Microsoft recently announced their newest Surface tablet, which they claim can replace your laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It is large enough and has the power of a laptop but remained thin and lightweight compared to laptops with similar screen size. One can even say that it sits somewhere between being a laptop and a tablet.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch ClearType Full HD Plus display with 2160 x 1440 screen resolution. It has sharper display, bigger screen, and great stylus support than its previous version and has packed more processing power than the Surface Pro 2.

The Surface Pro 3 has 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 3.0, and a TPM 2.0 chip. Its front and rear-facing cameras can shoot 1080p videos and take 5-Megapixel photos. While its front-facing Dolby Audio-enhanced stereo speakers are 45 percent louder than the previous generations.

The new Type Cover, which is sold separately, is bigger to cover the much larger screen, although the keyboard remains to be the same size. However, it is boasted that the keyboard is now thinner and more responsive than before. Another improvement to be noted is that you can snap the cover to the bottom of the Surface Pro 3 to stabilize it and make a better typing experience while it is in your lap. And the best thing is they made great improvement on the one-piece trackpad, making it 68% larger. It even supports all Windows 8 gestures.

Surface Pro 3’s new and improved Kickstand now features multiple positions (22-degrees to 150-degrees) to allow you to work comfortably whether you are on a plane, at your desk, or in front of the television.

Furthermore, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gives you the full laptop experience by enabling you to run all Windows software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe® Creative Cloud®, and iTunes.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is designed to be an epitome of being both a work and play gadget. And like any other tablet, you can enjoy games, music, and any other touch-enabled apps from the Windows Store.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store and will begin shipping on June 20th.

Technical Specifications

Form Factor Tablet
Body Material Magnesium
Dimension Height: 11.5 inches (292 mm)
Width: 7.93 inches (201.3 mm)
Depth: 0.3 inch (9.1 mm)
Weight 1.76 pounds (800 grams)
Display 12-inch ClearType Full HD Plus
3:2 Aspect Ratio
10-point Multi-Touch display with IPS LCD Technology
Resolution 2160 x 1440
Pixel Density 216 ppi
Processor 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 or i7
TPM Chip for enterprise security
Graphics Processor 1.8GB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400
Storage/RAM 64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM
256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM
Storage Expansion microSD, microSDHC
Network Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy technology
Location Digital Compass
Ports Full-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro
Cameras, Video, and Audio 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
5.0 megapixel front-facing camera
Stereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound
1920×1080 (1080p HD) camcorder
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Kickstand positions Multiple
Battery Life Up to 9 hours of web browsing
What’s in the box Surface Pro 3
Surface Pen
36W Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
Price 64GB i3: $799
128GB i5: $999
256GB i5: $1299
256GB i7: $1549

Here are some of the Pros and Cons we have compiled from different reviewers:

PC Mag


  • Clear, bright, 12-inch, 2,160-by-1,440-resolution display
  • 10-finger multi-touch support
  • Infinitely adjustable, full-friction kickstand
  • Pressure-sensitive stylus included


  • Heavy and bulky for a slate tablet
  • Type Cover costs $130 extra
  • Integrated pen storage is flimsy
  • Only one USB 3.0 port
  • Kickstand still digs into your legs when used in your lap
  • Doesn’t work with last-generation Surface accessories
  • Performance is not better than that of the previous iteration



  • Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts
  • Easier to use as a standalone tablet
  • Fast performance
  • Gorgeous, high-res display
  • Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle


  • Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you’d get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn’t even come in the box
  • Not that comfortable to use in the lap
  • Middling battery life

The Verge


  • Thin and light
  • Greatly improved kickstand
  • High-resolution screen


  • So-so battery life
  • Some software bugs
  • No full SD card slot

Phone Arena


  • Lots of RAM (8192 MB of RAM)
  • Supports special active stylus for input


  • Low pixel density screen (216 ppi)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)


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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:03:28 PM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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