Best Buy to sell 32GB Surface for $199.99 on Black Friday

We are getting closer and closer to what has become known as "Black Friday", the single biggest shopping day of the year. The Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., which this year happens on November 29th, is when retailers, both in brick-and-mortar stores and online, offer up super deep discounts on pretty much anything you might want to buy for the holiday shopping season.

We will be going over some of the biggest PC related sales that will be offered during Black Friday 2013 in a future article but today we wanted to post an alert that should get the attention of folks who want one of Microsoft's Surface tablets. Today, Best Buy revealed their 2013 Black Friday sales items and, as reported by BFAds.net, the 32GB Surface tablet, previously known as Surface RT, will be priced at just $199.99.

This is the lowest price we have seen for a Surface tablet that is going to be made available to the general public. Microsoft did sell a 64GB Surface RT tablet to TechEd attendees earlier this year for $99.

Even though the sales period is called "Black Friday", many retailers in the U.S. will actually begin their sales period on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. That includes Best Buy, which will have most of its stores open.

Source: BFAds.net | Image via Best Buy

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Odds are, each store will have maybe a dozen, just to get you to shop there, then pull the bait and switch routine. Best Buy has done this plenty of times.

IF it included the keyboard I'd buy it. They always price this thing in a weird or wonky way that makes me not want to buy it. Damn them. I'd rather save up a couple hundred more bucks and get a 2. Oh well, I'm sure there'll be people snatching them up.

Here's how I see it, if you own an android or iPad with Bluetooth keyboard, do you need the Surface keyboard?

It's an accessory and it's a damn good one with mouse pad build in.

laserfloyd said,
IF it included the keyboard I'd buy it. They always price this thing in a weird or wonky way that makes me not want to buy it. Damn them. I'd rather save up a couple hundred more bucks and get a 2. Oh well, I'm sure there'll be people snatching them up.

For those complaining about the RT I am not sure what you are complaining about. If you do not want to spend the price to buy a Surface Pro then you are left with the RT, Android, and iPad. Some of you complain about not being able to install applications but you would have the same problem with Android and iPad. Android and iPad have more apps and Surface RT has office. Surface RT is cheaper than iPad and same or less than most Androids. The Surface RT is nice hardware, quality, and has great features. It is not a Kindle. Come on. Stop complaining.

Exactly...
Surface (RT) = iPad / Android tablet competitor
Surface Pro = Laptop/Covertable replacement

I hate how people bash RT, when it's actually a really solid device... they just don't understand the purpose of it. I bought one and used it on my daily travels and love it. An iPad or Android tab can't do have the things a Surface can do.

j2006 said,
Exactly...
Surface (RT) = iPad / Android tablet competitor
Surface Pro = Laptop/Covertable replacement

I hate how people bash RT, when it's actually a really solid device... they just don't understand the purpose of it. I bought one and used it on my daily travels and love it. An iPad or Android tab can't do have the things a Surface can do.

Low resolution
no option to 3g.
Poor catalog of software.
So-so experience.

Brony said,

Low resolution
no option to 3g.
Poor catalog of software.
So-so experience.

Yeah, better off saving up a little more and getting the second gen. Still RT but better screen and experience from what I've seen. 3G version coming next year?

BillyJack said,
For those complaining about the RT I am not sure what you are complaining about. If you do not want to spend the price to buy a Surface Pro then you are left with the RT, Android, and iPad. Some of you complain about not being able to install applications but you would have the same problem with Android and iPad. Android and iPad have more apps and Surface RT has office. Surface RT is cheaper than iPad and same or less than most Androids. The Surface RT is nice hardware, quality, and has great features. It is not a Kindle. Come on. Stop complaining.

Thing is, you can now buy all sorts of Intel-based tablets or convertibles for the same price... which can run pretty much anything you'd like to throw at it. So why bother with RT? RT only makes sense as the super cheap option, and at $199 maybe it makes sense. When Surface RT first came out it maybe made sense as there weren't many other Windows tablets that were worth considering if you couldn't afford the Pro, but that is no longer the case.

It's kind of sad, as I'd hoped Windows on ARM would be so much better than it's turned out...

