Surface Pro 3 availability and pricing across Europe

Surface Pro 3

If you’re excited about the Surface Pro 3 that Microsoft unveiled yesterday, and you live in the EU, then we have some good news for you. The tablet is available for purchase to virtually all citizens of the European Union.

Despite having little regard for the non-US part of the world, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 will be available in various countries across Europe. But that’s always been the case. The good news this time is that the Microsoft digital store is willing to ship devices across all of the EU, even in countries where Surface isn’t officially available. And the best part is that shipping is currently free.

So if you live in country that doesn’t officially get Surface, you can still buy one from Microsoft’s Store UK, Germany, Netherlands and various others.

Now here’s the bad news: price variation and lack of accessories. Depending on where you’re buying from, VAT is different, and currency conversion has a lot to say in how much you’ll actually end up paying.

For example, if you’re buying the i3 basic model, the cheapest Surface Pro 3, you’ll be better off buying it in the UK store, where it retails for £639.00, equal to 785.16 Euros, and cheaper than anywhere else. Oh, not as cheap as in the US of course, but that goes without saying for us Europeans.

However if you’re going to buy the top of the line device with the i7 CPU, as well as touch covers and other accessories you’re better off looking at Germany or the Netherlands, because with different currency conversion and VAT rates you can end up spending almost 200 Euros more in the UK than in other countries – for the exact same products.

Finally there’s still a problem of accessory availability with Microsoft UK being one of the few shops that currently has some Surface Pro 3 accessories. Others, such as Microsoft NL doesn’t even have the new Type covers. Of course this may change in the following months as we get closer to the shipping date but it’s something worth looking at.

All in all this is still good news for EU folks, but you’ll still need to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And of course there’s also the disappointing news that Surface Pro 3 models won’t start shipping in Europe until August.

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Chosen the UK store, went to checkout --> my (EU-member!) country still missing from the destination country list. M****F*****s...

iPad Air 64Gb 659 euro.
Pro3 64Gb 810 euro.
Difference 160 euro, 12" instead of 9", digitizer/pen and full OS.

Oh boy.... What should I buy?? ;-)

Me too; very much.

Want a small windows RT tablet, mostly for web browsing. x86 isn't an option, since I don't want to be on constant guard not to get any kind of malware by mistake. Get enough of that on my desktop.

I really think they under-estimated the demand for a small tablet with pen at a reasonable price. I know they think the market is saturated, but I really don't think it is. Sure, it may not be a number one seller (or even top five), but it's a foot in the door, a completion of the line, and a much-desired device by many people. It would also help drive Win8 App development.

But I understand their concerns around the fact that touch office isn't available yet, and desktop office on such a device would be nearly unusable. I also understand that they're driving the convergence of their Phone and tablet OSs, and this might mean that any 8" Surface customers might end up getting "abandoned" like WinPhone 7 users were, and they don't want to do that.

It's an interesting business conundrum... there are definite pluses and minuses.

eddman said,
Me too; very much.

Want a small windows RT tablet, mostly for web browsing. x86 isn't an option, since I don't want to be on constant guard not to get any kind of malware by mistake. Get enough of that on my desktop.

Looking at all the hate in threads about RT, it seems you're in a minority group as most of them want x86 based cpu's. Even for their 7-8"tablets.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Surface2.

It is possible to pre order the SP3 on the Italian store, prices, including VAT, are:

- i3 €819.00;
- i5/128 GB €1.019.00;
- i5/256 GB €1.319.00;
- i7/256 GB €1.569.00;
- i7/512 GB €1.969.00;

It will ship starting August 31st.

Accessories for the SP3 are not available yet, however Type Covers for 1st and 2nd gen SP are priced at 129,99€ and Touch Covers cost 119,99€.

The Surface Pro 3 will be more expensive than the MacBook Air, for example top of the line MBA (13", i7 dual-core 1,7Ghz/3,3Ghz, 512GB PCIe and 8GB RAM) costs € 1.779,00, while the cheapest one (11", i5 dual-core 1,4Ghz/2,7Ghz, 128GB PCIe and 4GB RAM) will cost you € 929,00.

