Surface Pro 3 The tablet to replace your laptop – Geeksphere Review
Microsoft have been on a journey with the Surface devices. What started nigh on two years ago and come to a third iteration already. Some might see this as a problem, some might see this as Microsoft actually listening to their customers and driving innovation, I certainly steer toward the latter.
Microsoft’s Surface has gone from a hard to categorise device…”is it a tablet? Is it a Laptop?, what do we call this” to now clearly aiming at a replacement for both your laptop and your tablet. Previously MS couldn’t stand by the statement as a replacement to said devices as there were a few short comings. The first being, in Pro version it was almost too heavy and to be a standalone tablet compete for the likes of Apple’s Ipad (albeit because it was a fully blown PC!) and secondly when thinking of a tablet everyone was thinking touch enabled apps which the MS app store at that time simply lacked some of the mainstream apps to be worthwhile. Now as a laptop replace, the keyboard was nice but the trackpad was awkward to use and inaccurate. The display was simply too small and docking stations were nowhere to be found for the original. All the first iterations had limited battery life also which seriously turned away customers. So MS’s original Surface was kind of stuck in ‘limbo’ with a really nice device that perhaps only favoured IT PC guys wanting a portable pc with touchscreen.
So what’s changed?
In the second iteration of the Surface MS came up with more power, docking stations and multiple displays. It still suffered from a small screen and Appstore stigma. Nevertheless it was better in many ways, but they weren’t quite completely convincing people yet.
In the third version of the Surface Pro I believe MS have struck the sweet spot. Let me list the differences:
A Larger 12 inch 2160×1440 display is stunning 3:2 Ratio
A larger keyboard and a hugely improved trackpad makes a huge difference, additional folding magnetic strip to tilt the keyboard and generally stabilise the device
Much improved Bluetooth Pen and sensitivity
Massively reduced weight it’s only 800 grams
Battery Life up to 9 hours
Much improved internal power (i3,i5,i7, 8gb ram, 4400 or 4600HD GPUs)
New docking station supporting multiple monitors etc
So we’ve now got a serious compete product for the likes of the macbook air 13’ or other Elite books on the market. You’ve got the grunt of a fairly high end PC with the portability and useability of a tablet. Arguably the Windows App store and surrounding services have come a long way in two years and any apps missing can be used directly via the Web browser.
Build quality is really good. It’s definitely a premium product and sits well in the high end elite book space.
Being an on the road consultant myself this device presents everything I want in a device. It’s not limited to apps as most other tablets are and doubles as a seriously powerful laptop when required. Windows 8.1 has matured greatly in the past year and is a seriously good operating system for any PC / touch device out there. I can switch between laptop and tablet mode quickly and easily and if you were in the business of requiring a pen to draw or take notes then this is the device for you.
In short, we’re very excited to see where MS is taking the Surface devices and feel the latest version is the perfect replacement for your laptop and tablet.