head scratching and frustration. It's not some conspiracy to sell more iPads/Galaxy Tablets, and less Surface RTs. They don't understand that this is a version of Windows compiled for ARM. That's just the reality of it.

+DConnell said,

Were the Apple and Android stores initially as big as they are now? They've had time to grow, why shouldn't Microsoft be given the same?

Sadly Microsoft doesn't have the luxury that Apple and Android had. The Windows store has filled out nicely since, but when it first hit the market there was, in my opinion, little reason to ditch a solid ecosystem for one just starting out. I tired it out with a Windows Phone in 2011, but most of the apps that I had a habit of using on my iPhone and Galaxy just where not there.

benthebear said,

It's not an invented complaint because the iPad doesn't confuse the Average Joe by opening some apps in an OSX desktop. You forget that a majority of the buying public doesn't camp Neowin all day, so when they see the traditional Windows desktop, but they can't install the things on their main computer or laptop, there's going to be some head scratching and frustration. It's not some conspiracy to sell more iPads/Galaxy Tablets, and less Surface RTs. They don't understand that this is a version of Windows compiled for ARM. That's just the reality of it.

It is an invented problem because the only people with this problem are, incidentially, iPad or Android users. Every time I see a complaint about the desktop, complaints about not being able to install desktop software, or claims that Microsoft is confused if it is a tablet or a laptop, the complainer is a person with an Android tablet, iPad, or just generally hates Win8.

Over Christmas I gave my parents my old Surface RT, just like I gave them my old iPad a few years back. They were able to transfer over from one to the other with no problem. They didn't want me to take it back because they were so confused about a desktop tile on the home screen. They didn't get upset because it did not have a CD drive and couldn't install their desktop apps on it. They just used it like they user their iPad - browsing the web, reading mail, and a few apps. And when I showed them how they can use Excel for the spreadsheet they use for their business, they were not confused between the metro and desktop. They were able to figure it out in a couple minutes. And these are people who still use a VCR which has for as long as I can remember flashed 12:00, have a rotary dial land line and no cell, and use an old fashioned alarm clock that needs winding. But the people who frequent sites like Neowin, they are the ones who get confused, don't know what is happening between the desktop and Metro UI, and so on. Interesting how two people who are near 70 years old can adapt better than tech geeks.

Other platforms have features that can confuse people. I know you are going to be unhappy when I say this and start hurling accusations at me, but OSX has an app store. I never hear people complaining about how their iPad has a million apps, while the OSX store only has 15,000 and they are confused why one will not run apps that the other has. Nobody is complaining about how now Mac no longer has a CD drive and the iPad never had one, and now they can't install their disk-based desktop software on either device. A ChromeBook looks exactly like any other laptop, but there are no claims that people are not buying them because they do not run Windows desktop apps. It is just a bunch of made-up complaints from people who need Surface RT/2 to fail.

Edit: Let me add something else. A couple weeks ago I had to install Linux to compile a software project I am working on. I installed both Debian and Fedora. And I was amazed at how much it resembled Win8. You clicked a button and a menu filled the entire screen with running and available apps. When I closed that menu, the entire display switched back to the desktop. There were obvious differences, but it had a very similar model to Win8, and we see one after another Linux user here constantly bashing what they are using on their favorite distro today.

Edited by WhatTheSchmidt, Jan 3 2014, 12:36am :