Microsoft quietly began selling an even cheaper Surface Laptop this week. Now picking up the company’s laptop will cost you as little as $799. With the new entry-level model, Microsoft hopes to attract consumers that have been interested in the Surface Laptop but stayed away due to its price. Bringing the price down means certain specifications have been downgraded, of course, but you’re still getting an attractive and well-made laptop.
The entry-level model includes Intel’s Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Between the processor and memory size, this Surface Laptop should be slightly lower than the $999 model that has a Core i5 processor. But that’s fine for who Microsoft is targeting.
Lowering the price of the Surface Laptop means it’s competing directly against the Surface Pro (2017). The hybrid, which was upgraded when the Surface Laptop was introduced last summer, also has the same specifications at the same price. However, the Surface Pro is slightly more expensive if you want the Type Cover as well.
No one knows exactly why the laptop’s getting an entry-level model, but it could be slumping revenue from hardware in the previous model.
The Surface Laptop’s new base configuration is now available, but it’s only offered in Platinum. Microsoft still limits the other colors to the more expensive configurations.