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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Specifications

Notebook: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Surface Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4300U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 12.0 inch, 3:2, 2160x1440 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.81kg
Price: 1000 euro
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Average Score: 81.32% - good
Average of 37 scores (from 67 reviews)
price: 68%, performance: 83%, features: 82%, display: 89% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 82%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

86% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Review | Notebookcheck
Reshaping the Surface. Microsoft’s latest Surface is thinner, lighter, sexier, and even more versatile than before. Has the world finally met the successor to the modern laptop?
85% Product Review – The Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Our IT Department English
Additionally, the Surface Pro 3 starts out a lot cheaper than the MacBook Air (13-inch) and the iPad Air combined together, and this includes the purchase of the optional keyboard (Type Cover). Although it may not be for everyone depending upon the purpose for which you want to use the Pro 3, it is certainly worth spending the time to review and consider.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Comp Reviews English
Microsoft continues to improved its Surface Pro tablet and the new Core i3 version makes it even more affordable to have a tablet that offers the performance of a laptop system. The new design is thinner and lighter even though it offers a larger, higher resolution display. The improved hinge and cover improve the experience when typing but it still can't quite match a true laptop and that is what will still deter many buyers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comparison: Which is best for you?
Source: PC Advisor English
Taking a look over the specs and features of both tablets, it should quickly become clear to you which of these devices is most suited to your needs. If you like the idea of having a tablet that can replace your laptop, enabling you to use full versions of the Office suite, Photoshop and Illustrator and more, then the Surface Pro 3 is ideal. It's a brilliant piece of kit that manages to combine portability, a large, great quality touchscreen and incredible power.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2014
90% Is Redmond's latest tablet the laptop killer?
Source: Techradar English
It's worth reiterating the point that the Surface Pro 3 is not only Microsoft's most striking and versatile device to date, but the most convincing poster child for the hybrid category yet. And this ringing endorsement comes from a long-time skeptic of such devices. That said, the Pro 3 is hamstrung by flaws that cannot be ignored. Namely, the battery life might be in line with most Ultrabooks, but it doesn't come close to what Apple's leading laptop and top tablet have shown. And the Type Cover being billed as an accessory doesn't help Microsoft's cause in the slightest – it's quite pricey to boot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
67% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Source: PC Pro English
At the end of the day, the Surface Pro 3 is a terrific Windows tablet that does a passable impression of a laptop – if that balance suits your needs, then the cost may be well worth it. But if all you really want is a regular laptop, then, with deference to Microsoft’s marketing claims, you should probably save your money and buy a regular laptop. That doesn’t mean the Surface Pro 3 is a failure, though: on the contrary, it’s a persuasive implementation of the convertible concept. If things carry on like this, the Surface Pro 4 really could be the tablet that finally consigns our laptops to the scrapheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Digital Versus English
This third version of the Microsoft Surface Pro is verging on excellence. It's retained all the good features of its predecessor: the superb screen, the fantastic build quality and impressive battery life. It's just a shame Microsoft wasn't able to address the weaker points of the tablet range, like the minimalist connectivity, the far-from-convincing cooling system and the fact the keyboard has to be bought separately.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1
Source: Good Gear Guide English
It's hard to go past the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 if you're after a tablet that can be used not only for media consumption, but also for doing real work. The hardware is excellent, the speed is laptop-like, and the user comfort level is high. Without a doubt the best Windows 8 tablet to own, and one that can be used relatively easily as a laptop if you get the optional keyboard cover.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: Impressive hybrid tablet, but keyboard should be bundled
Source: Zdnet.com English
If you need a Windows 8.1 computer that's flexible enough to be a tablet, a laptop (if you add the optional keyboard) and even (if you add the optional docking station) a desktop PC, then the Surface Pro 3 manages the trade-offs as well as anything on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Gadget Show English
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a great device, and is well worthy of a place on your gadget shelf. Though it's not without its downsides. If you can put up with the size, and don’t mind spending a little extra for the Type Cover, it could be the best laptop/tablet hybrid around.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Surface Pro 3 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you weren't convinced by previous Surface Pros, the Surface Pro 3 isn't for you. It's better than they were, but the core concept and experience is much the same. You need a laptop, so go buy one. A 13-inch MacBook Air or Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro are good places to start. Microsoft has finally nailed its tablet hybrid concept with the Surface Pro 3. It's powerful, versatile and brilliantly put together. Not all laptop owners need apply, but the Surface Pro 3 is a convincing alternative.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
