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Deal | Microsoft is discounting its Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB to $800

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Core i5, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB is only $800 right now (Image source: Best Buy)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Core i5, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB is only $800 right now (Image source: Best Buy)
The sub-$1000 ceiling seems to be a sweet spot for Ice Lake laptops. The Surface Laptop 3 joins the HP Spectre 13, Lenovo Yoga C940, and Razer Blade Stealth as some of the least expensive laptops you can find with Intel's latest 10 nm 10th gen Core i5 to Core i7 CPUs.

When Microsoft launched its third generation 13.5-inch Surface Laptop just a few months ago, the lowest-end configuration would start at $1000 with a Core i5-1035G7 Ice Lake CPU, 128 GB NVMe SSD, and 8 GB of RAM. Fast-forward to 2020 and now this same configuration can be found for $200 off. Both Best Buy and the official Microsoft store are offering similar Surface Laptop 3 configurations for $800 with the latter store already sold out as of this writing.

There are a few drawbacks to keep in mind about the sale. Firstly, the discounted price applies to the Platinum color model only meaning that the Sandstone, Cobalt Blue, or Matte Black color options will cost an additional $200. Secondly, only the Alcantara version of the laptop will be discounted. Microsoft offers its 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 series in both Alcantara and metal options for users who might prefer a more traditional laptop design. Thus, you'll be stuck with the most drab-looking Alcantara configuration if you want to save a few bills.

Expect our review on the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 in the coming weeks. Until then, check out our existing review on the similar 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-02-15 (Update: 2020-02-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.