Students can buy the Surface Pro 3 for as little as $650

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If you're a student or educator, using Microsoft's education discount would reduce the entry level pricing of the Surface Pro 3 to just $649, or $150 less than the current $799 price tag for the Intel Core i3 model. The education discount appears to apply to all Surface Pro 3 models so even if you opt for a more expensive configuration, you can knock off $150 from the build price.

The discount will be ongoing through September 3rd at a Microsoft Store.

Does this $150 promotion entice you to buy a Surface Pro 3 for your studies before you head back to school this fall? Let us know if you decide on going the Surface Pro 3 route with the education discount.

And if you're still unsure if the Surface Pro 3 is the right tablet/laptop hybrid for you, be sure to check out our review.

Thanks, Justin, for the tip.

Chuong's passion for gadgets began with the humble PDA. Since then, he has covered a range of consumer and enterprise devices, raning from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktops and everything in between for publications like Pocketnow, Digital Trends, Wareable, Paste Magazine, and TechRadar in the past before joining the awesome team at Windows Central. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, when not working, he likes exploring the diverse and eclectic food scene, taking short jaunts to wine country, soaking in the sun along California's coast, consuming news, and finding new hiking trails. 

203 Comments
  • That's a good news, but still no market in Indonesia
  • I wish they had a SP/SP2 trade in promotion.
  • +1520
  • There actually is some form of a buyback program Microsoft told me about when I got to heckling them for the fact sp3 was released within the sp2 launch year...i didn't look into it much
  • I wish there was actually a Microsoft store remotely close to me and not a province over...
  • Well I just wish that I could get them here in India. :|
  • They offered me $495 for my 8GB/256GB SP2...um, no thank you lol   You can actually get good responses on EBay and Craigslist (depending on your market and location obviously); that's how I sold my SP1...
  • As little as 650? Little redefined.
  • Ah, I know. This also make me sad. Surface Pro is another good things from Microsoft. It's too bad that they decide to not sell it here. 
  • Padahal aku udah nunggu surface pro dari generasi pertama, tapi ga muncul2 juga di indo.
  • We are so insignificant for them. At least for now. I wonder if Nokia Devices acquisition will makes Nokia store here converted into Microsoft Store in the future. That would be awesome. But we need to do something with the import classification that put computers and tablets into luxury commodity. This alone was putting a hefty 50% tax on the devices.
  • so basically you get a free keyboard :P  
  • Not a bad thing.
  • And 20$ for...a mouse or something...
  • I would have been so mad had this not been essentially identical to my 10% off for being a teacher when I got the $1500 model on launch day :)
  • PLUS you get the best ever made hybrid, surface pro 3. I received my pro 3 i7 256 last Friday and it has been a joy to use. $150 of would have been nice, oh well I have the greatest laptop/desktop/tablet/hybrid money can buy these days and I am extremely happy with it... moms and dads, if you have school going kids...THIS is the machine to buy, office is not even necessary to buy separately because it is free online with a Microsoft account. We have two kids in the house and this is all they can have ;-)
  • Still would be nice if they included the KB regardless
  • Beneath the surface is keyboard, you just need it and you should not complain. It is just an extra
  • You're right lool
  • I love my SP3, but also love my MacBook Pro Retina. It's a constant battle on which to give up. First world problems, I guess :( 
  • You know what 99% of the people here would recommend #apple #kick #curb
  • Only if running OS X. I wouldn't mind any type of MacBook running Windows 8.1. :) I think I'd still prefer a Surface, but a MacBook running Windows would still be gorgeous.
  • The build of a Macbook. I would not mind that superb quality running Windows 8.1 + touchscreen. The only way I'd buy an Apple notebook
  • The Dell XPS 15 is the closest in specs and build to Retina Mac and it passes it in many respects.
  • ^this. I have Dell m3800 a superb machine.
  • I bought the Dell xps 15 because I couldn't stomach getting a MacBook. The only problem with it is the "coil whine" so the MacBook is better quality overall.
  • I don't have that and many others either don't have it either. And that's without me getting into the issues the MBRetina Pro has been having. Many angry users, no laptop is without issue
