One day only: Microsoft Surface RT tablets (refurb.) $299.99

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Cowboom, a Best Buy company, has the Microsoft Surface RT tablet available for a low $299.99 for those willing to go used (refurbished), in a one day sales event.

The Surface RT deal can be found on Cowboom's Deal of the Day page. Shipping is $5. There is an additional $3 CEW (Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste)) fee for devices shipped to California.

As a Best Buy company, Cowboom charges sales tax in most locations. Also as a Best Buy company, it can therefore be trusted (at least as far as you trust Best Buy).

There has been much confusion over the Surface RT tablet since its introduction last year. The Surface RT runs a version of Windows RT, which is a less powerful version of Windows. Windows RT runs only Modern UI apps, which are apps that use the (basically) same Metro UI interface as Windows Phone apps do. It does not run full Windows apps. The Surface Pro, which is much higher priced, is a full laptop replacement (when it is attached to a keyboard) and runs those apps.

To reduce confusion, Microsoft named this year's version the Surface 2, not the Surface RT 2, as it continued to sell the original Surface RT model.

Here is the product blurb and the device specifications. The most significant changes from the Surface RT to the Surface 2 include a 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset with 2 GB of RAM in the new model.

From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface. Thin and light for easy portability, the Surface Windows RT is productive and efficient, featuring Windows RT and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. The integrated Kickstand enables hands-free entertainment.


  • 10.6" ClearType HD touch-screen display
  • 1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
  • VaporMg casing
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU
  • Precision crafted to be tough yet elegant, without excessive bulk. With a watchlike finish that's incredibly smooth and durable, Surface is a delight to hold and touch.
  • Integrated Kickstand
  • Provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free entertainment. Whether you're watching a movie, or shooting video, Surface stands on its own.
  • Add up to 64GB of extra storage using the microSD card slot. Transfer files to and from Surface using the full-size USB port. Watch movies, show photos, or present your work on the big screen through the video out port.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capability
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN and dual 2x2 MIMO antennas provide reliable Internet connectivity.
  • Front- and rear-facing 720p HD video cameras
  • Rear camera is angled to shoot straight ahead when the Kickstand is flipped out. The Kickstand also enables hands-free Skype video chat or recording.
  • 32GB on-board memory2
  • microSDXC card slot available.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 compatible
  • Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a wireless keyboard, mouse and other accessories.
  • Weighs 1.5 lbs. and measures just 0.4" thin for lightweight portability.


  • Display Type: ClearType HD (1366 x768)
  • Screen Size (Measured Diagonally): 10.6"
  • System Memory (RAM): 2GB
  • Storage Capacity: 32GB
  • Operating System: Windows RT
  • Operating System Platform: Windows RT