It's almost as expensive as the basic 15" MacBook Pro (€ 2.029,00) and, with similar specs, prices are on par with the basic i5 2,4/2,9 Ghz 13" MacBook Pro (€ 1.529,00).

It's more expensive than both the i5 and i7 Dell XPS 13 (1.199€ and 1.349€) and more expensive than Asus Transformer Book T300LA (i7-4500U, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM) which in Italy is priced at € 1.234,99 but you can easily get it for € 999,99, keyboard included, even cheaper on Amazon (923,53€).

I'd like them to but can see why its not, they have to make some money and its obvious this thing is not cheap to make nor is the type cover. These are premium devices pal.

$799 (without taxes) * 1.20 (20% VAT in UK) puts it in the ballpark of £567. Assuming there is duty involved, the £639 price is pretty reasonable.

€819,00 for the entry level Surface! Add-up another €130 for the cover and you'll end up paying €949 for an i3 device. :/

Looking at comparable ultrabooks, considering what you're getting and in a much lighter/smaller form factor.. it's not that much of a stretch.

I'm not saying that the Surface is exceptionally pricy or anything. In general it's just a lot of money for what you're getting. Especially worried the i3 will start showing its age quickly.

when you make something so thin and light and powerful with such a high res and well made screen a LOT of work is needed and a lot of expensive components (case etc.) so you get what you pay for, If you don't want something so thin and light and well made there are other options for you.

Edited by duddit2, May 21 2014, 9:27am :

also lets not forget the pen and the custom work on the screen to remove parallax effect so writing should feel natural. This device certainly seems in a league of its own.

.Neo said,
€819,00 for the entry level Surface! Add-up another €130 for the cover and you'll end up paying €949 for an i3 device. :/

It isn't just any device. It is quite a premium device not really meant for everyone's pocket.

.Neo said,
€819,00 for the entry level Surface! Add-up another €130 for the cover and you'll end up paying €949 for an i3 device. :/

It's a slightly better value than the Pro 2, but it's still very expensive with too many features that many people don't want/need. They basically marketed it as a note-taking device, which I think was a bad idea. I doubt many people will love the sound of an expensive device to take notes on.

What I think they should have done is do without the Wacom digitizer, pen thing, make the resolution 1080, and lower the price to $599, and they'll have a massive hit. I would absolutely love to have a quality device that runs full Windows with nice specs and a reasonable price. I'd have to imagine a TON of people have that same mindset, but Microsoft doesn't seem to understand that.

If they want it to be a laptop replacement, they should give it compatible specs and compatible price to a mid-line laptop. They shot wayyyy too high with this.

FMH said,
It isn't just any device. It is quite a premium device not really meant for everyone's pocket.

The i3 and 4 GB of memory will show their age all the same, just like any other device. The Surface being a "premium" device doesn't change that. Don't get me wrong though, I appreciate how well built it is.

Edited by .Neo, May 21 2014, 1:30pm :

The latest phone is already old hat once you purchase it. you can thank six month cycles and variants of the same phone upgrades (S4 plus/mini) etc for that. Although Tablets and PC's typically have a longer shelf life :p

Astra.Xtreme said,

It's a slightly better value than the Pro 2, but it's still very expensive with too many features that many people don't want/need. They basically marketed it as a note-taking device, which I think was a bad idea. I doubt many people will love the sound of an expensive device to take notes on.

What I think they should have done is do without the Wacom digitizer, pen thing, make the resolution 1080, and lower the price to $599, and they'll have a massive hit. I would absolutely love to have a quality device that runs full Windows with nice specs and a reasonable price. I'd have to imagine a TON of people have that same mindset, but Microsoft doesn't seem to understand that.

If they want it to be a laptop replacement, they should give it compatible specs and compatible price to a mid-line laptop. They shot wayyyy too high with this.

So they should have taken out all the stuff that's makes the Pro the Pro????
Seriously dude, what are you smking?? ;-)

Dutchie64 said,

So they should have taken out all the stuff that's makes the Pro the Pro????
Seriously dude, what are you smking?? ;-)


Nah, the Pro is a Pro because it runs full Windows. Most people don't care about a fancy digitizer and pen for note taking and don't need a stupid high resolution. It's the same reason why the Mac Pros don't sell in high volumes. It's targeted at a very small market, and I have no idea why Microsoft is aiming in that direction.

