Deals: save big on the Microsoft Core i5 Surface Book, Lumia 550 and Surface Dock

Deals: save big on the Microsoft Core i5 Surface Book, Lumia 550 and Surface Dock
Now's your chance to save $100 on the Surface Dock if you get it bundled with the Microsoft Surface Book. The deal is good until June 18.

The Surface Dock is an essential accessory for Microsoft's 2-in-1 computer and it would normally set you back $199. If you act fast, however, you will snag one for $99 less – $99 that you could invest in the Lumia 550, which is on sale until June 11.

The Surface Dock works as an extension for your Surface Book by adding an Ethernet port, display ports, an audio out port and 4 full-sized 3.0 USB ports. At 550 grams and with its own power supply, it is not exactly meant to be used on the go. Rather, the accessory is intended to make your Surface Book feel a bit more like a desktop computer – one that would offer a broad range of connectivity options.

Speaking of the Surface Book, the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage is available right now for $1,549 (down from the usual $1,699). Follow the links below if Microsoft's deals sound exciting.

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1. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

$1,600 for a surface book? Lol! I could already bought a gaming laptop with a gtx 960m or 970m models at that price. And would have a terabyte of storage in it.

2. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Don't think the laptop is meant for your. You want something for video games and this is designed for someone with work in mind.

3. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

We have a few of these Surface Books at my work and they have not been doing too well. Their biggest problem, the Surface Pro 4 and apparently the SSD read/write speeds.

5. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I got an i7 SB, it's just so buggy. O thought 'Meh, maybe the bugs are just for a select few, and they are the ones that are complaing online, happens all the time' but it really is the buggiest £1500+ I've ever spent. I'm waiting on my replacement now, if that one is bust too then back to Macbook Pro. The SB is amazing for graphic design btw. It's not speced for gaming, it's speced for creativity and work. It's also beautiful to use when it works right.... when...

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They both justify their price tag. If you're wondering what the $400 difference gets you in the Surface Book: - Bigger and higher resolution screen - Bigger trackpad/keyboard - 33.33% more battery life (12 hours vs 9 hours) - Keyboard included (instead of $130 separate) - Additional USB 3.0 port - Full size SD card port - Future upgradeable ports, GPU, and battery (simply exchange out the keyboard base) in addition to keyboard and trackpad like the Surface Pro Regarding the SSD read/write speed, that's mediocre quality control on Microsoft's part. They dual-sourced the SSD from both Samsung and Toshiba ( ). The Toshiba XG3 NVMe variant ( ) performs way better than the Samsung PM951 variant ( ), and is more like what you'd expect from such hefty-priced machine.

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

- Bigger screen for a size of 13 inch vs 15.6 or 17 inch display with IPS? - No backlit keyboard. - Battery life over performance. - Three or four USB ports vs 2. - Certain laptop models comes with a SD card port. - SB have intel HD 520 and a nvidia 1GB VRAM. While certain laptop models have intel HD 5000 or 6000 and have nvidia 4GB VRAM. Gives more performance than the SB. So if its a video editor, a student, or just about any type of user. How many would you think owned an SB over a laptop which gives a good performance? Battery isn't an issue here.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

- I'm comparing it to the Surface Pro dummy - No backlit keyboard? You clearly are naive about what the Surface Book offers and are just mindlessly hating... - Performance is on par with or beyond any Laptop in it's class size; 13", including the 13" MacBook Pro, in terms of web browsing ( ), video rendering ( ), and definitely gaming ( ). - Easy expansion via a hub - Again, I'm comparing it to the Surface Pro dumbass, 'cause that's what @bucky claimed is the Surface Book's biggest problem in his work place. Students, Engineers/Designers/Architects, Doctors, Lawyers, Artists, and anyone else who makes use of ANY form of a writing/drawing/painting utensil in their regular work flow, in conjunction with a computer, will appreciate eliminating their need for paper and multiple devices to accomplish their work and entertain themselves. You don't care for such, fine, OEMs are there to suit your needs.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And you think just because I've mentioned those laptops. Doesn't mean its for gaming only. What I seek is durability, and reliability.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My priority has always been value for money and none of Microsoft Surface series will give me that. For their asking price, i could buy a good gaming notebook and an ultra portable windows tablet. Which i did. A clevo P650SG with a Nvidia 980m and a Dell 7140.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Mind posting a link to the full specs of your P650SG and Dell 7140 configurations and the price you paid for them? With that info, I can easily point out where you're making compromises compared to the Surface line. You may not care for such advantages, doesn't mean the Surface line doesn't offer it...

