A quick update regarding yesterday's 6-deal roundup: The Tacklife rotary tool had promo-code problems (and limited inventory), but the vendor has promised to repeat the deal soon. If you missed out, stay tuned!
Surface Go? I say Surface no. I don't get Microsoft's new tablet at all. It's under-powered, too small to be of practical use and still sold without a keyboard.
But a solid deal on the Surface Pro? That's more like it. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover and Surface Pen for $419.99 -- with free two-day shipping for Amazon Primesubscribers. (Everyone else: $5.)
This is the Core i3 model with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive. You can get the Core i5 model with 128GB SSD for $530, and there are a couple other higher-end models as well.
But for our purposes, let's focus on the $420 option. It's a 12-inch tablet with a full-HD display and 1.75-pound travel weight (not including the keyboard).
Sure, you could get the entry-level Surface Go for $399, but what are you going to do with it without a keyboard? Probably very little, so plan on an extra $100 for that. (Want the Surface Pen, too? That'll be another $100, please.)
Here's the thing: a 10-inch screen and matching keyboard are not comfortable for work. If you're going to schlep a screen and keyboard, why shoehorn yourself into something cramped?
That's what makes this Surface Pro 3 a much smarter buy, in my humble opinion. It's bigger, faster and bundled with one must-have accessory and one nice-to-have accessory.
The catch, of course, is the warranty: 90 days. If you're willing to gamble on that, I'd strongly recommend this over a new Surface Go.