Testing: Surface Pro 3 and Shield Tablet's Styli
Source: Tested English
The Surface Pro 3 is a great laptop first, OK tablet second. The Shield Tablet is a great streaming (video+games) box first, OK tablet second. Their dual roles don't come at the expense of dealbreaking compromises. That's an approach we're unlikely to see from Apple, even though it is beginning to open up its SDK to third-party accessories like Adobe's Ink and Slide and gamepads. The touch-first emphasis of iOS has kept iPad ahead as the best pure tablet experience, but the touch-only tablet category is shrinking as competitors continue to experiment and innovate--successfully.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/20/2014
67% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Source: PC Pro English
At the end of the day, the Surface Pro 3 is a terrific Windows tablet that does a passable impression of a laptop – if that balance suits your needs, then the cost may be well worth it. But if all you really want is a regular laptop, then, with deference to Microsoft’s marketing claims, you should probably save your money and buy a regular laptop. That doesn’t mean the Surface Pro 3 is a failure, though: on the contrary, it’s a persuasive implementation of the convertible concept. If things carry on like this, the Surface Pro 4 really could be the tablet that finally consigns our laptops to the scrapheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
Tested In-Depth: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Tested English
Will and Norm sit down to discuss the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3. We compare it to previous Surface Pro devices and how it fares as both a laptop and tablet alternative. The one thing we like the most about it: note-taking with the pen digitizer is a lovely experience.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/14/2014
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Featuring a better display, upgradable storage and an advanced Surface Pen digital stylus, the Surface Pro 3 is the winner of this vs review. However, having matched the Surface Pro 3 in performance and battery life, and featuring a more user-friendly laptop design, the MacBook Air definitely gave Microsoft's latest hybrid a run for its money and still is a significantly better choice for users more familiar with Apple's platform.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/13/2014
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
But despite finding this physical size perplexing at first, a week of use in the laptop form (and with the optional keyboard attached, of course) has come to make sense. Often great sense thanks to the significant screen resolution and multi window multi-tasking, variable position stand, touchscreen controls and included stylus. It's clear the Pro 3 is the most accomplished Surface yet, but it still won't tick all boxes for all users.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Source: T3 English
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tries to be several different things. It's a tablet, a laptop, and even a bit of a graphics tablet. It may not be king in any field, but thanks to its flexible stand, good keyboard and decent CPU, it's actually a fair laptop-replacer in this third incarnation. Those extra 1.4 screen inches matter. It's still not a killer device, but some sensible design tweaks and updates make it more attractive and useful than last year's model.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 head-to-head review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Having won six out of eight rounds, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the clear winner of this versus review. However, thanks to Microsoft's wise decision to radically lower the upfront cost of the Surface Pro 2, which remains a top-end, powerhouse tablet and laptop replacement in its own right, buyers on a budget may do well to check out the firm's 2013 flagship.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2014
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Recombu English
We love the Pro 3 for what it’s trying to do and to an extent it achieves that goal. If you’re curious enough to lay down cash, you won’t be disappointed for the Windows experience in Microsoft’s own image that this is, but if you’re after portable workstation, there are other options worth considering too.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Surface Pro 3 review: a truly portable laptop, and an acceptable tablet - great engineering but is it what people want?
Source: PC Advisor English
A very decent laptop replacement, and an okay tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is undeniably impressive. If you need a single device to do everything we can't think of any better device. And when you consider the cost of buying a discrete laptop, tablet and desktop PC the Surface Pro 3 is priced to shift. The question remains as to whether people want a single device rather than multiple gadgets that are better at their individual tasks. We shall see.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Surface Pro 3 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Having finally got our hands on the Surface Pro 3 we have to say we're impressed. With a larger 12in display, powerful array of Intel Core processor options as well as all the enterprise productivity benefits of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system, the Surface Pro 3 can work as both a tablet and laptop when it is paired with a Type Cover. However, Microsoft is still choosing to charge an extra £110 for the basic Type Cover, which adds to the Surface Pro 3's already expensive £640 starting price, meaning the Surface Pro 3's benefits come with a premium price tag.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Surface Pro 3
Source: It Pro English
