Following our report of Costco’s Black Friday promotion that takes $328 off of the warehouse club’s Surface Pro 6 bundles, we’re now learning that Best Buy is offering a similar deal for the last-generation of the tablet. On top of Best Buy’s Black Friday deals, it’s debuted some pre-Black Friday sale items, including the 2017 Surface Pro bundle for $999, which represents a similar $330 savings on the tablet if the device and accessory were purchased separately.
Unlike Costco, which is selling only the platinum version of the tablet, Best Buy is offering the Surface Pro 6 in this year’s black comeback color. Best Buy currently lists its Surface Pro 6 bundle at $1,329 before taxes, but if you don’t need the latest version, you can make quite a saving with the 2017 model.
For that amount, you’re getting the 2017 Surface Pro with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. It doesn’t come with the Surface Type Cover, though it can be purchased separately for $130. Given the difficulty in repairing the Surface Pro, you may want to add an extended warranty or accidental warranty package to the tablet. Best Buy’s Geek Squad Protection Plan starts at $129 for one year of accidental damage protection and goes up to $269 for three years of coverage. Users who want the Surface Pen can pay an extra $99 through Best Buy.
Though Apple is closing the gap on tablets that could replace laptops and PCs with the recent launch of the company’s new iPad Pro, the Surface Pro 6 remains one of the best options on the market. The 2017 Surface Pro isn’t drastically different, remaining an attractive alternative while it’s still in stock. The iPad Pro benefits from a robust catalog of easy-to-use iOS apps, but the Surface Pro full Windows 10 operating system allows you to run any Windows program. The (optional) Type Cover also has a trackpad, a feature that’s sorely missing from the iPad Pro, given that Apple is heavily marketing its tablet as a laptop replacement.
The one feature that you won’t find on the Surface Pro (2017 or 2018 model) is a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port. The downside is that Microsoft’s omission of the standard may make the slate less future-proof in a year or two, but the upside is that you don’t need to carry around dongles to connect flash drives or current accessories.
Updated on November 12, 2018: Clarified that it’s the 2017 Surface Pro that’s on sale, not the Surface Pro 6.
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