Microsoft Offers MacBook Air Owners $650 Trade-In Value Towards Surface Pro 3

Monday June 23, 2014 12:40 PM PDT by Juli Clover
Microsoft today announced that it will provide up to $650 in store credit for select MacBook Air models, in an effort to get MacBook Air owners to switch to the company's new Surface Pro 3, which it claims has the "power of a laptop in a lightweight, versatile form." Trade-ins must be conducted within a Microsoft retail store.

First announced in May, the Surface Pro 3 offers a 12-inch display, a thin design, Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and a new Surface Pen stylus with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, aiming to compete with Apple's ultra thin MacBook Air. Previous Surface tablets were designed to take on Apple's line of tablets, but Microsoft is poising its newest version as a MacBook Air competitor.

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The entry-level Core i3 Surface Pro 3 retails for $799, with improved versions sporting a Core i5 and Core i7 processor available at prices between $999 and $1949. With the discount for turning in a MacBook Air, customers could pay just $150 for an entry-level model.

According to the terms of the deal, trade-in values may vary, which suggests that only good-condition current-generation MacBook Airs will be eligible for the full $650 credit. It is not clear how much Microsoft is offering for older models at this time.

MacBook Airs eligible for trade-in must power on and be in working condition. Water-damaged devices and those with cracked screens may not be traded in. A purchase of the Surface Pro 3 is also required to get the maximum trade in value, and Microsoft plans to run this deal through the end of July.

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22 weeks ago
Trade in a current gen Macbook Air and play $150 for an entry-model? No I don't see anyone doing that.
Rating: 14 Votes
22 weeks ago
I call B.S on this. it's almost like they are admitting failure.
Rating: 14 Votes
22 weeks ago
So desperate...i think they need Macbook Airs
Rating: 13 Votes
22 weeks ago
I think they should focus on transitioning current PC users before they lose them too.
Rating: 8 Votes
22 weeks ago
Not a bad idea. Probably could use that saved $650 for anti-malware software.. :D
Rating: 8 Votes
22 weeks ago
So Balmer wasn't the only problem with Microsoft then...
Rating: 8 Votes
22 weeks ago
...still a deal breaker for me.
Rating: 7 Votes
22 weeks ago
God that's desperate. It must be really really good. Practically pays for itself... If you've got something of greater value to trade for it lol..
Rating: 7 Votes
22 weeks ago

So desperate...i think they need Macbook Airs


Didn't they have some MacBook Airs stolen from their research facilities a while back (when the thieve took only the Macs and left the MS stuff untouched) ... yeah, maybe they need to replace them.

But good luck finding anyone doing this trade.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 weeks ago

You should try it, if you live near a Microsoft Store, before you call it crappy. I've tried it and I found it to be an excellent machine. It is very smooth and responsive. The resolution is out of this world compared to the Air. Just saying...


I've used it and think it's a POS. Microsoft don't have the vision to see something through, and think about optimising the user input for an OS. Windows 8, bless its bastardised soul, is neither optimised for touch nor a mouse and keyboard. It does both without excelling at either. Sometimes, less is more -- and though Surface fans tout the power that their touchscreen hybrid boasts, it's never going to be as good an experience on touch as an iPad -- and never as good a mouse/keyboard experience than OS X.

And yeah, it's got a high-resolution screen. The Air doesn't. But that's not really an argument for why people would use the Surface, as its main purpose is to be an excellent touchscreen Windows machine. In that, it fails.
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