Microsoft Surface RT $150 price cuts now live

While rumors of a deep price cut for the Surface RT tablet made their way to the Internet last week, today Microsoft pulled the trigger on the smaller price on its Windows RT tablet. Both versions of the Surface RT are now priced permanently at $150 less than what they were when the product first launched in October 2012.

At this rate they'll be selling like hotcakes!

The websites for the Microsoft Store, Staples and Best Buy now all show that the 32 GB version of the Surface RT, without its keyboard, can now be bought for $349, while the 64 GB version is priced at $449. In June, before today's price cuts went into effect, Microsoft offered consumers a way to buy the tablets and they would receive a free Touch or Type cover that are normally priced at $119 or $129, Today's price cut on the tablet itself means that buyers who also get a cover actually save a little bit more money overall versus June's free cover deal.

Keep in mind that qualified students can also get the 32 GB Surface RT for even less money, $199, until August 31st. The deal extends to the Touch Cover, which is priced at just $50 for students, and the Type Cover for $90.

Source: Microsoft Store, Staples and Best Buy | Image via Microsoft

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Looking from these comments above. What a cheap bunch of buyers complaining about the price of Surface. I don't see the rotten fruit dropping their initial price for their tablets when people like you complains how expensive it is. Get real! A premium product like Surface deserve a high price. If you guys want low priced quality product buy a andriod tablet with pathetic quality.

sn0wbl1tz said,
I don't see the rotten fruit dropping their initial price for their tablets when people like you complains how expensive it is.

The 'rotten fruit' actually has an ecosystem though.

sn0wbl1tz said,
Looking from these comments above. What a cheap bunch of buyers complaining about the price of Surface. I don't see the rotten fruit dropping their initial price for their tablets when people like you complains how expensive it is. Get real! A premium product like Surface deserve a high price. If you guys want low priced quality product buy a andriod tablet with pathetic quality.

Ha, are you actually comparing the Windows "cut the rope player" RT to something as big as iOS?

Uplift said,

Ha, are you actually comparing the Windows "cut the rope player" RT to something as big as iOS?

Are you seriously comparing a Phone/Mobile OS to a full desktop class OS?

Windows RT may not support legacy applications, but in functionality, it still is the full version of Windows 8.
(Apple would have loved to get OS X running on an ARM iPad, and they tried and failed, falling back to iOS for the iPad.)

App arguments aside, users can use millions of USB devices, the majority of all printers ever made, and has support for multiple users and other higher end functionality that Windows 8 offers over a mobile/scaled down OS like iOS.

If you are going to have a limited set of Apps, why wouldn't you choice the device that doesn't have a limited ecosystem of device support?

i.e. Want to do a podcast pick up a generic USB microphone and plug it in. Want to have 2TB of videos and photos available, plug in any generic 2TB portable HD.

Microsoft has proven in the past that they can create an attractive development platform, and Windows 8 is getting a lot of Apps rather quickly. (With few major Apps missing only a few months into the product lifecycle.)

Mobius Enigma said,

Are you seriously comparing a Phone/Mobile OS to a full desktop class OS?

Windows RT may not support legacy applications, but in functionality, it still is the full version of Windows 8.
(Apple would have loved to get OS X running on an ARM iPad, and they tried and failed, falling back to iOS for the iPad.)

App arguments aside, users can use millions of USB devices, the majority of all printers ever made, and has support for multiple users and other higher end functionality that Windows 8 offers over a mobile/scaled down OS like iOS.

If you are going to have a limited set of Apps, why wouldn't you choice the device that doesn't have a limited ecosystem of device support?

i.e. Want to do a podcast pick up a generic USB microphone and plug it in. Want to have 2TB of videos and photos available, plug in any generic 2TB portable HD.

Microsoft has proven in the past that they can create an attractive development platform, and Windows 8 is getting a lot of Apps rather quickly. (With few major Apps missing only a few months into the product lifecycle.)

