You can get the Surface Pro 3 for $650 if you are a student

If you are heading back to school and are looking to pick up a Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has an offer that is hard to refuse. Starting at $650, you can pick up the entry level Surface Pro 3. In fact, all of the Pro 3 models are $150 or more off, the i7 is $194.00 (10%).

If you are in the mood for buying the Surface Pro 2, those machines start at $799. The 64 GB and 128 GB machines are $100 off and the 256 GB and the 512 GB machines are $200 under their typical retail price.

The deal runs until September 3rd, which was first spotted by the folks at WPC, so if you are thinking about buying the Pro 3, you do have some time but with a deal like this, the entry level machines may not last long. Also, it's important to know that this machine does not come with the Type 3 cover, which we believe is an essential purchase and adds $116.99 (with discount) to your total purchase price.

For students, the Pro 3 is likely a great machine as it is built around the note taking app, OneNote, and seeing that this is what students are supposed to do while sitting in class (definitely not aimlessly browsing the web), it's a good machine. In both of our reviews, one technical, one layman, it has done quite well.

This will likely be the cheapest way to buy a Pro 3, unless you are willing to trade in hardware, so move quickly if you plan on jumping on this deal.

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I get that there are people around here that simply hate MS and have zero interest in their products, but its so weird that people have a hard time stepping back and looking at a product as if you had no opinion of MS.

The surface line is all about a premium device that is your media tablet+some productivity (surface 2) or your tablet+laptop full pc (surface pro 3). These devices can offer value to people that would take advantage of its features.

Regarding this current deal, getting a Pro 3 + a keyboard would start at $780. Considering the value of the powered pen/screen, and the flexibility of the device doubling as your laptop, it can be a great value for students. There are many reasons why it could be a great deal, but the most obvious is being able to buy one package that removes the need for buying a laptop to get work done and a tablet for everything else.

Of course everyone wants cheaper devices, but that does not remove the value that is there.

Plus, as far as MS is concerned, if you cannot afford say a Pro 3 regardless of value, they are happy to sell you a cheaper, traditional laptop.

You are forgetting the target audience for this sale. College students cannot afford a lot of things and for Microsoft to not include a darn keyboard is ludicrous. We know their are cheaper alternatives, but Microsoft proclaims that this is the laptop/tablet killer, when it's really not.

JHBrown said,
You are forgetting the target audience for this sale. College students cannot afford a lot of things and for Microsoft to not include a darn keyboard is ludicrous. We know their are cheaper alternatives, but Microsoft proclaims that this is the laptop/tablet killer, when it's really not.

Some can some can't, I see a lot of students walking around with laptops + tablets + smartphones near the Minneapolis campus anyway.

Ah, the old "intensive data entry" problem rears its ugly head. There are better devices out there for that purpose, if that is critical to one's need for a personal computer.

Students and schools have been getting discounts on tech for as long as I remember, often quite a lot off. If the school does a deal directly they could probably get them for another $100-$200 less I bet.

_Alexander said,
Well, damn, too late for me.

ahh, damn too, just got the full price machine. But at least I can return it, and re-buy with this offer.

Alansweeney said,

ahh, damn too, just got the full price machine. But at least I can return it, and re-buy with this offer.

Where'd you buy it? You might be able to go to Customer Service to see if they'll reimburse you for the offer.

for something that is marketed as being able to replace a laptop, it really needs a better price point than a laptop.

timster said,
for something that is marketed as being able to replace a laptop, it really needs a better price point than a laptop.

by the time you add a keyboard, mouse, ethernet port and a power supply, it'd be more expensive than a laptop!

dvb2000 said,

by the time you add a keyboard, mouse, ethernet port and a power supply, it'd be more expensive than a laptop!


You do realize that the surface pro 3 comes with a power supply right?

They need to bundle the keyboard for free also. Otherwise this is still not an attractive deal for a college student where a keyboard is essential.

JHBrown said,
They need to bundle the keyboard for free also. Otherwise this is still not an attractive deal for a college student where a keyboard is essential.

My masters program is starting and this looks like an amazing deal!

Dammit US ONLY!

JHBrown said,
They need to bundle the keyboard for free also. Otherwise this is still not an attractive deal for a college student where a keyboard is essential.

another comment about getting stuff for free,....


Just get a job and pay for it like the way the real world works. Kids today want something for nothing LOL. You want, you buy..you don't want, don't buy...not rocket science people.

Vu Nguyen said,

another comment about getting stuff for free,....