Yes. Definitely pick the right tool for the right job. Surface RT does not have a lot of apps like other platforms, yes some apps may be fart apps, but has office. It definitely has pros and cons. Personally, I bought the Surface Pro because I wanted the option to install x86/x64 applications and to use the stylus. However, I use my Surface most of the time to browse the web. I use OneNote and a few apps but browsing is mostly what I do. If I develop or game I jump on my desktop. So even though I wanted the option it has been pointless for me and a Surface RT would have been perfect. Hopefully others pick the right tool for the right job. lol

And they also wouldn't be able to sell the Surface 2 comparatively with the Android or iPad units because a precedent had been set. Price higher and discount later whilst giving a reason (ie, older device, less features etc) rather than going for bargain basement prices where people like some of the members here would still dig them out as being too expensive. Microsoft would still lose cash on every device they SELL, let alone the loss on devices that sit in a warehouse. Basics of sales.

I would much rather have a Surface 2, but for $199 hell yes I would buy one! If I could afford $199... It sucks being broke.

I dunno - for that price it's not bad at all for a RT. If I just wanted to do casual stuff like check emails, browse an watch some movies or listen to music, this is a better alternative to Android or Ipad IMO.

MistaT40 said,
I dunno - for that price it's not bad at all for a RT. If I just wanted to do casual stuff like check emails, browse an watch some movies or listen to music, this is a better alternative to Android or Ipad IMO.

How is it a better alternative to, two things that do exactly the same thing...and then some?

SharpGreen said,

How is it a better alternative to, two things that do exactly the same thing...and then some?

Price point, plus you can actually do a LOT more on a Surface RT than you can on an iPad/Android tablet.

j2006 said,

Price point, plus you can actually do a LOT more on a Surface RT than you can on an iPad/Android tablet.

Unless you jailbreak it...no not really. Well ok, the legions of Flash-enabled crap are accessible with this device. But I'm not really sure if that's a plus or not.

SharpGreen said,

Unless you jailbreak it...no not really. Well ok, the legions of Flash-enabled crap are accessible with this device. But I'm not really sure if that's a plus or not.

Pretty much. Having flash means all the Facebook games run without needing an app. This is why the lack of a bazillion store apps isn't that big of a problem... webpage replacement apps not needed.

But since this is the original Surface RT it can run RT 8.0 (I expect they've been "updated" to RT 8.1, but you can always load RT 8.0 on it) and so can be jailbroken, and then it really can do a lot more.

SharpGreen said,

How is it a better alternative to, two things that do exactly the same thing...and then some?

Because it's cheaper by half than the iPad. How do other devices do 'then some'? The iPad does less and costs more. That makes a lot of sense.

There we are slow and steady getting the reasonable price point of failed device. Don't worry folks this is not just Black Friday price but is going to be a permanent till MS get rid of all their unsold inventory.

What a stupid comment. Should the iPad 1 have been sold for $200 on release too, because it didn't have many native apps on release? Oh, and it didn't include Office, or a USB port, or an SD card socket, or standardised video out. And wasn't able to be managed in the slightest. I'm not saying it doesn't have flaws but as a Gen 1 device it's pretty solid. I have hundreds of them that I manage.

Then factor in the cost of hardware and R&D. It's huge. Could you please explain why, in a world of choice where everything comparable is THE SAME PRICE, is $200 only just OK compared to $500+?

I just don't understand the lack of simple logic.

bobsled said,
What a stupid comment. Should the iPad 1 have been sold for $200 on release too, because it didn't have many native apps on release? Oh, and it didn't include Office, or a USB port, or an SD card socket, or standardised video out. And wasn't able to be managed in the slightest. I'm not saying it doesn't have flaws but as a Gen 1 device it's pretty solid. I have hundreds of them that I manage.

Then factor in the cost of hardware and R&D. It's huge. Could you please explain why, in a world of choice where everything comparable is THE SAME PRICE, is $200 only just OK compared to $500+?

I just don't understand the lack of simple logic.

I didnt mean that this was only worth $200. But in such a saturated market, coming in with an unknown commodity, the fact that it's ARM and can only run "apps", it's a whole new marketplace from Google Play and iTunes, and no top tier apps at launch are just a few reasons I can think of.

$200 for the RT version (even if they had to skim the hardward down a bit) would've allowed them to make a MUCH bigger initial splash into the arena. At $200 most consumers are willing to risk an unknown device and ecosystem from a very well known company.

i've seen big promos in the faculty i'm frequently (like 32GB RT + Office 365 for 200€) and still people don't pick those; i dunno why, maybe the store has a big weight in that decision or just people are too much familiar with iOS and Android and all the apps are in those platforms.

