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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest version of a hybrid laptop/tablet combination that is intended to replace a traditional laptop. The base product is only a tablet, and for those desiring the keyboard often shown in promotional advertisements, it must be purchased separately.

There are five different configurations available for this computer. They are:

1.5GHz Intel Core i3 that has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage
1.9GHz Intel Core i5 that has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage
1.9GHz Intel Core i5 that has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage
1.7GHz Intel Core i7 that has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage
1.7GHz Intel Core i7 that has 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage

The i5 and i7 processors offer turbo boost speeds of up to 2.9GHz and 3.3GHz, respectively. All versions use an 11.5 inch screen that responds to touch or pen and have a resolution of 2160×1440, which is higher than standard HD.

The tablet comes with Windows 8.1 Pro standard along with the pen that can be used for writing or drawing on the screen. It is very light, weighing only 800 grams, and is only 9.1 mm thick. All versions have front and rear facing cameras, Wi-Fi capability, and multiple ports, including a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3-4The Pro 3 is popular due to the wide range of computing tasks that can be accomplished with it. When the optional keyboard is purchased, users will gain the ability to type and work in the same way as they would on a laptop. The touch screen and pen allow users to draw, use their actual signatures, and manipulate on-screen items.

The ability to run popular Microsoft applications, such as Office and Excel, make the i5 and i7 versions reasonable choices as a business laptop. The i3 version is primarily designed for light tasks, web browsing and email. None of the configurations are suitable for those looking for a powerful gaming laptop.

The tablet has won several awards, including the Stuff Magazine's “Gadget of the Year” for 2014 and was on Time Magazine's “25 best inventions of 2014”. These awards are primarily due to the versatility of the product along with its portability.

Those looking for a hybrid device that will actually replace a laptop will find the Pro 3 lacking in the base model due to slow speeds and storage limitations. The i5 and i7 versions, however, are as close as any Windows device available at being a realistic laptop alternative.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds so nice. I could do all sorts of things with that.

  2. Daisy

    I would love a Surface Pro! I’ve been trying to talk my husband into getting me one. Fingers crossed that it shows up on Valentine’s Day.

  3. I want this in the worst way! It looks so cool, and it would be great for getting work done on the go.

  4. I’ve been looking for a new laptop. This may be something to look into.

  5. I have a Surface Pro 3, and I absolutely love it. I don’t know how I ever survived without it!

  6. That looks amazing. I’d love one of these. I cannot tell you how difficult it is to get anything done on a regular tablet.

  7. I’ve heard a lot about the Surface Pro 3 – looks AMAZING! Especially love how it has an SD card reader!

  8. I’ll have to be honest here. I’m a mac person, all the way, but I”m sure it’s great for those who aren’t. It has a nice design.

  9. I love how thin it is, you could take it anywhere and everywhere! Thanks for the introduction!

  10. I keep seeing their commercials! The Surface looks ideal for bloggers on the go!

  11. I’ve loved the concept of the Surface since I first saw it come out -I’d love to have one to replace our laptop which is dying!

  12. I am a huge fan of Microsoft products! This surface pro looks neat!

  13. This looks really cool. I love the stand on it, that is handy!

  14. Awesome product! If I could ever pull my family away from Apple, I will have to get one!

  15. I need to check this out! I’d love to replace my laptop!

  16. I need to get one for my husband…thanks for sharing

  17. Oh wow. This looks awesome. I really want one of these. They have so many great features.

  18. WOW, this looks like such a powerful piece of tech. And, well, I wants it!

  19. This is on my wish list. I want a surface so badly.

  20. These are great devices, I have a couple of artist friends who do almost all of their drawing on them. We have a nextBook that doesn’t have near the horsepower of the Surface, but it’s still a great device to take along so you can work without hauling the full laptop.

  21. hey Stacie,
    thanks for the review of Microsoft surface pro 3 its really amazing device and i am also want to buy it so its good decision for me or not i already have iPad Air

  22. Dale Hunsberger

    Omg! What fun I could have with this computer! Thanks for the review!

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