Just get a job and pay for it like the way the real world works. Kids today want something for nothing LOL. You want, you buy..you don't want, don't buy...not rocket science people.

I have a job smart one! 19 wonderful years in the Air Force. Do you need me to get into our rental properties, cars, how about the advanced degrees we hold? No, that would not be appropriate! How about you know what a members financial situation is before spouting off your jibber jabber!

Alright.. we are getting there now. Wait couple of more days and we will see further excuse from MS to giveaway their overpriced tablet.

However I recently purchased Dell Vue 8 pro and use strictly for desktop applications. I installed Start8 and got rid of their crap App ecosystem as well. Dell got nice hardware and reasonable price as well.

Overpriced? The Surface and the Dell are not even in the same league. Atom vs. i3, i5, i7; 8 inch screen vs 12 inch screen, 1280x800 vs. 2160x1440. Not saying the Dell isn't a bad deal, in fact it's a great deal, but you can't call the Surface overpriced just because there's a cheaper product out there.

The Surface covers, though, are overpriced. Would be nice if they included them or sold them much cheaper.

Enron said,
Overpriced? The Surface and the Dell are not even in the same league. Atom vs. i3, i5, i7; 8 inch screen vs 12 inch screen, 1280x800 vs. 2160x1440. Not saying the Dell isn't a bad deal, in fact it's a great deal, but you can't call the Surface overpriced just because there's a cheaper product out there.

The Surface covers, though, are overpriced. Would be nice if they included them or sold them much cheaper.

For a device that does not include a keyboard, it is overpriced.

JHBrown said,
For a device that does not include a keyboard, it is overpriced.

It doesn't require a keyboard to operate. If you really wanted to, you could get a cheap $20 Bluetooth keyboard.

Enron said,

It doesn't require a keyboard to operate. If you really wanted to, you could get a cheap $20 Bluetooth keyboard.

However, this deal is targeted towards college students. A keyboard is as important as eating in this case. Furthermore, who wants to type an 8 page paper on American History with a "cheap" $20 keyboard?

Auditor said,
Alright.. we are getting there now. Wait couple of more days and we will see further excuse from MS to giveaway their overpriced tablet.

However I recently purchased Dell Vue 8 pro and use strictly for desktop applications. I installed Start8 and got rid of their crap App ecosystem as well. Dell got nice hardware and reasonable price as well.

"Excuse"? Could you be any more trolling?

JHBrown said,
However, this deal is targeted towards college students. A keyboard is as important as eating in this case. Furthermore, who wants to type an 8 page paper on American History with a "cheap" $20 keyboard?

I haven't spent more than $20 for a keyboard in years. What's wrong with that?

Auditor said,
Alright.. we are getting there now. Wait couple of more days and we will see further excuse from MS to giveaway their overpriced tablet.

However I recently purchased Dell Vue 8 pro and use strictly for desktop applications. I installed Start8 and got rid of their crap App ecosystem as well. Dell got nice hardware and reasonable price as well.

/sigh. Show me a computer that is as thin and as light as the Surface Pro 3 with a high resolution touchscreen, excellent build quality, pen capabilities with similar specs at the lower/same price.

It costs money to make a machine thin and light. It costs money to have a high resolution screen (not to mention touchscreen and digitizer and such). The one thing Microsoft should include is the damn keyboard. It's not a "Tablet that can replace my laptop" unless it has a keyboard!

tsupersonic said,
/sigh. Show me a computer that is as thin and as light as the Surface Pro 3 with a high resolution touchscreen, excellent build quality, pen capabilities with similar specs at the lower/same price.

It costs money to make a machine thin and light. It costs money to have a high resolution screen (not to mention touchscreen and digitizer and such). The one thing Microsoft should include is the damn keyboard. It's not a "Tablet that can replace my laptop" unless it has a keyboard!

Alright, here is the MS vision: Make a product and then hope your customers will like it . Do some fake surveys to defend your product e.g as no one uses start menu, per MS survey, so remove it and then 3 yrs later back paddle and bring it back.
Vision for competitors: Find out what customers might need/like and then make a product.

It certainly cost money to make a product like surface, there is no denying to that fact, but when you are too late in tablet area and trying to make a device replacement of laptop then price sensitivity is a key. Surface is a niche device, it is solution of problem which really does not exist. Majority of consumers will get by fine with any less than $300 tablet for their media consumption activities and this is a big problem for MS tablet strategy. A quick look at Windows tablet on Best Buy shows, only Dell (1 model), Asus (1 model), and rest MS making Windows tablet. RT is dead horse anyway as no one but MS selling it right now.

