Microsoft surface i5 128GB £719.10 via Unidays at Microsoft Store
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Microsoft surface i5 128GB £719.10 via Unidays at Microsoft Store

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Found 11th Feb
Discount via Unidays app for those that have it just follow the link on the app. Seems like a decent price for the surface and type cover bundle. EDIT: Available again until 20/02
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Original Poster
Looking to get one of these to replace 2 devices (my laptop and iPad), if this is available at a cheaper price I would appreciate a link, thanks.
The i5 is showing at £881.10 for me
riccirus22 m ago

Looking to get one of these to replace 2 devices (my laptop and iPad), if …Looking to get one of these to replace 2 devices (my laptop and iPad), if this is available at a cheaper price I would appreciate a link, thanks.


Go for it, this is a great price for the spec/bundle. Others voting cold because they can't take advantage and are bitter about it

buyer10013 m ago

The i5 is showing at £881.10 for me



Try this link -
microsoft.com/en-…tab

Shows at the OPs price with a button to check eligibility.
Original Poster
“You need to be a student to use UNIDAYS”

Well you need to have access to a student email address, but there’s loads of people on here that will have one without ‘officially’ being a student. As with the deal in the link:

hotukdeals.com/dea…718
Price is right but only 4GB ram. Really not enough unless your doing very light tasks.
Edited by: "daBluone" 11th Feb
lol 720 pound tablet with 1 year warranty, gezz talk about copying apples marketing strategy, nice but ridiculously over priced.
Edited by: "Cuddl3s" 11th Feb
daBluone4 h, 11 m ago

Price is right but only 4GB ram. Really not enough unless your doing very …Price is right but only 4GB ram. Really not enough unless your doing very light tasks.


That depends on what you mean by 'light' tasks. My 2017 SP i5/128GB/4GB can drive 2 1080p monitors, have Chrome, Acrobat DC, Word, Excel, Nvivo, Mendeley, and Onenote open without blinking. In addition, it'll be running Mail, FB, and Twitter in the background. In fact, my SP3 of the same configuration does the same.

At £719, this is a steal. It is only a shame that they dropped the pen, as it was a major USP. You do get discount for the pen as a student, which means all in it is still a bargain.
Been using this machine for a while, absolutely love it and would recommend to anyone.
The surface isn't cheap, but IMO is a nicely put together device. Oddly the current offer makes the i5 version with keyboard the same price as the m3 without. Some offers around Christmas 2017 saw the m3 version as cheap as 599 but this is still a good offer for the i5.

If you want a fully capable portable pc in addition to a full on laptop, the entry level surface devices (m3 or i5, 4GB ram) make a lot of sense, but don't expect them to be good as a full blown pc - you need 8GB or even 16GB ram for that, at a massive price premium. If it was my ONLY pc, that would be the route I would take.

But with a MacBook, and a windows PC, the i5 4GB makes an excellent additional machine which can do so much and is so portable!
Love my surface pro 4. Well over a year now.
Would this not work with the credit from scdkeys? Coul you buy the 14+cards from there? Taking the cost down to 620/630?
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weegieq1 h, 47 m ago

Would this not work with the credit from scdkeys? Coul you buy the …Would this not work with the credit from scdkeys? Coul you buy the 14+cards from there? Taking the cost down to 620/630?


Is there a way of finding out without buying the vouchers first? If it’s possible then obviously would make this a lot cheaper
mcav8 h, 56 m ago

That depends on what you mean by 'light' tasks. My 2017 SP i5/128GB/4GB …That depends on what you mean by 'light' tasks. My 2017 SP i5/128GB/4GB can drive 2 1080p monitors, have Chrome, Acrobat DC, Word, Excel, Nvivo, Mendeley, and Onenote open without blinking. In addition, it'll be running Mail, FB, and Twitter in the background. In fact, my SP3 of the same configuration does the same. At £719, this is a steal. It is only a shame that they dropped the pen, as it was a major USP. You do get discount for the pen as a student, which means all in it is still a bargain.


