Students can grab a discount on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Your parents probably gave you plenty of reasons to stay in school. One reason they didn't mention, was that students can grab a nice discount on the purchase of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. For example, students can get $150 off the price of the entry-level model, with the Intel Core i3 processor. That would take the price of that variant down from $799 to $649...
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31 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Still, $650 doesn't scream entry-level Microsoft needs a better pricing strategy.

2. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

i3, 4gb ram, 64 gb ssd, 2160 x 1440 res, usb 3.0, Win 8.1 Pro, 1.76 lbs, expandable storage and 4k output support, to name a few. $650 seems more than fair.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Just because it has 4K support doesn't mean it's optimal. The integrated graphics on that i3 wouldn't be able to handle it. But otherwise, I think it's a great deal for an laptop replacement. It's cheaper than a 64 GB iPad Air or Galaxy Note Pro with much more functionality.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Intel 4000 can handle 4K, so the Intel 4200 (in the i3) should also handle it just fine as well But obviously dont expect to game at 4K (or its native res), just turn down the res in the in-game menu

3. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

This isn't the Surface with RT. It's a full blown laptop minus the keyboard. My works HP Revolve 810 is only 11.6" screen with a fraction of the resolution. Now personal I am not a fan of Win 8.1 so I got a Note 12.2 Pro with AT&T that's more portable to me.

15. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

you will NOT find a laptop with similar specs at that price... i've looked.. you might find a refurbished or used but trust me... touchscreen, weight and screen are a luxury... not to mention build quality LAPTOP SUMMARY Customized Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor, (3M Cache, 1.80 GHz) Windows 8.1 Pro 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz (4GB x 1) 500GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA) DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive 15.6" Touchscreen HD TruBrite® LED Backlit Display (1366x768) Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)+ Bluetooth 4.0 1 month trial for new Office 365 customers Norton Internet Security™ 2013 (30-day trial subscription) 1 Year Standard Limited Warranty (1 Year on Battery) List Price with Upgrades: $764.98 Instant Savings: -$120.00 Accessories Total:$0.00 Extended Service Plan Total:$0.00 TOTAL PRICE:$644.98

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Really? Price and link because I call BS. I can get the same config for $449 or even cheaper.

23. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

With a Chromebook? Absolutely. With WinRT, probably. With full blown Windows 8.1 experience? NO. You cannot get the same config for anything less than 700 bucks. I can assure you that.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You can get a Dell laptop with a Haswell Core i5, 6 GB of RAM, and a touchscreen for $650. Granted it doesn't have as high resolution of a display, but you get a huge performance boost from a better CPU/GPU pushing a lower res display, and the extra bit of RAM is welcome. And even though the Surface Pro 3 is an amazing device just by considering it's size and all the power it packs, a typical laptop is more practical. Here's the laptop; http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-7537/pd?ref=PD_Family

29. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

see? this is what I'm talking about... spec, price equivalent... pro for laptop: bigger screen, real keyboard, more ram pro for surface: better screen, ssd, light, more battery life... like I said... you CANNOT find the combination of ssd, touchscreen and high res screen for around that price. you sir won an upvote

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh but I can. ;)

30. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

screenshot for screenshot... I have nothing to hide.. I am definitely not being paid by microsoft to advertise for surface... I wish hear that microsoft? i will defend your honour for $20 an hour or $1 per comment... anyway... here you go... this is the website:http://www.toshiba.com/us/computers/laptops/satellite/C50/C50-BBT2N11 it's their cheapest laptop... configure it to the surface and you will see what I talking about... you have to add win8.1 pro, touchscreen, bluetooth, i3 haswell cpu and you will see how fast the price goes up

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Do they mean college students only, or K-12 students too? Im guessing only college students :(

12. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

all students an teachers...i picked up the i7 today...no tax and teacher discount

5. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Considering books, tuition, food, transportation, school supplies, and social activities, I think additional $150 discount might convince some college students.

6. opencrownmargin

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

This tablet cant be placed firmly on some tiny desks at colleges, which makes them useless in those classrooms. Laptops can easily be placed on those desks as long as the keyboard portion of laptop is on the desk.

19. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Its the size of a notepad and you have pen input so you don't have to use the keyboard. If you can't place notepads on a college desk, that college might consider getting new desks

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Many studies have shown that students who use computers in class learn less and do worse than students who don't. So flogging the Surface 3 as a "classroom device" is good for Microsoft, not so good for most students. As for the hardware, it is really overpriced. Microsoft should make 8GB standard on all their Surface 3 tablets. A $250 Dell Inspiron 15.6" notebook -- $400 less than the cheapest Surface 3 -- comes with 4GB RAM. A Surface 3 should come with 8GB for the entry level model and 16GB for the higher end models.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You're paying more for the engineering that went into it. That $250 Dell is probably more than an inch thick, this is a third of an inch. And there's also the higher resolution touchscreen. Overall, I think it's worth it. it's cheaper than most 64 GB tablets, while running full blown Windows on a Core i3 and 4 GB of RAM, that's more than any Android/iOS tablet.

20. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The thing is this Is a tablet that can act as a laptop not a laptop that acts as a tablet. This compared to the iPad or the notepro is a pretty good deal considering its cheaper and more powerful than the 64Gb offering of those tablets. Outside the class, it becomes a media consumption device that runs full windows, in the classroom, this becomes an advanced notebook due to the pen input. So stop comparing this to laptops that weigh a tonne and thicker than a brick and start comparing it to tablets its actually targeting

22. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And your stuff about less productivity using computers in class, I happen to use a Note 10.1 2014 and with the pen input I'm more productive than I was before. This is because I have my class note and the PDF of the lecture on a split screen, so I can jot (like I used to do with just a notebook) and also have cutouts from the lecture slides IN my notes fully annotated and drawing in notes and highlighting has never been easier. If I can do this using a Note 10.1 guess what you can do with a surface. http://i57.tinypic.com/dov49k.png

8. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

For 799, i got a laptop (toshiba satellite s55-A5277) with a quad core core i7 4700MQ 2.4Ghz cpu (3.4Ghz with turbo boost), 8GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia geforce gt 740m GPU with 2GB GDDR3 RAM, 1TB 5400 RPM, 15' 768p touchscreen display. Now this is great value for money! This is more powerful than the most expensive surface because of the discrete GPU. The only downside to the lapto i got is its display, but the surface isn't perfect either because we all know the scaling issues with windows when it comes to high dpi displays.

13. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

you're a dirty little liar... i went to toshiba website and built exactly that... except mine is better because they had a discount on ram... mine has 12gb... final price: List Price with Upgrades: $1,384.99 Component Rebate: -$200.00 Base List Price: $1,184.99 Instant Savings: -$100.00 Accessories Total:$0.00 Extended Service Plan Total:$0.00 TOTAL PRICE:$1,084.99 troll harder i will upload a screenshot to my onedrive just to call you out as a dirty little liar http://1drv.ms/1o4i7lB

21. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

When comparing a laptop to a desktop, laptops would seem overpriced right? So why in the world would you compare a laptop to a tablet?? The surface is just a tablet that happens to have an optional keyboard and run full laptop OS. AM I THE ONLY ONE SEEING HOW AWESOME THIS IS?

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Obviously the more compact you go, the higher the engineering cost and the lower power the parts must be. Laptops are crazy underpowered and expensive compared to desktops because desktops have much more room in them than a laptop. Same can be said for tablets compared to laptops. You pay more and get less power, but for much more convenience. Obviously the Surface Pro 3 is (or is very close to) the most well designed device internally. The amount of power they can fit in that small space is staggering. But if a person is looking for a school/work device and wants a good value, the Surface Pro is not for them. However, if a person doesn't care how much it costs and just wants the most power in as small of a package as possible, the Surface Pro should be on top of their list.

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Microsoft is on krack! If they want people to adopt their tile-ridden so-called tablet they might consider a more competitive price point; $1600 will buy me a roundtrip to Brussels or even Saint Petersburg (Russia)!!

26. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

you mean the same tile ridden UI that Google has recently adopted? also mentioning other uses for $1600 doesn't add to your agrument. Price and value are all relative.

14. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

for people saying that this is expensive... try finding a laptop that has touchscreen, ssd, is light, has ten hour battery life and a screen like that,,,,,, challenge..... will you accept it? Oh... I did you are favor... I went to toshiba... chose their cheapest laptop... configured it as close as possible to a surface pro 3... it has touchscreen, i3, 4gb ram, 500gb hdd, bluetooth, 15" 1366 x 768... price $645.... now tell me... would you rather a surface pro 3 or the toshiba?

27. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hahahaha SP3 for me!

17. Losdog25

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 28, 2009

I picked one up Wednesday at best buy not realizing the sales . All well, I love this beast!! Funny how the no tax for students didn't apply to the model I got because it didn't fall under $750.
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