Edited by Auditor, Aug 4 2014, 3:44am :

ZipZapRap said,

people denigrate what they can't afford

So as per your logic many can't afford Ferrari and Porche so they denigrate it. Never heard someone doing that. Your logic is hugely flawed here. Give it another shot.

ZipZapRap said,

people denigrate what they can't afford

Come on now Zip! Don't you think that comment is a little juvenile? I can go out right now and buy an i7 Surface for the Mrs, my daughter, and myself. Income is not the reason for me not buying a Surface. I find I get more bang for my buck with the Ultrabooks we use.

JHBrown said,
Come on now Zip! Don't you think that comment is a little juvenile? I can go out right now and buy an i7 Surface for the Mrs, my daughter, and myself. Income is not the reason for me not buying a Surface. I find I get more bang for my buck with the Ultrabooks we use.

You are absolutely right, the value proposition of owning Surface is far less than any other device. But for MS lovers, Surface is the best thing after sliced bread but they stopped defending RT anyway since it went to back burner oblivion.

It's the same comment everytime there's a post about some Surface sale, don't you get tired of it? I remember all the cries about a "fire sale" that was suppose to happen, oh , how long ago was this? last year? You were so sure about them dumping it for cheap to get rid of it but that never happened, I'm kind of surprised you didn't call this a fire sale as well, probably because you finally figured out what it actual means.

Value proposition for something is subjective, just because you think it's priced high is for you, doesn't mean the next guy thinks the same way, that's how the market works and why we also have crazy expensive things for those who have enough and are fine with spending more. Let's move on from this circular argument you like to bring up all the time shall we? But what am I saying, you'll never let go.

JHBrown said,
Come on now Zip! Don't you think that comment is a little juvenile? I can go out right now and buy an i7 Surface for the Mrs, my daughter, and myself. Income is not the reason for me not buying a Surface. I find I get more bang for my buck with the Ultrabooks we use.

Congrats there, you just bring up the key here, "I". That's the thing in all this, that's what you think value wise, doesn't mean others find the same conclusion for it, to others the prices are good and they'll spend the money on it. So if we shouldn't knock people for spending less because they think it's worth that much to them then why are we going to knock for buying something that costs more if that's what they are fine with? The market works that way, MS is fine with selling them at that price and that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon.

George P said,

Congrats there, you just bring up the key here, "I". That's the thing in all this, that's what you think value wise, doesn't mean others find the same conclusion for it, to others the prices are good and they'll spend the money on it. So if we shouldn't knock people for spending less because they think it's worth that much to them then why are we going to knock for buying something that costs more if that's what they are fine with? The market works that way, MS is fine with selling them at that price and that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon.

Hey George, I was replying directly to Zip. Please read his "very opinionated" post. I agree with everything you stated, however, you failed to read the reason for my post.

George P said,
It's the same comment everytime there's a post about some Surface sale, don't you get tired of it? I remember all the cries about a "fire sale" that was suppose to happen, oh , how long ago was this? last year? You were so sure about them dumping it for cheap to get rid of it but that never happened, I'm kind of surprised you didn't call this a fire sale as well, probably because you finally figured out what it actual means.

Value proposition for something is subjective, just because you think it's priced high is for you, doesn't mean the next guy thinks the same way, that's how the market works and why we also have crazy expensive things for those who have enough and are fine with spending more. Let's move on from this circular argument you like to bring up all the time shall we? But what am I saying, you'll never let go.

You seem quite hurt and I can understand the reason. There was fire sale of Surface 2 and that was last year for sure even MS was trying to find an excuse to give it free. May be you did not get the memo. Steep price discount will happen on this new itiration as well just wait for a while.

I know how market works, so I don't need to know it from you but may be you can tell it to MS as their device even after spending Billions does not seem to be going anywhere. Market share of windows tablet is abysmal low even though MS is soon to be going in third year of its existence. Wait for MS to release its official impressive sales number, which I am sure they never will.

Auditor said,

You seem quite hurt and I can understand the reason. There was fire sale of Surface 2 and that was last year for sure even MS was trying to find an excuse to give it free. May be you did not get the memo. Steep price discount will happen on this new itiration as well just wait for a while.

I know how market works, so I don't need to know it from you but may be you can tell it to MS as their device even after spending Billions does not seem to be going anywhere. Market share of windows tablet is abysmal low even though MS is soon to be going in third year of its existence. Wait for MS to release its official impressive sales number, which I am sure they never will.

