As we head towards the end of the year we also head towards major sales events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and of course Boxing Day – which means if you’re after a Microsoft Surface device, now might be the ideal time to start researching and getting a sense of price points. Plus with the launch of the new Surface Pro 6 on 16 October, you can expect further discounts on older models.
Microsoft’s Surface range boasts a sleek and powerful line of touchscreen laptops, 2-in-1 tablets, and all-in-one PCs too. Surface devices pack stunning displays, speed and versatility into slick, lightweight designs, breaking the old notion of PCs as clunky business computers. On the contrary, these premium PCs are closer to Apple MacBooks and iPads (and sometimes outperform them too).
That said, Surface devices can be expensive, reaching well into the £2000 range depending on the model and configuration you choose. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best Surface offers out there, along with buying advice, so you can spot the deals from the duds.
Best Microsoft Surface Deals
Microsoft 13.5in Surface Laptop with 8GB RAM, Core i7 and 256GB Storage
Now: £1176 (£373 off)
Microsoft Surface Go 10in Tablet-PC with 8GB RAM and 128SSD
Now: £442.50 (£67.49 off)
Microsoft Surface Pro with Core i7, 1TB Storage, 16GB RAM (without Type Cover)
Now: £1,999 (£400 off)
Which Microsoft Surface should I buy?
There are a few Surface devices to choose from, especially when you consider previous models and the various memory and storage configurations that are available.
Microsoft has added 3 new products to the range too: the Surface Pro 6 (starting at £879/$899) which released 16 October, the New Surface Go (starting at £379.99/US$399), and the Surface Laptop 2 (starting at £979/$999). This is in addition to the Surface Book 2 (starting at £1,499/$1,499) and the desktop all-in-one Surface Studio (starting at £2,999/$3,499).
We’ve briefly outlined what you can expect from the new models below. You can click on each product name for in-depth reviews and coverage.
New Surface models (2018)
- Surface Pro 6 (released 16 October 2018) - An upgrade from the Surface Pro (2017) tablet-laptop 2-in-1, features a 12.3in screen, with latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor and up to 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. Buy from £879/$899.
- Surface Laptop 2 - An upgrade from the Surface Laptop (2017), features a 13.5in screen with up to 16GB RAM, Core i7 processor and 256GB storage. Pre-order from £979.
- Surface Go - released 2 August 2018 - a budget friendly though smaller tablet-laptop 2-in-1, features a 10in screen with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Buy from £379.
With the arrival of these new devices, you may see discounts on the 2017 Surface Laptop and Surface Pro. You can learn more about these devices in our in-depth reviews:
Surface Pro accessories
Keep in mind Surface Pro tablets don’t come with the Type Cover or other accessories, so you will have to buy them separately. This mounts on to the price which is why we recommend looking for bundle deals, whichever retailer you shop from. Alternatively, if you do not find a bundle, it's a good idea to check if the discount offered is significant enough to offset the price of buying accessories separately.
Type Covers, the detachable keyboards for Surface tablets, will probably be the most useful accessory to buy. There are two version, so ensure the one you buy is compatible with the Surface model you have. The Surface Go Type Cover usually retails for £99.99/$129.99 while the Surface Pro Type Cover retails at £149.99/$159.99.
We've also listed the RRPs for other Surface accessories below so it's easier to spot how much you're really saving. Some retailers can inflate the original price to make a discount look greater than it really is.
Where to find Microsoft Surface deals
With the release of the Surface Pro 6, you can expect to see deals and discounts on older Surface Pro models. The first place to check for deals is at the Microsoft store itself. For instance, you can now save between £200 to £700 off a Surface Pro depending on the configuration you choose.
Microsoft offers discounts on bundles with the Type Cover, Office 365 software, sleeves and other accessories too. Current deals at Microsoft include up to £350 off a Surface Laptop (again, depending on your configuration). See Surface deals from Microsoft here.
When Microsoft offers deals, other retailers may also follow suit, so knowing Microsoft’s discount is a useful indicator of how much you’re actually saving. Remember to compare the specs of the model you’re buying against the price set by Microsoft for the same configuration.
Retailers sometimes unfairly use images of the Surface tablets with the Type Cover as well, even though the Type Cover is not included. Ensure you double check the details before adding to cart.
Of course, comparing prices against different retailers and e-retailers such as the ones below is always a good idea:
- Currys PC World - currently offering the Surface Pro 6 exclusively in black online
- Laptops Direct
If you shop on Amazon, signing up for a Prime membership can also get you free next day delivery and access to limited-time Lightning Deals 30 minutes before non-members. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial, which you can cancel any time.
Refurbished Microsoft Surface deals
With so many models about, the year of the model on offer also affects the price. The latest version may not have the most competitive discount, while an older model with a competitive discount may not have the most advanced specs.
If you’re happy with an older model of a Surface device that’s been pre-owned, you could save shopping refurbished. We would recommend that the model you buy is certified refurbished, as these are rigorously tested and backed by Microsoft to work like new. You also get a one-year hardware warranty.
Refurbished deals can be found directly on Microsoft’s site, which currently has up to £350 off a Certified Refurbished Surface Book.
Amazon also sells certified refurbished Surface devices, where you can get a 12in Surface Pro 3 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage for £399.90.
Microsoft Surface student discount
Microsoft also offers a 10% discounts to students, parents and teachers. Devices that qualify include the Surface Pro (2017), Surface Laptop and the Surface Book 2.
Tech Advisor’s dedicated student deals site is another place to get a discount on Microsoft Surface products. Currently, there is also a 10% off code from Currys which you can redeem online or in store. You will need to create a Student Beans account to access these discounts.
1. Microsoft 13.5in Surface Laptop with 8GB RAM, Core i7 and 256GB Storage
Now: £1176 (£373 off)
2. Microsoft Surface Go 10in Tablet-PC with 8GB RAM and 128SSD
Now: £442.50 (£67.49 off)
3. Microsoft Surface Pro with Core i7, 1TB Storage, 16GB RAM (without Type Cover)
Now: £1,999 (£400 off)
4. Microsoft Surface
From: Currys PC World
Now: 10% off (via Student Beans)
Get 10% off Microsoft Surface products at Currys PC World if you're a student. You'll need to go via our Tech Advisor Student Deals site to unlock the discount code.