The numbers (or lack of, in Microsofts case) speak for themselves... Who are you trying to convince, me or you? You can spin it any way you want, this obviously doesn't bother consumers too much.

Nobody knows when Surface RT2 will be out... It could be months, 2014, ....

If you need a tablet for e-mail, web surfing, photos/videos/music and REAL MS Office, then the RT, at this new price, could be the device to get. Windows 8.1 Preview shows LOTS of improvement on the Surface RT tablet.

TruckWEB said,
Nobody knows when Surface RT2 will be out... It could be months, 2014, ....

If you need a tablet for e-mail, web surfing, photos/videos/music and REAL MS Office, then the RT, at this new price, could be the device to get. Windows 8.1 Preview shows LOTS of improvement on the Surface RT tablet.

Many point to the price cuts as an indication that the newer models for the Surface line are on the way. One thing is for sure, we have to wait for Windows 8.1 to RTM, which is late August. MS could also give OEMs a head start on new 8.1 devices which would add a delay to a RT2 and Pro2 release, but not by much.

Another thing they could do first is release a Surface Mini, 8" device, wait a bit and then do the RT2, wait a bit and do Pro2.

We'll just have to wait and see, I bet we'll see a Surface Mini for this holiday though.

ZipZapRap said,
As an owner of a Surface RT from day one, this is the price it should always have been.

Have to make up the initial years of R&D costs. I'm sure they're not selling it at a loss, even at $350 though.

350$ is what I was willing to pay for mine w/touch cover(and eventually got for off of craigslist) a few months ago. For that price, at that time - worth every penny. Especially now with 8.1. Don't know if I would buy one right now though, even for that price, with the 2nd generation coming soon.

My hope is when Surface RT Gen 2 comes out, they don't bump the price on that all the way back up to 500$. Maybe bump it to 400$ and lower the Gen 1 even more(if they even continue to sell it).

Microsoft should be selling these for $50 just to build out this chaotic ecosystem called Windows 8. Personally, I have my eyes set on iPad 5. I don't want a jack of all trades. Having built in Office is not attractive, I am not looking for that. I have access to nearly 200 systems, both work and personal, in addition to Office web apps where can work on Office docs if needs be. I want a Tablet that has a rich ecosystem, focuses on doing certain things great: music, photos, video, web surfing, email. So far, the buggy Modern apps fail at all of those basic tasks. Even after a healthy 8 months of updates. Worst, they suck on RT.

Another thing, Surface RT is generation 1 product. The iPad later this year will be likely on its 5th generation. I think I am gonna go with the proven market leader here. Sorry. Same goes for Smart Phones. Windows 7, iPhone 5S, iPad (Heaven)!

efjay said,
Lower price doesn't change the fact its running RT. Still a pointless OS.

No kidding! A lot of faculty staff at my university took advantage of this deep discount thinking it would substitute their laptops, big mistake... We're seeing a return rate of 4 in 10 units.

This also demonstrates the general public / consumer is unaware of the distinction between Windows 8 and Windows RT, and become thoroughly disappointed once they realize RT's limitations.

efjay said,
Lower price doesn't change the fact its running RT. Still a pointless OS.

Saying RT is a pointless OS, is like saying iOS is a pointless OS.

I asked this on the last new posting. What does the Pro do that the RT doesn't? I travel and like to multitask such as watch movies while browsing or typing documents. Can I do just that and plug in my external HDD?

Dinggus said,
I asked this on the last new posting. What does the Pro do that the RT doesn't? I travel and like to multitask such as watch movies while browsing or typing documents. Can I do just that and plug in my external HDD?

The Pro is a full fledged PC, it runs WIndows 8 as your home PC does, the RT is a run time version, think of it as a mobile device.

Anything you can do on your home pc, you can do on the Pro.

Escape said,

The Pro is a full fledged PC, it runs WIndows 8 as your home PC does, the RT is a run time version, think of it as a mobile device.

