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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3


Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3 (Surface Pro Series)
Intel Core m3-7Y30 2 x 1 - 2.6 GHz, Kaby Lake
Graphics adapter
4 GB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, onboard
12.30 inch 3:2, 2736 x 1826 pixel 267 PPI, 10 finger multitouch, native pen support, LG Display LP123WQ112604, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Samsung PM971 KUS020203M, 128 GB 
, 80 GB free
Realtek High Definition Audio
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: mic/headphone combo, Card Reader: micro SDXC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 292.1 x 201.4 ( = 0.33 x 11.5 x 7.93 in)
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 13.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Primary Camera: 5 MPix front, Windows Hello
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix AF, rear
Additional features
Office 366 (trial), One Drive, Xing, Candy Crush, March of Empires, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
1.072 kg ( = 37.81 oz / 2.36 pounds), Power Supply: 154 g ( = 5.43 oz / 0.34 pounds)
879 EUR



Average Score: 89.2% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 65%, features: 49%, display: 89% mobility: 84%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3

89.2% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Core m3, 128GB, 4GB) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Affordable Surface! Although it is already the second half of 2017, Microsoft presents the latest Surface based on a frugal Core m3 processor with connectivity that is still in need of reworking. Find out in this review whether the long battery life and the established brand name are enough to win buyers.
¡Chollo! Microsoft Surface Pro 5 (m3). Pros y contras (569 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN version
Positive: Nice display; elegant design; silent system; support Mini DisplayPort; high autonomy. Negative: No accessories; only 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD; only USB type A.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/15/2019



Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is the fifth generation in the Surface Pro family. The Surface Pro is solid as a rock and exudes a sense of futuristic quality. It’s also well-designed, with a look and feels that, while minimally changed from the Surface Pro 4, is still an improvement. The corners are more rounded, and the exhaust vents along the edges are less pronounced.  There aren’t many moving parts in the Surface Pro itself. The power and volume buttons along the top are easy to find by feel, and have a crisp action, while the kickstand is smooth and reliably holds the tablet at chosen angle. It now opens up to 165 degrees, an increase from the Surface Pro 4, which opened 150 degrees. Fully flexed, the kickstand can turn Surface Pro into a nearly-flat slate. If a user decides to flip into tablet mode for a moment and fold back the Type Cover, the keyboard will turn off when the cover is tucked back. It can even switch Windows 10 into tablet mode if desired. It attaches to the tablet with strong magnets and connects via a physical port, meaning there’s zero lag when typing. The Surface Pro sports two front-firing speakers on each side of the display. There are small cutouts in the glass to let the sound through, and the design provides impressive sound for a tablet. Music is great, with surprising range, and there’s even a hint of bass. The speakers also get surprisingly loud and can fill a decent sized room without distorting.

The Surface Pro features up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It is seen that the Surface Pro offers a cutting-edge CPU, solid RAM and SSD options, and full support for all of Microsoft’s most innovative Windows 10 technologies. All that will keep the machine relevant for years to come. The Surface Pro is refreshingly light on bloatware. While it’s stocked with the usual Microsoft Windows 10 apps and a handful of casual games, it’s otherwise unencumbered with junk software. The Surface utility is also a nice app that offers the ability to configure the Surface Pen and get some useful information about your machine. Microsoft is using a 45-watt-hour battery in the Surface Pro, which is an increase from the 38 watt-hour battery that was packed into the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro also uses more efficient seventh-generation Intel Core processors. Taken together, the new model offers improved battery life over its predecessor. The Surface Pro is eminently portable, at 0.33 inches thick and 1.73 pounds. Even with the Signature Type Cover attached, the machine is easy to carry around and slip into a bag. It might not be quite as thin and light as the iPad Pro, but it’s also a much more powerful machine that can run real PC applications. The Surface Pro bring a whole new meaning to the word tablet. It is a iPad like device but is actually a real computer.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel HD Graphics 615: Integrated graphics card in some Kaby Lake Y-series processors (4.5 Watt TDP) with 24 EUs (GT2) and no dedicated graphics memory. Clocks with Update to 1050 MHz depending on the CPU Model.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

m3-7Y30: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for tablets and fanless notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.0-2.6 GHz with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter and is manufactured in a 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This range of display format is largely the upper limit for tablets and the lower limit for subnotebooks.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small in size and therefore easily portable. The tiny display has the added advantage of requiring little power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions, which one is used to from a standard laptop, are almost not usable.

The same applies to tablets in this size range.

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


Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).

89.2%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.

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


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Devices with the same GPU

Chuwi UBook XPro
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake i7-7Y75, 13.00", 0.925 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA-EC067T
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 14.00", 1.5 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA-DHM4T
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 14.00", 1.5 kg
Lenovo Yoga Book C930 YB-J912F
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake i5-7Y54, 10.80", 0.778 kg
Microsoft Surface Go MCZ-00002
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake Pentium 4415Y, 10.00", 0.522 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA-EC011T
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 14.00", 1.6 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA-DHM6T
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 14.00", 1.5 kg
Chuwi CoreBook 13
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 13.30", 1.05 kg
Teclast F6 Pro
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 13.30", 1.39 kg
Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6 W627N LTE
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 10.60", 0.64 kg
Lenovo Yoga 710-11IKB-80V6001RGE
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 11.60", 1.04 kg
Dell XPS 13 9365-4537
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake i5-7Y54, 13.30", 1.2 kg
Dell Inspiron 11 3179
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 11.60", 1.4 kg
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA-C4171T
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake m3-7Y30, 13.30", 1.3 kg
Dell XPS 13 9365-4544 2-in-1
HD Graphics 615, Kaby Lake i7-7Y75, 13.30", 1.24 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Microsoft Surface Pro 9, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Alder Lake-M i7-1255U, 13.00", 0.877 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro 9, ARM
Adreno 690, Snapdragon SD 8cx Gen 3, 13.00", 0.883 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i5-11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Tiger Lake i5-11300H, 14.40", 1.74 kg
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio, i7-11370H RTX A2000
RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11370H, 14.40", 1.8 kg
Current Prices
Stefan Hinum (Update: 2019-06-17)