Surface Book models powered by the Intel Core i5 are now $150 off at the Microsoft Store


Need a graduation present for your son or daughter? Now is the perfect time to give them something a little more useful than a new pen set. The Microsoft Store is now offering a $150 discount on any Surface Book powered by the Intel Core i5 processor. There are three versions of the detachable tablet that are covered by the sale.

You can purchase the Surface Book with 128GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and the Core i5 for $1349, $150 less than the usual $1499 price. The model with 256GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and the Core i5 will cost you $1549 with the sale, down from the pre-sale price of $1699. Lastly, the model with 256GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM, a dGPU and the Core i5, is on sale for $1749. That is lower than the regular $1899 price.

The sale will be in force through May 14th. In addition, Microsoft is giving you the opportunity to save $30 on the Surface Dock if you buy it at the same time as the Surface Book. The tablet portion of the device features a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and supports the Surface Pen.

Whether your kids are moving on to college or starting a career, the Surface Book is sure to come in handy. To take advantage of the $150 discount, click on the sourcelink.

source: Microsoft via MSPoweruser

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48 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Waiting for surface phone with core i5 and gpu dock..

2. Unordinary unregistered

... Lol.

4. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You're funny.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Coming soon in good time, all in good time...

10. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Oven mitt included

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

with 256GB internal storage, 8GB of RAM and $1999 pricetag, lol

3. TerryTerius unregistered

You know... I really do want to buy a surface book. I have been using an iPad Pro, which for me is basically everything I needed due to the nature of my work; but if I can find a way to justify the expense I would love to pick one up for heavier productivity needs. They just seem like awesomely capable little machines... Despite some of the issues I've heard about. I'm undecided between this or a MacBook Pro.

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Get a macbook pro if you want to do serious work. For windows side, get something with a real quad core processor and decent GPU like razer blade or XPS 15. Whatever microsoft says, the surface book is quite useless. It's not really much more powerful than a surface pro 4 and you should rather get that instead if you need to do light work. It's a nice idea, but the technology is not quite there yet.

6. TerryTerius unregistered

I see. I haven't really done any serious research on my own yet, but I definitely appreciate your input stranger. I'll take that into consideration. Thanks.

11. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Just wait for the macbook pro refresh this July, keep hold of your money until then, after that, you can decide what really to buy : )

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

both are overpriced.. you can find tons of i7 ultrabooks from other brands under $2000 pricetag, or if you didnt care about weight, you can try gaming notebooks, its have great performancehttp://www.notebookcheck.net/Notebookcheck-s-Top-10-Lightweight-Gaming-Notebooks.126456.0.html (if you can wait for 4-6month, its better to wait for next-gen 14nm GPU, AMD polaris and NVIDIA pascal)

24. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Those are not ultrabooks , those are gaming laptops that just happen to be not as heavy as a tank

25. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Don't listen to techie , if you like the MBP retina go for it . Its not really that overpriced compared with its rivals Everything from apple is a overpriced piece of crap from him

26. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

He isn't a Stranger lol. He is the former Tyrion the Wise

28. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Um, what?

46. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Your comments are very similar :)

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The MacBook is and overpriced piece of crap. Lol The Dell would be better if you want a laptop. But the SurfaceBook with i5 or i7 is just as good as any laptop with similar hardware. Without Windows, a MacBook is equally as useless as an iPad if you want real productivity.

30. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The thing is that similar hardware means surface book is crap. The i5 and i7 used in the surface book are the dual core ULV ones which make them horribly underpowered. Dell XPS 15 and razor blade destroy the surface book. OS X is way better than windows for productivity and it's not like iOS at all. Better, more professional software like final cut pro is available and you can actually code on OS X. And I'm talking as a windows user here. I have to use linux when I have to do real work and hence i have to dual boot. OS X will allow me to have one OS and do all the work.

