Micro Center selling Surface RT with Touch Cover for $179.99 for Black Friday

Here's a quick Black Friday 2013 sales alert that might help some of you who live near one of the 23 Micro Center stores in the U.S. The electronics retailer has announced that for today only, it will sell Microsoft's Surface RT tablet for $179.99 and that price includes a Touch Cover accessory.

The price, as revealed on Micro Center's website, is the lowest we have seen for a new Surface RT that's been offered to the general public. Both Best Buy and Microsoft's store are offering the Surface RT for $199 today but that's without the Touch Cover.

There's always a catch with this kind of low price, and in this case, it's the fact that the $179.99 Surface RT can only be purchased by going to one of the 23 Micro Center locations; the store is not accepting online orders for the tablet at this price. The store opens at 8 am in their respective time zones; the website indicates there will be at least 100 Surface RT tablets at each store so even if you show up late you might have a chance to get one.

Source: Micro Center via Microsoft News | Image via Micro Center

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I went to Fry's to pick up my reserve items and one of the things I noticed, this sales woman was asking for my proof of my reserve items. She enter it using Surface RT with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. So much for iPad killer, Fry's just step up further by burying iPad.

minster11 said,
I went to Fry's to pick up my reserve items and one of the things I noticed, this sales woman was asking for my proof of my reserve items. She enter it using Surface RT with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. So much for iPad killer, Fry's just step up further by burying iPad.

Surface RT burying the iPad? Not quite.

I wish I was still living in Columbus in times like these. Then again, I'd be broke by buying something every time I walked in there. Sigh.

This is not the Surface that we are looking for. Move along.

Truthfully, this is just getting rid of old inventories.

Are surface or windows RT really going to be done? I've read the rumors but there has to be more to it. I'm going to be ****ed if I buy a surface 2 next month and it's EOL is two years later. I'm taking a gamble of that over an iPad.

Windows RT and Phone 8 are merging into one product (Windows Mobile 9.0). But you should still be able to update any phone or tablet with an ARM SoC to the new combined Windows when released.

If you buy a Surface RT and Microsoft killed the app store then yes you would be screwed. If you buy a Surface with x86 CPU then you would be fine because you could still use it for non-modern apps. However, I do not think Microsoft will abandon the store. They need the app market to compete against their competitors. Now if they changed the SDK or API and did not update your surface then you could be screwed.

That's a crazy deal considering all the functionality this tablet offers. The RT has gotten way better with each new firmware update.

Hopefully all these surface RT sales will boost development of apps and developer interest for the Windows store.

Wapoz said,
Hopefully all these surface RT sales will boost development of apps and developer interest for the Windows store.

Just like the fire sale of the HP Touchpad boosted developer interest in WebOS, and that was a far superior OS.... oh wait ... it didn't.

runningnak3d said,

Just like the fire sale of the HP Touchpad boosted developer interest in WebOS, and that was a far superior OS.... oh wait ... it didn't.

That HP fire sale was because the product/OS was abandoned/killed. This is not the case for RT (yet).

runningnak3d said,

Just like the fire sale of the HP Touchpad boosted developer interest in WebOS, and that was a far superior OS.... oh wait ... it didn't.

This isn't a fire sale, it's yet another crazy black Friday deal and for a year old Surface.

I am that person.. currently developing for 8.1 in C++, seeing people at Best Buy checking out Surfaces somehow makes me very excited

Dot Matrix said,

Just in time for EoL? You know EoL is April 11, 2017, right?


I was just being a smart ass because of the rumours mentioned yesterday. Truthfully, it's a good deal and the Surface should have included the keyboard from the start. Especially in a highly saturated and competitive market.

Definitely, if you can get there in time. I'll settle for my Surface RT direct from Microsoft - a little more money, but I won't have to drive 30 mi after work and hope they still have stock.