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32GB Surface RT with touch cover is $249

Microsoft is offering customers who trade in a second generation or newer iPads a $200 credit towards the purchase of a new Surface tablet. However, we just stumbled across an even tastier deal if you're into supporting a rather stagnant ecosystem.
Manufacturer Certified on eBay is selling refurbished Surface RTs at a steep discount. The seller is currently offering the 32GB Surface RT with a black Touch Cover for $249.99 with free shipping. Stepping up to the 64GB model with a black Touch Cover will set you back $279.99.

Both tablets are backed by a one-year Microsoft warranty.
Manufacturer Certified offered a similar deal as a part of the eBay Daily Deals promotion two weeks ago, and they quickly sold out.
While the price is quite tempting, do remember that the second generation of Surface tablets is due out later this month, although it's doubtful that they will be priced this low.

Source: Slickdeals

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Hard to get excited at this point...
By Nagorak on 9/14/2013 2:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
It's hard for me to get excited about this deal when we have full Windows 8 tablets coming out priced at $350 with keyboard dock. Windows RT wasn't that appealing to begin with since it couldn't run legacy X86 apps, and the new Atom processor that's coming out only helps put another nail in WinRT's coffin.

RE: Hard to get excited at this point...
By kyuuketsuki on 9/14/2013 11:54:23 AM , Rating: 3
If you think those $350 OEM devices are going to have anywhere near the build quality of the Surface, you're dreaming. When OEMs make cheap devices, they make them *cheap*.

By Nagorak on 9/15/2013 5:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
Well, to be honest I'd rather have cheap and app compatibility than have something better made that can't run anything.

Speaking for myself, I don't see any advantage of WinRT over Android, since you've already given up the X86 compatibility, and Android devices tend to cost less.

RE: Hard to get excited at this point...
By StanO360 on 9/14/2013 2:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
Where have you seen those? A lot of them have bad reviews on Amazon (nothing to do with Windows Pro or RT, but build quality).

RT is not bad depending on what you want to do. It is NOT a great app tablet, but it has a browser that is a full Windows browser, you can link almost any site to your Start screen.

RE: Hard to get excited at this point...
By domboy on 9/16/2013 9:27:29 AM , Rating: 2
RT is not bad depending on what you want to do. It is NOT a great app tablet, but it has a browser that is a full Windows browser, you can link almost any site to your Start screen.

That's probably one of the best ways to describe the RT, and the only reason I figured I would be ok with one. I have very little interest in most windows "apps" (modern ui), and Netflix is really the only one I need (no Silverlight), most everything else is serviced via the fully-functional flash-enabled desktop (non-mobile) browser as you point out.

Granted there are a few games from the store I've downloaded, and then there is the jailbreak for a few desktop apps I wanted to use. This price is hard to beat for what you get.

By nafhan on 9/16/2013 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
If you're mostly using it for a web browser and Netflix machine, I don't see why you'd get this over a Chromebook or a Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013). This is a huge discount - not a good deal.

Should have been cheaper from the start.
By EnzoFX on 9/14/2013 12:58:03 PM , Rating: 2
It still boggles the mind why they didn't offer much better pricing over competing solutions. No one was going to switch at the same price for lesser hardware. MS over values their sh!t way too much, they need to fully understand they're behind.

By kmmatney on 9/14/2013 1:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
You would have thought they learned from the Zune...

By StanO360 on 9/14/2013 2:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
You're so right. It is excellent hardware, great feel, substantial, works well, smooth. But you have to bring something to the table (yes, Office is nice and it is suited for student class work), and the price needs to be compelling. It is now, but it wasn't.

By sprockkets on 9/13/2013 11:27:18 PM , Rating: 5
Gotta do something with that 900 million dollars worth of inventory somehow.

Windows RT, museum piece
By bryanbrun on 9/15/2013 11:15:52 AM , Rating: 2

Everyone knows that Windows RT (Windows on Arm) is soon to enter Technology's dustbin. It is a platform that no longer makes sense with power efficiency of Intel's latest chips.

The real travesty here is that due to the Windows Stores that now populate 20% of the floorspace of your local BestBuy, you now have an entire section of a major electronic retailer devoted to flogging the useless crap known as Windows/Surface RT.

Microsoft is tricking thousands of unsuspecting consumers into buying these models in Best Buy and I guarantee to you, Microsoft knows that this is nothing more than a last gasp attempt at flogging their Surface RT inventory.

Someone in the tech press should have the balls to stand up and call this bait and switch for what it is.