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I agree that the 15" Laptops destorys the Durface Book, but it's not competing with those guys. It's competing with other 13" Laptops. "OS X is way better than windows for productivity" Lol, nice joke. That OS is stupidly restricted when it comes to file management, which is a key part of every productive task. Linus describes my experience perfectly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TReJmvn5nKY "and you can actually code on OS X" Uhm, when couldn't you ever code on Windows? Visual studio is the main tool you'll ever need, especially with Xamarin integrated with it now.

33. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Sorry, I'm not going to code on visual studio. I'm a programmer, not an app developer. I need a functioning terminal along with apt-get to work my stuff. IDEs are not my thing unless I'm working in a firm on a big project. And even then I prefer eclipse. Please don't confuse coding with app development. That's the most stupid thing you can say to a programmer. Even getting a job in microsoft requires linux knowledge. And that's why windows is adding bash shell in the anniversary update. But unless that update comes, I will have to use linux for the work. Without bash shell, it's impossible for me to work. About OS X, see how much fast final cut pro X is compared to adobe premiere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P5UWEKSUXo Even a macbook pro destroys a workstation in video editing, due to optimization.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Interesting regarding the programming, please could you elaborate on what exactly it is that you do? How can you just be programming without it materializing to some application? Regarding video editing, it's not much about optimization there, it's about Adobe refusing to implement Intel Quick Sync technology in their software. It had it in the past: https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2011/01/07/intel-quick-sync-video-encoder-plug-in-for-adobe-pro-and-consumer-products/ But not sure why they've stopped supporting it. None the less, I bet these Windows applications with Intel Quick Sync would perform video rendering just-as fast, but they definitely won't have the full feature set of Adobe Premiere Pro: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/quick-sync-video/quick-sync-video-general.html

35. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm not a app developer per se. I'm a student and a competitive coder. Also installing packages in windows is a pain. I like linux and unix because you have a terminal and more control over the kernel. Windows doesn't have that currently and won't have it till june/july. And you have no idea how powerful bash shell is until you use it. And there are many types of programmers except app developers. App development and website development are the two easiest aspects. Do you really think the kernel is compiled in visual studio? Cute.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Right, so you're talking more about OS programming, right? I too was once a programming student, programming in C/C++, VHDL, etc. All the tasks they were telling use to do in Ubuntu Linux systems were simply easier with Visual Studio and Command Line. I prefer an easy to understand and well color-coded programming UI.

39. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

All your arguments are moot. All macs supports installing windows and Linux out of the box. It's easy to configure a triple boot configuration.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Why bother buying an overpriced Mac in the first place when you're going to install Windows on it, which is yet another fee? Might as well get a reasonably priced machine from the start. BTW, running Mac OS X on a PC is doable too (there's dozens of videos on YouTube, some even showing the Surface Pro running it), but not sure why you'd even want to bother with that stupidly restricted OS in the first place...especially on a versatile 3-in-1 device like the Surface. Running Linux is easy as pie with Hyper-V.

41. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

No. not exactly. Sure, OS programming is a part. I have also worked on compilers and other stuff. About color coded UI, try atom.io.

36. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Regarding adobe premiere pro vs FCPX, you are right and it is quick sync + background rendering. I don't care why adobe is slow. The fact remains it is slow. OS X is better for productivity and video editors. As simple as that. Windows is for general consumers and gamers.

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sure, a Mac is better for Video editting, but that's about it. The File management and device compatibility aspects are crippled, and those play a big role in productivity. Heck, up till today, can't simply merge folders in a Mac without worrying about losing your files: www.howtogeek.com/198043/how-to-merge-folders-on-mac-os-x-without-losing-all-your-files-seriously/

40. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

True. I never said OS X is better than windows. But it's better in some tasks. For others, you can just use bootcamp and install windows or just use parallels.

49. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Bash is coming to Windows 10 in the anniversary update. I know that FCPX renders way faster. However running a VM will solve that

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