Surface Pro 3 is the newest product on which Microsoft aims to win at the same time the tablet market and that of laptops with a single device with refined design, thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air and able to offer outstanding performance. Because of its hybrid nature is ideal not only for entertainment but also for productivity, it is able to perform the same functions of the two systems that 96% of people always brings: tablets and notebooks.
What is Surface Pro 3 and what it does
Surface Pro 3 is a tablet with 12-inch screen, larger, thinner and more powerful than the Surface Pro 2 introduced on the market last year and especially designed as a genuine attack on the iPad and MacBook Air: put it in comparison with the ‘ ultrabook from Apple, the new Surface is more lightweight (weighs 800 grams), and the result does not change even by placing the cover type. In addition, only half the thickness of a MacBook Pro and is 30% thinner than a MacBook Air 11-inch.
Despite today’s tablets are more powerful and feature-rich, the vast majority of users continues to take along your laptop, then Surface Pro 3 has been built right in an attempt to overcome this limitation: Microsoft has in fact presented as the final tablet able effectively to substitute the notebook, also as regards the operations concerning productivity. Usually it is used a tablet to watch a movie, read a digital book, to play games, surf the Web and enjoy comfortably and quickly of numerous app, while it is preferable to use a laptop computer to write papers, letters, to work with spreadsheets, to create multimedia content and to work with enterprise applications; Surface Pro 3 is capable of doing all this, but puts a sleek body, thin, light and with a typical range that you would expect from a tablet.
There are numerous factors that contribute to making Surface Pro 3 an ideal device for entertainment and productivity: in fact over a hardware sector of great depth, has other strengths including a multitouch panel, a removable stand and special hinges that allow him to take any angle up to 150 degrees – so it is for example possible to keep it in the ideal position to watch a movie or read the contents – and in addition a stylus pen that allows you to write, draw and take notes in a completely quick, convenient and accurate. It is not included in the package, but the new type cover for Surface Pro 3 also allows to turn it into a real notebook with heart Windows 8.1 Pro.
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Surface Pro 3 is characterized by an elegant design and therefore also ideal for managers and professionals from around the globe. It has a body made of silver-colored magnesium alloys which measures 20.14 x 29.21 x 0.9 cm, and weighs 798 grams; So despite being the largest of its predecessors because of the 12-inch screen, it is both thinner and lighter, has an even more sought after and is also customizable through type cover offered by Microsoft. Only three physical buttons integrated into the device, namely the Home, one dedicated to the volume and one-third for the power on / off / standby. You can use it with your fingers (the panel is in fact a multi-touch), with the pen stylus and also with keyboard + touchpad, with the latter type in the optional cover.
Specifications and configurations
Microsoft has designed five versions of Surface Pro 3, which differ in the processor, amount of RAM and internal memory built in, so as to provide to the consumer and enterprise customers an ideal solution according to different needs. Specifically, the available configurations are the following:
Intel Core i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM: $ 799
Intel Core i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM: $ 999
Intel Core i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $ 1,299
Intel Core i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $ 1,549
Intel Core i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $ 1949
The first configuration with Core i3 can be the ideal solution for families and students, who disporrebbero so a fast device, functional and with a sufficient amount of storage for such targets; the two configurations, with Intel Core i5 are aimed at those who want a more handsome and with a greater amount of space, perfect for entertaining in every respect; Finally, the options with Core i7 are specifically designed for business users, which would thus have a hybrid tablet-notebook ideal for work.
The rest of the hardware is the same for each version and includes a 12-inch display with ClearType Full HD resolution (2160 x 1440 pixels) and aspect ratio 3: 2, 38% larger than the one built into the Surface Pro 2 and 50% of the more pixels, which translates into even more detailed and bright colors. There is also a full-size USB 3.0 port that lets you connect any external device, a microSD card reader, a Mini DisplayPort to connect your tablet to a display or external monitor, headphone jack, ambient light sensor, accelerometer , gyroscope, digital compass and a rear 5 megapixel camera that can also record video at 1080p. As connectivity is has support for Wi-Fi ac / a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0, and finally a battery that should provide a range of use up to nine hours.
