’Tis the season for major retailers to begin offering holiday discounts, and Microsoft has a few definitely worth checking out. The best in its 2018 “12 Days of Faves” knocks the price of the excellent Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 as low as $799, well below the $999 minimum price floor Microsoft established at launch.
Here’s what makes the Surface Laptop 2 deal so attractive. First, it’s a known quantity: the Surface Laptop 2 is essentially the same machine as the first-generation Surface Laptop, in terms of dimensions, display, weight, and battery life, but with a processor bump to an 8th-generation Core chip. We’re finalizing our review right now, and it’s an excellent machine.
There are few caveats to this discount, either. Yes, the $799 price applies only to the Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD model, in platinum, which is a little skimpy in terms of storage. You’ll want to keep a USB key handy, or simply use OneDrive for backup. But right now, that Surface Laptop 2 model is actually $50 less than the same model of the first-generation Surface Laptop on AmazonRemove non-product link. If you’d like the Surface Laptop 2 in black (which unfortunately is priced at a premium) you can buy it for $300 off, with 256GB of storage, for $999.
While the Surface Laptop 2 is a bit light in the I/O department (just one USB 3.0 port, and no USB-C) both configurations still represent an excellent deal—remember, the minimum price Microsoft set at launch was $999!
You’ll find comparable discounts with the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft’s latest iteration of its Surface Pro tablets. The $799 version of the Surface Pro 6 ($100 off)Remove non-product link includes the same Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD options as the Surface Laptop 2. Here, you’ll trade the improved “lappability” of the Surface Laptop 2 for the microSD card slot included under the SP6’s kickstand. Microsoft discounted the Core i5/8GB RAM/256GB SSD option by $200, too, matching the $999 price of the Surface Laptop 2.
Microsoft’s 12 Faves deal ends on Dec. 16. So if these deals appeal, you may want to act fast.
This story was updated on Dec. 13 at 3:34 PM, adding the date that the “12 Faves” deal ends.
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