Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Conclusion

May 30, 2014 by Jamison Cush Reads (110,792)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Microsoft Surface Pro 3The 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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Keyboard cover sold separately
  • Some annoying design quirks


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  1. ProgrammingVB6

    The Surface Pro 3 is excellent. It has just one fault – it is made by Microsoft.
    Never buy a Microsoft product, they will abandon them without regard for your investment.
    Just like Microsoft’s Paul Yuknewicz has done with the VB6 programming language.

  2. JasonWard

    @ProgrammingVB6: Oh, give me a break. Hyperbole much? VB6 was supported for YEARS, and MS has a long history of supporting things, in many cases, much longer than is warranted. Nobody would have criticized them for abandoning Vista pretty much out of the gate, but it’s still supported. They supported XP for 13 YEARS. They still support Xbox 360 almost a decade after launch.

    Last night, I took my Surface Pro 2 in for repair because part of the touchscreen stopped working. Today, they gave me a brand new Surface Pro 3, including the keyboard to match. Microsoft, whether you like it or not, does a great job of supporting both their products and their customers.

  3. ir8d8r

    I purchased a Surface Pro for my own use over a year ago. They very quickly introduced a new model. The Pro2. Based on my experience with the original I purchased 6 Pro2’s for my company and 8 docking stations deciding to make that our standard PC. Now they replace the Pro2 with the Pro3… One thing I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere is the fact that the Surface Pro and Pro2 used the same dock, something I appreciated because it enhances the usability as a business device… I purchased a Pro3 and the docks I have for the others will not work! Surface Pro and Pro2 are discontinued apparently. Now I will need to spend nearly $400 more to buy new docking stations for my office and home office and my Pro3 is incompatible with the docks for the others in the office. If I had realized this… It didn’t occur to me when I looked at the Pro3 in the store that they would make it incompatible with their accessories since the Pro2 was with the Pro. The i7 256 GB Pro3 was already $1500 plus keyboard… Why didn’t they pull an Apple and change the display port too? Then I would have to buy new display adapters as well. Guess they missed that opportunity to fleece me further!
    IR8D8R

  4. jetpowercom

    Does it require the dock for a wired LAN connection?