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Best Buy offers $400 off original Surface Pro

It wasn't necessarily the hardware that made the original Microsoft Surface Pro so unattractive to buyers; it was most likely the hefty price tag. If you have had a secret urge to get your hands on an original Surface Pro, this may the time.
Best Buy has announced a smoking deal on new 128GB Surface Pro tablets. The machine is up for sale at a $400 discount (from its current MSRP) making the tablet $499.99. That is half the price the tablet went for when it originally launched at $999.99.
The entry-level Surface Pro 2 tablet goes for $899.

The original Surface Pro has a 10.6-inch screen, integrated kickstand, supports pen input, and has built-in Wi-Fi. It also features Bluetooth and a memory card slot for storage expansion. The Surface Pro also offers front and rear cameras, but you don't get the slick keyboard accessory at this price.
It doesn't have the same sort of performance as the Surface Pro 2 offers with its updated Core i5 processor (or the 50% longer battery life), but the original tablet will get the job done at a much lower price for most people. 
The special deal at Best Buy makes a new Surface Pro 128GB tablet cheaper than some of the refurbished offerings available now. There is no indication of how long the new price will last.

Source: Best Buy

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Still too small
By sgestwicki on 1/31/2014 10:29:04 AM , Rating: 1
That is a great price and I thought about getting it for a couple of seconds. Then I remembered just how small 10.6" is on a laptop and I personally can't use it. The minimum size I have found that still works for me is 13".

RE: Still too small
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:08:00 PM , Rating: 1
So... Which 13" tablet do you currently use?

RE: Still too small
By Lord 666 on 1/31/2014 8:51:30 PM , Rating: 3
My split x2 has a 13.3" tablet mode that detaches from the keyboard. Great device and full blown specs.

RE: Still too small
By flyingpants1 on 2/1/2014 3:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah. Last I checked it was $699 at best buy. Seems to be higher now.

RE: Still too small
By sgestwicki on 2/2/2014 12:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
I was trying to make the point that I still need a laptop for the screen size even though this has the full functionality of the Windows OS.

RE: Still too small
By mlmiller1 on 2/5/2014 11:06:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be all over a 15" or 17" full windows tablet with zero bezel in a thin form. Make a USB 3 docking station for it too.

Is the offer expired already?
By nangryo on 2/3/2014 1:36:36 AM , Rating: 2
I check the link. And the promo is not $499, but $679,99 instead

Maybe it just a limited time offer indeed

The funny thing is, the refurbished one is more expensive (at $749) than the new one

RE: Is the offer expired already?
By inteli722 on 2/3/2014 9:15:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the Best Buy offer was a 2-day sale. HOWEVER...

The Microsoft Store is still selling the same model for $500, and will continue to do so for, presumably, the rest of the stock.

RE: Is the offer expired already?
By Manch on 2/3/2014 10:11:35 AM , Rating: 2
I had trouble finding it when going straight to the MS store today vs on Saturday. Go to techbargains and you can find it there. It will say Microsoft is selling it for $599 but if you click get deal it will take you to the $500 page.

By RU482 on 2/2/2014 2:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
I had a Surface RT for more than a year, and have had a surface pro for about 6 months (through work, not my money). No one in my house uses them, including me.
Even the RT version is too heavy/bulky to comfortably use as a tablet. And the touch keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. Co-workers that have the type keyboard both had problems with the keyboard, with it eventually going bad.

If the Surface came with a solid keyboard dock, essentially making it into a laptop, I'd love to use it as my couch surfer. The kickstand does no good unless you are on a solid surface. Even then, like on a plane, it's not ideal, because it's a balancing act.

Also, why is the surface such a closed ecosphere? There are millions of them out there, but the only accessories I've run across are from Microsoft.

Original Surface Pro 2!
By BillyBatson on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: Original Surface Pro 2!
By BillyBatson on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: Original Surface Pro 2!
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:08:41 PM , Rating: 1
thanks for pointing out the error dude. QUite a serious one at that!

RE: Original Surface Pro 2!
By StevoLincolnite on 1/31/2014 5:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. - Lots of lives were saved!

By mgilbert on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: Garbage
By Flunk on 1/31/2014 11:02:21 AM , Rating: 5
You're kind of all over the place there. The Surface is ok if you only use tablet apps but the iPad is better because... It can't run desktop apps? What "serious work" are you doing on your iPad? Your argument doesn't really make sense.

