Deal Alert: Grab the original Microsoft Surface Pro for just $499 at Best Buy

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The original Microsoft Surface Pro launched last year and while the Windows 8 tablet itself has yet to celebrate an entire year in the hands of the general public, Best Buy in the US has the product available for just $499.99. The regular listing price is stated to be $899.99, saving consumers $400 when making the purchase. While this isn't the Surface Pro 2, if you're looking for a premium tablet to power through daily tasks this deal will be a difficult one to overlook. 

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Compared against its successor, the hardware is pretty much identical should you exclude the adjustable kickstand and latest generation Intel chips. This particularly unit comes with 128GB internal storage, which is more than enough for software, some games and personal media. A 10.6-inch display (1920x1080) with pen input support, full-size USB and Bluetooth 4.0, the Surface Pro has all the features when it comes to mobile computing.

Will you be looking to pick one up and take advantage of this price cut?

Source: Best Buy; thanks, HeyCori, for the tip!



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xirsteon says:

$400 and i might bite.

aitt says:

They had it on sale somewhere for 399. Was running a $200 off special but I didn't tip cause I'm tired of sale tips getting overlooked. Can't remember where it was at

xirsteon says:

I'll keep an eye for that deal.

lippidp says:

I tried to send in a rip yesterday about PS3 trade-in offer at MS stores and got a reply about Google groups and spam or something. Knowing they use Google email disappointed me also.

x_rus_x says:

Umm. That's crazy/greedy thoughts. A typical laptop with those specs would not cost that little.

JamesDax3 says:

Hopefully they'll have this pricing come valentines/presidents day weekend. If so I'll be all over it.

schlubadub says:

Whatever keeps you warm at night :P

erzhik says:

I'd say wait. Retailers have huge stocks of them and there is no way they will send them back for recycling. They will be forced to do a fire sale.

Do you think it'll be worth $300 or so on the fire sale? I was thinking about getting one for college so I can type my notes and do my essays in class. Think it'll work?

deloa84 says:

Well not so. On many products that Best Buy carries, yes they do fire sales. But the Surface is different. Basically Microsoft controls nearly every aspect of it. For example, if somebody returns the Surface, it does not go on an open box/discount sale which is usually what Best Buy does with returned items. It is actually shipped back to them. Also, if say they are out of stock, they cannot "sell" them another unit from another store, which is what they do for other items. The Surfaces actually don't even ship on Best Buy trucks. They are delivered whenever MS decides through FedEx . And now some stores have Microsoft experts that all they do is focus on Microsoft products. I know this because I work in one of the top Best Buy stores that sells more Microsoft products than any other store, including Microsoft stores themselves...

RogerWh says:

I added this to the Forum a little while ago. Bought it early today. Awsome deal

Aaron M says:

That's a good deal.

NokFromApp says:

Microsoft should pay WPCentral a commission. I have ended up buying so many things because WPCentral builds such a strong case to get one :)

asoyemi says:

I hear you, same here. I just got one immediately after reading it here. Will pick up on my way home from work.

Called wife, told her she will not believe the best deal I got for her, she said ummm, what are you fixing (Learnt that when we moved to Texas, they are always fixing to...) to buy now, I said no, it has nothing to do with what I want, that it is all about the deal that it is almost like when she gets shoe deals of buy one get 2nd one half price even though the kids don't need shoes but the deal is just too good to pass, but on this one, I don't need to get the 2nd tablet. She goes, in that case, you got my blessing.

Kidding aside, I love this deal and truly got one quick.

Nimdock says:



But I want a Surface 2 Pro. :D


And the one I want is $1300, yikes! :|

pwrof3 says:

The Pro and Pro 2 are essentially the same device internally

xboxonthego3 says:

Except it isn't. The Pro 2 has a better processor which is more power efficient for longer battery life. Also it comes with an option of more ram. If you can give up those two things go for it.

sholokov says:

Not worth the extra $800

xboxonthego3 says:

Everyone has their own opinion. And I respect yours. I will agree it is a little pricey for a pro 2. I just can't let someone say the pro and the pro 2 internals are essentially the same. :)

erasure25 says:

Personally, the 8gb ram is not worth it since juggling that many open programs on a 10"screen is somewhat impractical. You will rarely use that extra 4gb... And many programs aren't even coded to use more than 4gb ram anyway. Save $300 and get the $999 one.

