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Microsoft helped usher in the personal computer revolution, and it sure hasn't been sitting out the internet and mobile revolutions, either. Exhibit A: Its online store has become a reliable place to score some of the best tech — and there are frequent sales to boot. That's good news for deal-savvy shoppers looking for bargains in today's crowded e-commerce marketplace.
Microsoft is running a fantastic deal on its highly regarded Surface Book 2 (starting from $1,149, microsoft.com). From now until Nov. 10, get up to $200 off these innovative laptop/tablets, with best in class battery life and touchscreens so sensitive they've become standard issue for many digital artists. And with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs and quad-core powered Intel Core processors under the hood, these sleek machines churn through the most demanding professional-grade software and graphics-card-busting games with equal aplomb.
Recent refreshes to the rest of the Surface Family warrant a look at the Surface Pro 6 (bundles starting from $1,167.98, microsoft.com) and Surface Laptop 2 (bundles starting from $1,167.99, microsoft.com), especially if you haven't given Microsoft a thought in a while. With sleek looks, slim weight and cutting-edge specs, these productivity-boosting workhorses are essential for our digital world.
And speaking of computers, Microsoft is running a couple of Early November Deals, with up to $300 off select PCs until Nov. 8.
We recommend this Dell Inspiron 13 (starting at $649, microsoft.com) for its potent combo of portability and power. This is an excellent price for a speedy eighth generation i7 processor and includes all the basics you need for a study or on-the-go work computer. Plus, the included Dell Active pen means you can flip the screen and write on it as a tablet, a handy feature for designers and artists.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 ($1,499, microsoft.com) is another great deal, especially if you're looking for something that can grow with you over time. It's large enough that swapping upgraded memory, graphics cards or hard drive space won't be a problem. All that space, plus the large 4K Ultra HD screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX and excellent cooling means you're good to go for performance-taxing activities like movies and gaming. Still, springing for the i7 upgrade (although $300 more) wouldn't be a bad idea if you plan on playing tomorrow's next-gen games at high settings.
Other modern essentials include a latest generation VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift + Touch ($399, microsoft.com), which includes six free games. After all, VR gaming is well on its way to being the next big thing, and now's a great time to jump in and see what all the fuss is about.
And no keyboard jockey or open floor plan office warrior can be considered well equipped without a quality pair of noise-canceling headphones. If you haven't taken the plunge, you're missing out on all-day comfort, volume-optimized EQ and the powerful gift of being able to focus only on what you want to hear. These BOSE QuietComfort 35 II Headphones ($349, microsoft.com) tick all the right boxes and more, leaving you feeling like you're inside sound itself. It's a pretty amazing sensation.
Of course, Microsoft built its name on its software, and that venerable tradition continues in the cloud with Office 365 (starting from $69.99 a year, microsoft.com), which, if you don't own yet, pick up now. It's time to join the contemporary world.
And considering that world is one they helped to build, it's nice to see this tech OG is as vibrant as ever. Microsoft's online offerings are worth checking out anytime you're looking to load up on the latest tech gear and essentials.