From humble beginnings with the original Surface in 2012, Microsoft’s PCs have proven themselves to be among the best around. There are plenty of different Surface products these days, so you’re likely to be able to find a device that’s right for you.
Microsoft sells its computers at a number of third-party retailers too, so there are often great deals flying around.
The Surface range has rapidly expanded into one of the most versatile lineups of portable PCs around. Whether you’re looking for the flexibility of a 2-in-1, reliability of a regular clamshell laptop or even a folding phone, there’s a Surface device that will suit your needs.
They regularly pack stunning displays, speed and versatility into slick, lightweight designs, breaking the old notion of PCs as clunky business computers. It does mean they can be expensive though, with some devices reaching well into the thousands.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best Surface offers out there, along with buying advice, so you can spot the deals from the duds. This is the current range of portable PCs:
The dual-screen Surface Neo, announced back in October 2019, could also still launch at some point. However, the cancellation of Windows 10X (the software it was originally intended to use) has thrown the Neo’s future into doubt.
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The Surface Laptop 4 was released in April 2021, and is the fourth entry in Microsoft’s flagship thin and light laptop line. Here’s how much it costs today from all of the major retailers, although be aware that variation in price may be due to the different configurations:
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Surface 2-in-1s (like the Pro 7 and Go 2) don’t come with the Type Cover or other accessories in the box, so you’ll have to buy them separately. This can add significantly to the overall price, so we recommend looking for bundle deals wherever possible. If that’s not possible, it’s worth checking if any discount offered is significant enough to offset the price of buying accessories separately.
Type Covers, the detachable keyboards for Surface tablets, are probably be the most useful accessory to buy. There are two versions, so ensure the one you buy is compatible with the Surface model you have. The Type Covers for Surface Pro and Surface Go PCs usually start at around £99.99/$US99.99, although you’ll pay more if you’d like extra premium materials.
We’ve also listed the RRPs for other Surface accessories below so it’s easier to spot how much you’re actually saving. Some retailers can inflate the original price to make a discount look greater than it really is.
Where to find Microsoft Surface deals
In 2020, Microsoft released the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro X (second-gen), Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3. It’s followed this up in 2021 with the Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Laptop 4, so expect to see deals and discounts on older versions of these devices.
Also check out the Surface deals page on the Microsoft website, where selected bundles allow you to save up to £585 at the time of writing. When Microsoft offers deals, other retailers may also follow suit, so knowing Microsoft’s discount is a useful indicator of how much you’re saving in reality. Remember to compare the specs of the model you’re buying against the price set by Microsoft for the same configuration.
Microsoft is also offering up to £150 off the Surface Laptop Go if you trade in an eligible laptop. Find out more here.
Retailers sometimes unfairly use images of the Surface tablets with the Type Cover as well, even though the Type Cover is not included. Ensure you double-check the details before adding to cart.
Of course, comparing prices against different retailers and e-retailers such as the ones below is always a good idea:
If you shop on Amazon, signing up for a Prime membership can also get you free next day delivery and access to limited-time Lightning Deals 30 minutes before non-members. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial, which you can cancel any time.
Refurbished Microsoft Surface deals
With so many models about, the year of the model on offer also affects the price. The latest version may not have the most competitive discount, while an older model with a competitive discount may not have the most advanced specs.
If you’re happy with an older model of a Surface device that’s been pre-owned, you could save shopping refurbished. We would recommend that the model you buy is certified refurbished, as these are rigorously tested and backed by Microsoft to work like new. You also get a one-year hardware warranty.
Refurbished deals can be found directly on Microsoft’s site, so it’s worth checking regularly if there’s nothing available.
Microsoft Surface student discount
Microsoft also includes a range of devices in its education discounts, which offer up to up to 10% off for students, parents and teachers.
Tech Advisor’s dedicated student deals site is another place to get a discount on Microsoft Surface products. Currently, you can get 10% off a number of Surface products via Student Beans, although you’ll need to create an account to gain access.
See all Tech Advisor student tech deals here.