The Surface Pro 3 is a significant improvement over its predecessors, which were three-star products. We love the design, the pen input is superb and we can't fault the quality of the display. Unfortunately, software doesn’t allow you to get the best out of the screen and battery life is sub-par when contrasted with standalone tablets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Surface Pro 3 is excellent. There, we said it. And with a straight face. At last, Microsoft has delivered on the promise of the tablet-cum-laptop hybrid. It proves Microsoft's argument that there's space in the world for a design that's more productive than an iPad or Galaxy Note, but easier to hump around than a traditional laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
85% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Once again we applaud Microsoft: the Surface Pro 3 is a glimpse into the future of computing, and it's both exquisitely good looking and perfectly put together. While the MacBook Air continues on with a solid but stale design and computing paradigm, Microsoft has at least taken a chance at something new.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
81% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: T Break English
The burning question you want answered is whether or not the Surface Pro 3 makes a viable laptop replacement. Performance-wise, it does. Usability and comfort-wise, it does not. You just can’t position the Surface Pro 3 as easily as you would a laptop, and while it’s lighter, sleeker, and just as powerful, I would still sheepishly opt for using a laptop. Take into the fact that the Surface Pro 3 isn’t cheap either – starting at $799 for an i3 version, my total spend was $999 for the i5 version along with $130 for the cover.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 70% performance: 85% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Surface Pro 3 comparison: thin and light Samsung great for media, but the Surface Pro 3 will help you get things done
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Pro 3 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are both impressive tablets that offer stunning, big, bright and colourful displays. They're both ideal for multi-tasking – running more than one app simultaneously, side by side – but you won't be able to run powerful desktop apps like Photoshop on the Android tablet like you can on the Surface. If you're simply looking for a thin-and-light tablet with a big display, you'll probably find you're better off with the Galaxy Tab S, but for a device that could potentially replace your laptop completely, it's the mid- to high-range Surface Pro 3 models you're after.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2014
Surface Pro 3: Play time with Microsoft's laptop killer
Source: Pocket Lint English
We didn't have the chance to test the outright performance of the Surface Pro 3, or to put the claimed 9 hours of battery life to the test, but first impressions are really good. It's a slim and solidly built device, but light in the hand, with an impressive display. The Surface Pro 3 has launched in the US and arrives in Japan this week, but isn't due to touchdown in the UK until August, as part of a phased roll-out.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/25/2014
Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Gizmag English
Gizmag highly recommends the Surface Pro 3 to anyone looking for the best evidence yet that the same device can not only be both laptop and tablet, but can kick some serious ass while doing it. From now until late August, the Surface Pro 3 starts at US$1,130 ($1,000 for the 128 GB Core i5 Surface plus an extra $130 for the Type Cover). After that, you'll be able to buy a 64 GB Surface with a Core i3 processor starting at $930 for Surface and keyboard. That's hardly pocket change, but at least you'll know that the Surface is giving you more bang for your buck than ever before.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: AnandTech English
When I reviewed the first Surface Pro I was intrigued by the idea, but felt it needed a few more iterations to get to the right point. In less than two years what we have in front of us looks very different than Microsoft's original vision for the platform. Display size, aspect ratio and even the mechanics of the whole thing are all quite different.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2014
90% Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
Surface Pro 3 is easily 33% lighter than most high-end Ultrabooks, and is more portable and more comfortable to carry in your backpack than any other portable PC I’ve used. If like me, you travel a lot, you know that any additional pound matters. Technically, the hardware platform and the software can do anything a regular Ultrabook does. It is now up to you to think about whether the design will fit your need. Because when it does fit your needs, the Surface Pro 3 will rock your socks off.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Doesn’t Stand Up to MacBook Air
Source: Recode English
At its launch event, Microsoft continuously asked people to compare the MacBook Air to this Surface Pro 3. I’m sorry to say that I can’t recommend that comparison, nor can I recommend it as a replacement for your iPad or Android tablet.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/04/2014
76% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
With the lines continuing to blur between laptops and tablets, Microsoft introduces its newest take on the growing hybrid sub-genre with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. While most hybrids continue to placate to the mainstream consumer market, Microsoft’s Surface Pro line has aimed its sights on the pragmatic business crowd, offering the productivity of a premium notebook in a tablet form factor.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 76%
88% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: sell your iPad and laptop, and get this instead
Source: Pocketnow English
If you’ve ever wished that you could use your laptop computer while walking or standing instead of having to set it down on a table, or if you’ve ever used an iPad and wished that it was capable of heavier projects that you need your laptop for, then you’re sure to like the Surface Pro 3. Just like how Smartphones made iPod MP3 Players, PDAs and separate mobile phones obsolete, the Surface Pro 3 will take care of practically everything you might use a tablet and laptop computer for.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 100% features: 90% mobility: 100%
