Microsoft slashes $100 off price of Surface Pro tablets through August 29

Microsoft slashes $100 off price of Surface Pro tablets through August 29

Summary: The temporary reduction follows the company's recent $150 price cut for the Surface RT. Could it be a sign of new Surface tablets coming soon?

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In the wake of Microsoft's recent decision to slash the price on its struggling Surface RT tablets by $150, the tech giant has just dropped the price on its flagship Surface Pro model by $100 through August 29, according to The Verge. The 64GB model now costs $799, while the 128GB version runs $100 more. 

Microsoft told the website that the slashed prices are for the U.S. market, as well as Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 

The price cut is not only timed for the busy back-to-school shopping season, but also could mean Microsoft is trying to move inventory in anticipation of new Surface models. These rumored new Surface Pro tablets could use Intel's latest Haswell processors to provide faster performance and improved battery life.

Microsoft has taken some well-publicized lumps related to its tablet hardware in the last few weeks. As it slashed prices on the Surface RT, the company announced that it was taking a massive $900 million write-down on its Surface RT inventory. The Surface Pro hasn't been panned nearly as badly as the RT -- running a full version of Windows 8 allows it to use full Microsoft Office apps instead of the cut-down versions on the RT version -- but it's hard to tell how successful it has been, since Microsoft has been cagey about its tablet sales to date.

Is the $100 price cut enough to get you to purchase a Surface Pro tablet, or will you wait for new models to be announced? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows, Microsoft Surface, Windows 8

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  • still not interested

    The current model is too much overpriced for what it offers (especially poor battery life). Let's see the new Surface Pro when that arrives and what will be offered -- at what price.

    I believe, if Microsoft wants to sell these devices en masse, they should simply let their channel partners sell the thing, worldwide. There are enough loyal Microsoft customers who will such up the remaining inventory.

    Of course, Microsoft will have to write off the additional costs to move this trough the channel... but the alternative is to keep all these for internal Microsoft use.
    danbi
    • Don't worry about Surface Pro's poor battery life

      This is an entire PC inside that Surface Pro box. What do you expect? So you should stop complaining about the poor battery life. Everyone should stop. Just plug it into the wall and your problem is easily solved. You can buy some large and powerful external battery power units if you need to take a Surface Pro the road.
      Vbitrate
      • the battery life needs to be criticized

        you can pick up a more powerful MacBook air for the same price as the 128gb with keyboard and it will have the latest Haswell processor with 10 hours of battery. You would have to be an idiot to choose the surface over that. Or a mindless Apple hater.
        Eman101
        • MacBook Air -- decent battery life, but it's not 10 hours as quoted

          First of all, the "10-12 hours" or whatever is quoted for the MacBook Air is not true; tests have shown it to run about 6.5 hrs... still pretty good, but it's not, technically, "all day" as they would have you believe. (but then, we're talking about a company who marketed one of their products as "magical")

          Meanwhile, I can get something like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 -- less powerful, mind you, but comes with touch-screen, accelerometer, active digitizer, etc. -- for $600, and it has true 10 hour non-stop battery life...
          MatthewGudenius
      • Microsoft slashes $100 off price of Surface Pro tablets till August 2020

        by than they should be all gone....Microsoft hopes

        End Of Story
        Over and Out
        • Microsoft hopes?

          Unlike the RT, the Pro's been selling pretty well.

          Nice try though.
          ForeverCookie
          • Re: Unlike the RT, the Pro's been selling pretty well

            They've sold sell than a million of each.
            ldo17
      • Re: What do you expect?

        I expect, what anyone who considers an "extremely portable mobile device" should expect: not to worry about the battery running out while traveling. I don't particularly care if it "has full PC inside". If you can't satisfy the basic requirements, you either don't make the device or just don't advertise the product for that purpose.

        Like building an huge SUV, then claiming it's a sports car, because "it consumes fuel like an sports car" -- while it is left in the dust in the first tens of meters and could never, ever theoretically catch the sports cars. If you label it sports car, nobody will care that it could carry 7 people and some cargo.

        As for plugging the Surface Pro in the wall -- if I am to do this, my needs will be better served by an notebook, which by the way, will provide me with longer runtime than the Surface Pro + large battery.
        danbi
        • You can buy a 5-pound plastic Core i5 for around $500 from ...

          ... most any Intel OEM or you can but a 2-pound MacBook Air for $1,000. You can now buy a Surface Pro for about $100 less than the MacBook Air.

          Your trade-offs are clear ...

