Microsoft’s Surface laptops and tablets go on sale today – Ars Technica

Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9.

Andrew Cunningham

If you’re in the market for a Microsoft Surface computer or tablet, now is a good time to grab some deals on the range.

Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13-inch tablet PC with keyboard cover for $900 ($1,080) at Best Buy

Surface Pro 9 is the best tablet laptop on the market. It manages to blend the best of the tablet and laptop experience, being a tablet PC that runs Windows 11, uses a backlit detachable keyboard cover and is optimized for use with a digital pen (Surface Pen). It’s lightweight and has a smaller footprint than most 2-in-1 laptops, while packing enough power to edit media and handle light gaming at higher configurations.

The entry-level Surface Pro 9 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) is currently on sale for $900 at Best Buy, down from $1,000, and it comes with a free Surface Keyboard cover, which would typically set you back an extra $180 . That’s $300 less than the entry point for Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which can’t run full programs (only apps) and doesn’t include its separately sold Magic Keyboard, which costs $350. This 13-inch Surface Pro model has an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is great for those who just want a device to edit documents and surf the web without sacrificing the ability to use complete programs.

And it offers a choice of AMD Ryzen or Intel processors in both 13.5- and 15-inch models.
Enlarge / And it offers a choice of AMD Ryzen or Intel processors in both 13.5- and 15-inch models.


Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 from $700 ($800) at Amazon, various models up to $646 off at Microsoft

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 is also on sale for up to $646 off, depending on the model. It’s not the latest model (that’s the Surface Laptop 5), but it’s still a solid choice for a mid- to high-end laptop. It’s slim, well-built and well-supported, with a very comfortable and satisfying keyboard and trackpad experience, whether in 13-inch or 15-inch models. The entry-level 13-inch variant retails for $600 and packs an AMD Ryzen 5 4680U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That’s $300 off full retail and about $100 off the typical street price. The 15-inch model can also be optioned up to as high as 32GB of RAM with an Intel i7 processor and 1TB of storage, currently selling for $1,945 (typically $2,100) on Amazon. Microsoft’s website also has steep discounts on almost every model in between.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 2.

Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12-inch touchscreen laptop for $600 ($650) at Amazon

Now is also a decent time to get a discount on the Surface Laptop Go 2. We found the Go 2 to be a likeable product in our review, but not without some flaws. One of its biggest problems is that the base model with 4GB of RAM isn’t useful to anyone. The second was that the $700 model, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, costs too much. But as we noted in our review, “if you can find it on sale … the Laptop Go 2 is an affordable laptop worth considering if you can live with its flaws.” With the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage model now on sale, it could be a good pickup for those who want a compact, well-built laptop for everyday tasks and light gaming. As a plus, it’s also more repairable than most of its competitors, offering a user-removable SSD along with instructions in the manual for a few other repairable components. Just be aware that the Laptop Go 2 lacks a backlit keyboard.

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