RE: Garbage
By mgilbert on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: Garbage
By OoklaTheMok on 1/31/2014 1:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
To say that the pen is inaccurate is ridiculous. I can only imagine a tweaker would have a problem getting the pen to the intended point on the screen.

Maybe you're not the ideal audience for a Surface, fine... but many others are. I have a Surface Pro 2 and I love it. I'll admit that I occasionally wish it had a bigger screen when using it as a laptop replacement, but when using it as a tablet, the screen size is just about right. But then again, I can easily solve the problem by hooking it up to one or more monitors if I need more screen space.

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: Garbage
By troysavary on 1/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: Garbage
By troysavary on 2/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2014 8:01:05 AM , Rating: 1
Bla bla red herring bla black.

Everyone knows Google isn't a device maker. They just wanted the patents to defend themselves from your beloved patent trolls MS and Nokia.

But again, has nothing to do with Surface at all. You're poor parallels are becoming legendary. Or desperate.

RE: Garbage
By unplug on 1/31/2014 11:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
It's a laptop replacement in a badass form.

This, the very accurate pen and oneNote, is a dream come true.

RE: Garbage
By troysavary on 1/31/2014 12:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
Some Wacom digitizers have edge calibration problems. The closer you get to the edge, the less accurate. Trying to calibrate to get the edges accurate throws the rest of the screen off. The best bet is to calibrate so as to make the middle spot-on. Theis makes most of the screen accurate and just leaves the edges off. Much better than trying to fix the edges and messing up the rest of the screen.

RE: Garbage
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 12:09:28 PM , Rating: 1
That's exactly the problem I had, and on a $100 toy, I would have accepted it, but on a device that cost over $700 at the time, it was a deal breaker. For that kind of money, I expect things to work correctly.

RE: Garbage
By Da W on 1/31/2014 1:18:08 PM , Rating: 1
My 2 years old daughter use my Surface pro daily, can even log out of my account to jump into hers, and she can switch between her 1000 games with no problem. The pen is precise enough for her painting.

So what's your problem with the tablet exactly?

RE: Garbage
By troysavary on 1/31/2014 1:40:10 PM , Rating: 3
He may have gotten one of the faulty Wacom digitizers with poor edge calibration. This is the frst I have heard of it on the Surface, but it isn't inconceivable as it is an occasional issue on Wacom Bamboo pen input devices. Chances are the Surface is using the ower end digitizer similar to the one in the Bamboo, and not the digitizer found in more expensive Intuos or Cintiq.

RE: Garbage
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:13:10 PM , Rating: 3
Right, ok, fine. Sorry that you couldn't adapt to a device and maybe you SHOULD use something else.

How do I use my Surface Pro 2?

I use it INSTEAD of a full laptop, while at work, docked to a 27" screen and USB 3 hub. Fantastic device. I then take it with me, out of the office, to use as a general games machine, nothing serious as the HD 4400 isn't magical, then when I arrive home I can sit there reading comics or browsing the web.

The desktop portion of Windows 8.1 allows me to carry on, as I've done for many years, with the general day to day workload. Excel, Outlook, OneNote and VM work via VMWare (Not moved to Hyper-v just yet). The Modern UI, on the other hand, affords me a fancy place to stick my main shortcuts to the other applications that are not on the task bar.

All in all an all purpose machine. I have a hex-core desktop for anything heavy.

Sorry that YOU didn't find it useful.

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2014 8:48:10 AM , Rating: 1
The problem is anyone can do that with a laptop or Ultrabook running Windows 8.1.

I can't see any compelling reason to get a Surface Pro 2 over like a Lenovo Yoga or Yoga 2 Pro.

RE: Garbage
By ritualm on 2/2/2014 9:30:31 PM , Rating: 3
When Reclaimer77 says Surface Pro 2 is not worth getting, there shall be no counter arguments.

You're like Argon18. In reverse.

RE: Garbage
By kmmatney on 2/1/2014 3:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
Did work pay for your Surface 2, or did you? It sounds like a pretty cool device, but I'd be hesitant to use my own money for it, especially when you can get a convertible laptop with a 13" screen (Lenovo Yoga or HP Split). If work is paying, then I'd wouldn't mind having a Surface Pro 2!

RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/1/2014 10:18:58 PM , Rating: 2
The split X2 doesnt look very impressive to me. I've seen demo models of it. The Yoga 13 or even better the 2 pro on the other hand are very nice and the first hybrids Ive seen that have joined the Surface as a canidate.

vs the Surface Pro 2, at the current price I would lean towards the Yoga 2 Pro. The Surface 2 with type cover is .55 inch thick and weighs in at 2.55lbs vs the the Yoga @ .61 and 3.1.

Yoga 2 Pro has Higher res and larger screen, 256GB SSD vs 128GB in the Surface Pro 2, doesnt sacrifice the notebook form factor, and still gives you a respectable tablet mode. No pen though, and i do like the pen.

Surface Pro 2 has the wacom pen, can shed the cover which makes for a better tablet. As a notebook, it's still decent and I dont ever put them in my lap.

So for me the decision I would have to make is how much do i like that damn pen. Is there a pen option for the Yoga 2 Pro? If so, no questions yoga 2 Pro it is.

Now the original Surface @ 500$ vs the Yoga 13? No questions, I'd get the Surface(I actually already ordered one). Even with the type cover it comes in 180$ cheaper, I get the pen, better resolution. If they finally come out with the power cover(type cover with battery) I may pick that up. Even vs the Yoga 2 Pro, @ 500$, its just a really good value.

If you're just looking for a tablet, pfft. 500$ Surface is hard to beat.

RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/1/2014 10:38:30 PM , Rating: 2
OH, dont forget about the Thinkpad versions of the Yogas. 1080p 12.5", but the keyboard retracts flat when you fold it and it has all that extra corporate security goodness if you like that. They weigh in at 4lbs(Anyone complaining about 4lbs, go lift weights).

I think the ideapad versions are the better deal overall, just wish they had the nubbin.

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/2/2014 5:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
They dont? because they sure do like selling them in that price range.

But this tablet has an i5 in it. It will beat the doors off an IPAD or a Samsung.

Obsolete? Come-on Son! This thing has more staying power than any ARM tablet. This is Ultrabook guts in a tablet form. A UI update wont render this thing unusable(ahem Apple!). You throw out your windows laptops every year because they're obsolete?

AT 1K, as much as I like the form factor, it's too much for me. At 500$, it's very much an outlier and Im all over it.

People have been clamoring for baytrail tablets that run full windows instead of crappy RT in the 20-500$ range. MS gave us Surface 2 with a tegra 4. Everyone else responded. I myself picked up a dell venue 8 pro for 229$. There are several baytrail tablets that costs 500$. If I have to choose between baytrail, and an I5, not really a choice. i5!

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2014 6:56:55 AM , Rating: 1
Where in my post did you interpret I was speaking about the Surface 2 Pro. That is NOT a "$500 tablet", it's a $900 PC!

Your Cnet list is bereft of hard sales figures. If it weren't, you would see aside from Apple, hardly anyone is selling $500 tablets successfully.

The Surface Pro is NOT a tablet, it's a PC...

RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/2/2014 7:34:07 AM , Rating: 3
I didn't. The original Surface Pro is 500$. My reference to Surface 2 was the tegra 4 RT version that nobody wants. People want either the PRO version or a baytrail tablet in regards to Windows Tablets. @ $500 the Original Surface PRO is a great price.

In my previous post I was clearly talking about the Original PRO, which is what the article is about FYI.

So now the Surface isnt a tablet, it's a PC? Splitting hairs are we? Obviously its a convergence device meant for dual use. AS A TABLET with that feature set the ORIGINAL SURFACE PRO for 500$ is a great price. As a hybrid ultrabook/tablet it's a great price.

Well a $500 Notebook PC sans keyboard that closely resembles a tablet in form factor with those specs vs other real 10" tablets is a great buy.

Does that work for you?

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2014 11:11:40 AM , Rating: 1
@ $500 the Original Surface PRO is a great price.

If it launched at $500, like it probably should, I would agree.

But today? Meah, it's already obsolete. The battery life alone makes it a suspect buy. And in a few months, Microsoft will probably be forced to drop the Surface 2 Pro down to ~$600'ish anyway.

It's like the HP Touchpad fire sale. Everyone ran out and bought a dead-end POS just because it was cheap.

Yes it has an i5 and is a full fledged PC, but if the total package isn't impressive, who cares?

Regardless of hardware, Microsoft App Store is still an unmitigated disaster. There's virtually no development and is still years behind everyone else. That's the biggest thing holding the whole Surface thing back.

So now the Surface isnt a tablet, it's a PC? Splitting hairs are we?

