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    • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
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Expert Reviews (39)

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 27/05/2015

    It was last September when my Ultrabook screen went blank and never came back. I was gutted; Not only because it was my favourite PC but because I was half-way through reporting on the IFA trade-show and I had a flight to the IDF conference 2 days later...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 26/05/2015

    I was loaned a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for an experiment. This was to report on a piece of software designed for tablets, the Surface Pro 3 being the primary tablet the software was going to be targeted at. I'm not writing about that software yet due to g...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 31/03/2015

    With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has switched up its strategy on its tablet PC, aiming to make it the best Windows laptop for the average consumer. This is the third attempt from the company at reinventing the laptop, bringing tablet parity into the prod...

  • 10 0
    7.8

    Date: 21/03/2015

    Microsoft entered the laptop/tablet market a while ago with mixed success and to be honest, it was a little deserved and a very late entry to boot. Microsoft are not a new company and indeed very good at coming back from the dark side, just look at Window...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 24/02/2015

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the first - and only - laptop/tablet hybrid to get it (almost) completely right.The Surface Pro 3 is a truly brilliant example of product design – an exceptional tool for designers, artists, photographers, art and creative dir...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 19/02/2015

    When the original Surface Pro launched, no one quite knew how to classify the hybrid. Was it a tablet that was trying to be a laptop? A laptop trying to be a tablet?Well, call us contrarians: We're going to come right out and say the Surface Pro line is n...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 14/02/2015

    For years, it's been the belief of most that hardware is only as good as the software running on it. Make no mistake, this is true. It's why Apple's iPhone first took off and is still popular. It's why millions of users install Microsoft Office on their m...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 12/02/2015

    30 Days with Surface Pro 3: Day 13Super slim ultrabooks, and next-generation devices like a Surface Pro 3 tablet bring many advances to computing technology. There are also some tradeoffs, though, to enable vendors to pack an entire computer into a slim, ...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 10/12/2014

    Before getting down into the positives and negatives of the Surface Pro 3 you have to understand that it is almost a flawless product. My complaints of the Pro 3 center around minor enhancements and questionable business practices by Microsoft, but ultima...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 14/10/2014

    Need to edit photos and videos in the field? How about the forest or up the side of a mountain in Iceland? All while filing stories as you go? We do, and we've been dragging the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 around to get that job done. Here's how it perfor...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 30/08/2014

    Good: Beautiful, slim design, Powerful hardware, Stunning screen, Excellent software compatibility

    Bad: Type Cover is an essential accessory, Heavy for handheld use, Convoluted form factor, Expensive

    Microsoft is hoping to entice those keen on their tablets and ultrabooks away from the norm and embrace its latest tablet-cum-laptop, the new Surface Pro 3 .The journey of Microsoft's Surface tablets has been rocky and uncertain since the very beginning. ...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 29/08/2014

    Of course, you can turn off the high DPI if you wish, but that makes all the elements on the desktop super small and barely see-able. I prefer to keep the DPI at the Surface Pro 3 standard, even if that does mean using funky looking desktop applications...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 26/08/2014

    Bad: The Surface Pro 3's premium pricing could be an issue for many potential buyers, and the fact that the Type Cover remains a £109.99 (inc. VAT) optional extra is particularly egregious. Given that Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 3 as "the tablet that can r...

    Since its debut in 2012, Microsoft's Surface family of Windows tablet/laptop hybrids has generated plenty of coverage and opinion, but only moderate sales . Reviews of the x86-based Surface Pro devices running Windows 8.x have generally commented favourab...

  • 10 0
    8.6

    Date: 29/07/2014

    Good: Impeccable build quality, Thinner and lighter than Surface Pro 2, Improved Type Cover with magnetic, Highresolution, 3:2 aspect screen, Good brightness and color reproduction, Features Intel Core CPUs, Great battery life, Doesn't wobble when tapped, New S...

    Bad: Performance is constrained by thermal limitations under load, Gets hot when stressed moderately, Still only somewhat comfortable on the lap, Impossible to maintain, repair, or upgrade, Serves as a better replacement for tablets than notebooks, Expensive e...

    In light of this, we ask ourselves: What makes a perfect Surface? While better performance is invariably a valuable proposition, Microsoft's cleverly-designed tablets have always been able to go toe-to-toe with their Ultrabook counterparts in that departm...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 01/07/2014

    Good: Stunning thinner and lighter design, lovely display, much improved kickstand, full laptop performance.

