Best Buy has the Microsoft Surface 3 for you to test

Best Buy has the Microsoft Surface 3 for you to test
Not too long after Microsoft released the Surface 3 Pro, sales of the tablet were said to be low and rumors started spreading about Microsoft putting an end to the Surface line. The company had just pulled the plug on the Surface mini and Microsoft was reportedly backing away from designing the next-gen Surface model.

That was six months ago. Now, the Surface Pro 3 is a success and was named one of Time's top 25 inventions for 2014. With the turnaround, Microsoft decided to green-light the next iteration of the Surface, which was introduced last week. Pre-orders started on March 31st.

The Surface 3 will be launched on May 5th. If you want to check out the new tablet before launch, it can be tested at your nearby Microsoft Store. Or, you just might want to see if the slate is on display at your local Best Buy store. While all Best Buy stores are said have the Surface 3 on display for you to test out, pre-orders must be done online.

The Microsoft Surface 3 is loaded with the full version of Windows 8.1 and will receive Windows 10. Under the hood you will find the quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor. The 10.8-inch display features a resolution of 1920 x 1280 and employs an aspect ratio of 3:2. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 3.5MP respectively, and battery life is said to be good for 10 hours of portable use. Accessories offered separately include the Type Cover, which turns the Surface 3 into a laptop, and the same digital pen used on the Surface Pro 3.

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a starting price of $499.

source: WindowsCentral



1. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Son of a bioch! I literally came from bestbuy and was looking right at that section. I would have checked it out closer if I knew.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

it's probably so new, they may not all be out in every store just yet

2. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I will be getting one.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I saw it yesterday at best buy. It is literally a mini surface pro 3, which means it is very nice.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I would have loved to get one of these, but the 4 GB of RAM killed it for me. Does anybody here have any laptop/tablet suggestions for a prospective CompSci major? My budget is ~$750.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5732; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If you can wait maybe 3-7 months, then the base $800 Surface Pro 4 would be a great option (but might also be 4GB ram) Or the $700 ASUS UX305 Almost the same specs the new 12" MacBook, but $600 cheaper (but its already on sale, it was announced in the beginning of the year)

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I leave for college in 4 months, so waiting for the new Surface Pro wouldn't be the best option. However, I completely forgot the UX305 was even a thing, and it seems perfect. Thank you for reminding me!

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5732; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope problem :) The UX305 seems very ideal for college IMO Here's an indepth review

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

As a CompSci major you shouldnt really need more, IMO that is, unless you are performing some very heavy CPU stuff that over half the pc's cannot run. If anything it would be perfect since you can mimic more of the PC's out there that are not on the latest greatest. Choose pc only its 799 and you can get a student discount to make it 719.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This looks cool and all, but i wish MS would launch a fully-fledged laptop. There's still a lot that laptops are better at simply due to the difference in form-factor, despite their "tablet that is also a laptop" marketing campaign. Microsoft has the design-language down; the Surface is one of the best looking devices out there. If they were to make a Yoga-style convertible laptop, I think they'd have a hit.

10. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Should have been around $399. Waiting for it to drop. People should buy other keyboard instead cause that type cover is too much.

11. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I can even get a better laptop for under $399,

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Then go get said laptop. Do all you do is post negative stuff?

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

What with the same spec cpu and screen I think not, that and it can take some drops and is way smaller then any pc at that type of price

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I still think that Microsoft will sell a lot more Surface 3's if they drop the Price at least 50$ so a person could buy it and the pen for 500$. folks The Surface line of tablet/Laptop Hybrids is the Microsoft Premium Brand Tablets. Now Microsoft needs a another Plastic case line like the Nokia 2520 was sold at a price 100 dollars less than the Surface 3 using the new Cherry trail Z8500 Atom CPU instead of the Z8700 CPU cherry trail the Surface 3 use's. The sweet spot for 10 inch Atom Tablets is 375$ to 450$. I saw an Atom Bay trail 10 inch tablet for way under 400 dollars. Microsoft needs a sub 400 dollar plastic case Tablet to sell to lower income folks.. an 8 inch atom CPU Surface Mini selling for less than 350 dollars with the Pen would sell well enough to justify it's creation. it could also be used in restaurants for order taking, business ware housework, on Airplanes as an in flight entertainment device. small Windows 8.1 tablets are being used for this purpose right now !

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