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. That's especially true right now, with Black Friday officially here and Cyber Monday just around the corner. Surface products are included in our laptop deals and tablet deals articles, but if you're set on Microsoft devices, you've come to the right place.
However, you may also want to check out our general Black Friday guidance:
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In this article, we've rounded up the best Surface discounts and offers out there (alongside detailed buying advice), so you can spot the deals from the duds. 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
The dual-screen Surface Neo, announced back in October 2019, could also still launch at some point. However, the cancellation of Windows 10X (the software it was originally intended to use) has thrown the device's future into doubt.
We're mainly focusing on portable computers here, but Microsoft does still sell an All-in-One known as the Surface Studio 2. That hasn't been updated since 2018, though.
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The Surface Laptop 4 was released in April 2021, and is the fourth entry in Microsoft's flagship thin and light laptop 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.
Where to find Microsoft Surface deals
In 2021, Microsoft has 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.
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 everything released in 2019 and 2020 and before is 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.
Microsoft is also offering up to £170 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 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.
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.
Best Black Friday Microsoft Surface deals
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (13.5in, Ryzen 5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £779 (£220 off + £26 off Adobe CC Photography plan)
Amazon has discounts on almost all Surface Laptop 4 configurations, but this is the pick of the bunch. Saving well over £200 on this model is an excellent deal, the likes of which we haven't seen before. Amazon's deal also includes £26 off Adobe CC Photography plan.
Also save £170 on the Intel Core i7 16GB/512GB option.
2. Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (128GB)
Now: £1,214 (10% off with code SURFACE10)
Right now Currys is offering 10% off selected Microsoft Surface hardware - including the brand-new dual-screen Duo 2 Android phone, which we never expected to see discounted this Black Friday.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £679 (£220 off)
The excellent Surface Black Friday deals keep on coming. You can currently get this top-spec Surface Laptop Go model close to its lowest ever price, although a £170 saving can also be found on the 128GB model.
4. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Pentium Gold 4425Y, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £339 (£190 off)
The Surface Go 3 might have launched back in mid-2020, but it remains a great little device. This model pairs the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. However, the Microsoft Store matches it on price and offers a £90 saving on the cheapest Core M3 configuration
5. 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.
6. Microsoft Surface Duo (256GB, locked to AT&T)
Now: $433.95 ($966.04 off)
If you don't mind being locked to the AT&T network, this is an incredible deal on the first-gen Duo. The $434.95 asking price represents an incredible 69% saving on what you'd have paid just over a year ago. The Duo has its faults, but it's a steal at this price.
7. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,449 (£400 off)
Huge discounts can be found on high-end Surface Pro 7 models. Save 22% on the RRP of this i7 variant with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD when you buy from Amazon, although stock is limited.
8. Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £799 (£170 off)
Despite being focused on business and education customers, the Surface Pro 7+ is a great option for consumers. This excellent deal saves you £180 on the RRP (and £170 on the previous price) of the cheapest i5 model, meaning it's now available for under £800. You can also save when bundling it with a Type Cover.
9. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: $699.99 ($200 off)
This excellent US deal gets you $200 off the top-spec Surface Laptop Go - that's the one we recommend most people opt for. In exchange you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, although Best Buy matches the Microsoft Store on price.
10. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £899 (£270 off)
This mid-tier Surface Pro 7 has been heavily discounted now its successor has arrived. Get £270 off a black i5 model, with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD from the Microsoft Store, although doubling the RAM on the Platinum variant has a £280 saving.
11. Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15in, i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
From: Best Buy
Now: $1,799.99 ($500 off)
Deals on the 2020 Surface Book 3 remain rare, but this is an excellent one if you're based in the US. Best Buy has slashed $500 off the RRP of a high-end 15in model - it's rare to see configurations like this available for under $2000.
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,.