    Bad: Type Cover keyboard not included in price, limited ports on tablet

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest in MS' line of tablets with the brains of a laptop. It's a power user tablet that's on many folks' wish lists, even if it isn't entirely practical as a laptop replacement, because it's just so darned sexy and cool...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 27/06/2014

    I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro. It feels like longer but that's likely because Surface RT made its sale debut a few months prior to that, and both devices were announced in ...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 25/06/2014

    Microsoft's Surface lineup is only two years old, but it's already been on quite the roller coaster ride. When the company first announced the tablet/laptop hybrid, reactions were cautious, but also unmistakably intrigued. But that buzz fizzled quickly, a...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 20/06/2014

    Microsoft has big goals and a new message for the Surface Pro 3. Instead of attempting to compete with the all-popular iPad from Apple, they're targeting laptop owners and wannabe in-betweeners. Emblazoned everywhere is their new motto: "The tablet that c...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 18/06/2014

    Good: Incredibly thin, light, and fastbootable for a fulltilt Windows computer. Forget apps; it runs fulldesktop software. Durable build and attractive physical design. Its 12inch, highresolution touchscreen is great for watching movies and working in desktop m...

    Bad: Hardware is a bit too big and heavy to use as a handheld tablet. Pricey compared to laptops with similar specs. App ecosystem lags behind those of iOS and Android. Type Cover should be included with the tablet, not sold as a $130 extra. Most Type Cover co...

    WIREDIncredibly thin, light, and fast-bootable for a full-tilt Windows computer. Forget ...

  • 10 0
    8.5

    Date: 16/06/2014

    First impressions are a critical part of our lives. From interviews for your dream job to meeting a significant other, the first 30 seconds of interaction can define an entire relationship. So when Microsoft said that its Surface Pro 3 is the Ultrabook- a...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 12/06/2014

    Good: Some might want to pick up the Surface just for its improved pressure sensitive Pen, beautiful 2K display, new kickstand positions, excellent and improved build quality, top notch performance, Improved trackpad on TypeCover, Microsoft's cloud ecosystem wi...

    Bad: Type Cover keyboard is not included, offers only a single USB 3.0 port, Surface Pro 2 accessories and its power adapter are not compatible, experienced some issues where the Surface Pro 3 drained power while in sleep mode

    It was not all that long ago that Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro 2 . Yet here they are, just 9 months later, releasing the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft has clearly listened to users feedback with this latest Surface. To that effect, the Surface Pro 3 truly...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 06/06/2014

    Microsoft knows you don't own its gadgets. At the company's Surface Pro 3 event in May, an impassioned Panos Panay paused in the middle of unveiling its bold new device, and quietly scanned the room. What he saw was a sea of Apple logos: MacBook Airs, iPa...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 06/06/2014

    The third time's the charm they say, and it is well known that if Microsoft works long enough on a product, they'll get it right. When the Surface Pro 3 launched, that's exactly what I thought: finally, there's a Windows tablet that is barely heavier than...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 31/05/2014

    The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that's both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-genera...

  • 10 0
    8.2

    Date: 30/05/2014

    Good: Great build; it's thin, light, and sturdy, Superb display quality, 3:2 display ratio perfectly suited for Windows 8.1, As a tablet, its productivity potential is unmatched

    Bad: Keyboard cover sold separately, Some annoying design quirks

    It's tempting to claim that the third time is the charm in regards to the Microsoft Surface Pro line of Windows 8 tablet and notebook hybrids. After all, the Surface Pro 3 has a larger display than its two predecessors, with a higher resolution, and is bo...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 30/05/2014

    Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 is supposed to work as both a tablet and a laptop. After working with it for a week, does our reviewer agree?There's a saying about Microsoft that I've heard for a long time: It takes three tries for the company to get someth...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 30/05/2014

    Good: Excellent 12in. screen, very good keyboard cover, useful stylus and handwriting recognition, lightweight

    Bad: Expensive, Windows 8 lacks many apps, keyboard cover costs $130 extra

    But is this also true about the Surface Pro 3 , the third iteration of Microsoft's tablet line? Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 3 as a device that, when equipped with an added Surface Pro Type Cover, does double-duty as a productivity tablet and a true la...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 29/05/2014

    It took several tries, but Microsoft has finally delivered a device that lives up to the bold promise of its Surface line.The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's third try since 2012 at unifying tablets and laptops — but with some key differences from its predec...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 29/05/2014

    Good: Great Performance, Thin and Light, Excellent Screen, Precise Stylus Input, Very Good Battery Life, Premium Build Quality

    Bad: Relatively Pricey

    Early last week, Microsoft unveiled the third iteration of its Surface Pro tablet, the aptly named Surface Pro 3. Unlike previous revisions to the product, the new Surface Pro 3 can be considered a major overhaul. Not only does the new device feature more...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 27/05/2014

    Good: Larger screen offers 38 percent more real estate for getting work done, New Type Cover is much more stable than previous models, Battery life now quoted at eight, not six hours

    Bad: Prices may still give one pause, especially versus a notebook, Microsoft eliminated free OneDrive cloud storage from Surface Pro 3, Stylus holder is awkwardly placed

    Through every iteration, Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet has edged closer to becoming a true laptop replacement. Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 3 takes several small steps in that direction—along with one giant, game-changing leap. Sure, you'll still need ...

