DisplayMate: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 screen is one of the best

DisplayMate: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 screen is one of the best
DisplayMate, known for its thorough testing of screens, has just taken a hard look at the 12 inch display used on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Gushing with praise for the slate's display, the report says that the Surface Pro 3 has the most accurate on-screen colors on any tablet or smartphone it has tested under the current standards. The color gamut is 97, while the "Absolute Color Accuracy for the Surface Pro 3 is an Excellent 2.1 JNCD, the most color accurate display that we have ever measured for a Tablet or Smartphone."

The  tablet has a brightness reading of 371 nits which tops many tablets, but does trail the Apple iPad Air's 449 nits reading, and the 527 nits scored by the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Screen reflectance for the Surface Pro 3 scored a very good 5.9 (lower score is better) which puts it in between the 6.5 achieved by the iPad Air and the 5.0 tallied by the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. But it did trail the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 by 26%. The latter has the record score of 4.7 in this category. The screen on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not an energy hog, as it used less energy than smaller screens did during testing.

Overall, DisplayMate still favors the displays on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, but does say that in most categories it is neck and neck with the Surface Pro 3. In third place is the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, while the Apple iPad Air is now in fourth place, according to DisplayMate.


source: DisplayMate via WPCentral

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39 Comments

1. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Displaymate do u have a habit of saying "one of the best" whenever u test a device ???

2. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I once heard someone to explain this problem like: "Of course they will say that when you need to pay them a fortune to test your device" It makes sense.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17074; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You have proof Displaymate is paid for bogus reviews? Did Apple pay them back when the iPhone screen was deemed best by them? Making baseless accusations only makes you look desperate and foolish.

17. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

They give you numbers in each category . Just read it . Of course the numbers show that Tab S has the best display. And Surface has one of the best.

37. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

They test so few devices that every new device will be the 'best', because they are comparing last generation stuff. That's how far and few they test. It's why you always ignore their opinions and just judge the numbers yourself.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2528; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Expect PA to post an article disagreeing with the assessment any day now. ;)

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Ray have more sophisticated test equipment and far more experience than DisplayMate. DisplayMate should just close shop...LOL!!

29. tedkord

Posts: 17074; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, Ray has 77 years experience and a uPhD (ultra PhD).

4. josephnero

Posts: 775; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Display mate.lol

8. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5480; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Check

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nothing can even come close to SuperAmoled and SuperAmoledPlus Yes it has burn in effects, but if you can afford to replace the screen every year, just like a car needs servicing.

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I really alike amoled too

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lool here we go again comparing phones to cars.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Project Ara

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

If anything brakes down, are you not gonna replace it? Some people hold on to there devices for 2,3,4 years... Your paying a high price for a device, which obviously you will look after it.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Obviously I'm expecting that expensive device to last that 2-3 years and not to break down within a year.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

year warranty, expanded warranty. I expect the upgrades to cost as much as the yearly extended warranty. Only benefit is to upgrade for cheaper and to build your device how you want. I like it, should have been done years ago, AMD should have jump on it since they are struggling in the desktop scene.

18. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What "burn in effects" are you talking , ignorant????

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This seems like a little bit of scaremongering to me. With a bit of common sense, none of these screen technologies should present a problem - especially when you think that most people replace their phones once every couple of years... OLED will, and SAD+ Are you FriendsOfSamsung. ...?

31. Busyboy unregistered

YouTube the burn in effect on the S3 and S4 and you'll see. Shocking that OLED isn't perfect right!?!?

25. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I switched from Amoled to IPS. I had Galaxy 1, 2, 3, & 4. The Nexus 5's IPS screen is much sharper and way better in sunlight. I also just bought a 256GB Surface Pro 2. The Pro 3 is just too big for tablet purposes at 12"+. Not to mention that it also has a less accurate digitizer pen than the Wacom pen the Pro 2 has. But the Pro 2's screen is IPS as well and smokes all the Android tablets I've had up to now, though I haven't had a chance to mess with Samsung's newest tablet yet. So I can't comment on the its' screen.

6. neilmac66

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

I'd rather trust display mate than many.

7. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not sure about display mate being great but glad to hear the pro 3 has an awesome screen. Quality

20. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Can I guess why you "Not sure about display mate"??? Samsung Tab S. Right???

26. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lol no not at all, I've just not read up or researched how accurate their information is.

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Can't really trust Display Mate's subjective opinion any more. Their cold hard numbers and measurements are generally pretty comprehensive but their interpretation of the results can be unprofessional. And they rarely tested LCD's.

16. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

rarely test LCD's????

38. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Did they test Xperia Z1, Z2, Tablet Z or Z2? No. G2, G3, GPad or G Pro 2? No. One M8 or Max? No. Moto G? No. Ascend P7? No. iPhone 5S/C? No. Lumia 1520? No. Note 10.1 2014? No. The only 2014 flagship tested? GS5. The last tested LCD phablet? Optimus G Pro. After that? Note 3 (about 6 months later) even though other phablets existed. It's like they only test displays when they merely feel like it.

24. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Did they fix the instruments that can't distinguish green from white?

32. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Did they fix the instruments that can't distinguish green from white?" These days, they mostly work with the machine that counts the green.

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