Microsoft offers graduation discount on Surface Pro 2

There's no question that Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is a high quality machine, capable of doing as much as a standard laptop, only in tablet form. One of the complaints (aside from availability) has been the relatively high price tag when compared to the iPad and Android tablets. Although the Surface Pro 2 is a fully functioning laptop compared to the iOS and Android tablets, it's hard to resist wanting to pay a lower price for the hardware, but those discounts have been far and few between.

If you're a student or teacher, Microsoft is offering a 10% discount on the hardware. Simply head over to their site, enter in the name of the school, and start shopping. When you go to checkout, type in the coupon code GRADUATION and save an additional $100. This cuts the price of the 64GB Surface Pro 2 from $899 down to $709, the 128GB version from $999 to $799.10, the 256GB version from $1,299 to $1,069.10, and the massive 512GB version from $1,799 down to a more manageable $1,519.10.

Keep in mind that this is only for students and teachers. The fine print says that if you buy this and aren't eligible for the discount, Microsoft reserves the right to charge your credit card the difference or, if you purchased with cash, to invoice you for the extra money, so buyer beware.

Source: Microsoft via Slickdeals

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Ordered Surface pro 2 128 GB, along with a cover with 10 % discount and Graduation promo code from Microsoft store. However while processing the order the screen showed error message that the crfedit card company blocked the order. I talked to the credit card and they have cleared the flag. Tried to process again it showed the same message.
Finally talked to the support team from Microsoft and they said I can not claim both the discounts 10% and the $ 100 off.
I requested them to cancel my order.

Just ordered a 256GB Surface Pro 2 about 20-30mins ago (after a conversation with Capital One who kept blocking the transaction as it was getting flagged for fraud). Hind sight, I'm glad they blocked it since it looked suspicious though. Now to play the waiting game. Hopefully it'll get here by the weekend. I have a 32GB Surface 2 from work and I like it a lot, I just don't like not being able to use more apps (like spotify). I may try to pick up that power cover later, but this is a nice graduation gift to myself.

Like someone said above, I also like that I won't have to take it out of my bag when going through security too. It's a small thing, but it's the little things that count/add up.

(Somewhat) Unrelated question; Are the Power Keyboards on sale at all? I have not heard anything about them recently....

Yup, well they are for sale on MS's site, commonly sold out though I have seen it up a few times. If I did more traveling I would grab one, but battery life is rarely an issue with the pro 2 for me.

Corey C said,
Yup, well they are for sale on MS's site, commonly sold out though I have seen it up a few times. If I did more traveling I would grab one, but battery life is rarely an issue with the pro 2 for me.

Thanks! I Have an original Pro myself, I can see the battery life dwindling lower and lower on it; I think the power cover would help a bit :)

CrippsCorner said,
That's a Surface 2 in the picture, not a Surface Pro 2.

Fixed. Next time, please use the "report" feature as it'll get noticed much quicker.

Great tablet but I am not sold yet, this really should have been the first. Maybe the next Surface Pro, if it can deliver 10 hour battery life, less bulky, slim, and light. I'd probably buy this at $499 max only, which won't be the case anytime soon.

MaSx said,
Great tablet but I am not sold yet, this really should have been the first. Maybe the next Surface Pro, if it can deliver 10 hour battery life, less bulky, slim, and light. I'd probably buy this at $499 max only, which won't be the case anytime soon.

They're not going to price it lower, they're going to leave price wars to their OEM partners to do.

Your real only chance for that would be on ebay or something refurbed once the device is a year old. The pro 2 comes real close to your requirements though, might be priced down near that for the lower end units after the surface 3 comes out.

MS just took another hit on Surface, they are trying really hard to get rid of them. I would have thought that people liked the innovative kickstand.

derekaw said,
MS just took another hit on Surface, they are trying really hard to get rid of them. I would have thought that people liked the innovative kickstand.
Stop making stuff up

derekaw said,
MS just took another hit on Surface, they are trying really hard to get rid of them. I would have thought that people liked the innovative kickstand.

I don't agree, they were sold out for awhile.

That post is off, they're not losing money on the hardware at all, no way that's possible, it's possible that the costs to advertise, the filing he's quoting says as much. Basically they spent more on advertising, which was already calculated in for the quarter as it's stated as being fixed. The "loss" is therefor not tied to unit sales per se but other factors, and at $34million that's not much. They can lower advertising a bit and some other costs and that'll vanish.

George P said,

That post is off, they're not losing money on the hardware at all, no way that's possible, it's possible that the costs to advertise, the filing he's quoting says as much. Basically they spent more on advertising, which was already calculated in for the quarter as it's stated as being fixed. The "loss" is therefor not tied to unit sales per se but other factors, and at $34million that's not much. They can lower advertising a bit and some other costs and that'll vanish.

They are wrong? OK. Obviously Surface is a huge hit and everyone wants one.

derekaw said,

They are wrong? OK. Obviously Surface is a huge hit and everyone wants one.

Nice knee jerk reaction there. Take the time to re-read my post, I said they're wrong in the way the post comes up with the cause, as if they're not selling enough or that they're selling at a loss, which they aren't. The "costs of revenue" they point to include things like advertising, shipping and so on, it's not just down to units sold at x - units made at y.

If I were to guess they are trying to cut down on current stock with the potential for the surface 3 to be out in the next 6 months or so, assuming they will be releasing another one this fall anyway.

ACTIONpack said,
Still overprice. I can get a laptop with better spec for half the price.

Maybe true, maybe not (I say not due to the SSD, but I haven't priced it recenty). However there's a HUGE advantage in the Surface Pro 2 for those who travel -- no need to take it out of your laptop bag when going through airport security because it's considered a tablet. That's pretty handy.

Lord Method Man said,
Please share where I can get a 10" 1080p laptop with (better than) 4GB of RAM, an Intel i5 CPU, 64 GB SSD, and Windows 8.1 Pro preinstalled for $354

I'd like to know that too so I could order one.

ACTIONpack said,
Still overprice. I can get a laptop with better spec for half the price.

Show me one with a touchscreen, digitizer and a lower price..... oh... you can't, can you?

That's not bad at all, except the 512GB version. I guess if you really need that much storage, go for it, but the 128 and 256GB versions are the sweet spot.

No...

Eligibility

Individuals eligible to purchase from the Microsoft Store for Students include faculty, staff, students and parents as follows:

K-12 Faculty/Staff- Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States (including Puerto Rico) is eligible, including home-school teachers. In addition, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members are eligible. Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers are also eligible.

Higher Education Faculty/Staff/Students - Faculty and staff of Higher Education institutions in the United States; and students attending, or accepted into a Higher Education institution in the United States are eligible to purchase. Purchases from the Microsoft Store for Students are not for institutional purchase or resale.

Parents - Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private K-12 or Higher Education institution in the United States (including Puerto Rico), are eligible to purchase.

Institutions are not eligible for this offer.

ians18 said,
Now is the coupon code only for students graduating from high school and going into college and/or staff?

Students, faculty, and staff of US colleges and high schools.