When is the best time to buy a Surface Pro?

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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.

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.

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Just after a new model has been announced

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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.

Seasonal sales

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.

Your tips

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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Richard Devine
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Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine