Microsoft’s back to school sale includes the cheapest AMD Ryzen 8-core laptop we’ve ever seen

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Microsoft has a bunch of back to school deals (opens in new tab) on the boil right now, covering a whole load of hardware, including a superb offer on a Lenovo 2-in-1 convertible which is the cheapest laptop we’ve ever seen with an AMD Ryzen 8-core processor.

There’s another really tasty discount on a Razer gaming notebook, too, a supremely portable gaming laptop with a huge $700 off. Not to mention an Xbox Game Pass offer (opens in new tab) which means you can now pick up the first month of the game subscription service for just $1 (instead of the usual $15), proving that this sale isn’t just about work – but also play.

Naturally, productivity is still the focus of the back to school discounts on offer here, and as you’d expect there are some substantial price cuts on Microsoft’s own Surface range.

That includes Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover bundles that have up to $260 off (opens in new tab), and the Surface Pro X with a $100 discount (opens in new tab).

Also, there’s a bargain to be had for would-be Surface Book 3 owners, a deal we’ve highlighted below alongside the aforementioned Lenovo and Razer laptop discounts.

Don’t forget, there are whole load of other discounts (opens in new tab) on laptops and 2-in-1s (plus the occasional desktop PC), not to mention money off a raft of accessories (opens in new tab) (like the Surface Pen (opens in new tab) which has been reduced by $21).

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 2-in-1: $769 (opens in new tab)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 2-in-1: $769 $669 at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
Those hunting for a 2-in-1 with amazing bang for buck should look no further. The IdeaPad Flex is a 14-inch touchscreen convertible built around AMD’s 8-core Ryzen 7 4700, backed with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get premium trimmings like a fingerprint reader and backlit keyboard to boot, and this is one value-packed laptop with a $100 discount.

Razer Blade 15: $2,600 (opens in new tab)

Razer Blade 15: $2,600 $1,900 at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
Razer’s 15.6-inch gaming laptop is a slick-looking and compact portable driven by an Intel Core i7-9750H processor alongside an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU. You get 16GB of system memory, a 512GB SSD, and the screen offers a Full HD resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate. The chunky $700 discount represents about 27% off the normal asking price.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5-inch: $1,600 (opens in new tab)

Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5-inch: $1,600 $1,400 at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
The entire Surface Book 3 range, including 13.5-inch and 15-inch models, have all been discounted by $200, taking the entry-level hybrid down to a cent under $1,400. Yes, it’s still rather pricey, but it remains a superbly designed 2-in-1 which is definitely more palatable with this discount.

Via Windows Central (opens in new tab)

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).