Bad Bullet says:

It is the Surface Pro for a reason. Don't forget the OS takes half the memory, that leaves you with 2GB, and virtual RAM from the SSD. Photoshop will gobble up RAM extremely fast when working with high resolution comps. Especially now that it has unlimited undos. Same with using most graphics apps. ZBrush, Photoshop, and a web browser will have 2GB gone just having them open with small projects. Any program that is 64GB is capable of using all of it. I can also connect up to a larger monitor at my desk, so I don't even sweat that 10" limitation that everyone fears. If anyone is planning on using the SP2 for work, they should really consider 8GB, especially if they work with photography, graphics, or programming. The average consumer wouldn't need it though. Heck, they more than likely wouldn't even need the Pro version.

nelsonecm says:

Do you think it is good for programming? I want one but the screen size can be a little small for that

FFugue says:

The screen size is a little small, but you can plug it into a real monitor when you're home. Since I bought mine I haven't used my real desktop.

SwimSwim says:

Just get an external monitor and any adapter cables you might need.

wpguy says:

Visual Studio works just fine on it. What's a desktop?

x_rus_x says:

A desktop is a feature that 99% of the people still use. It is a part of Windows that allows tens and hundred millions of applications to be ran. It also allows really advanced file management. Now only that, it also gives you the option to have desktop apps open simultaneously, rather than apps that bring us back to Windows 1.0 (where you cannot move the apps, or resize them).

x_rus_x says:

I am a programmer myself, and ran Visual Studio. Visual Studio for desktop was running really great. If you want to do programming, use the type cover. I use the touch cover, and even though I am used to it, I would definitely get the type cover (I personally am waiting for the power cover).

For Visual Studio for Windows Phone, it is great, but one small caveat. I don't know if it is that big of a deal, but XAML and Designer are split half and half. I personally made the designer a bit smaller and XAML a bit bigger, so it isn't that bad. The source code is on a whole separate tab, which should be fine.

I actually got myself a Surface Pro 128GB for programming.

kenzibit says:

Still expensive :-(

borasar says:

for that device, probably not

FFugue says:

No... It's faster than my 2000$ desktop computer I bought a year earlier. Since I bought the Surface I haven't used my desktop computer again. I bought the Surface at 1000$ and even then I couldn't believe they sold such an awesome tool at such a low price!

toraji says:

Totally agree with you

No, you're wrong.

John20212 says:

At $500 is a great deal, you won't find a better more capable tablet anywhere at that price.


x_rus_x says:

You really gotta get out of that cave and compare it with the price of a laptop with that same specs. An i5 laptop with a 128GB Solid State Drive and 4GB RAM costs a good $800-$1,000. That's not considering the Touchscreen option, and the portability.

MediaCastleX says:

Nah, your just poor...like the rest of us lol =P

deloa84 says:

Wow really? You should wait till they drop the price down to free. Maybe then it won't be too expensive for you.

pwrof3 says:

When you consider you're essentially getting a lower end ultrabook for a cheap laptop price, this is an amazing deal.

Joel DSO says:

im assuming they don't ship international do they?
it would be really nice to see these kind of deals in Europe

jlzimmerman says:

Too expensive?  This is the same price as the new iPad, and it does ten thousand times more stuff.  It's a no brainer.

aitt says:

People just whine and complain and don't realize how asinine it sounds.

JudgeHolden says:

It's a no-brainer... if you need it.

For an impulse buy, it is certainly not a no-brainer. For some, $100 cheaper and it would be.

R2guy says:

I totally agree its a no brainer if you need it. I don't personally need one and this would be an impulse buy for me. At $500 I probably won't get it, but $100 cheaper and I would strongly consider it.