4GB RAM is just flat out stingy at this price point, it doesn’t matter how you paint it. I like my Surface Pro 3, and had the ones before it but even they came with 4GB back in 2012 when they launched, in 2018 it’s crazy - but I guess if people continue to buy it... it’s not too bad on cheap tablets around £100-150 having only 2GB.

It doesn’t feel too bad because it has a fast SSD to make up for it but I would not buy another system with such little RAM for this money today.

And is the retail price really £1103?! I know that’s what it says but who has ever paid that for this spec
Edited by: "plewis00" 12th Feb
Original Poster
Does anyone know what Microsoft are like with open box returns? With such differing reviews on the 4GB RAM I would like to be able to try it out myself without the risk of losing my money if I can’t return it.
The T&Cs look ok for this but can never tell in practice
4 GB RAM is fine for general use, such as home office. The reason for so many 4 GB models being around is that many businesses and public services still only install 32 bit Windows, making larger RAM redundant.
riccirus48 m ago

Does anyone know what Microsoft are like with open box returns? With such …Does anyone know what Microsoft are like with open box returns? With such differing reviews on the 4GB RAM I would like to be able to try it out myself without the risk of losing my money if I can’t return it.The T&Cs look ok for this but can never tell in practice


They are fine with open-box returns, the trick however is getting the absolute cretins in offshore support to comprehend what you are trying to do (e.g. return it). I bought a Surface Book a while back, it was meant to be brand new, it had a scratch on the lid, some weird pink staining from something and issues docking/undocking - anyway after weeks of arguing they accepted it back. On the plus side, they didn't stop my Quidco so I got £100 cashback (I'm sure that's complete mismanagement rather than a gesture of goodwill) and a £50 Microsoft Store voucher, which doesn't go far as everything is out of stock but I did get a nice UAG case for my Surface Pro that I already had. So buying it and returning later is fine, they say there's a no-quibble return policy too.


TheAVJunky37 m ago

4 GB RAM is fine for general use, such as home office. The reason for so …4 GB RAM is fine for general use, such as home office. The reason for so many 4 GB models being around is that many businesses and public services still only install 32 bit Windows, making larger RAM redundant.


I'm not sure I agree. I use my Surfaces for home office and while 4GB is ok, I think for longevity you want more really especially if you are spending the alleged retail price of £1103, it does not cost a lot to add an extra 4GB during manufacture - maybe you can say that Microsoft is just shooting for the upsell (which makes it all the more worse...). Also think most systems are migrating to 64-bit now, the kind of businesses looking to run Surfaces are probably a bit more forward thinking - I could be wrong.
Edited by: "plewis00" 12th Feb
So can you pay with Xbox credit?
I got myself an Core M/4GB tablet about a year ago, and I too was skeptical if 4GB could be enough. I ended up convincing myself by removing 12GB of ram from my desktop machine and I booted that with only 4GB. I loaded up all my normal 'background' applications like Spotify, chat programs, monitoring software then I reopen my 82 tab chrome session. And you know what, it actually ran pretty much fine. It did start paging out some tabs eventually (after I viewed over 50 of them!) but they load back in fast from an SSD and the overall experience is very usable. After that I ordered a 4GB model the same day.

Now, more ram is always going to be better of course and I'd prefer more if possible, but for lighter usage I don't think 4GB holds you back too much.
plewis001 h, 49 m ago

4GB RAM is just flat out stingy at this price point, it doesn’t matter how …4GB RAM is just flat out stingy at this price point, it doesn’t matter how you paint it. I like my Surface Pro 3, and had the ones before it but even they came with 4GB back in 2012 when they launched, in 2018 it’s crazy - but I guess if people continue to buy it... it’s not too bad on cheap tablets around £100-150 having only 2GB.It doesn’t feel too bad because it has a fast SSD to make up for it but I would not buy another system with such little RAM for this money today.And is the retail price really £1103?! I know that’s what it says but who has ever paid that for this spec


It is funny that you think that I'm trying to 'paint' anything. I outlined actual usage in real life. While you are obsessing over specs, I'm actually accomplishing work with my device. I paid £764 for this bundle in 2017 and managed to get the new pen included FOC.