  • 10 0
    7.9

    Date: 27/05/2014

    Good: Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts, Easier to use as a standalone tablet, Fast performance, Gorgeous, highres display, Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle

    Bad: Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you'd get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn't even come in the box, Not that comfortable to use in the lap&#160, Middling battery life

    It didn't last long, but there was a moment earlier this week when I was sure Microsoft would unveil its own laptop. At a press event, Surface chief Panos Panay took the stage to remind the reporters in attendance how they once said tablets would make lap...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 25/05/2014

    Good: Clear, bright, 12inch, 2,160by1,440resolution display. 10finger multitouch support. Infinitely adjustable, fullfriction kickstand. Pressuresensitive stylus included.

    Bad: Heavy and bulky for a slate tablet. Type Cover costs $130 extra. Integrated pen storage is flimsy. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs when used in your lap. Doesn't work with lastgeneration Surface accessories. Performance is not b...

    Touted by Microsoft as the single-device replacement for a laptop and a tablet , the larger Surface Pro 3 ($1,299 as tested) is only partially successful as the ultimate mobile PC. Sure, it is a much better laptop replacement than previous Win 8 slate tab...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 23/05/2014

    Good: Thinnest and lightest Surface Pro to date, Attractive 3:2 screen, More versatile kickstand, Premium look and feel

    Bad: Still heavy as a tablet, Keyboard adds $130 to the price, Runs hot under heavy workloads

    First we saw Dell's Venue 11 Pro Windows tablet, then came Samsung's Android-equipped Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 , and now Microsoft has unveiled an unexpected Surface sequel—the 12-inch Surface Pro 3.The latest Surface is a strong evolutionary jump on the lapt...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 23/05/2014

    Good: Thin and light, Greatly improved kickstand, Highresolution screen

    Bad: Soso battery life, Some software bugs, No full SD card slot

    That's both good and bad. It's good because the Surface Pro 3 is indeed a futuristic machine, a marvel of engineering that combines tons of crazy features into a thin and light package. It's bad because, well, in 2001 we had almost no way of knowing that ...

  • 10 0
    0

    Date: 23/05/2014

    Good: Beautiful design, Beautiful screen, Packs so much into so little, Neat OneNote integration

    Bad: The dearth of USB ports, The touchpad remains mediocre, Some people will find it expensive

    A Qualcomm-powered 8-inch tablet was in the works, but it was delayed at the last minute.Since the first iteration of the Surface range, the Surface RT , was released back in 2012, the biggest challenge has been categorization. The devices themselves have...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 22/05/2014

    Good: The Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two versions, despite having a larger 12inch display and higher screen resolution. A new kickstand makes it easier to set up and use, and the keyboard cover remains a bestinclass example. The Surf...

    Bad: That excellent keyboard cover is not included in the base price, and its improved touchpad still doesn't measure up. The chassis lacks pen storage, and even with tweaked kickstand and keyboard hinges, the Surface Pro 3 still doesn't fit perfectly on the l...

    Tablets are great for consuming entertainment and media, while laptops and other full PCs are required to actually create those works, or so the conventional wisdom goes. Some substitute the charged word "productivity" for creation, but the pitch is the s...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 22/05/2014

    Good: Clear, bright, 12-inch, 2,160-by-1,440-resolution display. 10-finger multi-touch support. Infinitely adjustable, full-friction kickstand. Pressure-sensitive stylus included.

    Bad: Heavy and bulky for a slate tablet. Type Cover costs $130 extra. Integrated pen storage is flimsy. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs when used in your lap. Doesn't work with last-generation Surface accessories. Performance is not...

    Touted by Microsoft as the single-device replacement for a laptop and a tablet, the larger Surface Pro 3 ($1,299 as tested) is only partially successful as the ultimate mobile PC. Sure, it is a much better laptop replacement than previous Win 8 ...

  • 10 0
    6

    Date: 21/05/2014

    Good: Stylish design; Crisp highres touch screen; Improved kickstand; Strong performance

    Bad: Keyboard not included; Runs a bit hot; Below average battery life

    Do consumers want a tablet that can double as a laptop? Microsoft thinks so, which is why it's trying to sell just such a hybrid for a third time with the Surface Pro 3. The new 2-in-1 device sports a larger and sharper 12-inch touch screen and a more lap...

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Technical Specifications

Processor

  • Intel® Core™ i7

Audio

  • Y
  • Y
  • -

Battery

  • -
  • -
  • -

Camera

  • Y
  • 5
  • Y

Design

  • Silver
  • Slate
  • Slate

Display

  • 12"
  • -
  • Y
  • 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • 3:2
  • Multi-touch

Intel Technologies

  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Keyboard

  • -
  • -

Memory

  • 8 GB
  • -

Networking

  • N
  • Y
  • -
  • -
  • Y
  • 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Windows 8.1 Pro

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash)
  • Y
  • 0
  • -
  • 1

Weight & Dimensions

  • 1.76 lbs
  • 201.4 mm
  • 292.1 mm
  • 9.1 mm
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