Microsoft Surface Pro 3: all new features

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: all new features
Microsoft has just taken the wraps off its brand new Surface Pro 3, one of the most powerful tablets out there, but there is much more to it than just the specs. Microsoft has actually focused on making the Surface Pro 3 a cross-over device that can be used to replace the combination of two devices (a tablet and a laptop) with just itself. To achieve that goal the company has redesigned the Surface Pro Type Cover (that also works as a keyboard) to make it much steadier and improve the typing experience to be similar to that on a laptop.

Not just that, the kickstand that allows you to have the Surface Pro 3 stand up-right without having to hold it with your hands all the time (like most other tablets), can now move freely up to 150 degrees, while previously there were only 2 pre-defined angles for it.

Moreover, the Pro 3 also gets more features for the built-in Surface Pen that allows you start taking notes right away, with a click of a button on the stylus. This kind of little details are what Microsoft hopes will make their new tablet a true work and play solution. What do you think, will it succeed?


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Surface Pro 3
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core i7
  • Storage 512 GB

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25 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

The last feature shuts off the mood...

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

why ? "But all of this arrives at a price of $799 "

8. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

do u really want to have a core i3 in this beast?

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

depends on the use, but there also no need to jump straight for the i7 512GB version...

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I am going to get the $999 one. After I trade in my 2 year old macbook air and my note 10.1, the hit to my wallet shouldn't be too bad. For me, this device actually does replace the need to have both a tablet and laptop. I am even going to use my current monitor and have this be my "desktop" as well. After using the Note 10.1, I realized that I make good use out of handwriting on a tablet, so that feature is personally very attractive on the Pro 3. The adjustable stand also compliments the handwriting feature when the device is sitting on a desk, which is very nice. I think this is THE device for any college student like myself. Going from 10.1 to 12 is also going to be a joy. I found 10.1 to be just a little too small when taking notes or trying to type something in Word.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know what you get for 799 dollars? A PC class i3 chip that runs legacy software as well as Metro apps, 4GB RAM, 64 GB SSD storage, a USB 3.0 port, 5MP front and rear facing cameras, Win8.1. You know what else you get for 799 dollars? An iPad Air, with 64 GB FLASH storage, quarter the RAM, MOBILE processor and software that looks pale in comparison with full Windows 8.1.

2. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This is great but the price is high as usual !!

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There arent many (if any) ultrabooks with similar specs of the i3 and i5 versions

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

About as high as a half baked droid os for the note pro. Good luck running full x86 apps...;) Not to mention the pen input and instant pen on while the tablet is even off, makes it a note taking pro. The list goes on but $800 tablet from samsung is ok, but an $800 from MS and the roof caves in.

6. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Base model price doesn't bother me, but can I get some clarity on that top-end one for $1900+

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's because the price of a 500gb SSD is still sky high.... But, its still very expensive.. Basically, compare this tablet to a high quality ultra book with similar specs... Then it will make sense.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

The best laptop out there to replace your laptop? What?

11. talon95

Posts: 975; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

"move freely up to 150 degrees"? That only looks like about 45 degrees, maybe their marketing dept doesn't know the difference. Looks pretty nice and is a good improvement, I'm just not sold on the use cases for a tablet like this, and especially at this price. For $2k I get a gaming laptop or workstation with discrete graphics. The i3 actually seems more compelling and would have better battery life for the sorts of tasks you'd do on a tablet.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Correction: that would be 135 degrees. The angle is measured from the keyboard, not some arbitrary vertical position.

17. talon95

Posts: 975; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yes, I get where they are measuring if from but it doesn't move freely between 0 and 150 or 135. They should say the kickstand if fully adjustable between 110 and 150 degrees if they want it to make sense. I just don't like when companies play spec games that are useless or misleading.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You want advertising companies to tell the truth about the products they're pushing? I want what you're smoking. All kidding aside, consumers would do themselves a favor by researching just a little bit. Thirty years ago we didn't have the internet to help us. There is no excuse for misinformed purchases just as there is no fix for stupid.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Ok, lipstick on a pig, a modern take on a laptop.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's a very rare pig, would it be a talking pig like Maxwell? How many x86-based devices do you know of with fully detachable keyboards? Weeeee!

13. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

@PA - was it really necessary to publish 8 different posts on the same product in one day? This smells of MS-sponsored spam.

21. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

How many did they post when the S5 was released?

22. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Way too damn many.

19. NedStarkLeMadrilene

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

At this price range, they should all come with the keyboard included!

20. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

beautiful.... but too expensive

24. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

799$ high? Still cheaper than an air? You get a full blown tablet powerhouse and (virtually) a laptop experience as well Cheaper than an air and almost the cost of a tablet

25. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

smartphones cost almost that nowadays

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