Just about one month back, we saw Microsoft unveil its latest tablet offerings. And while most of us were expecting something along the lines of a Surface Mini, Microsoft went and threw us for a loop, instead using its launch event to introduce the Surface Pro 3, just seven months following the release of the Surface Pro 2. That’s very much some speedy iPad 3/iPad 4-style timing, and the short lifespan of the Pro 2 seems to have left Microsoft with an abundance of stock. If you can live without having the very latest-and-greatest, though, this situation affords you an opportunity to pick up last year’s Pro 2 at a discount.
How much you’ll save depends on what level of hardware you’re looking to pick up. The two lower-end storage options, 64GB, and 128GB, see their prices drop by a solid $100. Bigger savings are to be had on the larger storage capacity models, as Microsoft offers $200 off for the 256GB and 512GB Surface Pro 2 configurations. For the moment, at least, the 256GB model is out of stock – whether that’s temporary, or the stock is depleted for good, we can’t yet say.
Considering the starting price for the Surface Pro 3 64GB model is just about $800, Microsoft almost had to implement these price cuts like it did – they bring the Pro 2 64GB model down to the same $800 level. Sure, it’s got an i5 versus the Pro 3 64GB’s i3, not to mention the display differences, but it still would have been confusing for customers to have the old 64GB model costing substantially more than the new 64GB option.
Are these new prices tempting any of you, or would you rather pay more for the Pro 3? Would another couple hundred dollars in savings help change your mind any?