If you've been eyeing one of those snazzy Microsoft Surface tablet/laptop devices of 2016, but have been put off by their hefty price tag, then now is the best time for you to score a great after-holiday deal.
Microsoft may be clearing the way for its upcoming Surface Pro 5, and rushing to get the current generation of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book models off the shelves.
This can only mean price cuts for the tech-savvy bargain hunter.
Surface Pro 4 Deals
• The basic model of Surface Pro 4, running on the 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and with a 256 GB storage capacity, is available with the Black Type Cover for only $1,199 — saving you $229.99.
The 12.3-inch touchscreen dubbed PixelSense offers stunning color and contrast, easily bringing images to life with the use of the accompanying Surface Pen, or even with just the simple stroke of a finger on the sleek glass. This display has a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels (267 pixels per inch) for sharper images.
The Type Cover (a.k.a. detachable keyboard) bundled with the Surface Pro 4 allows for a range of applications — typically performed on an old school laptop — to be performed on the tablet just as well. The Type Cover supports multi-touch and features a sturdy, well-spaced layout of keys.
• The Surface Pro 4 16 GB model, with a 512 GB storage capacity and i7 processor, currently costs $1,899, down from the original price of $2,328.99. This saves after-holiday shoppers a good $429.99. The package also comes with a Black Type Cover and Surface Pen.
• The robust high-end model of the Surface Pro 4 is equipped with a 1 TB memory space on the "lightning-fast" SSD drive, ideal for professionals who need to store massive amounts of data on the device. This model, running on 16 GB of RAM, an i7 processor, and with a Black Type Cover + Surface Pen, is offered with a $429.99 price cut to give a discounted price of $2,399.
The Surface Pro 4 battery can last up to 9 hours with video playback, and operates on Windows 10 Pro.
Surface Book Deals
For those who prefer a larger screen real estate, then the Surface Book just might be your "ultimate laptop." The device's 13.5-inch detachable PixelSense screen is said to have a higher resolution than the MacBook Pro 13.
The laptop is specifically built for data-intensive professions, such as engineering and design. A choice of NVIDIA GeForce baked in as your dGPU ensures this device will stand the test of graphics-heavy applications. The laptop battery can also last up to 12 hours with video playback.
• An 8 GB Surface Book with a memory capacity of 256 GB and an Intel Core i5 processor is priced at only $1,649, down from the initial offering of $1,899.
• Bargain hunters who prefer the processing power of i7 on the Surface Book should act fast. Variants with the 256 GB and 1 TB storage capacities have gone out of stock, with no word on when these will be replenished, if at all.
But the model with 512 GB of storage and 16 GB of RAM is still available with $400 in savings, from the original price of $2,699 to a discounted price of $2,299.
The Surface Book comes with the Surface Pen, and runs on Windows 10 Pro.