Best Buy clarifies its “too good to be true” Surface Pro 6 Black Friday deal (updated)

Kip Kniskern

Yesterday we told you about a deal at Best Buy for a Surface Pro 6 for $999, $300 off the regular $1399 price. While that deal remains tempting, another Best Buy Black Friday Surface deal has been getting a bit more attention. The company listed a “Surface Pro 6” for $599:

Best Buy SP6

The price was so remarkable that some pundits dug in to look at the specs, and declared the device to be not a Surface Pro 6 at all, but rather a Surface Pro (5).That confusion came about partially because of the ad, which as above shows the device to be an SP6 (in the body of the ad, it’s been changed to “Surface Pro”):

Best Buy SP6 2


Specifically, the model is listed with a smaller and older CPU than any normal Surface Pro 6 configuration, listing the CPU under “Performance” as a Core m3 7Y30. A commenter on Best Buy noticed, but received this response from Best Buy (as noted by @lindhartsen on Twitter):

Read Computer Specs Carefully

When deals seem too good to be true, they generally are. Although the design is a Surface Pro, you might be better off getting a Surface Pro 2017 (last years model) rather than this bundle. I thought it was kinda funny that they list this bundle as “Surface Pro 6 128GB” but don’t list the processor. It’s because the processor on this deal is an Intel M3-7Y30. This processor was first released in Aug of 2016. Also, the type cover isn’t the nicer Alcantara leather, it’s the cheaper plasticy one. As long as you realize that the heart of this computer is not the same as a normal Surface Pro 6, if you feel it’s worth it, then more power to you. As for me, I almost feel like it’s false advertising when you say Surface Pro 6 but it doesn’t have an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. If you go to the Microsoft website, you can’t even select the 2 year old processor that this deal comes with.
  • Brand response

    Best Buy Customer Care

    Thanks Metalastic. To clear up any confusion, this is a limited edition Surface Pro which is only available at Best Buy.  It has the same design and operating system (Windows 10 Home) as the Surface Pro 6, but this product has different specs which are correctly listed on our website.   In addition, the keyboard included is the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, which is made of Alcantara leather.

So apparently Best Buy is selling a limited edition “Surface Pro 6,” or at least the shell of one, with a lower end processor. It’s not the first time Microsoft has released special edition components for a Surface device, they did it for the Surface Go variant from Costco (which is now available also through the Microsoft Store).

As Brad Sams noted on his weekly “Sams Report” podcast, even though this device isn’t a full spec Surface Pro 6, this is still a good deal, with a bigger keyboard and screen than a Surface Go, and similar specs, with a keyboard (“Alcantara leather”!!!) for only $599. As the reviewer notes above, it’s always a good idea to read the specs when checking out “to good to be true” deals, but in this case, it might just be too good to pass up.

(Update): In spite of what Best Buy has said, above, this does appear to be the same Surface Pro (5) model also sold on the Microsoft Store for (also) $599, confirmed by a Redditor who bought the device and then talked to Microsoft about it.