Astra.Xtreme said,

It's targeted at a very small market, and I have no idea why Microsoft is aiming in that direction.

Because it's aimed away from OEM partners.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Nah, the Pro is a Pro because it runs full Windows. Most people don't care about a fancy digitizer and pen for note taking and don't need a stupid high resolution. It's the same reason why the Mac Pros don't sell in high volumes. It's targeted at a very small market, and I have no idea why Microsoft is aiming in that direction.

MS already stated before their devices are 'catalysts' for OEM development.
For what you're looking for, there's enough out there already by those same OEM's.

It may not look the same as a Surface model, but choice there is.
And that's a good thing.

And like you said, the Pro3 is mostly aimed at the Ultrabook users that also use graphical programs. As is/was the Pro 1/2...

Astra.Xtreme said,

It's a slightly better value than the Pro 2, but it's still very expensive with too many features that many people don't want/need. They basically marketed it as a note-taking device, which I think was a bad idea. I doubt many people will love the sound of an expensive device to take notes on.

What I think they should have done is do without the Wacom digitizer, pen thing, make the resolution 1080, and lower the price to $599, and they'll have a massive hit. I would absolutely love to have a quality device that runs full Windows with nice specs and a reasonable price. I'd have to imagine a TON of people have that same mindset, but Microsoft doesn't seem to understand that.

If they want it to be a laptop replacement, they should give it compatible specs and compatible price to a mid-line laptop. They shot wayyyy too high with this.

that was a hightlight and it was part of a tech demo to press. They also highlighted photoshop running very well with new interface, the demoed architectural modelling, crosswords, movies.

Dude, the notetaking was just to highlight the pen improvements in the screen and pen.

They also demoed the thinnest ever core product, it can do more than an iPad air and is thinner and lighter and has the store (yes I know, but it is expanding) for tablet stuff (saying that though, I love loads of games and apps on the store right now).

They also demoed the strength and craftsmanship in the device.

Seriously saying they are selling this as a note taking device is truly ignoring the vast majority of the demo.

duddit2 said,

that was a hightlight and it was part of a tech demo to press. They also highlighted photoshop running very well with new interface, the demoed architectural modelling, crosswords, movies.

Dude, the notetaking was just to highlight the pen improvements in the screen and pen.

They also demoed the thinnest ever core product, it can do more than an iPad air and is thinner and lighter and has the store (yes I know, but it is expanding) for tablet stuff (saying that though, I love loads of games and apps on the store right now).

They also demoed the strength and craftsmanship in the device.

Seriously saying they are selling this as a note taking device is truly ignoring the vast majority of the demo.

Errr no kidding it does more than an iPad. It runs a full fledged OS and is twice the price... If they ever want to touch the marketshare of the iPad, they're going to need to start catering to the masses. That was my point...

Astra.Xtreme said,
Errr no kidding it does more than an iPad. It runs a full fledged OS and is twice the price...

Should be comparing this to a MacBook Air or other ultrabook, not an iPad. Different animals entirely... it's like comparing a PC against a Kindle Fire. Apples and oranges.

Max Norris said,

Should be comparing this to a MacBook Air or other ultrabook, not an iPad. Different animals entirely... it's like comparing a PC against a Kindle Fire. Apples and oranges.

Yeah maybe that's what he meant. The closest ultrabook that compares to the Surface is the Lenovo Yoga 2 (13 inch I think?). The Yoga has a better processor and more storage for the same price, but only 1080 res and no fancy Wacom. Considering all that, the Lenovo is a much better value for the average user. No having to deal with a kickstand or flimsy keyboard either.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Errr no kidding it does more than an iPad. It runs a full fledged OS and is twice the price... If they ever want to touch the marketshare of the iPad, they're going to need to start catering to the masses. That was my point...

sorry I meant MacBook air, my bad. must type responses slower and re read before posting!!!!


but seriously how could this mistake not have been assumed due to the other content of my post? I mean I know I posted the wrong words but seriously if anyone has any idea of context it would have been obvious this was a mistake. A silly little mistake and no one bothers to think past it? seriously? (sorry the poser above did, thanks)

The pen is included!! I'm so tired of this.

