Boasting a sharp 12 inch display, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tries to further reduce the gap between conventional laptops and tablets. Its core purpose being a tablet is portability but without sacrificing performance and horsepower needed to run modern applications seamlessly. The combination of the hardware and touch-focused Windows 8 makes Surface Pro 3 a tempting deal.
Paired with the Pen (which feels more like a real pen), the tablet makes it easy to take notes and quickly get the work done. The pen is undoubtedly of a premium quality and supports pressure sensitivity. The screen also supports Palm Block technology which is very effective while writing and doing other stuff with the pen.
Powered by 4th Generation Intel Core processors (i3, i5 and i7 processors) and graphics, you are unlikely to experience system hiccups and the graphics also suffice for everyday multimedia consumption and occasional gaming.
With windows RT the options were limited but with Surface Pro 3 takes aboard the full version of Windows 8 meaning users can run their favourite desktop application as well together. This also gives it a huge advantage.
One of the most important selling points of any portable gadget is perhaps the battery life and Surface Pro 3 does not disappoint in this discipline either. As claimed, the tablet should have enough juice to keep it going for around 9 hours while browsing.
The Tablet integrates a kickstand which makes it easy to adjust the device as required for better viewing angles and readability. It’s the click-in keyboard that truly makes it a potential laptop replacement. Although the additional keyboard is not on par with the laptop offerings, it’s still a great way to input text when needed. No gadget is perfect and some compromises have to be made, it’s on the users to decide if they can compromise on the keyboard for portability and seamless touch experience.
The Surface Pro 3 is available in many configurations and suits various budgets. Here are the configurations currently being offered:
Display: 12 inch ClearType Full HD Plus supporting a resolution of 2160 x 1440 (3:2 ratio) and Multi-touch
Weight and size: 800 Grams (1.76 lbs), 11.5″ x 7.93″ x 0.36″
Battery: Expected to last around 9 hours of web-browsing
Network and connectivity: Wi-Fi abgn, BT 4.0, USB 3.0 Full Size, microSD card reader, Headset jack, Mini Display Port and cover port, Digital Compass for Location
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Camera and Multi Media: 5 MP front and back cameras, Stereo microphones and Dolby sound stereo speakers.
Sensors: Light, Acceleration, Gyroscope and Magnetometer
Processor: Choice between 4th Generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors.
RAM and Storage: 4 GB RAM comes along with 64 or 128 GB Internal Storage while the 8 GB RAM accompanies 256 or 512 GB storage.
It’s still unclear if it’s really the time to make a move from conventional laptops to tablets like Surface Pro 3 but one thing is certain that people are always trying to carry a device which is portable, has some horsepower and battery juice in it and does the required tasks effectively. The Surface does meet most of the criteria’s and is expected to be considered seriously by its target market.