Consumers eyeing Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet or Band 2 activity tracker can save some cash thanks to a new sale.
The Surface Pro 4 comes in five variations, each now on sale for $100 off the usual retail price at the Microsoft Store. The offer is good through February 27. The Microsoft Band 2 is on sale for $200, a savings of $50, through February 20. Consumers can take advantage of the discounts through Microsoft's website and its retail stores in the US and Puerto Rico.
Launched in October, the Surface Pro 4 is the latest iteration of Microsoft's popular tablet that can convert into a laptop via an attachable keyboard. The Band 2 is Microsoft's newest entry in the market for fitness and activity trackers.
With sales of traditional PCs still weak, hybrid devices have been one of the few growth areas and a way for Microsoft to push the Windows 10 operating system. But the Surface Pro 4 competes with similar devices from Lenovo, Dell and other vendors. The Band 2 also faces mounting competition, not just against other activity trackers but also smartwatches that include health features.
The Surface Pro 4 variations range from a model with an Intel M3 processor with 128 gigabytes of storage and 4GB of RAM to one with an Intel Core i7 chip with 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM. The least powerful entry with the M3 chip runs $799 on sale, while the most powerful edition with the i7 processor costs $1,699.
The tablet comes with Windows 10 Pro and is outfitted with a 12.3-inch, high-resolution display. A Surface Type cover is available for $160 and a Surface Pen for $60. A Surface Dock, which turns the tablet into a makeshift desktop PC, is selling for $170, down from $200.
Also rolled out in October, the Microsoft Band 2 tries to improve on its predecessor by offering a more comfortable design, better heart-rate sensors and a barometer to count the number of stairs you climb. One of the key benefits of both the first and second editions is that it's compatible with Google's Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating systems as well as Windows Phone handsets.