Surface Pro 3: tablet replaces laptop

Surface Pro 3: tablet replaces laptop

No doubt about it, the new Surface Pro 3 is impressive. Can it replace a laptop? You be the judge. If it can sit on my lap and not burn my legs while it is running, that would earn points. However, what is not yet clear to me is whether the device can store its content on anything else besides the Microsoft Cloud. That could be a deal-breaker. Nevertheless, it is smaller, thinner, and lighter than its predecessor and can be purchased with a Core i7 processor. All I would have to do is get over the dislike for the Windows 8 interface, and I’m on my way.

I suppose the $799 entry-level price is to appeal to those who have both laptops and a tablet, but I wonder if that price will still attract new customers who have neither one or are moving from a laptop. On the bright side, there is a USB 3.o port that offers expansion, but only one port. As said by Paul Thurrot’s Supersite for Windows, “This is particularly problematic if you need Ethernet since Microsoft’s Surface Ethernet adapter is, wait for it, USB-based. So if you use this Ethernet adapter, you’ve sopped up the only USB port.” Click on the above link to learn more about the device’s expandability and to get information on its docking station. Meanwhile, I have included a link to the official Microsoft press release.

— Stu Brown

Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3: the tablet that can replace your laptop

May 20, 2014
Pre-order beginning 12:01 a.m. EDT May 21.

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Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. With up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life, Surface Pro 3 has all the power, performance and mobility of a laptop in an incredibly lightweight, versatile form. –Read more: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/may14/05-20surfacepr.aspx

 

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