It's a dilemma we all face with a major purchase: Do I just buy now or should I wait a while for a new model or a deal? The Surface Pro would classify as a major purchase, with prices starting at $799. (opens in new tab)
But how do you know when the right time to buy is? Sadly, you don't, but there are some things you can do to try and help yourself buy at the best time for you.
Just after a new model has been announced
To be clear, this isn't starting or passing on any rumors of a new Surface Pro. But when a new model is announced, there are two things you might consider. The first, of course, is that it's the latest model with the cutting edge internals and any fancy new features that Microsoft might use to tempt people into that year's refresh.
If you want the latest and greatest, the time to buy is literally any time you're comfortable after an announcement. It might always be worth waiting for reviews though, as Surface devices have been known to have launch issues with drivers on occasion.
The announcement of a new model will also likely bring discounts on the existing models, either before or after the launch. So if a deal is what you're looking for primarily over necessarily having the latest model, then this is a good time to go hunting for a bargain.
Tracking prices and deals
The Windows Central team along with our buddies at Thrifter will always do our collective best to make sure any of the best Surface Pro deals are highlighted, but it doesn't hurt to keep an eye on the market yourself.
One easy way to do this if you're an Amazon shopper is with CamelCamelCamel, which allows you to track prices and view trends. Deals aren't always something that get announced, so if you're keen to get the best deal you can, it's worth monitoring how the prices are changing.
If you can afford to wait it out for a bit, there are always certain times of the year you can count on being able to get a great price, or a bundle of free stuff, something that will make your Surface Pro purchase a little better value.
The holiday season, Black Friday and back-to-school time are three of the best times to be looking for a laptop. People want to buy, retailers want to sell, and usually they'll meet in the middle somewhere.
There's no absolute right time to buy a product like a Surface Pro, but there can be a time that's right for you and that'll depend mostly on what you're most interested in getting.
If you have any tips to share, be sure to drop them into the comments below!
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And the best time to sell it is right before a new semesters starts because there are always students that want a surface for taking notes (like myself).
My tip: Don't buy any Surface Pro now. Wait for the next model, with quad core CPUs. It's one of those rare real meaningful upgrades. As soon as the next Surface Pro launches, buy that one
Exactly my thoughts. The performance gains are just outstanding.
I think the best time is always really subjective. Do you want latest and greatest? Buy it as soon as it comes out. Want a deal? Wait for a good sale or just before/after the new one is released. I think these two ideal are sort of at odds with one another and you have to find where on the spectrum you fit. I tend to keep my devices for long periods of time so "latest and greatest" doesn't mean much to me, as eventually it won't be on the bleeding edge. That said, I'm still holding off for a Surface Pro with USB-C, since it's more inline with my ideal of keeping a device for a long period of time.
Exactly what I'm doing. USB-C is a huge factor for me.
The best time to buy any consumer oriented Microsoft product is when they have got rid of Nadella.
The Surface line is safe for the time being 😋
One thing Surface Pro is missing is for its keyboard to connect to tablet wirelessly while it is separated...comes handy in some situations...
Also, when keyboard is connected and folded closed the machine goes to sleep. When you unfold why can't machine wakes up automatically without striking a key?!
Wait for Booklet.
I buy when i need a new device. Somewhere there is allways a good offer.
I would advice getting Microsofts Personal Shopping Assistant for MS Edge- That thing REALLY is the best price-watcher I have ever experienced ❤
When you're talking about technology you're speaking in terms of dog years compared to other aspects of industry. There's always new products being produced so if you're looking to be on the precipice of innovation, you're going to be buying new items rather frequently. I've been looking at buying a new Surface to replace my Surface 3, but honestly I haven't seen any with the price point that I'm looking for that gives me the same combination of performance quality, and price that I got when I purchased the Surface 3. I'm hoping MSFT gives the Surface 3 a face lift. It would be the perfect 2-in-1 for those going to school or doing a fair amount of administrative work. You add in that the Surface 3 was LTE capable, it just magnifies the value. There are a lot of good Surface products out there, but nothing close to what you got in the Surface 3 which was priced around $400. You could get a bundle like I did which included the type cover keyboard and Surface pen which was about $40, and was just like the Surface Pro 3 pen. If anyone is looking into buy a Surface 2-in-1 I would strongly recommend checking out the Surface 3 and comparing the specs and price points. I'm still a little taken that in most aspects the Surface Pro 4 has sustained it's pricing, which is very comparable to the Surface Pro which both are rather expensive if you're looking for at least an i5 model. The other thing I really liked about the Surface 3 was it used a conventional USB mini charging cable. It made charging hassle free because you could always find one if you didn't have yours.
I have a Surface 3 as well and would love a new similar device with LTE. specially I prefer the 10' screen over the larger 12' if the SP since I find the later too big for me. Anybody knows if there's any such plan?
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