Hurt, not at all, just a bit tired of seeing you post the same ridiculous things over and over in every Surface topic. There was no fire sale last year on the Surface 2, I'd like to see a source for this imaginary sale you think you saw. I don't call a $100-$200, specially for schools and students a "steep price discount". For someone who goes on to say they know how the market works you seem to not know that schools and governments always get discounted prices. MS and other big companies have been giving them low prices for years and years, it's nothing new.

I don't care about their sales numbers or surface market share, it's not a volume play, the price proves that much, but maybe it flew past you or, you know, you missed the memo. They're not competing for volume or with their OEMs, they're setting the high-end and showing what a premium product should be. They've said this over and over but it seems to go in one ear and out the other in your case.

Dot Matrix said,

I haven't spent more than $20 for a keyboard in years. What's wrong with that?

I totally agree! Anything more than $20 for a keyboard and I'd be saying that's over priced, which is what I consider this so called "sale" here. Not that it might not be worth the money, but it sure as heck isn't to me. For that money, I'd get a a full sized, full featured laptop!

George P said,

Hurt, not at all, just a bit tired of seeing you post the same ridiculous things over and over in every Surface topic. There was no fire sale last year on the Surface 2, I'd like to see a source for this imaginary sale you think you saw. I don't call a $100-$200, specially for schools and students a "steep price discount". For someone who goes on to say they know how the market works you seem to not know that schools and governments always get discounted prices. MS and other big companies have been giving them low prices for years and years, it's nothing new.

I don't care about their sales numbers or surface market share, it's not a volume play, the price proves that much, but maybe it flew past you or, you know, you missed the memo. They're not competing for volume or with their OEMs, they're setting the high-end and showing what a premium product should be. They've said this over and over but it seems to go in one ear and out the other in your case.

What do you mean getting tired of, this is a public forum, and I am getting tired of seeing MS lovers claiming how awesome MS is doing but I don't care as it is their opinion. If you don't like what I said and just like to read all goody things about MS then you can choose to ignore posts rather than start beating your chest proclaiming how someone's post is making your life so tiresome.

You can choose to ignore or deny anything you want but MS overall Tablet strategy is in trouble and yeah MS has been giving free tablet and throwing huge discount to move up inventory but it does not seem to help them much.

If you don't think it is not a volume play to dominate the market then I am glad to not get any market lessons from you. MS is showing how high end product should be, as per you, and there is no other significant OEM making their high end product and people are not driving in bunch to buy their high price product as well. What MS is trying to show then if they don't want lots of people to buy their product. Slimmer, thin, and touch based tablet is not MS invention and there is nothing special in Surface than any other tablet beside being able to run Desktop application. Your reasoning does not even fall in to circular reasoning category .

Auditor said,

What do you mean getting tired of, this is a public forum, and I am getting tired of seeing MS lovers claiming how awesome MS is doing but I don't care as it is their opinion. If you don't like what I said and just like to read all goody things about MS then you can choose to ignore posts rather than start beating your chest proclaiming how someone's post is making your life so tiresome.

You can choose to ignore or deny anything you want but MS overall Tablet strategy is in trouble and yeah MS has been giving free tablet and throwing huge discount to move up inventory but it does not seem to help them much.

If you don't think it is not a volume play to dominate the market then I am glad to not get any market lessons from you. MS is showing how high end product should be, as per you, and there is no other significant OEM making their high end product and people are not droving in bunch to buy their high price product as well. Your reasoning does not even fall in to circular reasoning category .

Now who sounds hurt? You've still yet to show me where they had a fire sale last year on the Surface. And it's clear your idea of what a volume play is has been lost in whatever phantom econ class you think you took. Their OEM partners are the ones making the volume play, anything priced as high as the Surface is not, they've said it time and again, as I pointed out in my post, that they're not looking to compete with their OEM partners, the hardware is a showcase, they're fine with selling enough to make money, not take over the market for themselves.

Yeah, this is a public forum, and I'm able to call out your rehashed argument as being just that. Maybe it's time you try and change to something else instead of calling anyone who doesn't agree with you a MS lover/fanboy?

Also, I'd like to add... it's it a bit stupid to come to a **Pro MS website** and cry about Pro MS news? And not just cry, but try to start a flame war, over what basically amounts to opinion (Still no links to past fire-sales I see... aka facts to back up your bile)

I mean... if MS is so horrible, why are you apparently living on a MS website?

The height of human stupidity just amazes me. I mean really...