          Do you want a 2-pound Core i5 with a long battery life for $1,000 or do you want a 5-pound plastic Core-5 with the same basic battery life for $500. Or, do you want a 4-pound Core i3 for $350 or a 3-pound Atom netbook for $200? It's all about price/performance and how much you are willing to pay.
          M Wagner
      • if you are going to take it on the road....

        what possible motivation is there to use a tablet if you are not going to take it on the road? For the price of a surface pro you can buy a perfectly adequate office desktop which will have better specs and a decent sized screen. The whole point about tablets is that they are mobile.
        Battery technology is the main area that everyone should be working to improve on in my view the industries target should be a lightweight battery capable of supporting 10-12 hours of continuous computer activity. Sure you can get this with an Apple or Samsung tablet BUT these are not running a full computer OS I mean a battery that would power a surface pro or a laptop. I also read somewhere that completely transparent solar panels are possible (they talked about having office windows collecting solar power - if so maybe they should work towards tablets where the screen is also an invisible solar panel charging the device from available light
        cymru999
        • I have a watch that runs on ambient light but ...

          ... photovoltaic technology is still exceedingly expensive for the power that is produced. Similarly, SSD technology is still about $1 per GB and HDD technology is now well under 10 cents per GB.

          You cannot have your cake and eat it too. Android and iOS are MUCH SIMPLER operating systems than Windows or MacOSX. This is the REAL reason why tablet batteries last so long.

          You pay more for less weight. Similarly, you pay more for a more powerful OS. Buy what you want or buy what you need but keep in mind that these are YOUR choices and no one else's choices. There are no wrong answers. Just prices you don't want to pay for features you might like but don't really need.

          It's all trade-offs!
          M Wagner
        • Non-travel reasons for tablets

          First of all, I would ask: if you ARE going to take something on the road, what advantage does a tablet give you over, say, a netbook? Not much... they are about the same size and weight (unless you go for the "mini" tablets.) It's not exactly like you can stick an iPad in your pocket...

          Now, for how and why a Surface Pro could be very handy: anybody who works with visuals/multimedia. The thing has a full-fledged processor in addition to an active digitizer and stylus pen. This makes it extremely useful for:
          * Drawing, illustration, and animation
          * Some CAD work
          * Photo editing and manipulation
          * Note-taking involving lots of graphics / visuals / etc (thing business & process diagrams, science notes, etc.)
          * On-the-fly markups -- for example, if I am working at a construction site and need to take a photo, then write/draw dimensions and notes on it (active digitizer makes this much easier/better than a capacitive-only device)
          MatthewGudenius
      • I won't complain because I get 10 hrs and save $420!! . . .

        ...because I bought the very capable RT version and have $420 in the bank ready for the next gen purchase, when technology moves forward. I have found no reason in my now 8 months with my RT to justify the PRO. There just isn't a reason. Actually, I should put another $129.00 into the bank because I have Office 2013 on my RT and you have to pay for it on the PRO. I have yet to ever have needed a so called "legacy app" while using my RT, and if I did, well Splashtop would get me to it. RT gets a bad rap and it shouldn'.t It really is a workhorse for me.
        Detfan
        • I agree! The Surface RT is an excellend device ...

          ... and by itself, it gives me 95% of what I need from anywhere in the world. Since I can connect to my desktop at home or at work, and to my employer's Citrix farm out-of-the-box, I have 100% of what I need with my Surface RT.
          M Wagner
      • If you're tethered to a wall outlet...

        ...why bother getting a Surface Pro? The entire point of the Surface Pro was supposed to be greater portability. The battery life kills that prospect. If you plan to plug it in all the time, you'd be better off buying a cheap laptop with better performance at a lower price. There are many better options out there. I don't get the appeal of the Surface at all. Based on stagnant sales, write-downs, and price slashing, it appears I'm not alone in this opinion.
        BillDem
        • Not if you need to write/draw directly on the screen...

          Two words: active digitizer
          MatthewGudenius
    • It is the Touch

      The most advanced feature of the Surface Pro is often missed. The Watcom touch screen is leaps ahead of all other touch screens on the market. Just for the screen it is worth the extra cost.
      MichaelInMA
    • Why would anyone want a Pro

      On the plus side:
      - You get a PC in a pad size device.

      On the negative side:
      - You have very limited storage space compared to a ultra book.
      - You have terrible battery life compared to other pads.
      - You have a very heavy device for a pad.
      - Very expensive for a pad.
      - Small screen for running regular PC apps.
      - Most PC apps are not designed to run with a touch screen interface - poor user experience.

      An ultra book or iPad/Android pad offer a far better experience depending on what you are looking to do.
      KBabcock75
  • Still overpriced

    Lousy battery life, the famous keyboard not included and at least half of the small storage space goes to the OS. Even a $250 discount can't make up for it.
    YouAreSuperWrong
    • I Concur

      They should donate the overstock to elementary schools. Not sure they could drop the price enough to spur consumer interest.
      I_cannot_be_that_wrong_cause_I_agree