Anything you can do on your home pc, you can do on the Pro.

Okay, I thought I read somewhere that they are gonna make the RT to be able to run Windows 8.1? Also, can I not plug in my external HDD?

Surface RT will be updated to 8.1 yes.
You can also just plug in your external HD and access whatever is on there

The only thing you can't do on a Surface RT is run your old Win32 apps.
Surface RT only runs what is standard installed in the device plus everything you can download from the Windows store

Hope this helps

Stoffel said,
Surface RT will be updated to 8.1 yes.
You can also just plug in your external HD and access whatever is on there

The only thing you can't do on a Surface RT is run your old Win32 apps.
Surface RT only runs what is standard installed in the device plus everything you can download from the Windows store

Hope this helps

Yes it does, thank you!

Escape said,

The Pro is a full fledged PC, it runs WIndows 8 as your home PC does, the RT is a run time version, think of it as a mobile device.

Anything you can do on your home pc, you can do on the Pro.

Technically RT doesn't stand for runtime or mean that Windows RT is a runtime version.

RT comes from WinRT, which means that the only 3rd party applications available are WinRT/Modern UI. (Running inside the new Windows Runtime Framework.)

The availability of 3rd party applications is the only main distinction as Win32 and other older APIs are not allowed to be used by developers. There are exceptions, as there is native code and DirectX code support that can run through/outside the WinRT framework.

The OS itself is not a 'lighter' or 'runtime' version of Windows 8, it is the full code base. Additionally Office and other included Applications run natively outside the Windows Runtime Framework.

(This response isn't necessarily directed at your post. I Just wanted to make this a bit easier to understand, as readers are still easily confused and incorrectly assume that Windows RT is some Frankenstein or scaled down mobile variation.)

Thanks for the update It is confusing lol...

Mobius Enigma said,

Technically RT doesn't stand for runtime or mean that Windows RT is a runtime version.

RT comes from WinRT, which means that the only 3rd party applications available are WinRT/Modern UI. (Running inside the new Windows Runtime Framework.)

The availability of 3rd party applications is the only main distinction as Win32 and other older APIs are not allowed to be used by developers. There are exceptions, as there is native code and DirectX code support that can run through/outside the WinRT framework.

The OS itself is not a 'lighter' or 'runtime' version of Windows 8, it is the full code base. Additionally Office and other included Applications run natively outside the Windows Runtime Framework.

(This response isn't necessarily directed at your post. I Just wanted to make this a bit easier to understand, as readers are still easily confused and incorrectly assume that Windows RT is some Frankenstein or scaled down mobile variation.)

W8.1 has gotten a lot better on the current gen Surface. It's still a bit slow but I wouldn't pass up this deal if I did't have one already.

I can't wait to see what Gen 2 has to offer. Hopefully they start of at 64GB or 128GB. Different colour vapors mag would also be sweet.

ShareShiz said,
I'll wait for the Surface Pro to reach these prices.

Not sure why anyone would want a RT.

At one time I would have agreed with you completely. However people do buy iPads and Android tablets knowing they are limited in functionality.

Exactly why I am sticking to my Android tablet until the Pro comes down in price.

I've seen what you can do with a Pro. And with one simple add-on you can make your Surface Pro into a desktop.

the same people will still be bitching later this year when the new rt2 comes out with its new Qualcomm and many new features wanting it for $199.

korupt_one said,
the same people will still be bitching later this year when the new rt2 comes out with its new Qualcomm and many new features wanting it for $199.

People will always want something for less, that's just how a consumers mind works. Though if the RT2 has the performance to make up for it that the first gen lacked with the tegra 3 then the price can be better justified. People forget that the Surface RT isn't just the device and Windows, but also Office, that's added value for those who like to use those apps. Also RT2 will come with the updated versions of the core apps like mail and so on, that also helps to sell it better.

