Microsoft Limits Latest Round Of Surface Pro 3 $150 Discounts To Core i5 256GB Model

If you don't want to pay full price for a Surface Pro 3 tablet, then all you need is a little patience. We say this because Microsoft is pretty good about running sales and promotions on a fairly consistent basis, though some have a tendency to slip under the radar since there's usually no announcement. For example, you can currently score a select Surface Pro 3 for $150 off retail, though you won't find a press release or Microsoft blog post promoting the sale.

At present, it's the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage that's on sale. It's currently marked down to $1,149 versus its normal selling price of $1,299. In addition to the Core i5 4300U CPU and 256GB SSD, it also features 8GB of RAM, 12-inch multitouch display with a 2160x1440 resolution, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, 5-megapixel front and rear cameras, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio enhanced sound, full-size USB 3.0 port, micro SD card reader, mini DisplayPort, headphone jack, and of course Windows 8.1 Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

To use the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, you'll need a keyboard. Microsoft sells Surface Pro Type Covers in various color options (red, purple, blue, black, and cyan) for $130, otherwise you're looking at picking up a USB or Bluetooth keyboard.

A carrying case/sleeve from Microsoft will run another $20-$40, plus there are other accessories you can add to the package. Even without the add-ons, the Surface Pro 3 is a bit on the pricey side, though it's also a solid performer with an excellent display, thin and light profile, premium build quality, and serviceable battery life.

You can find the Surface Pro 3 on sale by clicking here and selecting the appropriate model.