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  • CIO.com's senior writer Sarah White puts this updated Surface Book with Performance Base through its paces to see what this thoroughbred device can do...

  • 10 0
    8.5

    Date: 8/1/2016

    Good: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review – Can the Best Hybrid Replace your Laptop and Tablet?, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review – Can the Best Hybrid Replace your Laptop and Tablet?, 2014-11-11, Tuan Do, The best tablet-laptop hybrid you can buy, TechWalls Rating, D...

    Bad: No SD card slot, The expanded kickstand causes bigger footprint, The keyboard cover is sold separately, Steep price, Desktops apps are not optimized for touch interface, The Surface Pro 3's pricing starts at $799. To answer the question in the title, I wi...

    I've been always a fan of Microsoft Surface Pro devices because they are simply the best tablet-laptop hybrid available in recent years. I tried some other 2-in-1 devices like the HP Pavilion x360 and Lenovo Yoga Pros but they never could replace either m...

  • 10 0
    7.8

    Date: 5/5/2016

    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...

  • The Surface Pro 3 is an excellent device. It's gorgeous, built well and altogether a well-rounded device, but could you replace your laptop with a Surface Pro 3? I'm going to say it “depends”. It depends entirely on who you are as a person and what you wa...

  • With Windows 10 out but customized hardware only starting to appear, there may never be a better time to buy a discounted Windows 8.1 machine -- whether you intend to keep Win 8.1 or upgrade for free to Windows 10. With an eye toward making the upgrade, I...

  • I could use the Surface Pro as my only PC and it makes a fantastic hot-desking solution if you're prepared to set up a USB 3.0 dock or DisplayPort screen and USB hub but there are two major considerations. 1) The Surface Pro 3 isn't the best hot-desking s...

  • 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...

  • It took Microsoft a few tries, but the Surface Pro 3 finally lives up to the vision that Microsoft had for the PC tablet line from the start. It pairs perfectly with Windows 8.1, and will work even better when Windows 10 is released with all of its touch-...

  • 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...

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    9

    Date: 2/19/2015

    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...

  • If this sounds a lot like a glowing review, then I haven't managed to fool you. Since purchasing the Surface Pro 3 last fall, I've become a Microsoft hardware convert. It's not the coolness factor that has me convinced, its Microsoft's attention to detail...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • the Surface Pro 3 is a fantastic piece of hardware. It's fast, lightweight, runs Windows applications, has very good battery life, a really sharp display, and it's beautifully crafted. Plus, it works however you like to work, thanks to its wide variety...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/30/2014

    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 beginnin...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 8/26/2014

    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...

    As a hybrid tablet/laptop, the Surface Pro 3 is, generally, very impressive. The design changes Microsoft has implemented are largely successful — a bigger 3:2 aspect-ratio screen, a thinner and lighter chassis, useful stylus/OS integration, an improved a...

  • 10 0
    8.6

    Date: 7/29/2014

    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...

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Upon their third attempt, Microsoft has finally struck a balance between portability, usability, and power that adds up to their most versatile tablet to date , and in fact, one of the only products of its type that even exist...

  • I was at the launch for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 a couple of months back. I was sold at the event with all of the things Panos said Pro 3 could do, but I wasn't convinced on everyday reliability and functionality. I spent a couple of months with it and...

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    8

    Date: 7/1/2014

    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

    Once again we applaud Microsoft: the Surface Pro 3 is a glimpse into the future of computing, and it's both exquisitely good looking and perfectly put together. While the MacBook Air continues on with a solid but stale design and computing paradigm, Micro...

  • When I reviewed the first Surface Pro I was intrigued by the idea, but felt it needed a few more iterations to get to the right point. In less than two years what we have in front of us looks very different than Microsoft's original vision for the platfor...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    7

    Date: 6/18/2014

    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 0 extra. Most Type Cover color...

