Best deals for tablets: $30 off Surface Pro 3 or iPad with Retina

Best tablet deals include a Microsoft Surface, an iPad, Galaxy Note, and two refurbished Android machines. Best prices for these tablet deals range from $60 to $760.

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Panos Panay, Microsoft's vice president for Surface Computing, displays the Surface Pro 3, which this week qualifies as one of the best tablet deals.

Don't get weighed down by old tech this summer. Our roundup of the week's best tablet deals will help you get a fresh start this season. Toss your laptop and save $40 on the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, get $30 off an iPad with Retina, or grab the 10" Galaxy Note at a savings of $119.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12" 64GB Windows 8.1 Tablet Preorders
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: $759.05 via text coupon with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $40

    Is It Worth It?: Microsoft aims to truly replace your laptop with the Surface Pro 3. With this preorder deal, you can take $40 off the list price of the tablet and put it towards the cost of the Surface Pro 3's essential keyboard. Just text code "MSHS" to "29502" to receive a unique 5% off coupon. (Note: You'll be signed up to receive texts from Microsoft. You can reply "STOP" to cancel.) That's the first deal we've seen for this just-announced tablet, which is expected to be released on August 31.

    Click on the "64GB/Intel i3" tab to see this deal. The Surface Pro 3 boasts an Intel Haswell Core i3 dual-core processor, a 12" 2160x1440 multi-touch LCD, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, 5-megapixel front and rear cameras, 1080p video capture, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1 Pro.

  • Refurbished Apple iPad with Retina Display 64GB WiFi Tablet
    Store: Apple Store
    Price: $499 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: The Retina display was a game-changer for iPad, so it's no wonder that this 4th-gen tablet remains a popular choice among Apple fans. You can see the difference for yourself with the factory-refurbished 64GB model, available for just $499. That's a $30 drop from our November refurb mention, making this deal an easy Editors' Choice pick. The iPad with Retina is 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.4 lbs. It features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, an A6X dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and iOS 6. A 1-year Apple warranty applies.

    Looking for a different generation, or perhaps an iPad with 4G? The Apple Store has cut up to 39% off a selection of factory-refurbished iPads, with prices starting at $249. However, you'll find the best savings if you grab a refurbished iPad with Retina Display, as these models have dropped at least $30 since our November mention and are now at the lowest prices we've seen for refurbished units with a full Apple Warranty.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" 32GB Android Tablet
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $349.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $119

    Is It Worth It?: More a creative outlet than workhorse, the previous-gen Samsung Galaxy Note has a lot to offer the artistic user. Calling this tablet's S Pen accessory a "unique addition" that might be very useful for creative types (but less so for others), CNET was fairly pleased with this tablet at the time of its release: "The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 sports a proven, sensible design, a bevy of useful features, and fast performance." An Editors' Choice $119 price low, this is tied as the lowest price we've seen for a new unit.

    The Galaxy Note sports an ARM Cortex A9 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, a 10.1" 1280x800 display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front camera, 720p video capture, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

  • Refurbished ASUS Google Nexus 7 7" 32GB Android Tablet
    Store: Newegg
    Price: $89.99 via $50 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $35
    Expires: May 30

    Is It Worth It?: You might balk at purchasing a 1st-generation Nexus 7 when its successor has been so well received, but this refurb offers excellent value at a ridiculously low price point. TheNexus 7 "has a great screen, solid performance and a clean, clear, uncluttered version of ... Jelly Bean," Engadget raved. You can score this Editors' Choice tablet for just $90 via the mail-in rebate above.

    The Nexus 7's features include a 7" 1280x800 IPS multitouch LCD, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.

  • Refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7" 8GB Android Tablet
    Store: Springs Electronics via eBay
    Price: $59.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $3

    Is It Worth It?: If all you need is a tablet that's great for games and media, then look no further than this factory-refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 tablet. This solid, no-frills tablet is still available at the astonishingly cheap price of $60, which is tied as the lowest price we've seen for this model.

    The IdeaTab A2107 has an ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). A 90-day Lenovo warranty applies.

  • Marcy Bonebright is a features writer for, where this article first appeared:

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