Surface Pro 3 Review
Source: Slashgear English
Surface already has a small but vocal following, and the Surface Pro 3 is not only the best of the range, but among the best Windows 8.1 computers I’ve tried. The combination of useful pen functionality, flexible positioning, solid performance, and beautiful design is a compelling one, though I suspect its price will keep it a niche device.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2014
Surface Pro 3 deep-dive review: Has Microsoft finally got it right?
Source: Computerworld.com English
Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet that does double-duty as a laptop and, if you buy the Surface Pro Touch Cover, what the company says is generally true. Still, the cover still isn't as good as a full-blown laptop keyboard. At 12 in., the Surface Pro 3 has enough screen real estate so that it's a real laptop, not a tablet pretending to be one. At 1.75 pounds, it's ultraportable, although a bit on the heavy side for a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/30/2014
Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air comparison: Microsoft's new tablet is impressive, but can it really replace your laptop?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Overall, we take our hats off to Microsoft for its Surface Pro 3. It really does have specs that rival the MacBook Air and portability that brings it closer to competing tablets. But when it actually comes to using the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, it's not the most comfortable of activities. We find the MacBook Air wonderful to work on for long periods of time, and with that lengthy battery life it's more suitable for full-day use.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Hot Hardware English
In our introduction, we said that performance, build-quality, and the user experience all matter when evaluating a product. Well, the Surface Pro 3 has the performance and build-quality to easily earn a recommendation. Microsoft has also nailed the user experience--everything the Surface Pro 3 was designed to do, it does well, and it is easily one of the more attractive portable devices we have used.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2014
Surface Pro 3 Review: A Tablet-Laptop Mashup
Source: Small Business Computing English
At just slightly more than $900 for a Core i3 version, the Surface Pro 3 can help small businesses ditch the laptop while enjoying the mobile productivity provided by tablets. If your business requires beefier specs—to run image- and video-editing suites or 3D software for example—then the i5 model stacks up well against premium Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/29/2014
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A legitimate work PC in tablet clothing
Source: PC World English
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 represents an improvement on all fronts. If Microsoft's "rule of three" holds, then this will be the Surface that gets it right. Let's face it: the original Surface wasn't much of a tablet. The Surface Pro 3 certainly is. But for all of the Surface Pro 3's charms, you may be better served by exploring other options in the Windows 8.1 space, whether it be a hybrid or a traditional notebook. These competing devices may not have the Surface Pro 3’s gorgeous display, but they’ll likely cost a few hundred dollars less, sport longer battery lives, and maybe even face the challenges of the airplane tray table with greater aplomb.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Surface Pro 3 vs Nexus 10 comparison review: which is the best tablet for work and entertainment?
Source: PC Advisor English
Whether you plump for the Surface Pro 3 or Nexus 10 really depends on what you intend to do with it. One makes a pretty good makeshift laptop, while the other is still one of the best tablets you can buy but is all but useless for getting work done. As a hybrid device with a large screen and good performance the Surface Pro 3 could prove its worth as a work laptop for many people, although it couldn't meet my specific needs in this regard. And neither would I want it to. For the things I want from a tablet - the ability to get online, watch video, use social media and so on - the more portable, significantly cheaper Nexus 10 with its higher-resolution screen is the better choice.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2014
Surface Pro 3 vs Galaxy NotePro 12.2 comparison: two powerful 12in tablets but only one will replace your laptop
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, both the Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy NotePro 12.2 are impressive tablets that offer stunning, big, bright and colourful displays. They're both ideal for multi-tasking – running more than one app simultaneously, side by side – though you won't be able to run powerful desktop apps like Photoshop on the Android tablet like you can on the Surface. If you're simply looking for a tablet with an enormous display, you'll probably find you're better off with the NotePro 12.2, but for a device that could potentially replace your laptop completely, it's the mid- to high-range Surface Pro 3 models you're after.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/23/2014
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Wired Magazine English
Ultimately, whether you’d like the Surface Pro 3 to replace your laptop boils down to a value proposition. Is it worth paying a premium for an ultra-slim device that provides full Windows PC functionality? That is what this machine is, and if you are the target market for it, you will use it as a laptop 70 to 80 percent of the time. Similarly configured Windows laptops with touchscreens, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage cost at least a few hundred dollars less. It’s a machine that makes a ton of sense for business deployments, road warriors, casual photo editors, and artists. With the Surface Pro 3, you’re paying not just for the individual components, but for the sheer thin-and-lightness of it all.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