  • Try the Dell Latitude e7440. Hell of a machine AND a full docking station.
  • Currently running Yosemite Beta on my MacBook and it's actually pretty nice. I think what I like the most is continuity - it works pretty well across iOS. I just leave my phone laying at random spots around the house, because when a call or text message comes through, it goes to my iPhone and iMessage. It felt like a gimmick at first, but once it started working properly, it's actually handy. 
  • Can't wait until that comes with Threshold!
  • I run Win 8.1 on MBP retina and can safely say that most true windows laptops in that range run windows way better. At the time I bought that MBP retina, it was the best option to run Windows but Surface Pro line has changed my opinion now and I am waiting for my boss to order me a SP3!
  • Well, aside from the lack of a touch screen, I wouldn't think a MacBook would have any trouble running Windows. What issues are you encountering? Genuinely curious.
  • LOL - almost had protein shake spew out of my nose reading that comment - thnx much!
  • I had both for a 2 month overlap... The SP2-256gb any way... And I have to say, I never needed my retina because my sp2 can do everything I needed it to, and the major selling point for me is OneNote at the office during meetings for written notes. Yes, apple does have a ton more apps than Microsoft, but the apps I used on apple also had been on the windows store. Even at that, I don't use apps that much, because the full functionality of explorer (or chrome and Firefox) lets me access all sites to their fullest potential that apples apps do. Why use a Facebook app when you have the full wesite? To each his own! Heck, after selling my apple and my laptop, that paid for my SP2 and some! Now I just need to kick my ha but of building gaming and over clocking rigs! Lol!
  • Yeah I never understood the need for apps on tablets that are meant to replace regular browser sites. Particularly facebook,because I've never seen an app that worked better than the website.
  • Saw a SP2 ruining OSX, and Windows 8.1. A hackint0sh surface pro for you Apple fan boys. I'm thinking about it for educational purposes...
  • I really like imovie on mac wish apple would port their programs to windows (other than iTunes)
  • "ruining" - pretty good Freudian slip there.
  • They are bringing android to it with surface pro 3 Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I'm seriously annoyed by my dec2013 mbp not having a touch screen. If only the surface pro 3 was launched then.
  • Best Buy student deals (have to sign up with a .edu) has $150 off Surface 3s this week too.
  • Looking at this philosophically aren't we all students for life. I want to qualify for all best discounts everytime and everywhere.
  • Is there a link?
  • Yes. https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • Free keyboard, yes
  • So if I'm in High School I get a discount
  • If you have a .edu email, yes
  • do alumni.edu addresses work?
  • Worked for me at the Microsoft store
  • Does it end in .edu?
  • If you're a parent, don't forget your kids' discount if they're students.
  • Where is the source link? I want to check it out!
  • https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • Make it permanent
  • This. Bad timing for a deal deadline considering is right after college tuition deadlines.
  • From the consumer perspective that's all fine and dandy. From a manufacturer's perspective, not so much. The processor and SSD alone cover around a third to half of the total cost of one tablet (Intel isn't cheap), which is $250 to $450. That doesn't give Microsoft a whole lot of flexibility in pricing if they still want to make a profit.
  • Here in Germany its permanent in the Microsoft store. It is 10% on all surface models. The i3 model is about 720€ and the i5 899€. The i7 with 512gb is 194€ off :)
  • Not at greek market yet, nice promo tho!
  • Great deal, especially the entry level one, that's Samsung tablet territory for a device that does way more
  • I recently tried out note taking in OneNote, whilst recording the audio. This is a key edu use case for lectures.
    2 issues..
    1. Audio recording is only possible in the desktop OneNote. Not a major problem but annoying
    2. I could not find a way to use an external mic, which you need for decent audio pick up. This is possible on the iPad using a mini mic that plugs into the 3.5mm earphone jack and uses the 4 post standard for the in line microphone in earphones.
    Most hardware (and all phones) these days ships with 4 post jack sockets.
    I found that there is no driver support in Windows for using the in line mic.
    Admittedly this was on my Dell VP8, but I suspect the same issue exists on surface. Can anyone confirm?
    Using the in line earphone mic would also be very useful for VoIP calling.
