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Best Buy rallies with trade-in deal for Surface Pro 3

The retailer's promotion scores you a gift card and a coupon good toward the purchase of a new Surface Pro 3 when you trade in your existing tablet.

Best Buy's promotion shaves the price of the Surface Pro 3. Sarah Tew/CNET

Best Buy is offering a trade-in deal for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Valid through Saturday, the promotion is straightforward. Trade in your existing tablet, and Best Buy will give you a gift card worth at least $50 as well as a $150 coupon. Both are good toward the purchase of a Surface Pro 3 . The tablet you trade in must be in working condition, and the amount of the gift card depends on the tablet's specific condition.

Microsoft and various retailers have been striving to entice consumers with the Surface Pro 3, which was launched last May. A December promotion from Microsoft and another one in February slashed the price of the tablet by $100. Microsoft has been touting the Surface Pro 3 as a suitable replacement for a laptop, even running ads comparing the tablet with Apple's MacBook Air. The goal is to convince people that the Surface Pro 3 is more versatile because it can double both as a tablet and as a notebook with the addition of the Type cover keyboard.

Microsoft also recently unveiled the Surface 3 , a less-expensive version of the Pro 3 that will launch May 5 in the US, Australia and UK, and on May 7 in other countries. Recent rumors claims that Microsoft may also reveal the Surface Pro 4 tablet in July, according to Venture Capital Post.

Best Buy's promotion imposes typical terms and conditions. The deal is available in-store, but apparently not at all locations. So your best bet would be to call your local Best Buy store ahead of time to make sure it will honor the deal. You're limited to trade-ins of two tablets per person and of one coupon toward the purchase of the Pro.

The tablet you trade in must be able to power on and cannot have water damage or a cracked screen. You can find out how much Best Buy will give you for your existing tablet by checking the retailer's trade-in page and plugging in the name and condition of the device.

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The Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two models and offers a 12-inch, high-resolution display. A kickstand and a digital pen are included, but you'll have to pay extra for the keyboard : $130 for the Type cover.

Excluding any trade-in discounts, Best Buy sells the Surface Pro 3 lineup at the following prices:

  • Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i3 64GB, $799
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i5 128GB, $999
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i5 256GB, $1,299
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 256GB, $1,549
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 512GB, $1,949

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