Microsoft promotion sees first-gen Surface 64GB on sale for $249

All eyes have been on the Surface Pro 3 this week, after Microsoft launched its latest and greatest device on Tuesday. The new 12-inch tablet is aimed squarely at the premium end of the market, with configurations priced from $799, all the way up to $1949. 

But not everyone can afford to splash out on such a device, of course, no matter how much they might want it. So for those shopping for a tablet on a more modest budget, Microsoft is no doubt hoping that its Memorial Day promotion will be a deal to remember.

This weekend, the Microsoft Store is selling its original Surface 64GB for just $249 - that's a saving of $200 on the tablet's standard price. For $279, you'll get the same tablet plus a black Touch Cover, which equates to a $220 discount on regular pricing. 

The first-gen Surface features a 10.6-inch display with 1366x768px resolution, along with 2GB of RAM and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Like its successor, the Surface 2, the original Surface runs Windows RT, and comes with Office Home and Student 2013. Don't forget to check out our review of the original Surface before you head over to the Store to check out the deal.

Notably, Microsoft has included this deal in its 'Clearance' section, alongside the original Surface Pro which is now sold out. This latest price drop is likely intended to help Microsoft shift the last of its remain stocks of the original Surface. Last year, the company booked a $900m write-down on Surface inventory after sales of its devices failed to meet expectations. 

Source: Microsoft Store via PocketNow | image via Microsoft

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Ordered one, and excited! It'll be a consumption device, no illusions here, but that's fine. Love they did free shipping to Hawai'i, unlikely Newegg. Saving $50 off current pricing is nice, plus I'm already looking at high speed microSD cards.

Does W8/RT make use of ReadyBoost? Does 8.1u1 improve things much?

The sluggishness of the original Tegra-3 based Surface has unfortunately contributed to the perception that Windows RT is lacking. Many seem to think the performance issues are due to the OS and not the hardware. Too bad the first RT device could not have been the Surface 2. Perception would be much different.

Silversee said,
The sluggishness of the original Tegra-3 based Surface has unfortunately contributed to the perception that Windows RT is lacking. Many seem to think the performance issues are due to the OS and not the hardware. Too bad the first RT device could not have been the Surface 2. Perception would be much different.

IT is better with Windows 8.1 on it though, there's a performance boost, though I agree, the Tegra 3 is the problem with the original hardware, Surface 2 with Tegra 4 is almost as fast as the Surface Pro 2 with it's i5 when it comes to normal apps and usage.

Not only the Tegra 3 is there to blame, also it had a slow-ass SSD (some type of eMMC data thingy if im not mistaken) which made things even wrose. Owned a RT, it really was quite a slow machine, Skype loading text would take ages, then crash, then try again blah blah blah

I disagree. The ipad is much better in those categories because the windows store is lacking. There are windows 8 tablets that cost the same as the surface rt. I found the surface to be just too slow.

I got the original Surface Pro for $450 with 128GB. You need to pay attention to when there are sales. I would not consider purchasing a Surface. I bought one for 199 during black Friday and that device is a waste. Microsoft should kill Windows RT. It is pointless.

RT is perfect for the casual user who needs to mail, browse, use office, watch movies and TV series and play a game here and there. It kicks iPad *ss in any of those categories.

I have a Surface RT and love it. I have it just to leave around the house to pick up like a book or magazine. I am not interested in playing games or anything other than checking some emails, browse the web and use with my xbox. I would not bother with the touch cover though, I bought mine in a bundle and have used it a couple times.

Deihmos said,
I got the original Surface Pro for $450 with 128GB. You need to pay attention to when there are sales. I would not consider purchasing a Surface. I bought one for 199 during black Friday and that device is a waste. Microsoft should kill Windows RT. It is pointless.

sure...whatever you say except i'd buy 3 surface 2 right now if I could...

paulheu said,
It kicks iPad *ss in any of those categories
Um no! The lighter, thinner, better Apps, iPad kicks the Surface RT behind.

n_K said,
Haha $600 for the original surface pro... They just refuse to get the pricing on these right.

