The Microsoft Surface tablets are the most successful tablet devices from Microsoft. The Pro version has always been better than the normal Windows RT one. I would like to take a look at the awesome hybrid Microsoft Surface Pro 3, one of the most productive tablets having technical specifications of a laptop, but looking like a pure business tablet.
Microsoft is improving the Pro version and with this latest models, the tablet is really thinner and with a bigger display. Though the device is created as a laptop replacement, in my personal opinion it is just a tablet with increased performance and productivity. Running desktop software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and others is what makes this tablet special for me, I cannot do this on any android device, that’s why the Surface Pro 3 takes the first place when it comes to a business tablet. Let’s have a look at the technical specifications of the tablet, they are literally comparable to the one of a modern laptop.
A dual-core Intel i5 4th generation is what makes this tablet to think so fast. With up to 2.9Ghz turbo boost, the CPU is capable of running all applications you would use on a tablet. In combination with the 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, running multiple application should not be a problem for the Microsoft tablet.
The display of the Microsoft Pro 3 is a really impressive one, a 12” screen with the resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. I must admit that the display is obviously better than the most tablet displays out there, though 1440p is a new tendency in all android devices.
The Surface Pro 3 comes with up 256GB SSD, which is a feature we even barely see in some notebooks. Microsoft wanted to be sure there will be a fast storage for a better performance, so they put an SSD inside. I also think that the 256GB are more than enough for every powerful tablet user out there. In case you want to increase this store, the tablet has a USB 3.0 port and even a micro SDXC card reader (up to 128GB).
Unfortunately there is no nVidia GeForce GPU inside, maybe because the tablet is really thin and lightweight. The Microsoft Pro 3 has the Intel HD 4400 as a GPU installed, which is of course not that bad, it is actually perfect for a tablet, being able to even play light Windows 8 3D games.
I already mentioned the card reader and the usb port, the tablet has also two cameras, 5MP each being able to capture 1080p video (just perfect for Skype). Bluetooth 4.0 is also installed on this device.
The tablet has also a really lightweight keyboard, which I find really beautiful, but not that comfortable to write with, but still it is a big advantage for this device, as most of the tablet have actually no keyboard.
The Surface Pro 3 is an undisputed winner for the business class tablets. With the right software like Microsoft Office and some Adobe tools, you could easily increase your productivity by using this hybrid tablet. The price of this device is varying, depends on the internal memory you need. There are also versions with Intel i7 installed, but this is for people who have money and want the most of it. In Europe you could buy the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a less than 900 eur and in USA for a price around $1,000.
I do recommend this device for people who need a device to increase their productivity and business, but I would not recommend it for people who want to play games and do various of stuff with their tablet. If you have chosen the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, you need to know that this is a tablet from the business class, not for the Apple or Android fanboys who are using their devices for multimedia and games.