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Microsoft Surface Book deal: $1,050 for 13.5-inch i7

This much-ballyhooed 2-in-1 sells elsewhere for at least $1,200. And it's new, not refurbished!

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The Microsoft Surface Book may look like a traditional laptop, but it has a magic hinge and removable screen.

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Regular readers know I'm not particularly fond of Microsoft's Surface tablets -- you just can't do much without the snap-on keyboards, which aren't included in the box by default. But the Surface Book? That's a pretty tasty piece of laptop.

Pricey, too -- or it was when it made its debut back in 2015. The SKU I've got for you today had a sticker in the $2,000 range; a Core i5 version ran about $1,500.

Today, however, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Microsoft Surface Book 13.5-inch 2-in-1 for $1,050 with promo code CHPSKTSURFACE. The best price I've seen elsewhere is at least $100 more.

See it at Daily Steals

Granted, $1,050 is still expensive for a laptop, but this is a decidedly premium model with some solid specs. Those include a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, discrete Nvidia graphics and the star of the show, a 13.5-inch removable display with a 3,000x2,000 native resolution.

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That display can undock from the keyboard, should you be inclined to use such a large screen as a tablet. To that end, Microsoft supplies the Surface Pen, a fancy pressure-sensitive stylus (and eraser!) that allows for some serious artistic expression.

From here I'll need to turn you over to Dan Ackerman's Surface Book review, as I haven't had any hands-on time with the machine. His verdict: "A powerful, feature-filled premium hybrid that doesn't forget it's a laptop first."

I'm fairly surprised to find these selling new at this price; nearly three years later, you'd expect to see mostly refurbs. Perhaps those rumored new models are coming earlier than expected. But in the meantime, you can get a solid laptop with great specs at a great price, with a full one-year Microsoft warranty to boot.

Your thoughts?

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Trust me: For $6, you want one.

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Bonus deal: Tool time! Throw away all your sockets and replace them with this: The Tacklife Universal 3-Piece Socket Set for $5.92 with promo code URNMKOG9. Regular price: $9.

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If you've never seen one of these, it's like a big socket, but with 52 spring-loaded pins inside. That way it's instantly adjustable to just about any screw head: hex, square, cap, even eye-hooks -- anything from 1/4 to 3/4 inch.

You don't get the actual wrench; it works with the one you already have. You do get a drill adapter.

These things are super-handy and belong in every toolbox -- especially for $6.


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