They've been clear as day about the Surface pricing, it's NOT going to compete with their OEMs and go lower into their price ranges, they don't want to do that. I don't know how many times they have to say it before people realize the goal of these are to be premium and set a bar for build quality not race to the bottom and push volumes.

George P said,

They've been clear as day about the Surface pricing, it's NOT going to compete with their OEMs and go lower into their price ranges, they don't want to do that. I don't know how many times they have to say it before people realize the goal of these are to be premium and set a bar for build quality not race to the bottom and push volumes.

Do you really believe this BS that the goal of Surface is to build a premium device, so to not hurt the OEMs. LOL.

George P said,

They've been clear as day about the Surface pricing, it's NOT going to compete with their OEMs and go lower into their price ranges, they don't want to do that. I don't know how many times they have to say it before people realize the goal of these are to be premium and set a bar for build quality not race to the bottom and push volumes.


Well that's completely irrelevant, this device is (EOL?) 2 generations old...

Auditor said,

Do you really believe this BS that the goal of Surface is to build a premium device, so to not hurt the OEMs. LOL.

Yes, unless you have a good reason as to why they don't price them lower then? But I doubt you do.

n_K said,

Well that's completely irrelevant, this device is (EOL?) 2 generations old...

Hardware wise it's only 1 generation old, it's a 3rd gen i5, if we're talking about the Pro vs Pro 2 still, and the Pro 3 still uses the same 4th gen i5 the Pro 2 does.

Auditor said,

Do you really believe this BS that the goal of Surface is to build a premium device, so to not hurt the OEMs. LOL.

If you want a <200 tablet, there's always the Dell Venue Pro 8. These are clearly not intended to complete with that device . . .

George P said,

They've been clear as day about the Surface pricing, it's NOT going to compete with their OEMs and go lower into their price ranges, they don't want to do that. I don't know how many times they have to say it before people realize the goal of these are to be premium and set a bar for build quality not race to the bottom and push volumes.

People just bitch and moan when they can't afford something. There are plenty of other devices that are cheaper, out there. Surface isn't for them.

George P said,

Yes, unless you have a good reason as to why they don't price them lower then? But I doubt you do.

Yeah, the first reason is MS is delusional and they don't even know what the hell they are doing these days. Want proof, just look past two years multiple flip-flop decisions taken my MS.

Second reason, all those so called OEM cheap devices, they are going to follow their own design and specs rather based on price of their hardware rather than thinking what Surface is sold for.

Third reason, ahh forget it, fanboys will deny anything which brings credibility of MS vision in question, so why bother explaining them. Market share will tell who was right and who was wrong.

Auditor said,

Yeah, the first reason is MS is delusional and they don't even know what the hell they are doing these days. Want proof, just look past two years multiple flip-flop decisions taken my MS.

Second reason, all those so called OEM cheap devices, they are going to follow their own design and specs rather based on price of their hardware rather than thinking what Surface is sold for.

Third reason, ahh forget it, fanboys will deny anything which brings credibility of MS vision in question, so why bother explaining them. Market share will tell who was right and who was wrong.

So typical of you at this point, first, since you can't come up with anything logical lets just call MS crazy and then follow it up with calling people who don't agree with you fanboys. Congrats on proving my point.

George P said,

So typical of you at this point, first, since you can't come up with anything logical lets just call MS crazy and then follow it up with calling people who don't agree with you fanboys. Congrats on proving my point.

So you did not comprehend the first and second reason given, and self proclaiming to be proving your point.

ZipZapRap said,

People just bitch and moan when they can't afford something. There are plenty of other devices that are cheaper, out there. Surface isn't for them.


And that's why MS keep making losses on the surface line - they overprice them.
Only an idiot pays triple the cost for similiar items.

Auditor said,

So you did not comprehend the first and second reason given, and self proclaiming to be proving your point.

I asked for a "good" reason, and your first one is hardly good, it's silly and childish. And the 2nd reason has little to nothing to do with the Surface, OEMs can price lower, MS will not price their hardware to directly compete with their OEM partners, they've said it time and again.

So yes, my point is still valid, you haven't come up with any good reason as to why they don't price the Surface hardware lower, just attack and lash out like a kid.