79% Has Microsoft finally made a tablet to replace your laptop?
Source: Engadget English
With each generation of Surface devices, Microsoft gets closer to building a device that can replace both your tablet and laptop. Unfortunately, though, the company's progress has been gradual, and even after three attempts, it still hasn't addressed some serious usability flaws. This time around, the biggest problem is the keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 79%
Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air comparison: Surface Pro is twice the device... but you'll still buy the iPad
Source: PC Advisor English
First things first: these are two outstanding devices. The iPad Air is the best 10in tablet around for media consumption, communication, games, web browsing and social media. If you want to make your commute more bearable and to surf the web while you watch TV, head for the iPad. But if you can afford it and it makes sense to you to carry only one device that is PC, tablet and laptop, the Surface Pro 3 is a truly stunning achievement.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2014
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: PC Mag English
So did Microsoft finally create the ultimate single-device replacement for both your tablet and your laptop? Not really. As a laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 works well, with a sturdier keyboard cover, but it's still not as comfortable to use in your lap as a traditional clamshell laptop, and you still have to purchase the keyboard cover separately, adding $130 to the overall price of the system. Photos and videos look great on the high-resolution screen, but the tablet is simply too heavy and bulky to carry around single-handed for long periods. It'll work great if you always have a desk or a tablet in front of you. However, tablets like the Apple iPad Air, our Editors' Choice for large-screen tablets, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, our top choice for Windows-based slate tablets (which will continue to be sold), work better as devices that you constantly hold in your hands all day. The fact that the Core-i5 Surface Pro 2 returned almost the same performance on our benchmark tests and is $300 less expensive is a major mark against the Surface Pro 3.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
81% The best Surface yet is more than a tablet, less than a laptop
Source: CNet English
Does the Surface Pro 3 really do something so different than its predecessors that it will replace the sea of glowing MacBook Airs seen in the audience during Microsoft's NYC launch event? No, it's still the same basic concept: a Core i-series slate, coupled with a very good keyboard accessory.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison: new Windows tablet is bigger and better - but who will buy?
Source: PC Advisor English
During the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft freely admitted that it hadn’t quite got it right with the original Surface Pro and even the Surface Pro 2. It claimed the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet that can truly replace your laptop, so in our Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison, let’s see why.
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 05/21/2014
Surface Pro hands-on review: can Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop?
Source: PC Advisor English
Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro can replace your laptop, and it certainly has the power and portability to do so. However, while we can see it replacing perhaps an entry-level MacBook Air, you could get two budget Windows laptops for the same money. We like the Surface Pro, but it's not the best Windows laptop you can buy, nor the best tablet. And Microsoft is not Apple, and this is a Windows hybrid, not an OS X- or iOS device. Whereas Mac- and iOS fans are willing to pay Apple's premium, we're not so sure Microsoft's fan base has the same attitude. Even at £639 without the Type Cover (which is pretty essential if you want to use the Surface Pro as a laptop), it's possible that the Surface Pro is just too expensive for the Windows world.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
When I'm reading e-books on a train or a bus, I prefer a smaller tablet or dedicated e-reader. When I'm editing photos or writing, I prefer a laptop with a larger screen. When I'm watching video, I prefer a streaming device attached to a big-screen TV. The Surface is good for those who want just one device, but there are trade-offs, notwithstanding Microsoft's insistence otherwise.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
60% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Laptop Mag English
At the announcement of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft called out the 13-inch MacBook Air, saying that Apple's notebook was heavier and had less versatility and features than the new Surface Pro. Microsoft is correct, in those respects. The Pro 3 is lighter, has a higher-resolution touch screen and comes with an active stylus. But there's a reason most people continue to carry separate laptops and tablets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air comparison: Can the Surface Pro 3 rival Apple's iPad Air?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Overall, while the iPad Air and Surface Pro 3 are both tablets, they're aimed at very different audiences and are therefore difficult to directly compare. The Surface Pro 3 is designed to fit the needs of professionals who would prefer not to carry around both a laptop and a tablet. Perhaps they're creatives, or businesspeople, or even journalists. The iPad Air can cater to those audiences too, but not always entirely, and that's what Microsoft has been trying to point out (it says 96 percent of iPad owners also own a laptop). But the iPad Air is still very powerful, can achieve most day-to-day tasks, and also offers up thousands of tablet-optimised apps for your entertainment, communication, education and productivity.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2014

