“It’s the tablet that can replace your laptop,” the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was recently launched in New York, and is coming to Australia on August 31, but is it worth upgrading?
For anyone unaware of previous Surface tablets, the device is Microsoft’s effort to move toward their envisioned future, where tablets have made laptops obsolete.
The Surface is a touch screen tablet, with the functionality of a laptop. It features a kickstand on the back and a removable case which contains a fold out keyboard, blurring the line between tablet and laptop. Microsoft’s previous Surface releases have been well received, but not without their criticisms. The Surface Pro 3 addresses some of these issues while still managing to improve the hardware at a lower overall cost.
The Surface Pro 3 has received a lot of technical improvements to its predecessor. Some of the most important of which are:
- More powerful processors, the Surface Pro 3 is now available with an Intel i7 processor, which is a significant improvement to the Surface Pro 2’s i5.
- The new tablet has a 12 inch screen, with a resolution of 2160×1440, which is an improvement on its former 10.6 inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080.
- The weight of the device has been reduced from 900 grams to 800 grams, a small improvement but one that your arms will appreciate when you’re using the device as a tablet, rather than a laptop.
- Five megapixel cameras on the front and back of the device.
- A redesigned stand and keyboard, making the device more comfortable when being used on your lap.
- A new stylus with buttons which can be used to manipulate the device’s touch screen.
Many users still believe that the device is trying to perform two different roles and that tablets and laptops serve different purposes. These users believe that the Surface is still too heavy to use as a tablet and too uncomfortable to use as a laptop. This complaint, although fair, is not truly a fault of the device, just a difference in preference. And those of us who do not have the money to buy both a laptop and a tablet are likely to find the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 suitable for both roles and more convenient than having all of your data split between two devices.
The surface is available for pre-order on the Microsoft web store.
The most affordable model has 64 GB of storage and an Intel i3 processor and will cost you $979, while the most expensive version has 512 GB of storage and an Intel i7 processor and will cost you $2,279.
Are you considering purchasing a Surface tablet? Or has another device caught your eye?