Surface Pro 3 thus ensures not only a duration of 20% greater than that which characterized the device of the previous generation, but also a heat dissipation 30% more efficient than any fan integrated in today’s products.
Stylus Pen: write, draw, create
For the new Surface Pro 3, Microsoft built the Surface Pen, a pen stylus that can be added to a suitable space in the cover type and particularly interesting for those users who want to not only take notes on the fly, but also for artists, for photographers and all those who play a creative work. Compared to that seen in the Surface Pro 2, the new stylus is much more accurate, allowing to display the digital ink within 0.5 mm from the touch on the display for 98% of the time. It also has less latency and supports a total of 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, thus enabling the user to draw and write as if you were using an ink pen, a pencil, a pen, and so on the strength that gives the display.
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The new type cover
The renewed type cover for Surface Pro 3 is that accessory that completes Surface is that allows you to turn it into a real laptop. It is a cover with keyboard and touch pad that attaches to the tablet in an instant thanks to the special hinge, even thinner than the one built for Surface Pro 2, with a touchpad much larger (68%) and more comfortable to use, and with 78% less friction. It will be available in the coming months in five different colors (blue, red, purple, blue and gray) and then also allow you to customize the appearance of the tablet according to the color of choice for every user.
A stand for a better user experience
Surface Pro 3 features a new removable tripod that opens like a book, and that, thanks to a special hinge allows the tablet to adopt any angle up to 150 degrees. It is not a novelty since it was already present in the model of the previous generation, but Microsoft has redesigned for the occasion, making it more stable and secure. Influence the user experience, which becomes consequently better especially for the use of the device in portrait mode.
Software and app for Surface Pro 3
The new tablet has Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro operating system and various applications optimized for use with the full-touch screen with the stylus and stylus offered optionally. One of these is Adobe Photoshop CC, a new touch version of the famous retouching software designed by Adobe and Microsoft, as well as provide imaging professionals a solution never before seen on a mobile device. Another app redesigned for Surface Pro 3 is OneNote, which allows you to start taking notes with just a click, simply by using the Pen. You can just press a special button on the stylus, even when the tablet is off, to start the app and start writing. The other app optimized for the input device are Final Draft and the New York Times crossword puzzle, so dedicated to pure entertainment.
Microsoft has nonetheless anticipated that soon will be available other third-party applications designed for Surface Pro 3.
Pros and cons of Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 3 has right now attracted the attention of the public and the press thanks to his undoubted quality: it is a product with many benefits, but at the same time have some quibbles that may undermine the success on the market.
It is aesthetically pleasing, original in concept and refined details;
the hardware is well-made and is also configurable according to different needs;
the 12-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 3: 2, less bulky products of 16: 9 with the same diagonal, and what is most comfortable for reading the content;
the Surface Pen and type cover make it a unique product, with a focus on productivity;
It has Windows 8.1 Pro and is therefore able to perform even the applications developed for desktop environment;
the market is large: it is ideal for both consumers and professionals, and is a unique product that can compete with devices such as the MacBook Air and iPad;
It has a long battery life, equivalent to nine hours of use on a single charge;
It is light and thin, sponsored by Microsoft as the most thin among those with Intel solution introduced in the market to date.
The price is certainly high (part of EUR 819) and makes it a device not for everyone;
the type and cover the surface Pen are optional, so those who decide not to purchase them will qualify for the maximum user experience;
heat: Intel Core generate much heat inside the Surface Pro 3 and is for this reason that Microsoft has decided to introduce a new fan, but the product may heat up not just during use;
rebranding: the manufacturer insists that Surface Pro 3 is a PC, a tablet, and this could cause confusion among consumers;
It has Windows 8.1, which still arouses mixed emotions among customers around the globe despite the improvements introduced since Windows 8;
You could have a short life, because it is not cheap. In addition, there is no guarantee that will be upgradeable to Windows 9 coming soon;
It may be too expensive even for business, for which the cheapest option (Intel Core i3) may not be enough.
the actual distribution will begin in late June with regard to Canada and the US, while in Italy and in 25 other countries will only come in August, someone might want to wait a few months to see what Apple has to offer with the new iPad.