Microsoft cuts $100 off the price of the Surface 2, now starts at $349.99

If you want to dive into Microsoft's Surface ecosystem but the cost of entry has been too high for you, would a device that is now $100 cheaper cause you to buy a device? That is what Microsoft is hoping for as they have cut $100 off the price of the Surface 2 which makes the 32 GB model now start at $349.99.

While this is the ARM variant of Windows, it still does offer up quite a bit of capability even if it can't run your legacy apps. The tablet does come with Office and has access to the Windows Store that has quite a few games but also apps that you need to avoid.

The Surface 2 has a 10.6" display running at 1920x1080 with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 running things under the glass; the lower priced model has 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. There is also a microSD card slot, in which class 10 storage being so cheap these days,  it seems like a logical choice to opt for the 32GB model.

The Surface 2 was launched in October and that makes the device almost a year old. While we have nothing to report on (yet) about a Surface 3 with an ARM processor, Microsoft could be trying to clear stock to make room for newer models. But, at $349, that is a bargain price for the Surface 2 that is still fully capable of covering most of your daily tasks.

Source: Microsoft | Via: Winbeta

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I might consider upgrading to this from a Surface RT. The ability to open Canon CR2 files natively comes really handy on holidays to make quick edits on my photos.

If people are stupid for buying a RT, then they are just as stupid for buying an iPad or Android tablet.

I loved my surface 2... well, before it was stolen. :( ... I don't think people understand just how much you can do with it.

hagjohn said,
If people are stupid for buying a RT, then they are just as stupid for buying an iPad or Android tablet.

I loved my surface 2... well, before it was stolen. :( ... I don't think people understand just how much you can do with it.


Well I know I wish I got something else, I only bough it for web browsing and the thing just urks me so much that i want to throw it on the ground sometimes. Internet explorer on this device is absolute crap. Going back on a webpage and having to wait for the whole page to load up completely before you can actually do anything is completely ridiculous. Oh yeah and hardly no apps and a poorly designed app store.


the RT version is really crappy, I have a surface 2 pro will probably upgrade to the 3 pro.

buy the pro version instead as a laptop replacement. the RT version is truly crippled and the windows market play/store still needs a lot of catching up to do in terms of apps, while the number is growing there are still certain apps i cant find and ones that are available, feel like the poorer cousins of their android/iOS equivalents.

on my S2 pro i use it 95% times running normal/legacy programs, the only 'app' i use is the youtube one.

edit* i too hate this new neowin ui.

Why?
It runs over 7 hours on a charge, has all the apps I need (+ Office) and is (so far) free of any nag/spyware and virus issues.
Has a usb port and sim card slot.
It might be a bad investment for you, but I'm really happy with it. As are lots of other peeps. ;-)

soder said,

Its SD card, not SIM card. Giant difference!


Actually, you can get a Surface 2 with a sim card slot, It is only compatible with AT&T networks though.

Gonna grab this one this week. Canadians - It's only $50 off, but you get a free sleeve (value up to $99), so I guess you kinda save up to $150... but I've never needed a sleeve for my gen1 Surface. lol

I hate this new tablet infested interface on Neowin. All the fonts look extra large and too much space every where. Anyway , the next huge price cut is coming soon on Surface 3. Wait for few more days.

Auditor said,
I hate this new tablet infested interface on Neowin. All the fonts look extra large and too much space every where. Anyway , the next huge price cut is coming soon on Surface 3. Wait for few more days.

I agree, everything just looks oversize.

I won't go as far as to say "hate", but yeah, there are some silly UI elements here. The "related stories" take up half a page (hyperbole)

Auditor said,
I hate this new tablet infested interface on Neowin. All the fonts look extra large and too much space every where. Anyway , the next huge price cut is coming soon on Surface 3. Wait for few more days.

The Pro 3 is getting a price cut? Or do you mean the Surface 2 will get another price cut leading up to a Surface 3 announcement?

Either way, this is a good price cut, definitely makes the Surface 2 more attractive. If it is a lead up to a new device launch, well that is even better. That would follow the trend of Apple and Google where current gen devices get price cuts leading up to new hardware coming out. I wonder what a Surface 3 would bring to the table.

A Surface 3 that used the new aspect ratio (while still being a 10" device), the new kickstand, and supported a pen, would be dynamite. Preferably in a thinner, lighter package with a longer-lasting battery just to keep up with the iPads.

ALL Surface models should support a digitizing pen, IMHO.

stephend said,
Apart from the whole WiFi/Bluetooth snafu, I've never regretted buying my Surface 2. Use it every day.

Does the Surface3 Pro suffer from the same BT-vs-Wifi issue as well?

I'd think about biting if I knew whatever replaces RT will be installable on this. Beyond that, I'm not interested in picking up a platform on short time.

AR556 said,
I'd think about biting if I knew whatever replaces RT will be installable on this. Beyond that, I'm not interested in picking up a platform on short time.

It's not on short time at all, the core of RT, the framework and APIs, WinRT, is going to be the same, same on phone and same on even x86 Windows 9 or whatever they call the next version. That's not going away even if they decide to just use a new version of WP for tablets as well going forward.

j2006 said,
Surface 2 just came out only a few months ago. It will be updatable just like all Windows PCs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_2
Release date: October 22, 2013 --> its on the market since 10 months. So I wouldnt say this as it just came out a "few" months ago. Lol, yes, if you compare it to a 2001 BMW, then yes, its just a few months ago, but you understand what I mean.

"It will be updatable just like all Windows PCs" --> seeing all the crazy things this rabid dog called MS does from month to month, I am unable to predict anything they do or plan to do clearly..

hmm, if that was the price for the 64gb model, then I would jump on it 32gb is just to low of space and really should not be offered as an option in devices like the Surface Pro that are designed to be a laptop/desktop replacement. And really, 64gb is pushing it.

zhangm said,
Nice. Can't argue with more competitive pricing.

It's not a bad deal if you can put up with having a very low quality app store.

Order_66 said,

It's not a bad deal if you can put up with having a very low quality app store.


The app store is just as good as any other app store.

Eh. I'd only ever go with an x86 Windows tablet. Like my legacy apps. :) Awesome for those who don't need our want legacy app support though.

ZipZapRap said,
Good price, arguably should always have been this (for RT). Love my Surfaces.

This is what the original Surface RT was being sold at from what I remember, $349, makes me think they finally worked their way through most if not all of the leftover stock since they just pushed the newer Surface 2 into that starting price.

"There is also a microSD card slot too and witch class 10 storage being so cheap these days, it seems like a logical choice to opt for the 32GB model."

Except you still can't install apps to the SD slot without a hack. That being said, this would be a really great device for my mother... except for the fact that we have no idea what the future of the OS is. I don't mean that in the usual "Windows RT is dying" way, but because we don't even know if there will be a desktop in future versions of Windows RT. If there's no way to run desktop Office, it's useless for her.

I'm pretty sure that the day they remove the desktop (although I personally hope they don't), it's also the day that they introduce modern Office.

Except we have no idea how feature-limited modern/ WinRT Office might be. It's hard to recommend something based on such a cloudy future.

Fair enough. I usually not base my decisions based on assumptions, but in this case, if I had to guess, I'd say that it will be similar to the feature-set of Office for the iPad.

pmbAustin said,
It's trivial, though, to move your libraries to the SD card (that's what I did), leaving all the original space for apps.

Yeah, apps really don't take up much space compared to most peoples libraries of music, videos, pictures and so on that keeps adding up over time.