Daylife says:

People will find ANYTHING to complain about....Even if the thing goes on sale for $100. For $500 this thing is a god damn steal, for the specs, the hardware. its just an amazing deal. 

ikissfutebol says:

Battery life versus Surface Pro 2 kills this deal. I would rather get a Transformer Book T1 and run with an Atom than the older, power hungry i5.

sholokov says:

Atom performance to i5...?! Power hungry but power performance.

Agent-P says:

The battery life is the reason I'm not jumping on this deal. Though if I bought a power cover then I guess that would help.

I have the original surface and bring my extension cord everywhere. This machine works wonders for me as a student. Its about to be 1 years old and still zippy.

John20212 says:

Once MS release the power cover the limited battery should not be an issue for the first gen Pro.


All depends on how long you are away from network power. For a regular workday with some meetings and/or some time at night on the couch, 4-5 hours (I've never really run out, so I don't know) are plenty - you just plug it in when you're back in the office. Plugging in a computer ain't that hard.

deloa84 says:

Really hard to compare them both but I will say the new Atom processors have put up some nice numbers in terms of performance and battery life. But it still doesn't beat the i5 in performance but battery life is a different story.

wpward291 says:

Thinking I should get this pretty good deal.

Ticomfreak says:

I bought it when it was $1,000.

BobPro2 says:

Is the keyboard part of the package or priced separate?

RogerWh says:

No keyboard included

I really want the surface 2 instead. I don't think that Visually studio would be fun to use in such a small screen.

Ticomfreak says:

I use it on that small screen. It works for me.

schlubadub says:

You can still plug in a full monitor, keyboard and mouse...

x_rus_x says:

I use Visual Studio. It works for me too.

Jazmac says:

128??  It could work but last I remember, the battery wasn't the greatest.

txDrum says:

Correct, you get 4-6 hours. Still worth $500 seeing as most core based computers in that range get that, which is still good for the price. And you get a 1080p + 128gb ssd + digitizer + excellent build quality to boot.

Daylife says:

Firmware updates and Windows 8.1 make it last a lot longer now. 

darthhen says:

Thanks for the tip! Just placed an order for store pick up

Or just get "pro1" for $600 at best buy like i did. You can install .exe file etc.
cant go wrong with that.

Etios says:

This is the Pro1 for which you paid $600, atleast read the article before commenting.

Yeah i know. Well, sorry for ruining your day then.

Etios says:

Thanks!! I am already feeling better after your apology :)

Ok :) so, we are good?

MikeSo says:

What is the battery life on this?

txDrum says:

Four to six hours max, depending on the reviewers. Absolute idle time ranges at about seven.

MikeSo says:

Thanks. That's still 2-3 times what my current (7 years old!) laptop running Windows 8.1 gets... this is incredibly tempting.

This looks like quite a deal!

txDrum says:

I'm torn on whether or not to get this as a temporary until Broadwell or continue with my current ThinkPad yoga order. I tend to do a lot of off-position typing though, so I am leaning towards a haswell yoga. Anybody have any arguments to convince me otherwise?

The digitizer pen! My favorite thing about it

x_rus_x says:

Here is my recommendation. Get it while it is $499. Wait for the Power cover. With the power cover, altogether, you should have around 7.5 hours of battery life.

vanpride64 says:

is this forever ? cause i dont have the money right now..

thundr51 says:

Might ping the wife and pick one of these up since it's basically just like the surface pro 2.  Here's a pretty good comparo on them from Thurrott.

I want a Surface pro bad, but the 2 has the nice upgrades. I know that I am not spending a G on a tablet period. I think if I see 399 I will jump but 500....:-S Woooweee, I unno. Tempting...

x_rus_x says:

Really? A laptop with the same specs would cost around $800. A crappy iPad that is limited costs $499, and you really want to devalue a powerful tablet/laptop?

sdreamer says:

If it just had better battery life... How much is the power keyboard again?

x_rus_x says:

Online, it shows that it will be $199. Still cheaper than getting a Surface Pro 2 without a keyboard.

TK2011 says:

If i were in the market for a laptop, I would jump on this without hestiation. This is a superb deal.

navidee says:

If this deal still stands in march, I'll be buying one. Funds tied up until then :(

spectre51 says:

Damn wish I had the extra cash to get this and move up from my 64gb surface pro 1.

anon5954042 says:

Just out of curiosity would an external DVD drive work with this?

