The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a premium device and an exceptional piece of hardware. Performance is top notch, and when coupled with a keyboard cover and pen, it’s the most productive tablet on the market. The display is fantastic, and though its size and aspect ratio can make things a bit unwieldy, it’s mitigated by its light build, near-perfect balance, and increased screen real estate.
This makes it an ideal device for mobile professionals that need a combination of portability and mobility, which is the same sentiment TPCR expressed in the Surface Pro 2 review. All things being equal, the Pro 3 is the superior device. However, Pro 2 owners shouldn’t upgrade just yet because the Pro 2 is still extremely viable, and it matches the mid-level Surface Pro 3 on the spec sheet.
Everyone else, including those in the market for an Ultrabook, should examine other options before settling on the Surface Pro 3. It’s not cheap, and the Surface Pro Type Cover adds $130 to the price tag. It also doesn’t ship with Office. Microsoft loads the Home and Student edition on small and less expensive Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, but not the Pro models. On top of that, most Ultrabooks have better port selection better keyboards, and some have better trackpads.
But that’s for everyone else; for the specific user looking for productivity in an extremely light and powerful device, there is no better option than the Surface Pro 3.
- Great build; it’s thin, light, and sturdy
- Superb display quality
- 3:2 display ratio perfectly suited for Windows 8.1
- As a tablet, its productivity potential is unmatched
- Keyboard cover sold separately
- Some annoying design quirks