I still think that's too high considering the tegra 3 isn't powerful enough for RT

To be honest, (after using 5 different win8 tablets) I think the best deal is a Dell Latitude 10 from the outlet.

Surface RT is already one of the best ARM tablets on the market easily. At those prices its a steal! Students should be picking these up like nobodies business with built in Office, now with Outlook in 8.1

Timothy Gamble said,
Surface RT is already one of the best ARM tablets on the market easily. At those prices its a steal! Students should be picking these up like nobodies business with built in Office, now with Outlook in 8.1

The Tegra 3 in the Surface RT gets so easily bogged down and choppy it's hilarious! Even with WinRT devices, there are better choices on the market. Wait until the 2nd gen of the Surface and then see what's up...

Worth every penny at that price point. Especially if you're one of those "all I do is e-mail, surf, manage pictures." people.

MrHumpty said,
Worth every penny at that price point. Especially if you're one of those "all I do is e-mail, surf, manage pictures." people.

Not even at that price point is Win RT a good platform for those people. Better to get an Android or iPad tablet; they are far superior to RT.

-=MagMan=- said,
Not even at that price point is Win RT a good platform for those people. Better to get an Android or iPad tablet; they are far superior to RT.
With the original release of Win8 I'd agree the point is arguable, with 8.1 you're just wrong. It will be interesting to see, as MS finally gets WinRT matured, how the Toy OS's of android and iOS will hold up.

-=MagMan=- said,

Not even at that price point is Win RT a good platform for those people. Better to get an Android or iPad tablet; they are far superior to RT.

*reads comment*
*sees Apple logo in avatar*
*nods*

-=MagMan=- said,

Not even at that price point is Win RT a good platform for those people. Better to get an Android or iPad tablet; they are far superior to RT.

Superior?

Like when you need to print to any printer, run the full version of Office, connect a massive number of standard USB devices, or allow multiple users to have their own login/security?

These are just the layman arguments, as the technical arguments show an even greater difference in features and functionality.

Comparing a full OS to two low end mobile OSes is just silly.

You can hate Windows 8, but your personal opinion doesn't change that iOS and Android are not in the same class of technology.

Futurecrap always try and hose their customers to buy it sooner, claiming a sale will end sooner. Those greedy morons just want their commissions and to sell you their extended warranty to make an extra buck...

The student special price of $199 is what I'd call a deep cut, the others are still up there. $350 for the 32GB is still a nice chunk of money to spend.

There is no such price for students. It's for academic institutions. Students cannot get a Surface RT at $200. Big difference.

majortom1981 said,

no read again. Its for schools to have students use. Students can't buy it themselves.

Uh, yes they can... Students at our university are going out and buying them under this promotion. All they need to do is go to any Microsoft Store or mall kiosk and present their student ID card to be eligible for the promotion.

-=MagMan=- said,

Love it when people spread FUD when they haven't even done their due diligence:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mic...hools-and-universities.aspx

Next time check before you speak, this offer is open to students of K-12 or higher schools.


It's a shame that you didn't do the due diligence yourself. Next time check before you speak. Where in that source of yours does it say that students themselves can directly purchase the Surface RT for the promotional price offered to educational institutions?

-=MagMan=- said,

Uh, yes they can... Students at our university are going out and buying them under this promotion. All they need to do is go to any Microsoft Store or mall kiosk and present their student ID card to be eligible for the promotion.

Any proof of that? Perhaps this time you can provide evidence for what you're actually talking about.

tanybeen said,

I'm a student. I tried. I wish that was true! This offer is for selling directly to schools. Students can't get them.

Wouldn't the school then give them to students to use though? For free I'd figure.

GP007 said,

Wouldn't the school then give them to students to use though? For free I'd figure.


No. I believe the point of the offer is to get them as teaching tools to schools. Not provide them to individuals. It becomes clearer if you look at the actual order form of the promotion, which shows that you can only get them in bulk.

tanybeen said,

No. I believe the point of the offer is to get them as teaching tools to schools. Not provide them to individuals. It becomes clearer if you look at the actual order form of the promotion, which shows that you can only get them in bulk.

