If you’re looking for a multi-functional tablet that is as useful for sitting on the sofa and browsing the web as it is for taking to your next important meeting, then the Microsoft Surface 3 could be it.
Microsoft has had a reputation for making incredibly useful devices, and the Surface 3 may not be an exception. It’s been designed to fill the practical use that Bill Gates has often said the Apple iPad lacked. The Surface 3 comes fully equipped with a new stylus, click-in keyboard, and the full range of Microsoft Windows and Office. But can the Surface 3 beat out the iPad? Read on for the full details.
What are the tech specs?
- Screen: 10.8” screen
- Resolution: 1920 x 1280 full HD Plus
- Storage: Available in 64GB or 128GB.
- Processor: Intel® Atom™ x 7 processor
What are the features?
The Surface 3 has some great features, some brand new and some developed from previous versions of the tablet.
- Laptop option – Simply connect your click-In keyboard, and your tablet becomes a laptop.
- USB – The Surface 3 has a full-size USB port, making it easier to connect your favourite devices and accessories to your tablet.
- Windows and Microsoft Office – The Surface 3 runs a full Windows operating system and is specially configured to run full versions of the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- SurfacePen² – A stylus specially designed to work with the Surface 3, offering the most sensitive pen available for tablets. It’s also available in a wide range of colours.
- One Note feature – Simply click the top button on the pen and a new one sheet will open up on your Surface 3 allowing you to make notes in an instant.
- 10 hour battery life – Up to ten hours of interaction on your Surface 3 on a single charge, and that includes video playback.
- Size and weight – At just 622 grams and thinner than the Surface 2, this device is incredibly portable.
- Kickstand – The three position kickstand allows you to interact with the Surface 3 in a host of ways, including the laptop feature.
- Accessories – The pen and the keyboard may be the most popular, but there are plenty of accessories available.
What's the price?
The present prices of the Surface 3 are as follows:
- 64GB – $699 incl GST
- 128GB – $839 incl GST
This price does not include the keyboard or the pen, which must be purchased separately at a price of $179 and $59 respectively.
What's our verdict?
- The Surface 3 is definitely a great piece of technology. Microsoft have very publicly commented on the flaws of its major competitor, the iPad, and have done everything in their power to ensure that they haven't made the same mistakes.
- The Surface 3 is designed to be fit for multiple purposes, including – and especially – uses within the business (something Microsoft felt the iPad was always lacking). The keyboard and the stylus do give this device more utility than the iPad, but they also mean more to carry, fiddle around with, and more importantly, more to buy.
- The price point is similar to the iPad Air and so the decision of which tablet you buy will probably come down to whether you fall into the Apple camp, or whether you’re Microsoft through and through.