Microsoft Announces Thinner, Lighter 12" Surface Pro 3; Starts at $799
May 20, 2014 11:06 AM
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Microsoft continues to refine its Surface concept
Microsoft is giving it another go when it comes to its Surface tablet family. The first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro were
introduced in late 2012
respectively. Microsoft followed up with the
second generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in September 2013
The company is now hoping to boost its fortunes in the tablet market with the new Surface Pro 3. One of the big things that Microsoft is trying to stress with the Surface Pro 3 is that it is a device that can can “do it all.” Microsoft’s Panos Panay proclaimed that “96% of people who own an iPad also own a laptop.” With the Surface, all you need is one device.
Surface Pro 3 is a big step forward, as it now features a 12” display (3:2 screen ratio) compared to 10.2” (16:9) for Surface Pro 2. Screen resolution has been bumped from 1920x1080 to 2160x1440.
And it must be stated that amazingly, Microsoft was able to not only make the Surface Pro 3 lighter despite the increase in screen size (1.76 pounds compared to 2 pounds), but also made it thinner than the existing model.
The Surface Pro 3 is now 9.1mm thick instead of 11.7mm thick.
The Surface Pro also expands on what Microsoft calls “lapability.” Microsoft wants to make it easier to use the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, and to do so the company has seriously upgraded the kickstand thanks to an innovative hinge.
The kickstand can now be used at any angle up to a 150 degree degrees (no more pre-configured indents).
When used in conjunction with the redesigned Type Cover, the Surface Pro 3 should be easier to use in your lap. The redesigned Type Cover magnetically seals itself to the bottom of the screen and can easily adapt to fit your preferred typing position.
Microsoft also has a new trick features with the Surface Pro 3’s stylus. With the device off, you can simply click the button on the top of the stylus to automatically turn the device on with it ready and waiting in the OneNote app. The notes you then take will be synced to the cloud instantaneously.
Microsoft says that the Surface Pro 3 is good for up to 9 hours of battery life, and includes front-facing speakers that are now 45 percent louder. In addition, the Surface Pro 3 now includes two 5MP cameras which are capable of shooting 1080p video.
Microsoft continues to include a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort.
The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station will set you back $199
The Surface Pro 3 will go on sale tomorrow, starting at $799 for the Core i3 version with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. Full pricing is as follows:
Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 64GB - $799
Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 128GB - $999
Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256GB - $1,299
Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 256GB - $1,549
Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512GB - $1,949
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RE: Uhhh... hmmm...
5/21/2014 11:38:06 AM
I, like most people, already own 2 devices, so which one is this supposed to replace? If my laptop craps out, why would I buy one of these? The screen is too small to work on and it costs 2x as much as the laptop I own. If my tablet craps out, why would I buy one of these? It's 4x as much as my current tablet costs and the Windows 8 app store isn't as good. I guess if they both crap out then I'd look at one, but what are the odds of that happening? And I would assume the majority of people are in a similar situation, so who is this being marketed to?
Is it cool? Sure, but that's a bad reason to buy one. Would I turn one down if it was given to me as a gift? Hell no. But I certainly wouldn't buy one as a replacement for one of my other 2 devices... but that's just me.
I don't like the screen size for doing "real work". I don't like the aspect ratio. And I certainly don't like the price.
RE: Uhhh... hmmm...
5/21/2014 2:00:08 PM
"I, like most people, already own 2 devices, so which one is this supposed to replace?"
It's really not made for you (or me either). It's made for someone that probably travels alot and/or for whatever reason they deem suitable, want one single device that serves both needs. A large tablet and a small laptop.
Filling a different need than you or I personally have doesn't make it a bad product. I know alot of execs that travel that would want this.
It's like auto purchases... If you drive far every day and want a compact car with good mileage, that doesn't mean an SUV is a bad product. It's just not one that suits your personal needs.
RE: Uhhh... hmmm...
5/22/2014 9:23:00 AM
I understand what you're saying, "different strokes for different folks".
It just seems MS's demographic to purchase this thing is quite limited. It almost feels like it's doomed to fail... again.
I applaud their attempt though, it's a cool product... it just has limited sales potential.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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