Foreign Reviews

80% Surface Pro 3 im Test: Aus alten Fehlern nicht gelernt
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 97% workmanship: 93% emissions: 85%
82% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Mobile Geeks German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 60% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 80%
76% Starkes Riesen-Tablet mit Core i5
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 42% features: 78% display: 83% mobility: 56%
78% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Areamobile German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 67% mobility: 81% workmanship: 100%
Let's talk about Lapability
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2014
92% Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Core i5 128GB + Type Cover
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 75%
90% Das Tablet, das ein Laptop ersetzt?
Source: Tabtech German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Microsoft Surface Pro 3, lo hemos probado
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Slim and lightweight; magnesium alloy case; attractive design; Good quality screen and stylus; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/17/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good screen; very good performance; good keyboard; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2014
Review: Surface Pro 3 - Het krachtige werkpaard van Microsoft
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Slim size and lightweight; beautiful appearance; excellent design. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
93% Recenzja tabletu Surface Pro 3 z klawiaturą Type Cover
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 93%
Планшет Microsoft Surface Pro 3 на Windows 8.1
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Good performance; docking station. Negative: Expensive; small touchpad; only 1 USB 3.0 port.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – еще тоньше, еще легче
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Thinner and lighter than Microsoft Surface Pro 2; increased display resolution; good stylus pen. Negative: Relatively high price; battery life should be longer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2014
Обзор Microsoft Surface Pro 3: 12-Дюймовый Планшет Вместо Ультрабука
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; excellent materials; good screen; handy stylus; long battery life; compact size and light weight. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – még jobb, még erősebb
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/03/2014
83% Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Model:

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a lightweight device (1.76 pounds, 0.8 kg) threading on the fading line differentiating laptops and tablets. The device is built using magnesium alloy making it tough without compromising on style.

The 12 inch display has a stunning 2160 by 1440 pixel resolution, which produces great graphics. The responsive touchscreen also supports up to 10 points input. Additionally, it has fantastic viewing angles and crisp colors. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with only one USB 3.0 port, which can be seen as advantageous from a tablet point of view but lacking from a laptop point of view. It does however come with Bluetooth 4.0 support as well as WiFi capabilities, so wireless transmission may reduce the need for physical connections.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with different processor specifications depending on the user. However, even the lowest spec with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4 GB of RAM is capable of delivery satisfying results. As for battery life, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a rather good battery life for a tablet but again, it is very disappointing as a laptop.

All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an excellent device with up to date specifications and can fulfill the needs of the general public well. However, the price tag of the device might be a deterrent, especially since keyboard and pen are sold separately.

Series:

Both the Microsoft Surface RT and the Surface Pro never really made it big and couldn't compete with its Android and iOs counterparts. A large reason for its low sales figures was due to the unpopularity of the tablet-notebook hybrid category itself. However it is important to note that the Surface Pro 2 is actually a full blown laptop acting as a hybrid. For a start, it comes with Windows 8.1 backed up with an Intel Core i5-4300U ultrabook class processor, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD. It looks and has the same dimensions as the first version making both their accessories compatible with each other. However, there's also the new optional Type Cover 2 which adds backlighting but is on the heavy side and is rather pricey.

The good thing about the surface is of course its ultra portability and undeniable performance. With its specs, it will quite likely outperform many other ultraportable laptops and hybrids. Also not to forget is the fact that it comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and has all the necessary built-in ports making it an actual laptop and not just a replacement. The primary I/O, the FHD screen is also accompanied with an included active stylus. The downside to all this is definitely the asking price for the tablet and detachable keyboard combination. There may be some serious competitors giving almost if not the same kind of specs for a lower price. Its kickstand, although improved, is still a letdown as it doesn't conveniently sit on a lap despite being a laptop. All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is worthy laptop if budget is not an issue.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


4300U:

Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.9 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


12.0": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.81 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


81.32%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-05-26)