No, I think it's important we strictly classify devices. The Surface RT is a tablet. The Surface Pro is a PC. Why? Because it is x86 and runs x86 code/programs.

Well a $500 Notebook PC sans keyboard that closely resembles a tablet in form factor with those specs vs other real 10" tablets is a great buy.

Does that work for you?

hehe okay, works for me :)

RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/2/2014 12:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Physical dimensions between the Pro & Pro 2 are identical. The ivy bridge i5 isnt that much slower than the Haswell in the Pro 2. I agree the battery life is pretty short @ 4-6 hrs for a tablet but since its not :D then its not so bad. at least for me it's not a big deal and i dont think it's a deal killer. Power cover will come out soon and alleviate that concern. The sites that have previewed it says you get roughly 60% more life with that cover so about 6.5-9.5hrs Calling it obsolete though? Are the 2013 Mac Book Air 11's Obsolete? Come on Son!

I agree they were def too expensive when they launched. MS should have treated it like they did the console and taken a hit just to get them into the wild. that would have been the smarter move. And at least include the damn touch cover!

As far as HP goes, the combination of hardware and dead end OS is what killed it. MS may not have the app store ecosystem that Android and Apple do but they have the entire x86 library which s way way better. Plus I have bluestacks which works great. Gives me access to those google apps. Have you used it? If not, try it out.

With an x86 tablet like PC what apps do you not have?

RE: Garbage
By ritualm on 2/2/2014 9:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
HP sank WebOS. The hardware and OS itself would have thrived if it weren't for HP's incompetence in handling its business divisions.

Reclaimer77 is a Google/Android fanboy. This guy has a deep seated hatred over everything MS does. You can't win an argument with him because he frequently changes the subject to "beat" you.

RE: Garbage
By Reclaimer77 on 2/2/2014 11:08:43 PM , Rating: 1
Yes I have such a "deep seeded" hatred for MS I choose to use multiple MS products in my daily life...

RE: Garbage
By w8gaming on 2/6/2014 4:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
I will not be so sure Surface Pro 2 will be have such a sale. Microsoft has to be very inept to manage their hardware production if they could still end up with a large surplus of excess inventory of Surface Pro 2 after they have already been burnt by 1st generation Surface sales. If such a sale actually happens, it will be great news for the buyers for sure. But I really doubt a company is that stupid.

RE: Garbage
By Manch on 2/2/2014 7:38:27 AM , Rating: 2
In 2013 Windows tablets tripled in volume. Still tiny but I wanted to give you the latest info for your Win Tablet bashing. :D

They're up to a measly 2.2% from .7%

RE: Garbage
By althaz on 2/1/2014 6:54:19 AM , Rating: 1
You're either flat-out lying or just plain incompetent, but the pen works SUPERBLY well and is extremely accurate. I should know, I depend on it to make a living.

price drop, no thanks
By talikarni on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: price drop, no thanks
By mgilbert on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: price drop, no thanks
By Just Tom on 1/31/2014 12:11:53 PM , Rating: 1
Good points, except Toyota outsells Chevy.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 12:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think GM sells the most cars in the U. S., and Toyota sells the most worldwide. Anyway, my point is the same.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By w8gaming on 2/7/2014 2:24:30 AM , Rating: 1
Because you selectively read the reviews. You can read the reviews the other way and you can sell many reviewers think Surface Pro is the future.

The only fact that is true is iPad does sells in several millions and making Apple lots of profits. Does not mean the whole world (ie 100% population in the world) think iPad is the best tablet. Market share alone iPad has only 34% market share and that shows 66% people who have bought tablets in 2013 did not agree with that opinion.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By Gunbuster on 1/31/2014 12:29:56 PM , Rating: 1
At $100 the entire stock of Surface Pro's would sell out in a day or less.

This is the PRO not the RT.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By TheEinstein on 1/31/2014 1:01:02 PM , Rating: 3
At $500 I am buying! Finally in price range!

RE: price drop, no thanks
By troysavary on 1/31/2014 1:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
It is the first gen, without Haswell and with poor battery life. If battery life isn't that important to you, it is a good deal, but too short for my uses.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By flyingpants1 on 2/1/2014 3:35:58 AM , Rating: 2
Depends what you mean by poor. 4 hours is plenty, compared to what I used to get with my Core 2 duo laptop.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By Manch on 1/31/2014 8:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
I snagged one today too! Along with a type cover 2. 4-5hr battery life is plenty for me. If I ever end up in a meeting that lasts longer than 5 hours, I will have used my surface to resurface the face of the a-hole giving the briefing. At half the price of the pro 2 it's a great deal. Plus if you check out MS store and look at the bay trail alternatives or any at this price, its clearly the better deal. I have a dell venue 8 pro that i picked up for 229. It'll be my carputer now.