    It seems like a trivial thing for Microsoft to provide a better audio driver to enable this on tablets, but is the difference between being able to properly capture a lecture or not.
  • I got my SP3, but it's good news for my friend how's planning to buy one :)
  • Again only for US....
  • And Canada :3
  • America! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8zO_DV09QE
  • So...I can buy one with my high schooler's student ID card and give her my Surface? :-D
  • You need an .EDU email to verify your student status
  • As little as 650 lmao
  • Yeah. Still can't afford one. :-(
  • I paid a little more than $640 (after taxes) for the original Surface 32gb.
  • Now I have to sign up for school to get one... Lol!!!
  • Register a .edu domain?
  • How?
  • Yeah still alot of money, but definitely tempted much moreee. Hmm sucks it ends Sept 3. I wont have my fall term returns yet$$$
  • Guess its time to sell my extra red 1520 (never put a sim in it, wonder what I could get for it). With the discount, I would only have to pay a few hundred to "up" the model. I have a doctoral dissertation to begin this fall and need to do some interviews for the data (it is a phenomenological study). The size and keyboard sure would help.
  • I am in a doctoral program also. Do you think the keyboard will be good enough for heavy typing?
  • You can connect any keyboard to the surface pro 3..
  • Is this deal US only, or does it work in Canada?
  • I believe it does considering I saw the deal at the Canadian Microsoft store before they published this article
  • No Australia. Surface pro 3 i3 is for 881 aud preorder for student. Surface pro 2,128 gb is 762aud at local store. I am planing to to get sp2 instead but maybe SP3 gets a price drop after release. So should I wait or buy Sp2? Grrr.. Hard decision.
  • No market in India! And I rather buy a laptop coz I do gaming also!
  • Good for you then.
  • ^This
  • I guess those YouTube vids of surface gaming are fake? Or you just enjoy the bigger heavier laptop rig?
  • Outside of the US would be welcome
  • I'm beginning to think that MS doesn't know there is a world beyond the US
  • Just like google!
  • Is there?
  • As someone who is going back to school for computer programming..... I just picked up my Surface Pro 3 I7 and got the discount... Love it!
  • Surprise!
  • Looks to be US only, the deal doesn't appear to show up in Canada.
  • https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • That's only the standard 10% dicscount, not the $150 off.
  • Better than no discount
  • Just tired of these US only promotions.
  • I'm a bit upset. Spent $1280 at best buy a month ago :(
  • Yeah, but you've had it for a whole month! You can wait forever for a discount or better product to come around, but then you'd never get anything.
  • Great. I just enrolled in online classes after reading this article and I'm a student.lol
  • Convince me to buy a Surface Pro 3 after selling my original Surface RT for a Macbook? If you can I'll come back. I sometimes miss the integration with my phone but love my Macbooks speed & quality.
  • Why are you comparing surface rt to a MacBook? Or surface pro 3 to surface rt? Do I need to convince you that a iPad gen1 is better than 2014 MBPR while I'm at it? And which MacBook do you own?
  • I Don't blame you, MacBook's are infinitely better than the surface rt, however the surface pro series was the only one anyone should of ever considered buying and is leaps and bounds above the MacBook line
  • MacBook Pro or Macbook Air? I have a Pro. So is the Surface Pro 3 > than a 13 inch Pro?
  • My friend has a 2012 macpro and my surface can do everything his mac can just in a smaller case with a touch screen, the only the only thing the mac will do faster will be video rendering, just because of that discrete graphics card. But the surface will still do it. It will just take a few minutes longer. Unless of course you love apple software then your screwed. OH WAIT! With some DIY you can get your surface to do run apple software!
  • Hell to the yea, starting my Masters program this semester. Thus will be a nice buy
  • Ah congrats to you!
  • Thanks... Looking forward to it.
  • So good , now where is Xbox music update
  • WP8.1 Update 1 Developer Preview is coming this week.....may be Xbox music update comes along with it...
  • Didn't see this online, so is this a in-store only deal? THX.
  • No it is not
  • What??? Is this another US only deal?
  • https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • Here is the link..!  http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-3---Stud...
  • And the Canadian link! https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • Too bad it's not $150 off in Canada as well :(
