So my brother in law recently changed jobs and the new one requires a fair bit of travel. He has a 4 year old Dell inspiron 2 in 1, but was looking to get something with a better display and had actually seen my son using his Go 2 and liked the design quite a bit.
He’s not a power user per se, but does use Office 365 extensively and is also a Kindle user…
I went with him yesterday to Best Buy intending to help him with buying a Go 3, but when we looked around we saw this deal on a Pro 7+ with the keyboard included.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ 12.3” Touch Screen – Intel Core i3 – 8GB Memory – 128GB SSD with Black Type Cover (Latest Model) Platinum DTI-00001 - Best Buy
I suspect that BB and MS are working together to clear old inventory, but regardless, at this price, if you are OK with the larger size of the Pro 7 versus Go 3, this is actually $50 cheaper than the midrange Go3 (the one we usually recommend) when you add a keyboard.
It’s got an 11th gen core I3 which is actually a bit more power efficient than the 10th gen in the regular Pro 7. It also comes standard with 8GB RAM which addresses my biggest problem with the older core I3 10th gen Pro 7 which was only offered with 4GB RAM. And of course the black keyboard comes in the box.
In addition the Core i3 8GB RAM configuration also supports the Android subsystem while even the core M version of the Go 3 doesn’t. So he was able to run the kindle app on this system and other than taking considerably longer to initially start up the Kindle app, otherwise runs more than adequately.
We looked at the Pro X which is also on sale right now, but it ends up almost $200 more when you add the keyboard, but arguably only offers the bigger display and smaller bezels than the Pro 7 +. He likely would have been fine with the Pro X performance wise, but this still was just a much better deal.
And we were able to secure an open box MS pen as well for under $45.
TLDR; This seems to me to be an excellent deal all around especially as an entry to MS surface line.
PS: BB also has the 11th gen Core I5 version for a couple hundred bucks more, also a great deal, but I think in terms of total bang for the buck, this is hard to beat.
PPS: both models also have the removeable SSD design that is also in the Pro 8 and Pro X