From humble beginnings with the original Surface in 2012, Microsoft's own range of computers has rapidly expanded into one of the most versatile lineups around.
Whether you're looking for the flexibility of a 2-in-1, reliability of a regular clamshell laptop or even a folding phone, there's a Surface device that will suit your needs.They're also frequently discounted, especially if you're happy with slightly older hardware.
Best Microsoft Surface deals for January 2022
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (13.5in, Ryzen 5, 8GB, 156GB)
Now: £599 (£200 off)
Microsoft's savings on the Surface Laptop 4 are even better than Black Friday. Getting this entry-level model for under £600 is excellent value for money, but you can also save on high-end configurations.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (i5, 8GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,179 (£120 off)
This is the biggest discount on the Surface Pro 8 right now. This Amazon-exclusive model with lots of storage is available with a £120 discount.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15in, i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,615 (£184 off)
This is a big saving on the Surface Laptop 4. If you're looking for the power of an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM (alongside a sizeable 512GB SSD), it's available with a £184 discount right now.
4. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £699 (£200 off)
The top-spec Surface Laptop Go is the model we recommend, especially at this price. It's currently available with a £200 discount via the Microsoft Store.
5. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £457.50 (£161.50 off)
The Surface Go 2 might have launched back in mid-2020, but it remains a great little device. This top-spec model is currently available with a 26% saving on its RRP.
6. Microsoft Surface Duo (256GB)
Now: £729 (£720 off)
The dual-screen Surface Duo didn't arrive in the UK until February, but it's already been heavily discounted. These latest prices are the best we've seen, with £720 off the 256GB model closely followed by a £670 saving on the 128GB variant. We'd still recommend the former, given how little extra you're paying for double the storage.
7. Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15in, i7, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD)
Now: £2,159 (£540 off)
The Book 3 has been replaced by the Surface Laptop Studio in Microsoft's lineup, but it remains a capable device that'll be supported on Windows 11 for many years to come. This 15in model is available with a hefty discount, but you can also save £580 if you need more storage.
8. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,420 (£429 off)
Huge discounts can be found on high-end Surface Pro 7 models. Save 23% on the RRP of this i7 variant with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD when you buy from Amazon, although stock is limited.
9. Microsoft Surface Go 3 (i3, 8GB, 128GB) Essentials Bundle
Now: £708.98 (£89.99 off)
This is the best deal on the Surface Go 3 right now. Combining the top-spec model with a Type Cover, Sleeve and one year of Microsoft 365 Personal saves almost £90 compared to buying separately.
How to find Microsoft Surface deals
In 2021, Microsoft released the Surface Pro 7+, Laptop 4, Pro 8, Duo 2, Go 3, Pro X (2021) and Laptop Studio. These are all updates to existing products, with the Laptop Studio succeeding the Surface Book line despite its very different form factor. This is the current range of portable PCs:
- Surface Pro 8
- Surface Pro 7+
- Surface Pro 7
- Surface Go 3
- Surface Go 2
- Surface Pro X (2021)
- Surface Pro X (2020)
- Surface Pro X (2019)
- Surface Laptop 4
- Surface Laptop 3
- Surface Laptop Go
- Surface Laptop Studio
- Surface Book 3
- Surface Duo 2
- Surface Duo
Microsoft doesn't appear to have plans to bring the Surface Neo to market anytime soon, so the Surface Laptop Go is the only device which hasn't been updated this year.
That means earlier models or devices released several months ago are ripe for significant discounts. Many of these devices still hold up well now, with all except the Duo (which runs Android) eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
Your first port of call should be the Surface deals page on the Microsoft website, where you can save up to £720 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.
Retailers sometimes unfairly use images of the Surface tablets with the Type Cover as well, even though it's not included. Ensure you double-check the details before adding to cart.
Of course, comparing prices against different retailers and e-retailers is always a good idea. In the UK, it's worth checking the following:
In the US, these are your best bet:
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.
Featured Microsoft Surface device
The Surface Go 3 was released in October 2021, and is the third entry in Microsoft's budget 2-in-1 line. 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 Pro 8 and Go 3) don’t come with the Type Cover or other accessories in the box, so you'll 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, are an accessory most people won't be able to do without. Just make sure the one you opt is compatible with your Surface device - older Surface Pro Type Covers won't work with the Pro 8.
The Surface Go Type Cover ditches this dedicated stylus, but it's slightly more affordable. You can expect to pay around £124.99/US$129.99, and they're compatible with all three generations of the Surface Go so far.
Bluetooth mice, external keyboards, a docking station and lots of wireless audio options are also available. See the full range on the Microsoft website.
However, like the Surface devices themselves, plenty of accessories are regularly discounted. Look out for deals both direct from Microsoft and via third-party retailers.
Microsoft Surface student discount
Microsoft also includes a range of devices in its education pricing, which means students and teachers can save 10% on the usual RRP. See the full range of student deals on the Microsoft website.
That same 10% offer is also available via UNiDAYS if you prefer, but you'll need to validate your status in full-time education wherever you buy from. This is usually done by checking your email address against official records.
Should I wait for more Windows 11 devices?
There's no need. The vast majority of Windows 10 hardware is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including all the devices mentioned above (except the Android-based Surface Duo).
You'll have to go back as far as 2018's Surface Go to find a Microsoft PC that doesn't support the new OS - anything newer will be just fine.
Officially, Windows 11 will be rolled out gradually to compatible devices, with the process expected to be completed by mid-2022. However, there's an easy way to get the final version right now, with Microsoft providing the download links and installation instruction. All your files and settings remaining intact.
As a result, provided it meets Windows 11's hardware requirements, there's no real downside to buying a Windows 10 device over a Windows 11 one.
Learn more in our separate guide: Should I still buy a Windows 10 laptop or PC?
Should I buy refurbished?
While deals come and go, one place you'll consistently find low prices is on refurbished tech. This typically means it's either been used as a demonstration model or returned by a customer, meaning it can no longer be sold as new. In all situations, the companies selling them will fix any faults and give the device a full refresh before it's marked as refurbished. That means it'll be in excellent condition by the time it reaches the customer, perhaps even as good as new.
That's the big difference when compared to used tech, which may be damaged in some way or have reduced battery life. See more in our guide to refurbished tech.
If you’re happy with an older model of a Surface device that’s been pre-owned, you could save a lot of money 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.
Microsoft’s site should be your first port of call, but there are several third-party retailers worth checking. These include Laptops Direct and musicMagpie, both of which clearly describe the condition of the device you're buying. There's also Amazon's Renewed program, where all devices are tested to work and look as new,.