Editor’s note, Dec. 18, 2014: Since this post was written, ShopDiscover has become Discover Deals, which continues to offer Discover card customers special access to exclusive shopping deals.
Having trouble deciding between a tablet and a laptop? Take a look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, a hybrid device that features a touch screen as well as a detachable keyboard, so it can function as either a laptop or a tablet.
The Surface Pro 2 is available at big-box retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, where the list price of a model with 64-gig memory is $899, and the price goes up as the memory increases – luckily, when it comes to the best Surface Pro 2 holiday deals, you’ve got options.
If you buy it online, there are ways to get a better price, for instance by stacking different offers together and going through a shopping rewards mall. With just a little effort, you can gift one of the year’s most popular gadgets without breaking the bank.
What makes the Surface Pro 2 such a hot gift item? Shoppers are no doubt impressed by its outstanding range. Accessories (not included) abound. A stylus, which is included, is handy for making notes or drawing onscreen. The keyboard can be either a typing keyboard or a touch keyboard.
Factor in a USB port and a mini-SD card reader, and it could easily function as an office on the go. It’s heavier (2 pounds) and pricier than most tablets, but lighter and cheaper than a laptop. Plus, it has the ability to run complex software like Microsoft Office.
If you’re looking for a tablet that runs Windows and Microsoft Office – meaning you can actually do “work” work on it – the Surface Pro 2 can be a great option. But do you really want to pay full price for this gift if you don’t have to? We didn’t think so. Check out a few of the simplest, most effective ways we’ve found to save.
Ways to Save
If you are a student, faculty or staff member at a school, you can register at MicrosoftStore.com, to receive 10% off on Surface Pro 2. That’s pretty good savings ($89.90), but you can take it one step further by going through the cash back website Upromise.com to get to MicrosoftStore.com, which will earn you an additional 5% cash back.
Or, if you have a Discover card, go through the ShopDiscover.com online mall to get 5% cash back at MicrosoftStore.com, and then register as a student to get 10% off the purchase price.
Either of these deals gets your final price down to $768.64.
If you have a Best Buy credit card, you can stack two 5% reward deals by going to BestBuy.com through Upromise.com. You will get 5% cash back for using Upromise.com, and another 5% in rewards for using your Best Buy card. Your final price will be $812.24
Or, if that sounds a bit too complicated, you can simply sign up for Upromise.com, and then go to BestBuy.com, and you’ll earn 5% cash back.
Whether the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will be a worthwhile investment depends on what features you’re looking for, but there’s no question as to why it’s such a popular product. If you or someone on your holiday shopping list wants functionality, flexibility and the ability to work anywhere, this just might be the perfect gift.
Surface Pro 2 image via Flickr