- Brandon Russell , TechnoBuffalo
The Surface Pro 3 is the best way to experience Windows 8, and a big step toward Microsoft's laptop/tablet future.
- Vincent Nguyen , SlashGear
The Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time.
- 3:2 aspect ratio offers plenty of screen real estate
- Generally smooth and quick performance
- Thin and lightweight when compared to laptops
- Loud and hot when playing games
- Highly reflective display
- Keyboard attachment sold separately
The Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's third hybrid tablet/laptop, brings with it several changes. The most noticeable upgrade is the display size. At 12 inches, it is 1.4 inches larger than its predecessor and sports a 2160x1440 resolution. Despite the above full HD resolution, its pixel density is actually lower than the MacBook pro with Retina at 216ppi. While reviewers did notice a slight lack of clarity in comparison, they still say describe the resolution as top-notch. They also point out that the new 3:2 aspect ratio affords more screen real estate and makes the tablet feel more like a notepad in portrait mode. Due to the high resolution and aspect ratio, critics warn that small icons or buttons are difficult to press though the issue is slightly rectified with the trackpad and stylus. They also add that the screen is highly reflective due to the glossy screen coating.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 shares the same magnesium body as previous models but offers a new and improved kickstand for ease of use. Previous Surfaces only had a couple angles users could lock into but the Pro 3 offers a friction hinge that allows an angle between 22 degrees and 150 degrees. Experts enjoyed the flexibility as it made it much easier for them to switch between working at a desk to on their lap. It is also incredibly thin at 0.35 inches and, when compared to laptops, is light at 798 grams. Unfortunately, in order to actually use it as a laptop, users must purchase the keyboard component separately. The Type Cover keyboard features backlit physical keys and attaches to the Pro 3 via a magnetic strip. For the most part, reviewers were fairly underwhelmed with the keyboard with The Verge stating, "It…doesn't feel quite as good as a proper laptop keyboard, but part of that is the plastic, clackety noise it makes…"
In order to compete as both a tablet and laptop, the Surface Pro 3 features top-of-the-line internal hardware. There are three different versions of the Pro 3: i3, i5 and i7. Even the lowest end impressed critics with Digital Spy stating, "Even the most budget Surface Pro 3 will make most devices feel sluggish." The i3 model offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage while the i7 has 8GB and 512GB. Benchmark tests place the Surface Pro 3 above other hybrids like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro and even laptops like the HP Spectre Ultrabook. During actual tests, reviewers found performance to be very snappy and smooth though there was some slight sluggishness during games. When using it intensively, experts noticed that the fans would get incredibly loud and the metal surface would reach, as Tech Radar puts it, "scorching levels of heat." Besides getting loud and hot, reviewers discovered that the battery would also drain in around 8 hours, which they note is good but doesn't stack up to 12-hour battery life of the MacBook Air or even the iPad Air, which lasts 10 hours.
Though Microsoft touts the Pro 3 as the single-device replacement for a laptop and tablet, reviewers aren't quite as optimistic. Digital Spy states, "The Surface Pro 3 proves you can have an incredibly powerful portable computer in a slim form-factor…Sadly…a laptop is nearly as portable while an iPad or Nexus 5 are cheaper." The Guardian adds, "…while the Surface Pro 3 is lovely…I don't think it's going to give Lenovo, or Apple, any sleepless nights."
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
There’s no going back
So I’m giving it a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice award because it’s lightweight, it’s fast, it has a beautiful screen, a magnificent keyboard, a super geeky stand, a bad ass docking station option, fantastic touch responsiveness, a sweet pen for writing on the screen… and it’s cool. And it made me hate my Mac.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Windows 10 is right around the corner. So ultimately… who knows. The wind could be blowing Microsoft’s direction. Trust me. If you don’t have a sweet touchscreen laptop – don&rsquo... Full review
Outstanding feature list, premium build
There’s no denying that the Surface Pro 3 is a very well-featured device. From software to hardware, and even design, the Surface Pro 3 is a wonderful piece of kit. For once it’s nice being able to review a Microsoft device without having to mention the Windows operating system as a drawback. Yes the app selection is still a little limited, but when you have the entire Windows desktop programme catalogue available who cares?
It’s refreshing to have a tablet aspiring to be what we all hoped tablets would be when they burst on to the scene nearly five years ago. W... Full review
A laptop-quality device in upscaled tablet form
So is the Surface Pro 3 the "laptop killer" it claims to be? It's not out and out murder, not even manslaughter really, more a viable laptop alternative with full Windows 8.1 that will suit a certain audience.
Just like its earlier Surface predecessors, the Pro 3 still sits on the fence with what exactly it's trying to be - and it doesn't succeed in delivering the best of a tablet device given its 12-inch scale. It's also expensive, there's no MS Office included in the price and the screen has an annoyingly reflective coating.
But despite finding this physical size per... Full review
Best Surface to date and the best hybrid device out there
There’s a Surface Pro 3 for almost every budget. Sure the higher-end Surface Pro 3 looks expensive when compared to an iPad, but remember the Surface Pro 3 is not a tablet competitor. It’s for people who want a powerful laptop that also has all the advantages of a tablet.
I wasn’t a fan of the gimmicky original Surface. With the Surface 2 Microsoft made some good steps forward in the hybrid market. But with the Surface Pro 3 Microsoft has hit it out of the park. They’ve got some beautiful hardware design going on in this latest version and some truly stunn... Full review
An impressively persuasive hybrid
The Surface Pro 3 is a terrific Windows tablet that does a passable impression of a laptop – if that balance suits your needs, then the cost may be well worth it. But if all you really want is a regular laptop, then, with deference to Microsoft’s marketing claims, you should probably save your money and buy a regular laptop. That doesn’t mean the Surface Pro 3 is a failure, though: on the contrary, it’s a persuasive implementation of the convertible concept. If things carry on like this, the Surface Pro 4 really could be the tablet that finally consigns our laptops t... Full review
Redmond’s best and most portable tablet yet
A slim tablet-cum-laptop with a full Windows experience and stylus support
There’s no question, Microsoft has created an excellent device. The Surface Pro 3 boasts real PC performance in one of the most compact packages on the market, but…
Whether or not the form factor will work for you depends on a few key things. It’s a lot harder to live with without the Type Cover, making it an essential accessory and an extra £109.99 on top of the £1109.99 you’ve already shelled out for the i5 model we tested.
As a tablet it’s usable, but it’s better suited to a desk or a lap and that then raises the ques... Full review
It's slightly too flimsy for a permanent laptop replacement
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter yet faster and bigger than its predecessors: a 12” screen and a decent-sized trackpad on the clever cover that doubles as a keyboard mean that this is finally a decent laptop and tablet in a single package.
Better still, this is a device that looks smarter than any of the top ‘ultrabook’ laptops on the market, designed to look more like an elegant paper notepad than a gadget. Turn it on and the screen is peerless, helped by a 3:2 ratio that makes it feel comfortable in the hand.
Microsoft made muc... Full review
A truly portable laptop, and an acceptable tablet - great engineering
It’s not without its compromises, but Microsoft really did score a winner here
This is the tablet that can replace your laptop (assuming you also get the Type Cover). In many ways, it’s more of a laptop than a tablet. From storage capacity, to raw power, to ease of typing and work, this thing is a beast that will gladly accept anything you decide to throw at it. Lately, the theme with Microsoft –whether it’s the hardware, software, or digitizer– is confusion. There’s a lot to be desired in the overall user experience, especially when compared to Apple. I’m not making this comparison unfairly since Microsoft drew the parallel itself... Full review
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