Not to interject - there hasn't been an official "fire sale" but many retailers were selling Surfaces for seriously discounted prices. I'm talking about the initial Surface (not Surface Pro) for about $150-250. I browse deal sites everyday and even had a couple friends buy them. I think everyone can agree Microsoft isn't selling the Surface line like they were hoping. Here in the US, you don't see many people with any Surface devices. With all the advertising MS is/has done, you would think these devices would be more successful. They are great devices, and I wish more people saw that.

tsupersonic said,
Not to interject - there hasn't been an official "fire sale" but many retailers were selling Surfaces for seriously discounted prices. I'm talking about the initial Surface (not Surface Pro) for about $150-250. I browse deal sites everyday and even had a couple friends buy them. I think everyone can agree Microsoft isn't selling the Surface line like they were hoping. Here in the US, you don't see many people with any Surface devices. With all the advertising MS is/has done, you would think these devices would be more successful. They are great devices, and I wish more people saw that.

If we're talking the initial Surface RT then even at $200-$250 it's not a huge discount, they retail from MS at $350.

Is there another click on kb that'll work for the Surface Pro 3 that costs less? Can you point me there.....


otherwise you are just crying about it being overpriced.

George P said,

If we're talking the initial Surface RT then even at $200-$250 it's not a huge discount, they retail from MS at $350.

It's a pretty big discount considering (more than 50%)! Only on Neowin is 50%+ not considered a discount, just wow. There were even some deals for refurbished Surface RT's with the Surface Touch cover keyboard for $200 - this is what one of my friends ended up getting. Of course this all happened right after MS announced their $900 million writeoff.

tsupersonic said,
Not to interject - there hasn't been an official "fire sale" but many retailers were selling Surfaces for seriously discounted prices. I'm talking about the initial Surface (not Surface Pro) for about $150-250. I browse deal sites everyday and even had a couple friends buy them. I think everyone can agree Microsoft isn't selling the Surface line like they were hoping. Here in the US, you don't see many people with any Surface devices. With all the advertising MS is/has done, you would think these devices would be more successful. They are great devices, and I wish more people saw that.

The first gen Surface is a different story. Naturally, they'll get discounted now that they're two generations behind. Pushing out old stock doesn't equate to a fire sale.

Dot Matrix said,

The first gen Surface is a different story. Naturally, they'll get discounted now that they're two generations behind. Pushing out old stock doesn't equate to a fire sale.

They're not two generations behind - there's only been two Surface devices based on Windows RT - Surface RT and Surface 2 (notice no Pro moniker). These deeply discounted Surface devices were on sale well before Surface 2 was even announced but after the story broke out that MS wrote off $900 million.

Reread my post - I said not an official "fire sale."

wernercd said,
Also, I'd like to add... it's it a bit stupid to come to a **Pro MS website** and cry about Pro MS news? And not just cry, but try to start a flame war, over what basically amounts to opinion (Still no links to past fire-sales I see... aka facts to back up your bile)

I mean... if MS is so horrible, why are you apparently living on a MS website?

The height of human stupidity just amazes me. I mean really...

Seriously dude, Neowin is official Pro MS website. LOL. When I did sign up I did not read where it said it is PRO MS website. Anyway, MS quarterly results are in and you Pro MS people need some more denial and defending to do.

http://www.computerworld.com/s...oft_as_red_ink_reaches_1.7B

"Microsoft continued to lose money on its Surface tablets throughout its just-concluded 2014 fiscal year, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink and boosting total losses to $1.7 billion since the device's 2012 launch"

tsupersonic said,
It's a pretty big discount considering (more than 50%)! Only on Neowin is 50%+ not considered a discount, just wow. There were even some deals for refurbished Surface RT's with the Surface Touch cover keyboard for $200 - this is what one of my friends ended up getting. Of course this all happened right after MS announced their $900 million writeoff.

No one said it's "not a discount" just not my opinion of huge. You can spin the percentages to make them sound good or bad but at the end of the day you bring up the original Surface RT, it's no longer made and it's starting retail price is low to begin with, $349 from MS new, if you can still find one new. If you can get it for $200 then great, but you're saving $150, it's the same type of cash discount the new Pro 3 is getting above for students, and it's the same $100-$200 cash off that MS and other OEMs have always done, why does it matter if the percentage is 50% or 10% (because the starting price is higher on the Pro 3 compared to the original RT), the money value is the same exact thing.