  • The US link doesn;t work. It says " It's not you, it's us. We're constantly working on ways to improve our site and it looks like we're having a little trouble right now. Give us a few moments and try your link again. Or, feel free to visit our homepage. " Guess I'll check it later, or tomorrow. Thanks anyway.
  • Yep, I think this is a scam. there is no where I see $150 off a SP3 on MSStore... Frustrating to see this post  without a source link. :(
  • Or, only valid in person at a retail sotre???
  • Found the *working* link!   http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Docking-Station/prod...  
  • only us or world wide ??
  • I don't know about other countries but in Australia there is a 10% discount
  • That price cut for students makes the great device more affordable but it should be permanent.
  • Agreed
  • Aren't they able to apply both the 10% discount and the $150 off?
  • I would love confirmation on this. That would be sweet.
  • Called and they said one or the other.
  • Oh well. Can't complain.
  • Daniel is a good poster boy for all things Microsoft.
  • I was already planning on picking up the SP3 before I start grad school in the fall, I guess this just makes my purchasing location decision made. Though I might get that best buy exclusive type cover.
  • 649.99 is a great price.
  • Ya but that's an i3 and just 64gb.
  • Sighs. I just bought this yesterday.....
  • If you got it at Microsoft Store, you should go ask for a price adjustment.
  • K.
  • Nice
  • How painful I bought the first Surface RT for $650 a year ago
  • Would definitely buy! Thank you Microsoft!
  • Wish it had at least 128GB. :'(
  • I wish Microsoft launches it in India... I swear I will be there first one to buy it!! Whatever maybe the price.... Please Microsoft Launch it in India..... :( #Waiting
  • If price not the issue, check eBay
  • Surface rt is here
  • Discount only in the US?
  •   Nevermind! I found it. //Everyone? I can't find this deal. I saw the "$150" but it requires Office 365 Home AND it says "laptop" so when I look at the offered devices, SP3 isnt there. Help!  
  • Where's the Xbox music update?
  • I'm sure they're waiting to release update 1 instead.
  • Bought the I5 for my brother from preorder and got the normal 10% discount... $150 is a pretty nice discount though for the i3!
  • No that's still expensive.
  • I wish Microsoft launches it in Nepal......here market is plague with Samsung and Micromax's android crap......there isn't a single ads and promo for Windows Phone here........but there is promo for Nokia X  and lots of ads of samsung android phones ....still i can see more people with windows phone than it was year before......i wish Microsoft and Nokia promos their windows phone well instead of concentrating in only one or two countries.....they should go with bang in every countries....
  • What camera was used for the lead picture? It looks amazing.
  • Have dell venue 11 pro got to try surface pro 3 yesterday and it was amazing! So much thinner and lighter than my dell! Was wonderful in portrait and the pen was like paper! So expensive.... Well going to college next year so maybe surface pro 4 will be out and I can get that (unless I go with redesigned MacBook Air?). Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Sweetness ;)
  • It would, but I can't dish out that much at a time. I'm planning on best buy's monthly plan on the i7 model :D
  • What monthly plan? Best Buy credit card?
  • I'm graduating in December and I'm gonna miss these kinds of promos more than anything
  • More than anything else in the world, Ron
  • Can we have that contest again in which we leave a comment and get a chance to win Surface Pro 3?? Please!!
  • I'm teacher, but Chile it's so far away...
  • I actually work for Microsoft Retail Stores and the $150 off only applies to the i3 and i5 versions of the Pro 3. If you buy an i7, we'll actually give you 10% off which is actually a much better deal! Hope to see a lot of students take advantage of this, greetings from the Seattle Microsoft Store!! :)
  • Thanks for the info. I wish we had a Microsoft store nearby. The closest one is like 6 hours away.
  • I'd buy it if I didn't already have the Surface 2
  • With $150 off I think I will get the Surface Pro 3
  • As little they say lol. We ain't bill gates
  • Do Microsoft have store in Asia? 
  • No
  • NA only, no deal!
  • Anyone know of any deals for office for the sp3?
  • Not in India. :P
  • Cry me a river...
  • There is a store that just opened in China.
  • I am in the market for a SP3. I went to BB today to try it out. Walked away impressed, but worried because the graduate program I am in requires alot of writing. For those in my situation and have the SP3, how is it with typing lengthy papers? Should I be looking at another ultrabook to replace my aging Folio 14?
  • You could