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 the new Surface devices expected in the coming months leading to discounts on older models.
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 a folding phone, 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 7
- Surface Go 2
- Surface Go
- Surface Pro X (2019)
- Surface Pro X (2020)
- Surface Laptop 2
- Surface Laptop 3
- Surface Laptop 4
- Surface Laptop Go
- Surface Book 2
- Surface Studio 2
- Surface Book 3
- Surface Duo
- 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 Pro 7/7+ and Go 2) 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 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
In 2020, Microsoft released the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro X (second-gen), Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3. It's followed this up in 2021 with the Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Laptop 4, so expect to see deals and discounts on older versions of these devices.
Also check out the Surface deals page on the Microsoft website, where selected bundles allow you to 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 £100 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, so it's worth checking regularly if there's nothing available.
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 May 2021
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £795 (£204 off)
The Surface Laptop 4 has just launched, but its predecessor remains a great option. That's especially true following this £200 discount, meaning you can pick up the device for just £795. In exchange, you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £730.32 (£168.68 off)
The i5 Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is now down to just over £730 on Amazon, saving almost £170 on the RRP. The same model is available from the Microsoft Store for £789.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £716.39 (£182.61 off)
This is a great deal on the Surface Laptop Go, a device that only launched a few months ago. Save over £182 on the top-spec Intel Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD - down to a much more appealing £716. The device ships from the US, so you'll have to be patient, but we're sure it'll be worth the wait. If you'd prefer, it's available from the Microsoft Store and Currys for £799.
4. Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5in, i7, 32GB, 512GB)
Now: £2,249 (£450 off)
If you're looking for a high-end model, there are huge savings to be had on an i7 Book 3 with 32GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD - £450 off the regular asking price. Amazon is selling the same configuration at the same price, with both eligible for free next-day delivery.
5. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £615.59 (£63.01 off)
This Surface Laptop Go discount from Newegg is the biggest we've seen on the mid-spec version so far. Get the i5 model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for just £615.59, saving over £83 on the RRP. The device ships from the US, so you'll have to be patient, but we're sure it'll be worth the wait.
6. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
Now: £999 (£270 off)
More expensive Surface Laptop 3 models have also seen significant discounts. Get the i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for just £999, which means an impressive £270 off the RRP.
7. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,449.78 (£399.22 off)
Huge discounts can be found on high-end Surface Pro 7 models. Save 22% on the RRP of this Platinum i7 version with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD when you buy from Amazon, where it's also eligible for Prime delivery.
8. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB, 128GB) plus 1-year Microsoft 365 Personal, Type Cover and Sleeve
Now: £758.98 (£89.99 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 over almost £90 when compared to buying separately. Savings are even greater when the accessories aren't on offer.
9. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB, 128GB) and Type Cover
Now: £659 (£59.99 off)
If you want just buy the Surface Go 2 and Type Cover, there's a useful discount at Amazon. This Intel Core M3 version with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD works perfectly with the black keyboard accessory, especially when it's now down to £659.
10. Microsoft Surface Pen
Now: £49.98 (£50.01 off)
This is the cheapest price we've ever seen for the Surface Pen, Microsoft's powerful stylus. It's now available for just £49.98, less than half its original retail price, although Amazon is warning that it'll take 1-2 months to dispatch. It's compatible with all Surface touchscreen devices, allowing you write, draw or precisely locate anything on the screen.
Should I wait until Amazon Prime Day?
It has been confirmed that Amazon Prime Day will take place this June, although a specific date isn't yet known. Despite its name, the event will likely stretch over two or more full days, with new deals being added all the time. These are exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers, although you get other benefits, including fast delivery, unlimited cloud storage and access to the Prime Video streaming service.
Microsoft Surface products are regularly discounted on Amazon, so there's a chance we'll see further deals on Prime Day. However, we can't be sure if prices on specific products, will be lower, higher or remain the same. If you see a great deal now, there's no guarantee it will still be available come Prime Day.
Learn more in our guide to Amazon Prime Day.
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.
Popular retailers for refurbished Surface devices 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, which are tested to work and look as new, and offer a one-year guarantee.
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