Microsoft this week announced the release of its third generation of Surface devices. The Surface Pro 3 will come in a number of different configurations, with the top of the line model configured with an Intel I7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive costing around $2,280.
The specs and prices are comparable with traditional laptop devices. It comes with a 12-inch display that supports a 2,160 x 1,440 pixel resolution. It is also lighter than the previous Surface 2 machine to boot.
One of the advantages that the Surface devices provide is that fact that they are direct from Microsoft, and free from much of the ‘crapware’ that many suppliers load on their machines to provide a point of differentiation. Many claim it is an attempt by Microsoft to compete in the consumer market along with Apple, however there is greater and greater adoption of Surface devices in the enterprise and amongst small businesses.
Unfortunately, the new Surface 3 devices won’t be available here until September, but you can pre-order now via the Microsoft store.
I have been using an original Surface Pro device for over 12 months now and recommend it highly. It is more a laptop than a tablet, but the ability to occasionally use it as a tablet (at conferences for example) is extremely handy. What would be nice would be the ability to insert a broadband SIM directly into the devices but these days it is easy enough simply to tether to a phone.
If you are thinking of buying a Surface I’d recommend you go and see one in a store. The main reason for this is to ensure you are comfortable with the screen and the keyboard. You can of course connect a full screen and keyboard if desired but I still recommend you see one in the flesh before purchasing.
Would I upgrade to a Surface 3 when it becomes available? At this stage I would have to say yes, but waiting till September will give me time to absorb all the review and for all the bugs to get ironed out.
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