Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review



Finally Microsoft has got the right Surface tablets finally released with Surface pro 3 but it comes with its heavy price tag. People have loved the surface pro tabs around the globe because of its superb aesthetical build quality and performance that is very close to the laptops or office desktops.  The new installment in the Surface series hikes up everything that existed to a next generation machine, that rights all the wrongs done in the past!

Various Flavors of the Tablets

This time Microsoft went ahead with offering multiple flavors of the tablet. All the models have agile SSDs and New high performing Intel Haswell chips under the hood. The most economical model is the one with core i5, 256 GB storage and 1600 MHz RAM.

Performance

This PC cum tablet outperforms most of the windows tablets when it comes to performance and speed. It’s a powerful laptop under the cloak of Tablet.  The screen quality is superb and none of the pixels are visible even when seen at a close proximity. The touches and taps are swift and responsive as usual.

Physical Build

The build quality of the tablet is again top-notch! Most of the windows tablets that have been recently released by other OEMs come with “Plastiky” and clumsy body and the operational hard buttons on the tablet body mostly feel feeble, but this tablet is an aberration and gives the bang for the buck!

New Kickstand

Surface pro packs a newly designed kick stand on the back to improve the viewing angles and gives users more flexibility in using this machine. The kickstand can now be adjusted up to the 150 degree angle, making it more convenient than its prior installments that only had 2 variations of tilts and bents.  Personally, I believe that all the tablets should have the kickstand as the built-in feature.

Touchpad Cover

The new touchpad cover gives better typing experience on both flat and angular surfaces. It’s bigger in size and looks sleeker than ever. Microsoft has intelligently moved the magnetic strip that acts as a hinge between the tablet and keyboard, on the top to provide a slight angular typing position to enhance the typing comfort for the users.

Electronic Pen

The electronic pen has improved its responsiveness when compared to its predecessors. It is built by a Japanese company known as Wacom; they have used a new N-Trig technology, which helps the pen to perform with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity against the previous pressure level of  1024.

Summary/Verdict

To summarize this review, I would call Microsoft surface pro 3 as one of the best hybrid windows tablet in the market. The problem is again with the cost of this tablet. They range from $1000 to $1300. However, the other tablets may compromise with the quality but the cost difference between them and Surface is huge. Pondering on that, one could think this to be one of the most prominent reasons, why Microsoft surface fails to shine even after making a brilliant system.

 

Specs

Size: 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292.1mm x 201.4mm x 9.1mm)

Weight: 1.76lbs (800 grams)

Display: Screen: 12” Clear Type Full HD Plus

Resolution: 2160 x 1440

Aspect Ratio: 3:2

Touch: Multi-touch

Battery Life: Up to 9 hours of web browsing

Storage2/RAM: 64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM

256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM

Processor: 4th generation Intel® Core i3, i5, or i7

TPM Chip for enterprise security

Network:

Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy technology

Ports

Full-size USB 3.0

microSD™ card reader

Headset jack

Mini DisplayPort

Cover port

Software: Windows 8.1 Pro

Cameras, Video and Audio: 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera

5.0 megapixel front-facing camera

Stereo microphones

Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound

Sensors: Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope