Top-end Surface Laptop 1 goes for $100 less than cheapest Surface Laptop 2

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If you're eyeing up the flashy, new Surface Laptop 3, but don't want to pay through the nose for memory (RAM) and storage, you may want to consider jumping a few generations back – as Newegg is currently selling the first-generation Surface Laptop with double the RAM and storage of entry-level Surface Laptop 2 and 3 models.

Of course, you'll be losing out on either the very latest 10th-generation or 8th-generation Intel Core processors (CPUs). However, it's a little known secret that Intel's CPU performance gains from one generation to the next are barely noticeable to the average user.

To soften that blow a little more, this original Surface Laptop is equipped with a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU. This is admittedly only dual-core, but it can reach speeds of up to 4.0GHz and is equipped with Intel's Iris Plus graphics.

1st Gen Surface Laptop is $1,799 $899 on Newegg

1st Gen Surface Laptop is $1,799 $899 on Newegg
While it's not the newest model, a Surface Laptop with top-end specs for the price of an entry-level new model is amazing. For a Surface Laptop with max RAM and storage, this is a real steal. 

With maximum RAM and double (or even more) the storage of an entry-level Surface Laptop 2 or 3 – or the newest MacBook Air – it makes a lot of sense to consider this older model as your next major laptop purchase.

We quite liked the first Surface Laptop, giving it four stars in our full review – and that was with entry-level components inside. So you can see why we're excited about this deal.

Joe Osborne

Joe Osborne is the Senior Technology Editor at Insider Inc. His role is to leads the technology coverage team for the Business Insider Shopping team, facilitating expert reviews, comprehensive buying guides, snap deals news and more. Previously, Joe was TechRadar's US computing editor, leading reviews of everything from gaming PCs to internal components and accessories. In his spare time, Joe is a renowned Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master – and arguably the nicest man in tech.