Update August 2014: The 1st gen Surface RT refurbished deals are all sold out! For those interested in something faster and newer, Microsoft is now in the process of selling 2nd generation Surface 2 starting at $280.
Remember when Microsoft slashed the Surface RT Tablet to $170 back in January? Looks like it’s now the Surface Pro’s turn this month. Microsoft’s affiliated eBay seller “manufacturer_certified” has refurbished Surface Pro units slashed 55% off.
Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB is $399 with free shipping Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB is $449 with free shipping
Both models above refurbished Core i5 machines with 1080p display plus 1 year warranty. Note: The Touch Cover Keyboard is not included in these deals, but you can add it in for only $39.99 more at the bottom of the landing page under “ADD RELATED ITEMS”. Normally the Touch Cover Keyboard is $80.
For comparison, you could get a similarly spec’d Surface Pro 2 for $999 at the Microsoft Store. The question becomes, is it worth the extra $550?
The Surface Pro 2 comes in the exact same black magnesium chassis as the original Surface Pro, the same 1080p HD 10-point IPS touch screen, and the same USB 3.0 port on the left side. The Surface 2 comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 Pro vs. the Surface Pro with Windows 8, but you can upgrade to 8.1 for free on the original Surface Pro.
The big difference will be in the internal specs. The Surface Pro sports the early 2013 3rd gen Ivy Bridge Core i5-3317U 2.6GHz processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics. The Surface Pro 2 sports the newer 4th gen Haswell Core i5-4200U 2.6GHz CPU and Intel HD 4400 graphics. Both being a 2.6Ghz clocked CPU, average users won’t see much difference in speed, but rather power consumption and graphics capability (you’ll definitely be able to run more games with the HD 4000). The newer Surace Pro 2 has an impressive 9 hour battery life, while the original Surface Pro is 5 hours.
If you want to go an even cheaper route, you can still snag an original Microsoft Surface for $199 (refurbished). While a boat load cheaper, the original Surface will be a little behind spec wise with only 32GB of storage (vs. 128 in the Surface Pro), a Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor, and the not-so-well received Windows RT.