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

About $230 for the Dell 7140, intel core M fanless tablet, 4GB Ram and 128GB SSD. Another $1.4K on generic Clevo P650SG with GTX 980m 4GB GDDR5, 8GB DDR3 Ram expandable to 32GB Ram user upgradable, Core™ i7-4200HQ (got mine before skylake) 2TB HDD expendable storage with 2x2.5 SATA3, 1xM.2 and 1xPCI-E M.2, user upgradable) There plenty of information on Dell 7140 and Clevo P650SG which cost around the asking price of surface book. One thing that going for Surface book may be the look and feel but that not important to me. I bring my Dell 7140 and my Tab S in my bag and leave my clevo p650sg at home for windows 10 gaming.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Look and feel alone sure ain't what I'd pick the Surface Book for, I buy my tools to make use of them, looks are secondary, IMO. For your current setup, the 8GB RAM 256GB SSD i7 w/ dGPU Surface Book ($2100) + a 2TB External HDD storage ($80, ) would be the closest equivalent. Regarding the Dell 7140, that sure was a special deal you got on a device just released just over a year and half ago (November 11th 2014). Anandtech shows that device cost $749 for the 4GB RAM 128GB SSD model you mentioned ( ). Regardless, here's what you're compromising on compared to the Surface Book: - Comes with Windows 10 Home, whereas the Surface Book comes with Windows 10 Pro. - Digitizer pen is sold separately, and the technology behind it (Synaptics Pen Digitizer) wouldn't be as precise and accurate as what's offered by the Surface Pen (N-Trig Pen Digitizer) that comes with the Surface Book, nor would it have WinTab drivers for advanced Win32 design applications like the Adobe CC suit. So, don't expect to use it for any serious design work, you'll be needing a separate $1000 Wacom Cintiq board for that. - Keyboard is sold separately, and keyboard trackpad isn't made of glass like what comes with the Surface Book. - Comes with a 1920x1080 204PPI screen, whereas the Surface Book comes with a bigger screen with higher and more crisp 3000x2000 267PPI resolution and more accurate color reproduction. - Comes with a 2MP ordinary front-facing webcam, whereas the Surface Book comes with a more crisp 5MP front-facing webcam with Windows Hello biometric authentication support. - Won't be able to drive a daisy chain of 4K monitors with that Micro HDMI port, whereas the Surface Book will easily handle that with it's Mini DisplayPort. - Comes with only 1 USB 3.0 port and MicroSD card reader, whereas the Surface Book comes with 2 and full-size SD card reader. - Comes with a MSATA SSD, whereas the Surface Book comes with a higher performing an NVME based PCIE SSD. - Comes with half the built-in storage capacity. - Comes with a 5th Gen Core M processor, whereas the Surface Book comes with a 6th Gen i7 processor. - Comes with a non-upgradeable Intel HD 5300 integrated graphics whereas the Surface Book comes with a much higher performing and future-upgradeable custom (20% faster than standard the original, ) NVIDIA GeForce 940M Maxwell discrete-GPU ( ). - Given all of the above compromises, no doubt, it would barely be able to handle any design/simulation/CAD/Video editing task on the go, compared to the Surface Book. You'll be tied to your desk to do such in your case. - Looks to be made of stylish plastic, which isn't really a major downer in my book. Still looks really great, just not as premium as the studier Magnesium Alloy on Surface Book.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

On the upper hand - You get a fanless and virtually silent device - You get a smaller and more portable device (if you don't bother buying the keyboard accessory) - You pay a significantly tiny fraction of the price of the Surface Book I think both offer good justifications for their price tag, just for different consumers. Will later make another post comparing to your Laptop setup.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

$230 is the base model for my DELL 7140. I have replace the SSD with a 512GB SSD for $120+ an active stylus for $25 and a detachable keyboard (/w built-in battery that extend another 8 hrs batterylife $65) I could power up my tablet hybrid for a full day without A/C power. Total investment for my Dell 7140 is $230+$120+$25+65 = $440 For $440, I got a Touch screen windows 8.1 (disable W10 upgrade) hybrid with an accurate active pressure sensitive stylus at could offer 16 hrs of productivity. I don't play any game on this tablet, i got my new 3DS XL for mobile games. That's said, its still a personal preference. Many people, they may still prefer Surface book and are willing to pay more. My Dell 7140

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wow, that sure is one heck of a killer deal and setup you got, official MSRP of that setup was close to the Surface Book not too long ago. Can't beat that value with any official MSRP device, must get a crazy auction deal to match it...where do you buy your devices, eBay?

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Amazon and Ebay. I bought the DELL 7140 from Ebay, the 512GB SSD from Amazon, the stylus, keyboard from Ebay too. To assemble such deal, its just patience and luck.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

SurfaceBook wasnt designed to be a gaming laptop. but the I7 does better than many laptop geez dude look at the specs f an i7 configured SB The fact youre comparing a Surface Book to a gaming laptop, shows you knpw nothing about hardware. But Panos showed the gaming prowness of the Surface Book.

4. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I am very tempted by the Asus Transformer 3 Pro... specially with the external graphic capability

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"specially with the external graphic capability" Yeah, that's the key upgrade factor I was hoping for in the Surface Pro 4. Without it, the Surface Pro 4 just isn't appealing enough as an upgrade to my Surface Pro 2. If the Pro 5 lacks it, will just keep my Surface Pro 2 even longer...

15. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... I still have a 5 y/o Asus notebook that has been great, however recently I had issues with the display flex cable... and I need to fix it. So even when that device still let me do everything I need it for... 3D modeling, renders, light gaming... I want something a bit more portable because it is both my home and work device so I take it with me all the time. I wanted a ZenBook, but the new MacBook look-a-like doesn't cut it, I want more ports than that... specially since USB Type-C is not the norm yet. So for me is either between the ZenBook UX303UA... for $800 with upgradable RAM Slot and SSD,,,, or the Transformer 3 Pro without internal upgrades but a tempting external graphic unit.... Both will probably serve me right but I worry about the permanent battery of the Transformer because with heat / gaming / etc it will be the first component to break.

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