IN THE BOX
Surface Pro 3 • Surface Pen • 36-watt power supply • Quick Start Guide • Safety and warranty documents

£640 for an entry level i3! I'm not saying the SP3 is a bad device, but like every SP release, the price is extortionate. Not worth that price.

US nationwide minimum wage: $7.25 per hour

UK national minimum wage, 21 years old and over: £6.31 per hour = 10.66$; 47% higher than US.

US SP3 i3: 800$
UK SP3 i3: 640£ = 1081£; 35% more expensive

Unless you mean that 800$ is too much for an i3 too; which I kind of agree.

n_K said,
£640 for an entry level i3! I'm not saying the SP3 is a bad device, but like every SP release, the price is extortionate. Not worth that price.
Not sure how that speclist is extortionate. I dare you to provide a link to a product at the same price point with the same capabilities..

n_K said,
£640 for an entry level i3! I'm not saying the SP3 is a bad device, but like every SP release, the price is extortionate. Not worth that price.

From Microsoft's past strategy of the Surface; hardware and price point, it's pretty obvious they don't want to be in the race to the bottom end.

As such, your comment doesn't make much sense. Microsoft are doing the premium end of the market and leaving the bottom end to the OEMs.

Again this wrong comparison.

In the US, the price is pre-tax in the UK it is including VAT, which is 20%.

In the US the price is: $800 + tax

In the UK the price is: £533 + tax which $900 + tax. So the difference is $100.

If you are going to compare two countries you don't compare the minimum wage between two countries, which is "vulnerable" to currency fluctuations or it may be that one of the countries doesn't have a set minimum wage, i.e. Switzerland. What you need to look at is the purchasing parity.

AtriusNY said,
Again this wrong comparison.

In the US, the price is pre-tax in the UK it is including VAT, which is 20%.

In the US the price is: $800 + tax

In the UK the price is: £533 + tax which $900 + tax. So the difference is $100.

If you are going to compare two countries you don't compare the minimum wage between two countries, which is "vulnerable" to currency fluctuations or it may be that one of the countries doesn't have a set minimum wage, i.e. Switzerland. What you need to look at is the purchasing parity.

Ok, let's see if I get it right:

800$ + 10% tax = 880$. (California)

Now if the 640£ price is final, which is about 1080$, then even better; it's 23% more expensive.

Why can't we take minimum wage into account, in this particular case? People in UK surely make more money than US citizens, currency wise, or am I missing something?

When exchange rates change, don't prices change too?

eddman said,
Why can't we take minimum wage into account, in this particular case? People in UK surely make more money than US citizens, currency wise, or am I missing something?

Because some countries don't have a minimum wage but have a higher average wage than both the US and UK. If you want to pluck stats you would be better of using nation average wages.

I think (about time) companies are starting to realise that the race to the bottom just doesn't work any more. If you look at the most popular selling devices in the consumer electronics industry (e.g. most phones (iPhones, most popular Android devices, most Windows phone handsets) and tablets (Tabs, iPads), they're premium products at a high price, not the cheapest stuff you can buy. I'm for one kind of glad that Microsoft didn't go down the budget route.

eddman said,

Ok, let's see if I get it right:

800$ + 10% tax = 880$. (California)

Now if the 640£ price is final, which is about 1080$, then even better; it's 23% more expensive.

Why can't we take minimum wage into account, in this particular case? People in UK surely make more money than US citizens, currency wise, or am I missing something?

When exchange rates change, don't prices change too?

I can give an example from my company which has similar sized offices in the US, UK and AU. The average salary we pay someone in the US is more than double the UK salaries. AU was close, but not quite double. This is with all figures converted to US dollars. So the minimum wage on its own is a very small factor.

eddman said,

Why cant we take minimum wage into account, in this particular case? People in UK surely make more money than US citizens, currency wise, or am I missing something?

When exchange rates change, don't prices change too?

First off minium is a floor, not the medium income. Second, its like comparing what people make in NYC to what they make in Tampa. Two totally different cities, one with very high living expenses and taxes.