RE: price drop, no thanks
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:15:12 PM , Rating: 1
Do you have multiple accounts for Daily Tech! I'm thinking that you might. The other one is named ' mgilbert'

cheap iPad clone
By Argon18 on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: cheap iPad clone
By themaster08 on 1/31/2014 10:53:32 AM , Rating: 5
In what way is this a "cheap iPad clone"? You are a moron.

The Surface Pro is a fully fledged PC in tablet form factor.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/14, Rating: -1
RE: cheap iPad clone
By Labotomizer on 1/31/2014 12:16:33 PM , Rating: 3
Our experiences are clearly different. I have no problem seeing the screen. I use the stylus on occasion, mostly for note taking with OneNote. Use the touchpad or, more often, the Surface Wedge mouse when using it as a laptop replacement. I use the touch screen to use touch apps in the modern interface, as MS is calling it now.

I'm not saying you used it wrong. But you also don't speak for everyone. In fact, the writers at Penny Arcade did a long write up on how good the Wacom digitizer is and they use them to do their comics while traveling. I suppose that debunks the inaccuracy statements. Unless you're right and people who are professional artists don't know what they're talking about. Possible, I suppose.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 12:30:07 PM , Rating: 1
Lots of other people have experienced the inaccuracy just as I have. I found dozens of write-ups on the problem on the Internet when I was trying to figure out why the pen was so inaccurate, especially near the edges - where most menus are, and where the minimize/maximize/close buttons are. Maybe some of the Surface tablets are better than others.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By Fleeb on 1/31/2014 12:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
The stylus is inaccurate in iPads as well. Basically, there is no place for a stylus in a tablet right now.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By mgilbert on 1/31/2014 1:02:29 PM , Rating: 1
the iPad doesn't use a stylus. I just use my finger, and I've found it to be spot on. When I touch the screen to perform an action, I get what I expect.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 1/31/2014 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
A stylus is thin and can make very fine pinpoint interaction with the tablet. The finger, is fat compared to that, even for a child. Stylus is not going to leave lots of oily smudge on the screen, while fingers sure do. There are plenty of people prefer the advantage of a stylus, but I can see you are obviously not one of them. Doesn't mean it serves no purpose at all for everyone though.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By troysavary on 1/31/2014 1:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
It was most likely your Surface. Not all of them have the problem. Having used Wacom products in the past, I know you sometimes get one that will not calibrate on the edges.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 1/31/2014 2:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
There are ways to address the tiny desktop issue. Too bad that few people ever seem to know about it and I am tired of teaching others how to make the UI easier to use. So if many people persist to feel the desktop is difficult to use on a tablet, and Microsoft makes no effort to teach its own users, it is Microsoft's fault and it deserves the low rating that most users give them.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By damianrobertjones on 1/31/2014 5:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
Even if MS shouted from the top of buildings people would STILL ask the same questions! If you're a trainer then you'd know this. You can repeat the same thing 10 times in a row and the same person/people will ask you the same damn thing.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By retrospooty on 2/2/2014 1:54:58 AM , Rating: 1
Right... MS's piss poor scaling going back 15+ years is really a training issue. /rollseyes

RE: cheap iPad clone
By Argon18 on 2/3/2014 3:03:00 PM , Rating: 2
Amen, Microsoft simply doesn't "get" high pixel density screens. You're stuck managing every GUI element separately in a horribly cumbersome kludge of a GUI. Icon size, Icon spacing, Font size, Title bar size, Pop-up box size, all separate elements hidden in separate menus even. Using a Microsoft OS on a high pixel density screen is one seriously awful user experience.

RE: cheap iPad clone
By w8gaming on 2/6/2014 4:44:28 AM , Rating: 2
I have done my part showing how people could have addressed the high pixel count, small screen issue in desktop mode. Some users obviously have learned how but it seems that there are just still so many who don't. I am tired of doing it further. I think it is time Microsoft does its part to educate the users. If most users still did not get it, Microsoft did it wrong then and it only has itself to blame. It is their product and it is their job to show others how. Millions of users cannot be wrong, it must be Microsoft's fault.

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