From humble beginnings with the original Surface in 2012, Microsoft's PCs have proven themselves to be among the best around. There are plenty of different Surface products these days, so you're likely to be able to find a device that's right for you.
Microsoft sells its computers at a number of third-party retailers too, so there are often great deals flying around. That's especially true right now, with big Christmas and Boxing Day sales events getting underway.
The Surface range has rapidly expanded into one of the most versatile line-ups of portable PCs around. Whether you're looking for the flexibility of a 2-in-1, reliability of a regular clamshell laptop or even an all-in-one desktop, there's a Surface device that will suit your needs.
They regularly pack stunning displays, speed and versatility into slick, lightweight designs, breaking the old notion of PCs as clunky business computers. It does mean they can be expensive though, with some devices reaching well into the thousands.
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. This is the current range of portable PCs:
- Surface Pro 7
- Surface Pro 6
- Surface Go 2
- Surface Go
- Surface Pro X (2019)
- Surface Pro X (2020)
- Surface Laptop 2
- Surface Laptop 3
- Surface Laptop Go
- Surface Book 2
- Surface Studio 2
- Surface Book 3
- Surface Duo (coming to UK early 2021)
- Surface Neo (coming soon)
Featured Microsoft Surface device
The Surface Laptop Go was released in October 2020, and is a new affordable clamshell laptop. Here's how much it costs today from all of the major retailers, although be aware that variation in price may be due to the different configurations:
Surface 2-in-1s (like the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Go 2) don’t come with the Type Cover or other accessories, so you will have to buy them separately. This can add significantly to the overall price, so we recommend looking for bundle deals wherever possible. If that's not possible, it's worth checking if any 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 versions, so ensure the one you buy is compatible with the Surface model you have. The Type Covers for Surface Pro and Surface Go PCs usually start at around £99.99/$US99.99, although you'll pay more if you'd like extra premium materials.
We've also listed the RRPs for other Surface accessories below so it's easier to spot how much you're actually saving. Some retailers can inflate the original price to make a discount look greater than it really is.
Where to find Microsoft Surface deals
Following the release of the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro X (2020), Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 in 2020, you can expect to see deals and discounts on older Surface models.
Also check out the Surface deals page on the Microsoft website, where you can save up to £400 at the time of writing. When Microsoft offers deals, other retailers may also follow suit, so knowing Microsoft’s discount is a useful indicator of how much you’re saving in reality. Remember to compare the specs of the model you’re buying against the price set by Microsoft for the same configuration.
Microsoft is also offering up to £950 off the Surface Laptop Go if you trade in an eligible laptop. Find out more here.
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:
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. Keep checking if there's nothing in stock.
Microsoft Surface student discount
Microsoft also includes a range of devices in its education discounts, which offer up to up to 10% off for students, parents and teachers.
Tech Advisor’s dedicated student deals site is another place to get a discount on Microsoft Surface products. Currently, you can get 10% off a number of Surface products via Student Beans, although you'll need to create an account to gain access.
Best Microsoft Surface Deals for January 2020
1. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £779.99 (£119.01 off)
2. Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £1,345.99 (£253.01 off)
The Surface Book 3 was only released a few months ago, but Amazon already has more than £250 off an i5 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £848 (£151 off)
Microsoft's flagship thin and light laptop shouldn't be left out, and Amazon has dropped the starting price for the Surface Laptop 3 to £848. In exchange, you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The same model is available for £849 from the Microsoft Store.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,449.99 (£399.01 off)
Huge discounts can be found on high-end Surface Pro 7. Save 22% on the RRP of this Platinum i7 version with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD when you buy from Amazon, although it won't arrive until after Christmas.
5. Microsoft Surface Pro X (SQ1, 16GB, 256GB)
Now: £1,300 (£149 off)
With the new Surface Pro X now available, there are some great discounts to be found on the 2019 model. Pairing the custom-built SQ1 processor with 16GB of RAM anda 256GB SSD is available for £1,300, saving £149 on the usual asking price. You can also get £185 off a model with double the storage.
6. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £849 (£50 off)
The new Surface Laptop Go has only been out a few weeks, but Amazon has already dropped the price by £50. Get this i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for just £849, with the same variant is available from the Microsoft Store for the full RRP of £899.
7. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB, 128GB) plus 1-year Microsoft 365 Personal, Type Cover and Sleeve
Now: £654.98 (£103.99 off)
The Surface Go 2 Essentials Bundle offers significant savings when compared to buying the items separately. Adding a Microsoft 365 subscription, Type Cover, and protective Sleeve to the Intel Core M3 model saves more than £100 when compared to buying separately, but the device on its own has dropped in price too.
8. Microsoft Surface Pen
Now: £66.21 (£33.78 off)
Get almost a third off the Surface Pen so you can write, draw or just more accurately do things on your Surface PC. Compatible with all touchscreen device, but works best on the Surface Pro 7 or Surface Go 2.