The 16 best Black Friday deals for Surface Laptops and Xbox Series S

The 16 best Black Friday deals for Surface Laptops and Xbox Series S

Thanksgiving isn’t here but the Microsoft Store launched its Black Friday deals earlier this year. Whether you or a loved one are eyeing a new Surface Laptop or Xbox, now is the time to shop with these discounts. We’ve also found similar, if not better, deals on Microsoft hardware from third-party retailers like Amazon. There are also hundreds – over 900! – Xbox and PC games on sale.

Be sure to check out our other Black Friday coverage including Google Device Deals, REI’s Get Up Get Out Sale, Early Black Friday Deals, Early Best Buy Deals and our Black Friday Shopping Tips.

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Microsoft Extended Returns and Guarantees

If you’re skeptical about getting the best deal by jumping on that early Black Friday sale, the Microsoft Store Promise says you’ll be refunded the difference if the price of a particular product drops further than it is now before January 2, 2023. The company is also offering free 2-3 day shipping and free returns through January 31, 2023.

Deals for tablets and laptops

Check out our Best Microsoft Surface Laptop guide for more recommendations.

Surface Pro 8

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Last year’s Surface Pro 8 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) remains a powerful machine, especially for work. The 2-in-1 features a large 13-inch display (with a 3:2 aspect ratio), a 120Hz refresh rate, a 1080p Windows Hello-compatible webcam, and an 11th Gen Intel chip.

If you can afford the extra $90 I would go with this much better equipped Surface Pro 8. The Core i7 chipset and 32GB of RAM mean performance is a lot smoother and you’ll be able to juggle multiple apps at a time with no issues. The 1 terabyte of storage is great for anyone who is constantly running out of storage space on their computer.

If you have room in your budget, you can pick up the all-new Surface Pro 9 for $1,000 with the same configuration as the base Surface Pro 8 for $200 more (although this isn’t a sale). It offers the same features but uses the 12th generation Intel Core i5 processor for slightly improved performance. Microsoft is offering an Essentials bundle for the latest 2-in-1, which includes a Type Cover keyboard, Microsoft 365, and a protection plan at discounted prices.

Surface laptop 4

Photo: Microsoft

The Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best option for most people (the new Surface Laptop 5 doesn’t offer enough upgrades to justify the extra cost). The Laptop 4 has a great 13.5-inch high-resolution display (the 15-inch version is also on sale), along with a beautiful glass keyboard and trackpad. Microsoft skimps on ports, but you get one USB-C port and one USB-A port. You also have a choice of an AMD Ryzen chip or an Intel processor – we’ve tested both and while they each have their own pros and cons, either will be able to handle most tasks.

This offer is also available on Amazon. The Surface Go 3 is a solid 2-in-1 for students, despite being a year old and lacking all-day battery life. It’s affordable compared to other Surface devices. And it offers support for Microsoft’s Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard (both sold separately), making it a good option for taking notes and completing schoolwork. We recommend sticking with the Intel Core i3 chipset with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage if you intend to use the Surface Go 3 every day with a lot of multitasking.

If you’re a power user, the Surface Laptop Studio is a great machine (8/10, WIRED Recommends). Thanks to its unique hinge, you get both a 2-in-1 laptop and a tablet that you can use to take notes or sketch. Our only complaint is that at 4 pounds it’s too heavy to carry around for long periods of time. It’s at its best when used on a table or on your lap, and if you intend to use it to play video games or edit videos, we recommend treating yourself to this configuration, powered by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card is supplied.

Gaming Offers

Xbox Series S

Photo: Microsoft

Whether you’re struggling to get your hands on the Xbox Series X (as stock fluctuates constantly) or don’t need a console as powerful, the Xbox Series S is a great alternative. It’s smaller, doesn’t support discs, but can play games at up to 120 frames per second (at a resolution of 1440 pixels and Not 4K). This is also the lowest price we’ve found for the Series S.

The Portal Headset is Bang & Olufsen’s first accessory designed specifically for Xbox, complete with near-instant lossless wireless connectivity to Xbox Series X, S and Xbox One, as well as support for Doby Atmos. It’s also a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones with the ability to switch between console and Bluetooth, along with a companion app with equalizer functionality.

This offer is also available on Amazon. Since the Xbox only comes with one controller in the box, you’re probably looking for extras – especially if you’re planning on playing video games with friends or family over the holidays. You’ll get discounts on all four color options, including Carbon Black, Robot White, Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt.

Sekiro: Shadows die twice

Photo: FromSoftware

Microsoft offers offers for more than 900 titles. Many of these are included with the Game Pass subscription service, which you can get now for $1 for the first month. Here are some of our favorite Xbox Series X/S games currently on sale:

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