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Microsoft Surface Pro with Ivy Bridge a Great Deal at $400 Off

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Now that's a deal! Is this a trick?

Electronics retail chain Best Buy has silently cut the price of Microsoft's original Surface Pro tablet. This isn't the first time Microsoft's Windows 8-based tablet has seen a reduction in price, but it's probably the largest yet: $400! The device originally launched in February 2013 for a meaty price of $999.

So why such a big cut in price? Likely because its successor, the entry-level Surface Pro 2 tablet, costs $899. Either Microsoft thought that the original price was too steep and we may soon see this price point begin to surface (no pun intended) at other retail outlets, or Best Buy is trying to make room on shelves for the newer model.

The first generation Surface Pro tablet has a 10.6-inch multi-touch IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (208 ppi), powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4 GB of RAM. Additional features include 128 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for additional storage, front and rear cameras, dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and more.

By comparison, the second generation Surface Pro 2 has a 10.6-inch 10-point touch IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (208 ppi), backed by an Intel Core i5-4200U chip, Intel HD Graphics 4400, and 4 GB of RAM. There are also storage capacities up to 512 GB, a microSD card slot, front and rear cameras, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and so on.

Both models sport a built-in kickstand for propping up the tablet, and a pen stylus for jotting down notes, editing documents, collaborating with others and to "do your signature work."

News of the discount arrives after Best Buy announced that it will start a new smartphone promotion this Sunday. Ending on February 15, customers can sign up for a $50 Best Buy card that can go towards purchasing and activating a mobile phone at Best Buy at any time during 2014.

To qualify, merely go into the store between February 2 and February 15 and register your mobile number, email address, and up to four additional phone numbers on a family plan. Then before December 31, 2014, activate a new mobile device with the registered phone number and a two-year agreement, and receive $50 on a Best Buy card.

"Remember, once you've signed up, the offer runs until the end of 2014. If a phone isn't activated before the end of the year, the offer simply goes away," Best Buy reports. "Upgrades and port-in activations qualify, but new lines and new phone numbers are not eligible."

For the full terms and conditions, head here. Also click here to see if you're eligible for an upgrade.

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    biohazrdfear , January 31, 2014 2:40 PM
    This. Is. AWESOME!
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    teh_chem , January 31, 2014 3:55 PM
    A decent price, if only the original Surface Pro didn't have such abysmal battery life.
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    littleleo , January 31, 2014 4:47 PM
    They dropped the price because they don't sell, heck they have been very poor performing on the sales side on all their models.
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    stevejnb , January 31, 2014 4:53 PM
    Great price for a very solid, if not perfect, product. Try getting a new ultrabook with equivalent hardware for $400...
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    Inferno1217 , January 31, 2014 10:15 PM
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    A decent price, if only the original Surface Pro didn't have such abysmal battery life.
    It's not the size of the battery it's how you use it.
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    universal remonster , February 1, 2014 7:16 AM
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    Great price for a very solid, if not perfect, product. Try getting a new ultrabook with equivalent hardware for $400...
    Actually, it's a $400 discount from the original $999 making it now $599. I own one and love it. It is also very rare (if ever) that I find the battery life 'abysmal' given the hardware and programs that run on it. It's very simple to change the power profile to suit your current tasks.
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    damianrobertjones , February 1, 2014 7:41 AM
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    They dropped the price because they don't sell, heck they have been very poor performing on the sales side on all their models.
    Yay a negative post. Ok, you see, there's this thing called Surface Pro 2... People are buying it. As MS has surplus stock of the Pro they've dropped the price to shift the boxes sitting there.OMG was that far too positive for you?
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    damianrobertjones , February 1, 2014 7:45 AM
    P.s. Why hasn't Tom's H reviewed the Pro 2? Practically the ONLY tech site that hasn't
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    InvalidError , February 1, 2014 8:35 AM
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    P.s. Why hasn't Tom's H reviewed the Pro 2? Practically the ONLY tech site that hasn't

    Maybe they didn't get a press sample / demo. Can't review a product without having one on-hands to actually review.
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    valarmorghulis0 , February 1, 2014 10:28 AM
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    Quote:
    Great price for a very solid, if not perfect, product. Try getting a new ultrabook with equivalent hardware for $400...
    Actually, it's a $400 discount from the original $999 making it now $599.
    Actually, if you had clicked the link you would have noticed it's $499 @ Best Buy. It's a $400 discount from the previous $100 discounted price.
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    damianrobertjones , February 1, 2014 3:44 PM
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    P.s. Why hasn't Tom's H reviewed the Pro 2? Practically the ONLY tech site that hasn't
    Maybe they didn't get a press sample / demo. Can't review a product without having one on-hands to actually review.
    Press? I wouldn't call Tom's press! Maybe they could actually order one, review it, then send back. Imagine that
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    Captain75 , February 1, 2014 5:14 PM
    And here I am sitting with my Surface RT
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    scout62 , February 1, 2014 8:50 PM
    Come on IRS, hurry up with my refund!
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    dffeitlstp , February 2, 2014 10:51 AM
    I ordered one through this offer for $499. Best Buy said there was inventory at a couple of stores in the area, so I ordered one for in-store pickup. I received an email from BB telling me that they were preparing my order for pickup, and an hour later I was sent an email that they did not have inventory and to call the 800 Customer Service. The service rep told me that they did not even have inventory in the warehouse. Given that Microsoft has replaced the Surface Pro with the Surface Pro 2, I think it is unlikely that I will ever see the Surface Pro that I ordered. I asked the service rep if BB is going to honor the offer and I was told that they would. I have this sick feeling that either BB made the offer without having the appropriate inventory or employees are hording the product. Either way I am not excited about their behavior or doing business with them again. I don't even have a timeline for how they are going to fill the order.
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    TheMadFapper , February 3, 2014 5:08 AM
    This is for a PREOWNED unit. This is not mentioned anywhere in the article, and makes a big difference.
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    txdrum , February 3, 2014 7:16 AM
    @themadfapper what are you talking about? I bought a brand new model Saturday.
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    cknobman , February 3, 2014 7:21 AM
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    A decent price, if only the original Surface Pro didn't have such abysmal battery life.
    Do you own one? Lol I own the exact model they are selling and can assure you that the battery life is just fine. I get over 4 hours of use out of it even when coding/developing.Anyone that expects 10 hours of battery life out of the Surface Pro does not know enough about what they are buying. The Surface Pro is not a stupid iPad or ARM tablet.
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    TheMadFapper , February 3, 2014 7:43 AM
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    @themadfapper what are you talking about? I bought a brand new model Saturday.
    Click the link and see for yourself. Unless the offer was a mistake or only last a few hours, this is for preowned only. The new unit is still $679.
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    Kunari , February 3, 2014 8:48 AM
    Sale must be over, it was still selling for $650 at my local Best Buy when I was there on Saturday.
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    littleleo , February 3, 2014 4:07 PM
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    Quote:
    They dropped the price because they don't sell, heck they have been very poor performing on the sales side on all their models.
    Yay a negative post. Ok, you see, there's this thing called Surface Pro 2... People are buying it. As MS has surplus stock of the Pro they've dropped the price to shift the boxes sitting there.OMG was that far too positive for you?


    I'm sorry I guess the truth hurts, lol, did you want me to sprinkle a little sugar on it for you, lol.

    I know 5 people that have gotten tablets recently and 2 got iPads, 2 got Samsung Tablets and 1 got a Nexes 7, and NONE got a MS Surface, Surface pro or surface pro2. And that's the truth.
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