Even though Microsoft's 2018-released Surface Pro 6
has been substantially marked down
on numerous occasions
over the past few months
, the previous generation of the popular 2-in-1 detachable tablet computer can still be a smart purchase as well... at the right price.
Commercially launched back in the summer of 2017, the fifth-gen Microsoft Surface Pro is currently available from Best Buy at a price of $649 in combination with a platinum-colored Type Cover, as well as an Office Home & Student 2019 product key card for one device at no extra charge. While the retailer lists this as a $199.99 discount, that's not entirely true, at least compared to the initial price of an entry-level Surface Pro (5th Gen) configuration bundled with a keyboard, not to mention the Office 2019 license.
Microsoft, for instance, charges $649 at the time of this writing for a tablet and Type Cover combo listed as regularly fetching a grand total of $909. Meanwhile, the value of a one-time Office Home & Student purchase for one Windows 10 PC or Mac with a perpetual license included is much easier to determine, as these things rarely get discounts on their own, normally costing $149.99 a pop.
Numbers aside, it's pretty obvious you get a lot of bang for your buck here. When paired with a stylish Platinum keyboard, 2017's Surface Pro can effortlessly replace a conventional laptop, packing 4 gigs of memory, a speedy 128GB SSD, and a respectable albeit not impressive sixth-gen Intel Core m3 processor. That alone has to be worth north of 600 bucks, considering Apple's cheapest 2018 iPad Pro
variant costs $799 by itself with only 64 gigs of internal storage space, while a 64GB iPad Air (2019)
sets you back $499 with plenty of compromises
and no keyboard included either.