Your focus might be RAM, but others focus on things like device form, input methods, and the ability to actually get stuff done anywhere. For this, the SP is a champ.
mcav38 m ago

It is funny that you think that I'm trying to 'paint' anything. I outlined …It is funny that you think that I'm trying to 'paint' anything. I outlined actual usage in real life. While you are obsessing over specs, I'm actually accomplishing work with my device. I paid £764 for this bundle in 2017 and managed to get the new pen included FOC.Your focus might be RAM, but others focus on things like device form, input methods, and the ability to actually get stuff done anywhere. For this, the SP is a champ.


It's funny that you are obsessing on the choice of the word 'paint'. I also own a Surface Pro 3 and I think when spending that kind of money you expect more than 4GB of RAM; for goodness sake even Apple, the company that people love to hate don't supply 4GB on their laptops any more. Regardless of what you think I was trying to achieve, I think you or I or anyone else would be mad to expect 4GB to last them 2-3 years without frustration and at £700 you would expect 2-3 years minimum reasonably. I have real world experience too and as I said, it's offset by a fast SSD but there is only so much you can do and I would not be happy encouraging people to spend this money on a machine with such a pitiful amount of RAM (for the money). If this were £500 then it might be just 'ok'.

4GB RAM was high-end in 2005, mainstream around 2008 and now 10 years later they are still trying to sell computers with this... Anyway two differing opinions, let's leave it there.

darkbahamut56 m ago

I got myself an Core M/4GB tablet about a year ago, and I too was …I got myself an Core M/4GB tablet about a year ago, and I too was skeptical if 4GB could be enough. I ended up convincing myself by removing 12GB of ram from my desktop machine and I booted that with only 4GB. I loaded up all my normal 'background' applications like Spotify, chat programs, monitoring software then I reopen my 82 tab chrome session. And you know what, it actually ran pretty much fine. It did start paging out some tabs eventually (after I viewed over 50 of them!) but they load back in fast from an SSD and the overall experience is very usable. After that I ordered a 4GB model the same day.Now, more ram is always going to be better of course and I'd prefer more if possible, but for lighter usage I don't think 4GB holds you back too much.


The difference is that you can go and add more RAM to your desktop very easily (or remove it as you've shown) but the Surface Pro becomes a throwaway device, that's the crucial part (no pun intended). Windows does run fine with 4GB (we've been saying it'll be fine with 1GB tablets for ages but people don't listen) though all you need is a bloated expansion pack or another Vista and that's the end.
Edited by: "plewis00" 12th Feb
plewis003 h, 58 m ago

They are fine with open-box returns, the trick however is getting the …They are fine with open-box returns, the trick however is getting the absolute cretins in offshore support to comprehend what you are trying to do (e.g. return it). I bought a Surface Book a while back, it was meant to be brand new, it had a scratch on the lid, some weird pink staining from something and issues docking/undocking - anyway after weeks of arguing they accepted it back. On the plus side, they didn't stop my Quidco so I got £100 cashback (I'm sure that's complete mismanagement rather than a gesture of goodwill) and a £50 Microsoft Store voucher, which doesn't go far as everything is out of stock but I did get a nice UAG case for my Surface Pro that I already had. So buying it and returning later is fine, they say there's a no-quibble return policy too.I'm not sure I agree. I use my Surfaces for home office and while 4GB is ok, I think for longevity you want more really especially if you are spending the alleged retail price of £1103, it does not cost a lot to add an extra 4GB during manufacture - maybe you can say that Microsoft is just shooting for the upsell (which makes it all the more worse...). Also think most systems are migrating to 64-bit now, the kind of businesses looking to run Surfaces are probably a bit more forward thinking - I could be wrong.


I agree entirely that 8 GB would better, for a consumer-focussed device running a 64 bit OS. The point I was making was that if one is looking for the best price on a device that isn't the latest model, then there have to be some compromises.

