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: 78.36% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 33 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 85%, features: 80%, display: 100% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 95%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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%
Surface Pro 3
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Pro 3 makes a good first impression. It looks and feels great, the screen is bright and sharp and the hinge is a hugely impressive piece of engineering. Vitally, the move to a larger, squarer screen is inspired — it makes the Surface Pro 3 a better tablet and a better hybrid, too. Can it replace a laptop? That's a trickier question I can't really answer yet. It has the potential to do so, but then the Surface Pros have never wanted for potential. Only extended use will tell and for that we'll have to wait for the UK release in August.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/03/2014
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%
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%
Can this laptop-tablet hybrid replace your laptop?
Source: Techradar English
The Surface Pro 3 brings Microsoft dangerously close to its vision of "replacing the laptop," with vastly improved hardware inside and out. Save for a bit of a dearth of hard connections – just one USB 3.0, microSD and a mini DisplayPort here – I doubt I'll be left wanting for much as get more familiar with this device for a full review. The driving idea behind the Surface Pro 3 is putting the full weight of Microsoft's software and hardware chops behind a single device. And features like this Surface Pen and OneNote instill confidence that the company is doing good by that vision.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2014
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

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
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
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2014
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

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.


78.36%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


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

Devices with the same GPU

» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-12R
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.65 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX302LA-C4004H
Core i5 4200U, 13ç3", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30T-A-11C
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-583P-6637
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Dell Inspiron 14-544
Core i5 4210U, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX3
Core i5 4300U, 11.6", 1.2 kg
» Asus X751L
Core i7 4500U, 17.3", 2.8 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA 90NB02W1-M01450
Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
Core i5 4210U, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Dell Latitude E7240-SM008LE72408GER
Core i5 4300U, 12.5", 1.4 kg
» Asus K511LA
Core i7 4500U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus VivoBook S451LA-CA045H
Core i5 4200U, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z50-A-11H
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 1.8 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010ea
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook U574
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.6 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4001H
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DV
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus B551LA-CN018G
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z40-A-121
Core i7 4600U, 14.0", 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1DJ
Core i3 4005U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Sony Vaio Fit Multi-Flip SV-F13N1J2R
Core i3 4005U, 13.3", 1.3 kg
» HP EliteBook 820 G1-F1R78AW
Core i5 4300U, 12.5", 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-561-6607
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.28 kg
» HP 350 G1
Core i5 4200U, 15.6", 2.3 kg
» Dell Latitude 3340 i5
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.773 kg
» Toshiba Tecra Z50-A1503
Core i7 4600U, 15.6", 1.5 kg
» Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
Core i5 4200U, 13.3", 1.12 kg
Current Prices

Amazon.com

$1,284.99 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 256GB / Intel i5

$984.49 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 128GB / Intel i5

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i3 64GB
» 575.10 GBP (lowest price)
575.10 GBP Microsoft Store

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