You get them in bulk, yes, but does it state you can't then give them to your students? Lots of universities, iirc, give out devices for free to new students. Not the greatest of devices, mid-range laptops etc, but I'm pretty sure it happens.

I had to register an account so I could say that you are wrong. It is possible for individual students to make use of the education promotion it just depends if the uni is willing. My uni has sent out emails to all students that they can purchase a surface rt for 200 euro. We can order till the 5th of August. Uni buys them in bulk and handles the logistics from there.

Personally, I think they should keep the price for the entry level device for the next gen Surface RT at $399, with a few bumped up specs. It would help with the spread of the ecosystem including supplanting the iPad in educational institutions. Windows 8.1 will help as well since it will come with Office. Its just a better all around device than the iPad, it just needs to get the Apps in the same sense that Windows Phone need them.

Drewidian said,
Personally, I think they should keep the price for the entry level device for the next gen Surface RT at $399, with a few bumped up specs. It would help with the spread of the ecosystem including supplanting the iPad in educational institutions. Windows 8.1 will help as well since it will come with Office. Its just a better all around device than the iPad, it just needs to get the Apps in the same sense that Windows Phone need them.

Sorry, but I just got one of these to use at work (an internationally recognized university) because they took advantage of the massive discount, and not only is it now sitting my drawer unused because they OS is trying to be a jack of all trades but a master of none, but a LOT of people who also purchased it on campus are now coming to us (work in the tech support department) with complaints of glitches, lack of features (RT), and confusing workflow and UX. Quite a few staff have already returned them and purchased iPads instead.

Unfortunately that's how people are. I have a Windows tablet but can't install fun mouse cursors? JUNK. I have an iPad but can't use Flash? Hmm the internet must be broken today.

Davo said,
Unfortunately that's how people are. I have a Windows tablet but can't install fun mouse cursors? JUNK. I have an iPad but can't use Flash? Hmm the internet must be broken today.

Best comment evar

-=MagMan=- said,

Sorry, but I just got one of these to use at work (an internationally recognized university) because they took advantage of the massive discount, and not only is it now sitting my drawer unused because they OS is trying to be a jack of all trades but a master of none, but a LOT of people who also purchased it on campus are now coming to us (work in the tech support department) with complaints of glitches, lack of features (RT), and confusing workflow and UX. Quite a few staff have already returned them and purchased iPads instead.
I'm sure you've made an attempt to get accustomed to the device and also, being the tech support guy have tried to education the consumers on their new device. The SurfaceRT with Win8 is quite capable. Frankly, my only real complaint on day to day usage was a lack of fun applications to toy with. With 8.1 the OS is very mature and so is the WinRT stack. It's unfortunate that people seek out advice from those they consider to be in the know and receive bad advice SurfaceRT is not an iPad, it's much more... its app store just needs a greater filling out which is happening.

spy beef said,
Pass, I'll wait until it's fire sale for $99.

+1
but for me, $199 (with keyboard) is also a reasonable price

spy beef said,
Pass, I'll wait until it's fire sale for $99.

I don't think we'll see prices like that unless someone is going to sell theirs online used. The stock will dry up and they'll have the 2nd gen out on the market at the original pricing probably. With better specs and performance though it should be fine.

If there were going to be a fire sale it would have already happened. They're clearing these out for the second gen devices. I can see it coming down to $299 but that's about it. Might luck out on eBay?

there will be no fire sale, this will be the lowest price you will get.but if you want a $199 device then I suggest you go with one of those cheap android devices.

spy beef said,
Pass, I'll wait until it's fire sale for $99.

This is not HP with their useless webos tablet. Surface is build with high quality materials and it's a premium product. Look at the rotten fruit. I don't see people like you want a fire sale of their products.