RE: Windows RT, museum piece
By polishvendetta on 9/16/2013 9:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
My BestBuy has 20% of its space devoted to Apple and Samsung. The tiny Surface display they have is hardly noticable yet still usualy has someone at.

Also, you obviously have no idea what "bait and swtich" means

RE: Windows RT, museum piece
By bryanbrun on 9/16/2013 1:21:03 PM , Rating: 1

Who gives a sh*t that the term is loosely applied.

The fact remains that Microsoft will not be supporting the Windows RT (Windows on Arm) devices in a few years time.

They are desperate to recoup the investment that they have on these turkeys and the preeminent US electronics brick and mortar brand (Best Buy) is aiding Microsoft in flogging the crap devices.

Anyone who buys a Surface RT device is a sucker and Microsoft is stealing their money.

The price it should have been all along
By jimbo2779 on 9/14/2013 7:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair if it had been that price all along it would have made some great headway for MS into the tablet market. Sadly they overpriced it and allowed tons of jokes about it to persist over the past year.

The surface RT is not a bad tablet for that price, it will never compete with the iPad or some of the better Android tabs but it has a place in the market at this price, if only it had released at this price I probably would have bought one. Now there is little point as the new bunch of MS tablets are just around the corner and will likely come with the same relative high price.

I hope MS see sense and release the next round of tablets at a more reasonable price and don't bend to the other OEMs desires not to price it competitively.

By StanO360 on 9/14/2013 2:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
Whether it's competitive or not depends on what you use it for. My son was required to get a device for school, for that purpose, taking into class, taking notes, websites, it's perfect. The iPad does not compare (and we got it for $300 with the type cover) at twice the price. No limited browser experience, full Office,can use a mouse or the touchpad, USB input, etc.

He's very happy with it, we thought about getting a iPad mini at about $100 (including a cover and keyboard)and we're glad we didn't

RT advantages
By Mr56 on 9/16/2013 8:27:45 AM , Rating: 2
An iPad cannot run osx apps but no one ever brings that up. I own both and prefer my RT. What other mobile device gives you a full suite of quality productivity apps that can compete with Office, multiple user accounts and the ability to download and store all email attachments out of the box. You can also store those downloads how and where you choose because you have full access to the file system. In my opinion if you need a mobile device to do office type work on you can't beat the RT at its discounted price. You also have access to apps such as Netflix, Audible, Angry Birds...most of your popular apps. Someone who needs creativity apps should stick with an ipad for now.

By Wolfpup on 9/17/2013 9:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking a Surface RT would make a perfect desktop system for my mom, because maybe she can't screw it up lol, but it can do a lot more than a ridiculous Chromebook.

But geez, Tegra 4 and a higher resolution panel for the same price would be awesome. At least if it launches at $500 but Surface RT 1 is $350 I wouldn't feel as bad lol

I guess people gave up.
By brasstax on 9/14/2013 6:36:16 PM , Rating: 1
Surprised to not see a flood of comments about a sales ad as news...I guess those that cared have mostly given up.

By amaryllis on 9/15/2013 1:57:07 PM , Rating: 1
my Aunty Sadie got a stunning green Chevrolet City Express Minivan just by part-time work online. web link ............

By polishvendetta on 9/16/2013 9:53:24 AM , Rating: 1
"if you're into supporting a rather stagnant ecosystem"

A stagnant ecosystem that has 2 new devices coming out by the end of the year. Wait somethings wrong with that sentence.

Desire for the RT systems may have slowed (or never been there) however when you talk about an "ecosystem" you are not talking about one device.

By aamori on 9/17/2013 2:39:43 PM , Rating: 1
Ryan. I can see what your saying... Melissa`s st0ry is shocking, I just received a gorgeous Mitsubishi Evo after bringing in $5397 thiss month and more than ten-k last month. this is actually the most-financialy rewarding Ive had. I actually started 5 months ago and straight away started to bring in minimum $84... per/hr. why not look here D ........

By dsosce on 9/16/13, Rating: 0
missed the UI
By Nortel on 9/13/13, Rating: -1
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: Um...
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: Um...
By kyuuketsuki on 9/14/2013 11:53:33 AM , Rating: 3
$200 is the minimum they'll give you for an iPad 2 in passable condition. They'll give you more for newer model iPads in good condition.

RE: Um...
By jimbo2779 on 9/14/2013 11:56:37 AM , Rating: 5
And that deal is obviously separate to this deal. You could trade in your iPad for credit at an me store and/or buy this off eBay from a 3rd party.

They are completely separate deals with 2 different companies

better pricing
By MadMan007 on 9/14/13, Rating: -1
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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