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 - thats a saving of $200 on the tablets standard price. For $279, youll 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. Dont 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.