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Microsoft Surface 3 Review

  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Review

The new Microsoft Surface 3 is able to bridge the gap between tablets and laptops, and according to what it is shown, it succeeded. Better screen, faster processor and easiness are just some of the advantages of this new model.

With the Surface Pro tablet 3, Microsoft sent the message that this device can replace laptops. Director of Surface departments, Panos Panay, said that the Surface Pro 3 will remove doubts of what to choose: a tablet or a laptop, because this model is designed without any compromise and with the best advantages of both.


With a thickness of 9.14 millimeters, the Surface 3 is slightly thicker than the iPad Air and with a thickness of 7.36 millimeters. It is trapezoidal in shape as well as its predecessors, but now even lighter and thinner. The components will be situated in the famous case of magnesium alloy. Beautifully packaged in a silver color, and smooth surface with touch makes this tablet looks immaculate and expensive. Also, on the corners have appointed small fans which are used to push out heat as much as possible. Microsoft has moved the “Home” button to the left side of the silky smooth glass frame and the speakers are completely hidden. If you don’t look carefully enough, it is easy to miss. About half an inch from the left and the right top edge of the tablet, there are two notches in the glass in which are placed speakers.

At the top of the screen positioned 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera with microphone and 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus.

It is a tablet that has a 10.8-inch screen, a weight of the entire device is 622 grams. However, this should not be taken as a flaw, given that Microsoft’s tablet has hardware like laptops. Its main competitors when it comes to laptops, the MacBook Air and the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro are almost twice heavier than Surface 3. If this device we observe as a tablet, then the iPad Air is still the flagship model when it comes to weight. But besides it is lightweight, it was not as comfortable to hold him the whole time while I am driving with a city bus.

  • Sharp display and design
  • Improved Type Cover
  • Lightweight
  • Minimum heat

  • Low battery life
  • Type Cover still selling separately

Display, keyboard and pen

The biggest change in this year’s Surface tablet is a screen. With a size of 10.8 it is just 0.2 inches bigger than the previous model, but has a same resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels. Pixel density is approximately 216 pixels per inch (ppi), which still is not like the iPad Air’s which has 264 ppi, but the Surface 3 screen is larger diagonally.

Microsoft has ended with the 16: 9 aspect ratio of the screen because of 3:2 scale, which makes it easier to hold and use, and show more content. With this ratio, this 10.8-inch display obtained with the possibility that can show more content than the MacBook Air with its 13.3-inch screen with a ratio of 16:10.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet (10.8-Inch, 64 GB, Intel Atom, Windows 10)

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The new model called Microsoft Type keyboard cover 3 is bringing a great new item. With the magnets inside, the one part of the keyboard could be attached to the bottom screen surface.

The pen of the Surface 3 allows an incredible dose of reality and accuracy during drawing or writing on the screen. As opposed of pens that are used on the iPad, for example, this has Bluetooth inside, and emits an electrostatic field, which allows the pen to write on the screen even it doesn’t touch it. The new technology allows the 256-level pressure sensitivity.

Hardware, performance and battery

Putting the appropriate Quad-core Intel Atom x7-8700 processor in such a thin design required 100 different parts, and precise engineering. The processor is set to save the battery, and from Microsoft’s claim that it lasts 10 hours. With a 2GB of ram and 64 GB of storage, this tablet is generally attended for the simple use. It isn’t much stronger than the previous model.

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A lot of time in his presentation, Panay devoted to the cooperation between Microsoft and Intel, which has led to the most powerful processors inserted inside of the tablet. And I can say that this device is the thinnest product with Intel inside that ever made.

The battery isn’t at the level that I expected. In my tests, I used Google Chrome with several opened tabs, in Spotify I have played the songs with high bitrate, Twitter also have been opened, and all the time with a backlit keyboard on. In such use of the device, the battery lasted a little less than 4 hours. During all tests, the brightness was at maximum. Although the Microsoft claimed that the battery can withstand even the 10 hours, my tests were much more difficult, so that their tests were probably having been with a less of a load.

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Connectivity and ports

The Surface 3 has all connectivity options Wi-Fi (802.11), Bluetooth 4.0, and also support for the LTE. These ports are available: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, Micro USB charging port, Headset jack and Cover port.


The essence is that this tablet is not the best in its category, but it is the most promising device due to its specific design. But the surprise is that it comes from a company that has been most skeptical about those devices. But this is a device that is full of flaws. The battery is much worse than those offered by the leading manufacturer of Ultrabook. Type Cover is still selling special, and that’s a big minus. But besides that, this tablet is cheaper than the MacBook Air. Surface 3 is more powerful than any Apple device. This tablet is not perfect, but this line of Microsoft product is one that has the great perspective.

Microsoft Surface 3 is very stylish and reliable premium tablet, but a battery life is very disappointing.

8.5 Total Score

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