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Original Surface Pro Now Just $699

by Todd Haselton | October 24, 2013October 24, 2013 4:30 pm PDT

Microsoft Surface Pro Box

Microsoft on Thursday dropped the price of the original 64GB Surface Pro from $799 to $699, likely in a bid to attract new consumers to its tablet. The device is the older model offered by Microsoft, which recently introduced the more powerful, but still expensive, Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. The price drop also applies to the 128GB option, which is now available for $799.

The original Surface Pro is equipped with a 10.6-inch display with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, a Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a microSD expansion slot and a kickstand. By comparison, the Surface Pro 2 has a similar display but comes with a faster 1.5GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor which should also offer better battery life. It can also ship with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and runs Windows 8.1 out of the box. It has a slightly re-designed body, too, with improvements to the kickstand feature.

The Surface Pro is a compelling buy at its new price point. It offers a full version of Windows that can run all x86 applications, instead of the watered-down version on the Surface RT and Surface 2. Microsoft isn’t including a Touch or Type cover with the purchase, which would be a nicer deal, but we think the price drop should help offset early Surface losses.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...