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Microsoft may have marked down the starting price of a Surface RT tablet to $349, but you still need to spend an extra $100 to get a keyboard cover. Or you can buy a refurbished bundle today that includes the Surface RT and a Touch Cover for $379.

Other deals today include the best price I’ve seen for an ultrabook with a 1600 x 900 pixel display, a great price for a lousy 7 inch tablet from Lenovo (it’s slow and doesn’t have a great screen, but at $55 it might be worth a look anyway), and more bargains.

Microsoft Surface RT

Here are some of the day’s best deals.

You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.

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12 replies on “Deals of the Day (7-19-2013)”

  1. I’m looking forward to the “best RT to install Android onto” articles.
    It’s gonna be FUN!

  2. Surface RT: Why would people buy a corpse?

    Microsoft took a billion dollar write down, cause they don’t sell and their partners are discontinuing theirs. Its dead and the leftovers will get much cheaper before long.

    Should make sure you can find a hack that will allow you to run some other OS on it before you plunk down your money.

    There’s a lot of actually useful stuff to be had for $350 to $500

    1. It’s premature to call it a corpse yet, there are products that are still around today had started with big losses initially before as well. Along with not all their partners giving up, like Nvidia and Qualcomm…

      Besides, the main models that have been dropped were the more expensive types like Lenovo’s Yoga variant that were priced even higher than the Surface RT.

      So, there’s no guarantee yet how it will go as it’s never easy establishing a new market, but MS is on record stating they will support the effort for at least 3 years and including RT in the 8.1 update means it’ll be supported for at least another year.

      They’ll likely have to change the product significantly more but there are basically just a few key things that are holding it back and part of the problem was terrible marketing on MS part…

      Really, companies like AMD have lost several billion over the last few years and still haven’t quit… and MS has similar stakes with their continued existence to expand into markets other than what they were traditionally into.

      It’s also important for ARM because unless they can start running desktop OS for the masses then it’ll be very hard for them to ever expand beyond their present role for mobile devices…

  3. That Lenovo tablet is $65. It starts at $99 and they are offering a $35 rebate.

      1. That’s a good deal. $55. I bought mine in Apriol 2012 for $150 and that was cheap then.

        It’s a very decent 7″ Android tablet (once you flash it to 4.0.4). It’s not super powerful by any means, but more than decent enough for web browsing, watching non-HD video files, and e-book reading. I personally recommend using Opera Classic and Nova Launcher on it.

      2. Oh cool. Rebates are always kinda iffy but instant cash off is always a good thing. Getting some of both is even better.

      3. It’s interesting that just before they reduced the starting price to $350… They removed the tablet only option and sold it with either the Touch or Type Cover, buyer’s choice, as included by default…

        But now they went back to the additional price bundle options… guess it was too much to hope they’d keep it included, oh well… at least the total is still below $500 now… but would have been nice if they at least reduced the price of the covers too…

        1. we went from $ 65 on the post you replied to to $500?

          Are you talking about a different product?

          1. Yes, I was specifically talking to Brad about how the sale for the Surface RT has changed.

    1. Also, you can officially update it to ICS 4.0.4. Lenovo provides the ROM for it on their support site. I know this, because I flashed my A1 to ICS, and have been happily using it for several months now. 🙂

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