When it comes to technology and innovation, Microsoft was always two steps ahead of any other company on the market, being one of those corporations that always had something hidden up the sleeve. When it comes to tablet/laptop hybrids, Microsoft stands true to its name, offering an extremely powerful product at an affordable price.
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A Strong Beginning
Since its debut in 2012, Microsoft’s Surface laptop/tablet products have brought something new to the table, breaking new ground in this new niche. Although all the Surface family has generated plenty of opinion and a lot of buzz in the media, the sales were somewhat moderate. Not with their latest product, the Surface Pro 3. Since its launch this June, the Pro 3’s sales have surged. More and more people are buying this unique tablet/laptop due to its undisputed qualities – sharp display and design, high usability, lighter that the predecessor, large 12-inch screen, perfect performance & battery life and OneNote integration.
Microsoft was so sure that their latest Surface tablet/laptop would be a success that they directly compared their latest product with Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air. Additionally, the guys from Microsoft gave all members of the press free Surface Pro 3 units during an important event in New York.
When it comes to design, the team from Microsoft has done a marvelous job. The pixel count has been increased from 1920 x 1080 to 2160 x 1440. The new model features a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is considered much better than iPad’s 4:3. The company claims that with this aspect ratio their device can display more content than MacBook’s Air 13.3 inch panel.
Wrapped in a bright, shimmering magnesium case that is extremely smooth and cool to the touch, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has exceeded all expectations in every regard. Both sides of the tablet have been adorned with two 5 MP cameras. Note that both are capable of 1080p video recording, and according to reviewers they do a pretty good job.
Obviously, in laptop mode, this tablet requires a keyboard. Unfortunately, the keyboard is inferior to what you would otherwise get on a proper laptop. Even worse, it doesn’t even come packed in the same box.
When it comes to performance, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is better than its previous model in every single way. Here are the specs:
- CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
-Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
- Storage: 256GB SSD
- Two 5MP webcams
- Size: 7.93 x 11.5 x 0.36 inches (W x D x H)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
- Weight: 1.76 pounds
Of course, there are various configurations you can choose from. For the above configuration, you can pay up to $1,199. You can also choose a cheaper configuration for only $699, but with an i3 chip, 4 GB RAM and only 64 GB storage.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review - The Bottom Line
Although the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has its own flaws, such as less comfortable to use in the lap, flimsy keyboard and additional cost for extra features, this tablet/laptop from Microsoft has set a new standard in this niche, competing with the best hybrid laptops available to date – Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T, Razer Edge, Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 2 and of course Apple’s most famous 13-inch MacBook Air.