I'm at my desk (on lunch) in a large public sector organisation right now and can assure you that every PC in use (and there a lot of them) is running Windows 7 32 bit, with 4 GB RAM. All new PC orders are also specified this way. The newer ones actually come in with Windows 10 installed, but the IT team then re-images them back to Windows 7. It's all about keeping everything standardised, to minimise ongoing support costs.
Got an sp4 m3 model good enough for light taskslike watching videos and nice hardware but some concerns re q&c. My first unit had a dead pixel. And nkw the warranty has expired. Managed to get the del 5285 i7 16gb ram for 491 so looking forward to replacing it with that
plewis004 h, 8 m ago

It's funny that you are obsessing on the choice of the word 'paint'. I …It's funny that you are obsessing on the choice of the word 'paint'. I also own a Surface Pro 3 and I think when spending that kind of money you expect more than 4GB of RAM; for goodness sake even Apple, the company that people love to hate don't supply 4GB on their laptops any more. Regardless of what you think I was trying to achieve, I think you or I or anyone else would be mad to expect 4GB to last them 2-3 years without frustration and at £700 you would expect 2-3 years minimum reasonably. I have real world experience too and as I said, it's offset by a fast SSD but there is only so much you can do and I would not be happy encouraging people to spend this money on a machine with such a pitiful amount of RAM (for the money). If this were £500 then it might be just 'ok'. 4GB RAM was high-end in 2005, mainstream around 2008 and now 10 years later they are still trying to sell computers with this... Anyway two differing opinions, let's leave it there.The difference is that you can go and add more RAM to your desktop very easily (or remove it as you've shown) but the Surface Pro becomes a throwaway device, that's the crucial part (no pun intended). Windows does run fine with 4GB (we've been saying it'll be fine with 1GB tablets for ages but people don't listen) though all you need is a bloated expansion pack or another Vista and that's the end.


I like how you think that your whataboutery and rhetoric holds weight next to two actual usage examples. The very idea that you shouldn't buy technology because it might be out of date in the future is absurd. You obviously know that.

Oh, and I guarantee that my 2017 SP will last at least 3 years without 'frustration', just like my 7 year old desktop continues to work as well as it did on the day I bought it, without a single modification. Just like how my SP3 is still being used by my partner, and that is also driving two 1080p monitors, and running the same software as I run.
mcav52 m ago

I like how you think that your whataboutery and rhetoric holds weight next …I like how you think that your whataboutery and rhetoric holds weight next to two actual usage examples. The very idea that you shouldn't buy technology because it might be out of date in the future is absurd. You obviously know that.Oh, and I guarantee that my 2017 SP will last at least 3 years without 'frustration', just like my 7 year old desktop continues to work as well as it did on the day I bought it, without a single modification. Just like how my SP3 is still being used by my partner, and that is also driving two 1080p monitors, and running the same software as I run.


I honestly don’t care if you don’t think it holds weight. If you think that 4GB is acceptable on a premium machine costing £700 with a retail of £1100, is ‘fine’ in 2018 then good for you - if the requirements increase in the next few years then that can change. I see you chose to ignore the bit where I said I have a Surface Pro 3 with 4GB of RAM. I tolerate it because I got it for £400 about 2 years ago but it’s always at around 90% memory usage with my workload.

Anyway with Microsoft’s track record on hardware I wouldn’t guarantee it would be usable in 3 years, just look at the original SP3 owners complaining their battery doesn’t take charge any more or Surface Book owners whose hardware has warped (for example).

FWIW I’m waiting on a Surface Pro 4 with 8GB and 128 or more SSD
4gb ram is pathetic multitasking out the window

come close to maxing out 16gb sometimes would dread to think how 4gb would handle
decanay11th Feb

Go for it, this is a great price for the spec/bundle. Others voting cold …Go for it, this is a great price for the spec/bundle. Others voting cold because they can't take advantage and are bitter about it Try this link -https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/d/surface-pro-i5-128gb-black-type-cover-bundle/8mc6k8m228sk/m578?activetab=pivot:overviewtabShows at the OPs price with a button to check eligibility.



Do you have a link to the others with the discounted price please?
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