Kickstand still digs into your legs when used in your lap. Infinitely adjustable, full-friction kickstand. The trackpad has been expanded from previous Type Covers, and is now a reasonably sized 89 x 43mm. It had a low of 15 frames per second (fps), a high of 31fps, and averaged about 24fps, which is noticeably slow, even for a PC with an Intel GPU. Clear, bright, 12-inch, 2,160-by-1,440-resolution display. Update 22 January 2016: Microsoft is running a voluntary recall of all Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 power cords sold before 15 July 2015 in Europe, and before March 2015 in the US. The Surface Pro 3 weighs 1.75 pounds, but that's just for the slate tablet alone. It only has 256 levels of sensitivity, which sounds worse than the 1024 on some Wacom screens, but the experience is phenomenal. The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s third “Pro” tablet in about 18 months, and this time around it’s made some big changes to try and compete with high-end laptops and tablets, like Apple’s MacBook and iPad lines. (See also: Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air comparison: Surface Pro is twice the device... but you'll still buy the iPad.). Make sure your subjects are well-lit, though, because low-light shots from the 5-megapixel camera are a bit noisy overall and lose detail in dark areas of the image. As well as iterative specification upgrades, there are two signficant changes to the Surface Pro 3 when compared to its predecessors. Windows 8 is most tolerable in this form: There is no product better designed to capitalize on the strengths of Windows 8.1 than this Surface. It will slip into your bag or briefcase as easily as any laptop or netbook we have used. Even though the Surface Pro 3 has a much higher-resolution screen, its benchmark results on PCMark 7 (5,170 points), Handbrake (1 minute 14 seconds), CineBench (2.82 points), Adobe Photoshop CS6 (4 minutes 33 seconds), and the 3D game tests are similar to those of the Surface Pro 2 we tested earlier this year. And although it is possible to use the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet for the consumption of movies and e-books, and for social networking, it's a very big and heavy slate.

No longer a 10in tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is built around a 12in display. Microsoft hasn’t lit up the sales charts with Windows Phone 8, Zune, Windows 8, and Surface, but it’s not done trying. The big screen means you can more effectively multitask in these types of environments, too. Microsoft Surface Go vs. If there’s one thing the Surface has going for it, it’s build quality — this is a device that feels like it’s worth money. The Dell XPS 13 Touch is another standout with 9:31.

Keep an eye on your inbox! Below is a candid list of pros and cons about this tablet/PC. With the Cover and Pen the weight goes up to 1128g. He’s built countless DIY systems, including a deconstructed “desktop” PC nailed to a wall and a DIY laptop. Not the putative iPad Pro, but a tablet that with the A8X chip produces never before seen performance from an ARM-processor device.

Since Surface Pro 3 came out we have seen the launch of the iPad Air 2.

There’s only one fully-functional USB (3.0) port and one Thunderbolt port. A passionate technology fan who writes on subjects as diverse as smartphones, internet security, social media and Windows. If you need a single device to do everything we can't think of any better device. But for everyone else, we still recommend buying a standard laptop and a standard tablet. And that isn't the only upgrade. Performance is not better than that of the previous iteration.

Industry-leading design and build quality: The Surface Pro 3 is one of the most well-built pieces of hardware we’ve used. It's possible this is required for airflow purposes, but it does tend to be a magnet for bits of filth and dust. And leaving aside occasions when I am required to work without a desk, I'd always choose a full-size laptop for work purposes where possible. It is perfectly feasible as a good portable laptop, and an acceptable if heavy tablet. I just don't have the arm strength to want to use the Surface Pro 3. Note: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra cost to you. They both sport … Regular commuter/workers should consider the Surface Pro 3, however. The included Surface Pen, made by N-trig, is chunkier than the stylus that was bundled with the last model, and you can no longer clip it to the charging port. The adjustable kickstand lets you tilt the tablet back to a comfortable angle (anywhere from 22 to 150 degrees) when you're sitting down with the Surface Pro 3 on your lap. Even after three years, my Surface 3 has held up well.