New Microsoft ad shows how the Surface 3 tablet can help students "be noteworthy"

New Microsoft ad shows how the Surface 3 tablet can help students
Microsoft just posted a new video ad to promote its latest tablet, the Surface 3, which is available to buy since May. The ad is specifically made for the current back to school period, presenting the Surface 3 as a device that will help students "be noteworthy" this upcoming school year.

The Surface 3 is a 10.8-inch Full HD slate that lets you record lectures and take notes at the same time, convert handwriting to text, and even write music on the go. Other useful features include 1 year of Office 365 Personal, Surface Pen (sold separately), full size USB 3.0 port, microSD card support, an 8MP rear camera, and a 3.5 MP front-facing camera.

Microsoft is currently selling the Surface 3 for $499 (64 GB of storage space, 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi), or $599 (128 GB of storage space, 4 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi). LTE variants of the tablet should be released later this year. The Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1, and will be updated to Windows 10 starting July 29.

What do you think, is the Surface 3 a good tablet for students, or are there better options out there?

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10 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6847; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is lots of other tablets on the market that are cheaper, and can do many of the same things as the Surface 3. For that matter there is cheaper laptops that can do more then the Surface 3 with its Atom processor.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lots of claims with 0 sources = false/naïve talk. So, please kindly prove me wrong. Link me to these your examples of Tablets AND Laptops that offer ALL these advanced benefits of the Surface as a student (bit.ly/1Hruf8o) and a teacher (bit.ly/1xNpW0I), while keeping access to the full potential of Android for whatever desire for consumption (bit.ly/1M7ypqh) and being cheaper. The Surface Pro 3 adds the capability of truly replacing not only higher performing Laptops, but also a Wacom Cintiq (bit.ly/1AWZ58u) with it's faster performance. Kindly show me which "cheaper" Laptop offers all of the above. I want the best bang for my buck regardless of branding, so please, inform me of which products makes the Surface and/or Surface Pro 3 look like ripoffs. Got nothing to back-up your claim? Well now you realize how naive you've been...no charges from me :)

7. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Don't worry these are the ignorant who think a keyboard and mouse is the only thing they need to be productive.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6847; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

$499 for a Surface 3 tablet. You have to buy the keyboard separately, so now its up to $600 for a 2 GB of ram with 64 GB of storage tablet that is running with an Intel Atom processor. Now I can get an i7 laptop with 8 GB of ram and 1 TB of storage for around that price. Granted its not as small as the 10" Surface 3 tablet. But to come here and tell people that is faster performance, then what? Other Intel Atom devices. Please, go try out Intel's i5 or i7 processors first, and then get back to me again.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Again, big claims with 0 sources = false/naive talk. First off, link me to this $600 8GB RAM 1TB HDD i7 Laptop you speak of. You just keep making claims without any sources of such products. Second off, you clearly didn't bother watching any of the videos I linked to. Yes you can buy a more powerful Laptop PC for the same price (not an i7 8GB RAM though, unless generations ago CPU), but it'll be just a Laptop. You loose all the consumption/productive Tablet PC functionality (what you'd normally have to buy a separate ARM Tablet AND a Wacom Tablet for). Add that to the price and weight of your Laptop, then you'll realize what you get from a Surface (a Tablet, Digitizer Drawing Board, and Laptop in 1). Can't be comparing a Laptop-only PC to a 3-in-1 PC and be expecting them to be priced based on only their performance, that's just ignoramus. See the uses in the videos I linked to. Third, those other Atom devices are most likely Bay Trail, this is a later generation in the Surface, Cherry Trail, and I can guarantee they'll be lacking features of the Surface if they're cheaper. Point me to 1 that proves otherwise, I dare you. Finally, good job on making more baseless claims so far...the more you type without any sources to back-up your claims, the more you just come across as a numbskull hater :)

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Surface 3 is better.

8. GameKing95

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

as for you this is not what you need so don't go around spreading such negativity dude plz

2. jojon

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

my g/f's sister has one, it is just a fantastic device, does absolutely everything she wants and it looks a million bucks. Turned me around, will dump the PC i think and get a pro 3

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

you meant to dump the Laptop right?

4. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Microsoft needs to make better commercials. I mean seriously. A company that big pulling out some commercials that look like some highschool kids made in photoshop. Look at HTC, Samsung and Apple. Excellent production on marketing. Does any one remember Microsofts lame commercial with the guy working in an office. He said something like "I can't find a reason not to get one". He was talking like he was a gamer and played games "after work of course". Then it ended up with the song "I wanna see you be brave!!!" We all know he's not a gamer. He sounds like a chump worker. Then you end it off with that song?!?! Who are you marketing to??? What are you trying to reach with these commercials. Not one student is sitting down with a Surface taking notes like a f**king notebook. MS needs to get their head out of their ass man.

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