DavidinCT says:

I dont see why not. If there is drivers for Windows 8, it should work. It's a Windows 8 Pro device so your not limited like RT devices are.

spectre51 says:

Yes USB external drives will work.

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Admin71 says:

They work. I used one with a USB 3 hub so I could add a keyboard, mouse, and gigabit network dongle as well when in the office

Fisher_9511 says:

No way to get it shipped to France.. it's killing me. I want it from the very first day and this is just the anouncement I was expecting.

DavidinCT says:

For the 128gb model, this is a really good deal. If I didn't have a Samsung Slate 7 running Windows 8.1 that is very close in specs to this model besides only 64gb (It's a one year older i5 processer so it's ALMOST as fast) I would be all over this... Funny, I didn't think so but, with Windows, Office 2010 and a bunch of store games, I still have a good chunk of space left with only 64gb.

Mine even has a AT&T SIM slot on it for wireless internet... Maybe a ebay tradeup is in order...

Maybe with this price point it will lower used on prices, If they are $499.99 new, then $300-350 should be where used ones should be AND right now that would be a great deal...

Wish the video card was a little bit better on this tablet and supported at least DirectX9....Then with a Xbox controler adapter, it could be a epic gaming machines

chriswong13 says:

I'm still annoyed that the Pro 2 was released only 7 or 8 months after the Pro 1. I like my Pro 1 and use it as my main computer, but that still irks me even now...

blackhawk556 says:

How does last years processor compare to this years atom processor? Are quad core Atoms still slowy? ;) This Lenovo is getting my attention http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/tablets/ideatab/miix-series/miix-2-10-inch/

sonus says:

Last years i5, compared to this years Atom? The i5 wins hands down.  The Atom processors tend to be as fast as top of the line processors from several years back.  I'd be surpised if this years Atom was at performance parity with Core 2 Duo Processors.

sonus says:

Just looked it up >>>


Here's a benchmark, your Atom is Intel Atom Z3740D, and it benchmarks a little slower than a 2009 Core2Duo.

Cinebench R10 in comparison

Intel Atom Z670 (min)



AMD Athlon II M300


AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64


AMD Athlon X2 QL-65


Intel Atom Z3740D


AMD Athlon X2 QL-64


Intel Celeron Dual-Core T1700


Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600



Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X (max)


BobLobIaw says:

This is a great deal.  I love my Surface Pro and paying full price was worth being able to use it for nearly a year already.  It really changed the way I do business at home and on the road.  I haven't had an incident of running out of battery yet, but I am cognizant of keeping it fully charged when possible.  I didn't feel the need to upgrade to a Surface Pro 2, although I do recognize the fine improvements.  I may be in the market for a Surface Pro 3, but we'll see how long this device keeps kicking!

Admin71 says:

Just ordered two. Considering a third.

Guakala says:

Wow this is a great deal... Very tempting.

Riopato says:

Looking at the headline of this post, I automatically thought the 64gb Surface Pro is $500. To get this for the 128gb version is a great price considering that the only thing that can compete with this is the bay trail tablets like the Asus T100 which are very usable and sells for $400.

dj0502 says:

I still can't decide over this deal. I'm holding off for a surface mini (i don't care if it's rt, as long as it can do onenote with pen) or a thinkpad tablet 3 (since my disappointment with the thinkpad 8) but this one is tempting me, not only for onenote but also for lightroom!

The price is really attractive, especially for a core i5 tablet. I just don't like the 16.9 ratio..

Opera Ghost says:

I just picked one up at a Microsoft Store. They are offering the same price AND you can order online or in person.
Not worried about the battery life. It is plenty long enough for my use. This is a smoking hot deal. Imagine how many of these they would have sold if this had been the price all along. Power keyboard can always be added if necessary, but I really won't need it.

rekkid says:

Looks like the sale is over. at Bestbuy or Microsoft :/

Was trying to decide this over the Asus T100... guess it's still the T100 now.