And my point in all this is that it's not and has never been a fire sale, yet the same thing is brought up time and again. I'm still waiting for a post showing where this has happened. In my opinion a huge discount and or a fire sale would be taking the Pro 3 that starts at $899 and selling it for $499, then we're talking $400 off or more, and if we're talking a fire sale then we're talking about taking it from $899 to $199 which is what HP did with their failed tablet.

Auditor said,

Seriously dude, Neowin is official Pro MS website. LOL. When I did sign up I did not read where it said it is PRO MS website. Anyway, MS quarterly results are in and you Pro MS people need some more denial and defending to do.

http://www.computerworld.com/s...oft_as_red_ink_reaches_1.7B

"Microsoft continued to lose money on its Surface tablets throughout its just-concluded 2014 fiscal year, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink and boosting total losses to $1.7 billion since the device's 2012 launch"

Not sure how that equates to a fire sale. If you guys want to know what a fire sale is: http://www.neowin.net/news/hp-...e-sale-prices-of-99-and-149

Even if the tablet is taking on losses, so what? The XBox took on losses for years, and Microsoft never abandoned it.

George P said,

No one said it's "not a discount" just not my opinion of huge. You can spin the percentages to make them sound good or bad but at the end of the day you bring up the original Surface RT, it's no longer made and it's starting retail price is low to begin with, $349 from MS new, if you can still find one new. If you can get it for $200 then great, but you're saving $150, it's the same type of cash discount the new Pro 3 is getting above for students, and it's the same $100-$200 cash off that MS and other OEMs have always done, why does it matter if the percentage is 50% or 10% (because the starting price is higher on the Pro 3 compared to the original RT), the money value is the same exact thing.

And my point in all this is that it's not and has never been a fire sale, yet the same thing is brought up time and again. I'm still waiting for a post showing where this has happened. In my opinion a huge discount and or a fire sale would be taking the Pro 3 that starts at $899 and selling it for $499, then we're talking $400 off or more, and if we're talking a fire sale then we're talking about taking it from $899 to $199 which is what HP did with their failed tablet.

I never said it was a fire sale - that's another person. I'm merely pointing out that the Surface RT was discounted before the Surface 2 came out. I don't think you understand how bad Microsoft looks when they had to write off $900 million, and how bad it looks when a device that is already priced low gets cut by 50% just to sell. Keep in mind, all this happened BEFORE the Surface 2 was even announced (aka not NOW). $150-$200 is a big discount to me. Like I said, those were some great deals considering some even included the official (touch/type) keyboard! The Surface RT 32 GB retailed for $599 with the touch cover keyboard, so yes, coming down to $200, is a damn big difference. It's almost equivalent to the HP Touchpad (see below).

$899? Exaggerate much? The 32 GB Palm/HP Touchpad retailed for $599...That was a nice fire sale, ended up scoring a 32 GB Touchpad, which was my first tablet. I actually got one the week before it went on the fire sale, then price matched it down to $149. Poor Palm & WebOS, they had so much potential.

tsupersonic said,
I never said it was a fire sale - that's another person. I'm merely pointing out that the Surface RT was discounted before the Surface 2 came out. I don't think you understand how bad Microsoft looks when they had to write off $900 million, and how bad it looks when a device that is already priced low gets cut by 50% just to sell. Keep in mind, all this happened BEFORE the Surface 2 was even announced (aka not NOW). $150-$200 is a big discount to me. Like I said, those were some great deals considering some even included the official (touch/type) keyboard! The Surface RT 32 GB retailed for $599 with the touch cover keyboard, so yes, coming down to $200, is a damn big difference. It's almost equivalent to the HP Touchpad (see below).

$899? Exaggerate much? The 32 GB Palm/HP Touchpad retailed for $599...That was a nice fire sale, ended up scoring a 32 GB Touchpad, which was my first tablet. I actually got one the week before it went on the fire sale, then price matched it down to $149. Poor Palm & WebOS, they had so much potential.

Not exaggerating, remembering wrong. Either way, $599 to $149 is double the price cut we're comparing things to, $450 vs $150-$200.

You can also get it at Bestbuy if you enter your .edu email to get coupons. If I didn't have a SP2, this would be really tempting.

tsupersonic said,
You can also get it at Bestbuy if you enter your .edu email to get coupons. If I didn't have a SP2, this would be really tempting.

Yeah... but then you'd have to support Best-Buy. Why would you put yourself through that?

I pre-ordered Mark Kart 8 for the Wii U from best buy, so that I could get a $10 gas card. I figured why not? 10 days after release I finally got it...

While my reason may be unrelated and far from end-of-world, Best-Buy is a horrible option and won't get my business again.