The Surface is a fantastic device for kids. My three kids and my sister's three kids have them and they've been solid devices for them for school. And the inability to install things from random sites has made my life, as the family tech support, bearable.

I wonder what the Surface 2's Black Friday sales are going to be. My sister wants one, but we are looking for the best deals for her.

minster11 said,
There you have it folks. All those that request RT to cost $199 has come true. So stay true and get one.

I think $99 is the sweet spot. Its getting there but isn't quite there yet.

ccoltmanm said,
Is that the new one or old one?

The older one.

"Today, Best Buy revealed their 2013 Black Friday sales items and, as reported by BFAds.net, the 32GB Surface tablet, previously known as Surface RT, will be priced at just $199.99."

Praetor said,
doesn't matter, it's a RT

which is a good thing for people who tend to install exe files from random sites that ask them to!

windows RT is perfect for most users: office 2013, flash player support, printer support, USB key support.

the fact that it can't run win32 apps is a good thing for people who continuously get infected because of ads telling them to install fake flash player updates.

Some people will hate until they die just to hate on something. How do you look at yourself in the mirror without breaking it?

link8506 said,

which is a good thing for people who tend to install exe files from random sites that ask them to!

windows RT is perfect for most users: office 2013, flash player support, printer support, USB key support.

the fact that it can't run win32 apps is a good thing for people who continuously get infected because of ads telling them to install fake flash player updates.

Even without the virus/malware issue, Windows RT is great for many people. My girlfriend and I are discussing getting her a Surface 2, to replace most of the functions on her laptop. She'll keep the laptop for occasional Photoshop work, which will sit in a corner until needed, but for every day computing, she wants something mobile, uncomplicated, to check emails, surf the web, and use Office - she has NO intention of installing additional programs.

ding ding ding, Surface with Windows RT is fine.

I would have been all for the RT if Microsoft would have thrown in Stylus support. That's actually the reason why I don't want one. For people that don't want to take (handwritten) notes or do some drawing, this is really all they may ever need.

Hahaiah said,
Priceless. so the message is, RT is perfect for you...if you're an idiot? ROFL.

You'd have to be one to buy an RT. Even then I think it is still $100 too much.

The things some of you are saying makes you sound like idiots. For $199 it is a great price for an Amazing device which is more capable than most Android and iPad devices that cost even more. Say (and troll) what you want but this is the simple truth

recursive said,

You'd have to be one to buy an RT. Even then I think it is still $100 too much.


You'd have to be an idiot to think that's too much. You can do a HELL lot more things on a Surface (RT) than you can on an iPad. Remember, this is not meant to be a laptop replacement (that's what the Surface Pro is for). This is an iPad competitor.

Obry said,
Some people will hate until they die just to hate on something. How do you look at yourself in the mirror without breaking it?

I cant see myself in the mirror - that damn thing is broken

Obry said,
The things some of you are saying makes you sound like idiots. For $199 it is a great price for an Amazing device which is more capable than most Android and iPad devices that cost even more. Say (and troll) what you want but this is the simple truth

And less capatable than a netbook.

in resume : it is CRAP.

Tumultus said,
I would have been all for the RT if Microsoft would have thrown in Stylus support. That's actually the reason why I don't want one. For people that don't want to take (handwritten) notes or do some drawing, this is really all they may ever need.

I would be more for RT if Microsoft would make a way for the non-"idiots" to unlock the OS to be more Windows 8-like, so things like VPN clients and third-party desktop apps could be made available for Windows on ARM. Sure RT as-is may suffice for people not very technical, but I don't like the trend of dumbing down of computer technology, of which RT is a good example.

That said, the hardware itself is brilliant, and $199 is a really good price for what is a really solid device.

Edited by domboy, Nov 13 2013, 2:45pm :

Brony said,

And less capatable than a netbook.

in resume : it is CRAP.

iPads and Androids are even less capable than netbooks too (even more so). So what's your point? And for $199 (hell even $449) what "capable" netbook can you buy? In resume apples and oranges...

Obry said,

iPads and Androids are even less capable than netbooks too (even more so). So what's your point? And for $199 (hell even $449) what "capable" netbook can you buy? In resume apples and oranges...

Don't feed the trolls.