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

  • 10 0
    8.5

    Date: 6/16/2014

    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: 6/12/2014

    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

    No one can compete with its combination of superb design, build quality, versatility and performance. Throw in an amazing display and the oh, so usable Pen, and the Surface Pro 3 is indeed the best Windows 8 device on the market....

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 6/6/2014

    The Surface Pro 3 isn't a laptop in the traditional sense, and that's both good and bad. Good because Microsoft is ushering us closer than over to a future beyond traditional clamshell laptops. Bad because the Pro 3 still isn't quite perfect—but it's damn...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 6/6/2014

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an amazing and unique computer, there's no question about it, and if you know its strengths, it will serve you very well. Like any extreme computers, you can't just get one and expect it to feel like an ordinary laptop. The...

  • 10 0
    8.8

    Date: 6/3/2014

    Good: Largest application ecosystem of any tablet operating system, Huge hardware compatibility ecosystem (ancient printers still automatically install), More enterprise & business features than any other tablet (Active Directory support, Bitlocker encryption,...

    Bad: New stylus requires 3 nonrechargeable batteries inside it which will need to be replaced someday, Intel Core CPU generates some heat when under heavy use, Capacitive home button is very prone to accidental presses now that it is on the right bezel, Using...

    The Surface Pro 3 loses a few points for having batteries in the stylus and an awkward capacitive start button in the bezel, but everything else makes the Surface Pro 3 the best tablet PC we've ever used. The large screen and super thin body combined with...

  • I'm frankly astonished by how attached to the Surface Pro 3 I've become in the time I've been using it. The previous two iterations were classic examples of spending considerable time and effort on beautifully delivering a flawed idea: too limited in si...

  • 10 0
    8.2

    Date: 5/30/2014

    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

    Like its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the perfect device for the specific user that needs power in an impossibly thin and light design. It's not cheap, however, and the added cost of a proper keyboard cover and Office stings....

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

    Bad: Relatively Pricey

    The Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover Attached - Find It @ Amazon.ComWe really like the Surface Pro 3--for the most part. The device's form factor and accessories make it somewhat different to work with than a standard laptop or more rigid convertible device,...

  • When it comes to technology and features, the Surface Pro 3 is a winner. But Microsoft also has to fight against the perceived failure of past Surface models as well as Windows 8's lukewarm reception and Windows Phone's slow start. Critics have always ...

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    8

    Date: 5/27/2014

    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

    Microsoft's Surface lineup just keeps getting better and better, with an improved screen for desktop use and an upgraded Type Cover for the road....

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    7.9

    Date: 5/27/2014

    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  Middling battery life

    The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's biggest and best tablet yet, but it needs a better keyboard to truly replace your laptop....

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    7

    Date: 5/25/2014

    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...

    With its 12-inch, high-resolution display, full-friction kickstand, and Surface Pen, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet aims to be the only mobile PC you need. But will you ditch your laptop? We're not so sure....

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 5/23/2014

    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 ...

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    8

    Date: 5/23/2014

    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

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 sports a larger, higher-res screen and a more versatile keyboard and kickstand, as well as better battery life. It's undoubtedly the best Surface yet, but it still isn't an ideal laptop replacement for everyone. Read More…...

  • 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...

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    8

    Date: 5/22/2014

    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...

    While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement....

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    7

    Date: 5/22/2014

    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...

    With its 12-inch, high-resolution display, full-friction kickstand, and Surface Pen, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet aims to be the only mobile PC you need. But will you ditch your laptop? We're not so sure....

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    6

    Date: 5/21/2014

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

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

    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has a larger and sharper screen, more versatile kickstand and better pen integration, but it's a pricey laptop replacement....

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Technical Specifications

Processor

  • Intel® Core™ i7

Audio

  • Yes
  • Yes

Camera

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 5 MP
  • Yes
  • 5 MP

Design

  • Silver
  • Yes
  • Slate

Display

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

Keyboard

  • No

Memory

  • 8 GB

Networking

  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Windows 8.1 Pro

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash)
  • Yes

Weight & Dimensions

  • 28.2 oz (800 g)
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