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Microsoft wants you to trade in your Macbook Air for a Surface Pro 3

Firm will offer you $650 to switch from Mac OS X to Windows
Tue Jun 24 2014, 10:03

MICROSOFT IS ASKING punters at its US stores to trade in their Macbook Air and switch to the Surface Pro 3.

Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has launched a trade-in programme at its US stores, where it offers customers up to $650 for their Macbook Air, which can be put towards a Surface Pro 3.

This means that if you take Microsoft up on its offer and go for the entry-level Surface Pro 3, you can be pick that up for as little as $150. However, Microsoft's highest specification model will still be quite pricey, with the high-end tablet costing more than two Macbook Airs.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover and stylus

"Get the best of a laptop and the best of a tablet now. Hurry in to your local Microsoft retail store and save up to $650 on the Surface Pro 3," Microsoft burbles.

Microsoft warns that trade-in value might vary, and says that people must bring a working Macbook Air into a brick-and-mortar Microsoft Store to take advantage of the offer - suggesting that the program likely won't be coming to the UK.

The small print reads, "To be eligible for trade-in, device must power on to be considered working. Water-damaged devices and devices with cracked screens are not considered working devices for purposes of this offer."

For those in the US that fancy trading in their expensive Apple laptop for a Surface Pro 3, the programme is running until 31 July.

News of Microsoft's trade-in offer perhaps comes at a bad time for the firm, as the Surface Pro 3 was blasted as having "severely limited repairability" on Monday by the teardown experts at iFixit.

The team found that the Surface Pro 3 was harder to take apart than most all of its competitors - including the iPad Air - giving it a repairability score of one out of 10.

If you're still unsure whether to ditch your Macbook Air in exchange for a credit towards a Surface Pro 3, check out our Surface Pro 3 hands-on review. µ


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