What did you think of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3?

What did you think of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3?
For a few years now, Microsoft has been trying to blur the lines between its Surface Pro line of tablets and conventional laptops in the minds of consumers, but objective data shows that this just isn't happening. Indeed, Microsoft's sales with the Surface line (RT included) have been rather disappointing on the whole, and that really got us thinking. Did you like what Microsoft has in store this time around?

There are obviously cons and pros with the Surface Pro 3. For example, while build quality is outstanding, the price tag attached is quite prohibitive (the cheapest version starts at $799 without the keyboard accessory). The tablet, with its 12-inch screen and weight of 800 grams, is also quite bulky, though that's not necessarily a con for everyone, especially those who crave a larger form factor. Lastly, while some will rejoice at the availability of the fully-fledged Windows 8.1 Pro platform, we suspect quite a few people we'll be unhappy with the poor app ecosystem available to the OS, especially when considering what's available to iOS and Android.

Obviously, we're only scratching the surface (get it?) here, and we're sure many of you will have other reasons, or a mix of many. But beyond those, what we really (and we're sure Microsoft too) want to know is what you thought of the new Surface Pro 3. Did you think it's a work of art, or an overpriced junk? Perhaps something in between? Let us know by casting your vote.

What did you think of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3?

Take my money, I need it NOW!
27.3%
Loving it, but it's a bit out of my price range
48.67%
I remain unimpressed
8.42%
This thing is obscenely overpriced; I don't like it
13.71%
Other (I'll let you know in the comment section)
1.9%

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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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72 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

It feels like the first one just came out!

18. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

i think MS has gone off the deep end, those prices are absolutely embarrassing

32. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Macbook air is more expensive, pro 3 has better specs, resolution that makes the air look like a toy, touch screen, hybrid(tablet, ultrabook), pen that works great and can be used for designers. And much more. Besides few hours of extra battery air has nothing better than pro 3 but it sells like hotcakes. No its not embarrassing, thats how quality ultrabooks are priced. Its not a tablet that you can buy for 500$. Its a high end ultrabook in tablet form factor.

35. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not planning on buying a overpriced Mac Air either so price of the Mac Air is not relevant. The specs don't justify the price

39. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

What would justify the price??

40. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

care to point me to a cheaper ultrabook with equivalent specs...

47. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

MB air has an OS which is 10 times more stable, attractive, user friendly and usable... even W7> W8,8.1

52. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You must be talking about some different W8.1 from some alternative reality

69. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

This guy is definitely an apple fanboy in disguise. Windows 8.1 is very stable and secure. I love it on my custom build.

55. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Actually, the iCore 5 128GB Surface Pro is $999.00 where the MacBook Air is $899. I'll give you the resolution, and I personally never cared for a touchscreen laptop. It's either a laptop or a tablet. I say pick one. But you should really wait for the MacBook Air to update, before comparing it to an "unreleased" new product from a competitor. No?

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Let down by Gpu graphics for this price

2. bhavya26

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

If one wants android apps just use bluestacks app

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's great side load and use Android Amazing

58. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

using android apps, not android....huge difference. That is like saying to the millions of people that use MS Office....that's great use windows...amazing.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think it's a great, yet niche, product. It's perfect for business, especially a more forward thinking, outside the box kind of office. Portability and all the power you need for enterprise applications. The downside is that it lacks any real benefit as a pure consumer product. It's not matching up as a content consumption device (when you consider price/value) and it lacks the ability to be a "gaming" machine.

4. topseeded

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

If it doesn't have a fingerprint reader with top authentication security, I'm not interested.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It has a full-sized USB port. A peripheral fingerprint scanner would probably work better than whatever MS would choose to build into it.

72. topseeded

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

This is supposed to be a handy mobile computer. I wouldn't want to have to carry a fingerprint reader accessory around with me and have to plug it in every time I turned the computer on. If Apple and Samsung can build fingerprint sensors into their smartphones, MS should be able to build one into their tablets along with Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and multi-factor authentication. I'm hoping to replace my desktop with a windows tablet with top biometric authentication security and secure mobile payments built in.

27. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Good point!

5. Desmortibus

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

No 4G/LTE ?!... Not for me then. We are now living in the age of communication and connectivity, until they come up with 4G/LTE I will stick to my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Otherwise it is a positive step forward (so much power with such reasonable weight...) and an extremely appealing design.

7. rkoforever90

Posts: 407; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

are you happy with your note 12.2 ?im planning to get either note 10.1 or acer switch 10

63. Desmortibus

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I am extremely happy with my Note 12.2. It is extremely well designed and though-out, the battery life is awesome and the display is really good (bright and crisp). If you have the need for it and don't mind the price tag, I think you should get one...

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because being charged for an additional line is silly. I am rarely without a phone/tablet combo. When i am, the tablet is in a spot of wifi. If my phone doesnt get signal neither will the tablet regardless. considering tethering options for my carrier are much cheaper, there is no point for 4g/lte at this time imo that is.

38. AdamLeonard

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 24, 2011

If it had integrated LTE, I would think about replacing my Duo 13 with it.

59. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

tether your phone, at least on my carrier it is cheaper to do so anyways.

6. andhraking17

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

i'm a gamer and i want my laptop to have a powerful GPU and any cooling system, so that it won't fry off. If Microsoft want to replace my laptop, then this is a big failure, and it is overpriced. Other than that it is a great device.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm a person with a lap and I want my laptop to work while it's sitting on my lap (you know, like a LAPtop should?) If Microsoft wants to replace my laptop, then this is a big failure unless I can get a case-keyboard combination that allows the screen to be positioned sturdily at multiple angles.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Oh, and balancing it on my legs with a kickstand doesn't count. Thanks.

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Protip Buy the $800 Surface Pro 3 Build a $800 desktop, the $800 desktop could have at least a 280 or 760 which would out perfrom the 870M and perform about on level with the 880M, found in many high-end $2000+ laptops If you want to game on the go, then stream from your desktop to your Surface (assuming you have internet)

33. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Clueless troll. This isnt a gaming laptop neither its aimed at gamers. Its aimed to replace ULTRABOOKS, and normal non gaming laptops.

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