Why you can trust ZDNET
:ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Black Friday is just a week away but deals on Microsoft's Surface and office products have already begun. A search through the catalogs of Amazon and Best Buy, for example, reels in hundreds of dollars in savings on Microsoft laptops, 2-in-1s, computer peripherals, and more. So if you're in the market for some new tech, check out these early Black Friday deals on Microsoft's latest and greatest. Be sure to stick around all Black Friday week as Microsoft will be releasing new promotions throughout.
The Surface Pro 7 is not the latest of Microsoft's Pro line, but it offers a timeless 2-in-1 design with specs that compete against today's high-end computers. Those specs, including an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of memory, paired with Best Buy's Black Friday $400 discount, makes the Surface Pro 7 a very compelling offer.
If the above configuration is a little too overkill for you, Best Buy also has the lesser Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB memory, model on sale for $699.99 ($200 off). You're not saving as much money, but still getting the same hardware as the aforementioned entry. That includes the irresistible soft-touch keyboard of the Surface Pro line and a wide 12.3-inch touch screen display.
Stepping away from 2-in-1 land, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go makes for an excellent, no-frills laptop. And now, the Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB memory, model can be yours for just $699.99 ($200 off). Typically with these "affordable" laptops, manufacturers like to cut costs by using cheaper materials -- but that can't be said about this one. In fact, the sleek, ultra-light design of the Surface Laptop Go gives it a rather elegant appeal.
For a Bluetooth-enabled mouse that provides all the grip you need for eight hour work sessions, look no further. Amazon has Microsoft's Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse listing at a 50% discount, or $24.99. It's not as fancy as the gaming mice of Logitech and Razer, but comes with a slew of essential features, like side keys and a comfortable shell design.
No, the headline isn't a typo. Microsoft is currently offering a three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass. The catch? The game pass only works on PC (not mobile or consoles) and is only applicable to first time users of the service -- nothing creating a new account can't fix. For the $1, you gain access to over 100 titles including Fallout, Forza Horizon 4, Halo Wars, and more. The titles are not the newest but enough to keep you busy for the three months, or potentially longer if you're sold on cloud gaming.
A compact 2-in-1 for remote workers and mobile pros, the Surface Go 2 is slated for a $150 price drop come November 19 on the Microsoft website. Note that the discount will be applicable to select models. I remain hopeful for a $249.99 Surface if Microsoft includes the base model.
The quintessential Office Home & Student suite will go on sale for $99.99 ($50 off) starting November 25. That includes all the latest features and tools from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, for PC or Mac.