Microsoft has been running various promotions in the past couple of months to try to keep the aging Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 in the limelight after Pro 4 and Surface Book’s glitzy introductions, the latest of which is unfortunately restricted to an American audience.
From January 10 through 17, the non-Pro third-gen Intel Atom-powered hybrid can be picked up on and offline at Microsoft with a gratis Type Cover. The keyboard accessory typically costs $130, and it obviously lets you seamlessly transform the 10.8-inch Windows tablet into a productive mini-laptop.
The same bundle deal is available from Best Buy, although the third-party retailer doesn’t mention an expiration date, and also doesn’t sell the Microsoft Surface 3 in a 128GB, LTE-enabled configuration. That top-of-the-line 2-in-1 is priced at $700, while the entry-level, 64 gig storage-accommodating, 2 gig RAM, non-cellular-capable version goes for $500.
In between, you can score the convertible tab with either 4GB memory and only Wi-Fi connectivity or 4G LTE speeds and just 2 gigs of memory at $600 apiece. Meanwhile, if you don’t need the multicolored, functionality-enhancing Type Covers, Amazon offers the lowest-end model for $420 ($80 off list), and the 128GB, non-LTE variant at $560 ($40 savings).
Remember, the Surface Pro 3 starts at $700 with a larger, higher-res screen in tow, as well as a punchier Intel Haswell processor, and the Pro 4 fetches $900 and up, packing Skylake heat.