Microsoft’s 16 Best Black Friday Deals (2022): Xbox Series S, Surface Laptops | Jobi Cool

Thanksgiving is not here yet, but the Microsoft Store started its Black Friday deals early this year. Whether you or a loved one is eyeing a new Surface Laptop or Xbox, now’s 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!) of Xbox and PC games for sale.

Be sure to check out our other Black Friday coverage, including deals on Google devices, 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’s extended returns and warranties

If you’re unsure whether you’re getting the best deal by jumping on this early Black Friday sale, the Microsoft Store promises to refund the difference if the price of a particular product drops more than it is now by January 2, 2023. The company is also offering up to free two- to three-day shipping and free returns until January 31, 2023.

Tablet and laptop deals

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 packs a large 13-inch display (with a 3:2 aspect ratio), a 120-Hz refresh rate, a 1080p Windows Hello-compatible webcam, and an 11th-generation Intel chip.

If you can spend the extra $90, I’d go for the much more equipped Surface Pro 8. The Core i7 chipset and 32 gigs of RAM means performance will be much smoother and you’ll be able to juggle multiple apps at the same time without issue. The 1 TB of storage is great for anyone who is constantly running out of space on their machine.

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

Surface Laptop 4

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

This deal is also available on Amazon. The Surface Go 3 is a solid 2-in-1 for students, even though it’s a year old and lacks all-day battery life. It is affordable compared to other Surface devices. And it includes support for the Microsoft Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard (both sold separately), making it a good option for taking notes and getting schoolwork done. We recommend sticking with the Intel Core i3 chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage if you plan to use the Surface Go 3 every day with heavy multitasking.

If you’re a power user, the Surface Laptop Studio is a great machine (8/10, WIRED recommends). Thanks to the unique hinge, you get both a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet — allowing you to take notes or sketch. Our only complaint is that, at 4 pounds, it’s too heavy to wear for long periods of time. It’s best when used on a table or in your lap, and if you plan to use it for gaming or editing videos, we recommend splurging on this setup, which comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card.

Game offer

Xbox Series S

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Whether you’re struggling to secure an Xbox Series X (since it’s constantly fluctuating in stock) or you don’t need such a powerful console, the Xbox Series S is a great option. It’s smaller and doesn’t support discs, but can run games up to 120fps (at 1440p resolution and not 4K). This is also the lowest price we’ve tracked for the Series S.

The Portal headset is Bang & Olufsen’s first accessory designed specifically for Xbox, with near-instant wireless connectivity to Xbox Series X, S and Xbox One as well as support for Dolby Atmos. It also doubles as a solid pair of noise-canceling headphones, with the ability to switch between the console and Bluetooth, along with a companion app that has an equalizer.

This deal is also available on Amazon. Since the Xbox comes with just one controller in the box, you’re probably in the market for some extras — especially if you’re going to be playing video games with friends or family over the holidays. You’ll find discounts on all four color options, including Jet Black, Robot White, Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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

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