Microsoft is making the cost of upgrading to its latest devices a bit lower for its most loyal fans. This week the company unveiled a Surface Pro 4 deal that get users as much as $700 off the cost of purchasing its latest Windows 2-in-1 – provided that they have an old Surface to trade-in.
The Microsoft Surface Trade-In Program arrived this week for potential Surface Pro 4 buyers. Microsoft announced the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 at an event in New York City on October 6th. The Surface Book is a notebook PC with a detachable screen that Microsoft hopes will steal users away from Apple’s MacBook Pro. The Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft’s answer to the 2015 MacBook and older MacBook Air.
This Surface Pro 4 deal is pretty straight forward. Anyone who has a working Surface, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface 2 or Surface Pro can trade-in their device for some savings on the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 for a model with an Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Microsoft is taking both perfect and slightly damaged Surface devices with this Surface Pro 4 deal. Having a working Surface device with a power cable and a Type Cover gets users the most value for their device. It helps if users have a model with a lot of storage too.
A working Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i3 processor and a Type Cover gets users a $350 code to use for their new Surface Pro 4. That’s last year’s entry-level model. The Surface 3 with Type Cover gets shoppers a $250 code for the Surface Pro 4.
Microsoft says that this Surface Pro 4 deal is available until November 17th in the United States and Canada. To get their savings shoppers have to purchase their device directly from the Microsoft Store. Also, users need to remember to provide their power cable and remove all of their stuff from the device they’re trading in. Once those taking advantage of the savings have their code, they’ll have until December 7th to use it.
Interestingly enough, the terms of this Surface Pro 4 deal specifically say that it doesn’t apply to previous purchase, like pre-orders made before the Surface Pro 4 release day. Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 on October 6th and immediately began taking pre-orders. It stands to reason that the most loyal Surface fans pre-ordered their device before release day. Those users aren’t likely to be happy about Microsoft intentionally cutting them out on savings.
It’s also interesting that Microsoft doesn’t include any savings for Surface Book buyers at all. This deal specifically applies to the “purchase of a new Surface Pro 4.” Why that is remains unclear, but Microsoft does consider the Surface Book the start of a new form factor in the Surface line-up, not an evolved Surface Pro. The Surface Book has a 13-inch display that disconnects from its magnesium clad notebook base. Inside that notebook base are extra batteries, expansion ports and beefier graphics processors for faster performance in demanding apps like Adobe Premiere. The machine is also great for playing video games.
Only the entry-level Surface Pro 4 is $899. Microsoft also offers an Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 4 with 4GB of RAM for $999, an $1299 Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 4 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and a $1599 Intel Core i7 processor with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The Microsoft Store website’s configuration tool let users add up to 16GB of Ram and 1TB of storage.