This follows on swiftly from the news that Microsoft was to let third-party retailers sell the device, after only initially wanting to offer it through its own retail channels.
In the US, that means its 60 odd bricks-and-mortar stores, although there aren’t any of those in the UK (yet – they’re coming next year, doubtless), so the online store was your only means of getting a Surface previously (or on Amazon via a reseller with a jacked-up price).
We reported that Best Buy was carrying the tablet in the States on Wednesday, with the UK expected to follow suit with third-party retailers in the next couple of months – not couple of days. So this John Lewis announcement is something of a surprise.
Still, it’s a welcome one for those who want to buy a Surface, as at least you now have another option which isn’t an Amazon third-party merchant rip-off price. Plus John Lewis is doubling up the warranty to two years, which is a nice touch.
The Surface is available at John Lewis from today, priced at £479 for the model with the black Touch Cover, exactly the same price Microsoft asks – so it’s a better buy given the extended guarantee (which Microsoft charges £65 for).