Best Microsoft Surface Deals for August 2021
1. Microsoft Surface Duo (256GB)
Now: £729 (£720 off)
The dual-screen Surface Duo didn’t arrive in the UK until February, but it’s already been heavily discounted. These latest prices are the best we’ve seen, with £720 off the 256GB model closely followed by a £670 saving on the 128GB variant. We’d still recommend the former, given how little extra you’re paying for double the storage. The same pricing is also available at Currys.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £919.99 (£249.01 off)
The i5 Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is now down to under £920 at Amazon, saving almost £250. That get you more than a fifth off the asking price, and it rarely drops lower.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £794 (£205 off)
The Surface Laptop 4 recently launched, but its predecessor remains a great option. That’s especially true following this hefty £205 discount on the entry-level model. For under £800, you get a model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Available for £795 via the Microsoft Store.
4. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £803.99 (£95.01 off)
This Surface Laptop Go discount from Newegg is the biggest we’ve seen on the top-spec version so far. Get the i5 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for just £803.99, saving over £101 on the RRP. The device ships from the US, so you’ll have to be patient, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.
5. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15in, Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £929 (£270 off)
Head to Argos for a great deal on the Ryzen 5 3580U Surface Laptop 3 with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It’s now available for just £929 – that’s a £270 discount on the RRP.
6. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB, 128GB) Essentials Bundle
Now: £758.98 (£89.99 off)
The Surface Go 2 Essentials Bundle offers a decent saving when compared to buying the items separately. Adding a Microsoft 365 subscription, Type Cover, and protective Sleeve to the Intel Core M3 model saves almost £90 when compared to buying separately. Savings are even greater when the accessories already discounted.
7. Microsoft Surface Pro X (SQ2, 16GB, 256GB) Essentials Bundle
Now: £1,816.98 (£52 off)
Discounts on the Surface Pro X are also few and far between. However, you can save £52 when you bundle the much-improved SQ2 version with a Signature keyboard, Slim Pen and Microsoft 365 Personal for a year.
8. Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5in, i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
Now: £1,850 (£149.99 off)
Discounts on Microsoft’s latest high-end laptop/tablet hybrid are few and far between, but there’s a useful deal if you go direct. A 13.5in model with i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is now down to £1,850 with a discount of almost £150 at the Microsoft Store.
9. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (13.5in, Ryzen 5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £980.55 (£18.45. off)
The Surface Laptop 4 only launched recently, but there’s already a modest discount at Amazon. The retailer has dropped the price of the entry level 13.5in model to just over £980, saving over £18 on the RRP. In exchange, you get an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
10. Microsoft Surface Pen (Platinum)
Now: £70 (£29.99 off)
The Platinum version of Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus is is now down to £70 with a 30% discount on the RRP. It’s compatible with all Surface touchscreen devices, allowing you write, draw or precisely locate anything on the screen.
Should I wait for Windows 11?
There’s no need. The vast majority of Windows 10 hardware will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including all the devices mentioned above (except the Android-based Surface Duo).
That doesn’t mean all Surface PCs will be compatible, though. The likes of the Surface Studio 2 and original Surface Go (both from 2018) won’t be supported, meaning you’ll need to invest in a device from the last three years.
Free upgrades are expected to begin rolling out in late 2021, although you might be waiting a few months for it to become available. Nonetheless, it’s worth being patient. The update process is expected to be smooth and seamless, with all files and settings remaining intact.
Learn more in our separate guide: Should I still buy a Windows 10 laptop or PC?
Should I buy refurbished?
While deals come and go, one place you’ll consistently find low prices is on refurbished tech. This typically means it’s either been used as a demonstration model or returned by a customer, meaning it can no longer be sold as new. In all situations, the companies selling them will fix any faults and give the device a full refresh before it’s marked as refurbished. That means it’ll be in excellent condition by the time it reaches the customer, perhaps even as good as new.
That’s the big difference when compared to used tech, which may be damaged in some way or have reduced battery life. See more in our guide to refurbished tech.
Popular retailers for refurbished Surface devices include Laptops Direct and musicMagpie, both of which clearly describe the condition of the device you’re buying. There’s also Amazon’s Renewed program, which are tested to work and look as new, and offer a one-year guarantee.