When it launched late last year, Microsoft’s flagship Surface Book 2 started at $1,499. That might not raise any eyebrows among people who have bought a MacBook before, but Windows laptops don’t normally command that kind of premium, magical hybrid design or not.

So it’s probably not a great sign that Microsoft is introducing a lower-priced version of the Surface Book 2 with less storage. The new entry-level Surface Book costs $1,199 and comes with 128GB of storage, compared to the 256GB in the $1,499 version.

Apart from the storage change, the rest of the specs are unchanged. $1,199 gets you the 13.5-inch model with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a gorgeous 3000×2000 PixelSense display. At $1,199, those specs are more in line with the rest of the Windows premium laptop market, and that’s forgetting the fact that the Surface Book 2 can detach the lower half and turn into a tablet with the press of a key.

It’s also possible that Microsoft was seeing sales of the Surface Book 2 cannibalized by its new Surface Laptop, which ditches the convertible design in favor of a price that starts at $800.

Either way, Microsoft slashing the price by $300 isn’t a great sign for the company’s sales, but it is fantastic news for anyone who was scared away from the Surface Book 2 by price. 128GB of storage for a $300 discount is a great deal, and if you really need the extra storage, $300 will buy a bunch of OneDrive space, or the most serious external harddrive that money can buy.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.