Best Buy cuts price of 128GB Surface Pro down to $499

Microsoft's first Surface Pro model was released less than a year ago but that version was quickly superseeded by the Surface Pro 2 which launched in October. Now it looks like at least one retailer really wants to get rid of its stock of the older Surface Pro.

Best Buy is currently selling the 128GB model of the Windows 8 tablet for just $499, a $400 price cut from its normal $899 cost. While other retailers, like Microsoft, are also selling the Surface Pro for as low as $599, this is the lowest price for the tablet we have seen from a major retailer.

The reduced price is available online and in Best Buy's retail stores. However, the sale only lasts until Saturday. Keep in mind that this is for a new, unopened Surface Pro, rather than a refurbished model.

Sales of some Surface Pro 2 tablets continue to exceed demand, at least in the US. Best Buy's website is currently sold out of the 512GB version, and Microsoft's own store site is only selling the 128GB version at the moment; the other three models are out of stock.

Source: Best Buy via Cnet | Image via Best Buy

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Ah, that kind of changes things. So you'd basically have a Windows 8.1 computer that can run anything a PC can run?

Yeah, it's a tablet form factor with the guts of a middle-end pre-Haswell ultrabook.

Yes. I debated it but it does t come with a keyboard.

Yeah. It's unfortunate that the cover accessories cost a pretty big chunk of change. Aside from Surface-specific accessories, you should still be able to use any generic Bluetooth keyboard/mouse, or even plug any old keyboard (thing's got an actual USB port).

zhangm said,

Yeah, it's a tablet form factor with the guts of a middle-end pre-Haswell ultrabook.


Yeah. It's unfortunate that the cover accessories cost a pretty big chunk of change. Aside from Surface-specific accessories, you should still be able to use any generic Bluetooth keyboard/mouse, or even plug any old keyboard (thing's got an actual USB port).

Yeah, I'm trying to decide if I want to return my Dell Venue Pro 8 back or not for this. I have a bluetooth logitech keyboard.

to be honest...that's a great price.

plug a keyboard and mouse into it and a lot of people wouldn't need any sort of other PC.

I don't think there's anything out there with these specs and form factor at a price that's even close. The battery life is a shame, but regardless, this is still a great deal for what you're getting.

Shame that we won't see similar discounts for the second generation Surfaces, considering that they're having a hard time keeping anything in stock even at retail prices.

Stock is very low I expect, MS stopped selling the original surface pro from their store when the new pro 2s came out. Best buy is looking to clear out whatever they have left at this point.

Must.......... resist......... impulse.............. to............... buy.........................

Seriously, I'm not spending a dime until LTE connectivity is offered...

And you can't purchase a USB adapter dongle? All providers that offer LTE *should* have them available - in fact, Best Buy DOES have them available. (Yes - that includes prepaid LTE; specifically, AT&T Mobility's Unite prepaid mobile hotspot.)

I'm aware of that, but I'm of the opinion that the things I buy should fit my needs. I shouldn't have to adjust to fit them. There are a multitude of devices out there that have this technology built in. Many have had it for years now. I can move around the country with an iPad and never have a dongle to lose or work around as it sticks out the side of my device.

Sgt Beavis said,
Must.......... resist......... impulse.............. to............... buy.........................

Seriously, I'm not spending a dime until LTE connectivity is offered...

I just share the connection from my smartphone. Works perfectly, and without paying for an extra line.

panacea said,
not sure i want the first gen thought... even at this price.

Battery life is the main problem. Not only is the CPU more power-hungry, but the battery is now more than a year old. Lithium batteries lose 10% of their capacity every year, just sitting there. Plus, it's a non-replaceable battery.

You are right, the only reason I don't want Surface Pro 1, is because of the battery life. The older CPU mostly, but the factor of an old product sitting on the shelf too.

Just sold mine that price on Kijiji. Got a perfect condition Pro 2 For 700$ Good thing I did it before this deal.