Microsoft Surface 3
The Surface 3 is a successor to the Surface 2 and Surface RT, which were using the limited Windows RT operating system. It runs Windows 8.1 on an Intel x86 processor. This quad-core chip is geared at a maximum speed of 2.4GHz. It is based on Intel’s latest version of the Atom platform Cherry Trail, which is supposed to be more efficient than any previous Atom devices. Also it houses 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. If you want more storage capacity, there’s a another version with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Surface 3 carries the same magnesium alloy design and weighs around 622 grams. It’s visibly the lightest Surface yet. One of the prominent features is its display. With a pixel-resolution of 1,920 x 1,280, it’s sharp and bright with the bold colours that ‘pop’. It has more than enough room for bringing applications and windows side-by-side, and you can see what’s going on vertically. Credit goes to its aspect ratio i.e. 3:2 and a 10.8 inch of display. You can use the Surface 3 both as a tablet and a laptop and the touch-sensitive display is very receptive.
Speaking of connectivity, there’s an LTE option which supports for Nano-SIM cards. Both the standard Surface 3 LTE and Surface 3 models will get a free Windows 10 upgrade and also come pre-installed with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and all the other Office applications.
The Surface 3 comes with a number of accessories like a stylus pen, similar to the one used in Surface Pro 3. It has a certain hefty feel and has a pressure-sensitive nib that will help you to make thicker strokes by putting a little pressure on the display. Unfortunately, the Surface 3 doesn’t have access to the same adjustable kickstand which Surface Pro 3 has, but it does bring in a three-stage kickstand.
The Surface 3 comes with a Touch Keyboard Cover, which isn’t included in the box. So you have to purchase it adding extra to the overall cost. It functions similarly to previous Touch Covers and provides backlit keys. You can also get a docking station that will add extra ports to the device. Instead of a proprietary connector, the Surface 3 charges via micro-USB.
Unlike Surface 2, which promised 14 hours of battery backup you’ll get around 10 hours in Surface 3. Microsoft’s decision to drop Nvidia’s Tegra processor in favour of Intel’s Atom could have an effect on battery life, though. If you’re just surfing the web and editing documents then it should be just fine for basic tasks.
Surface 3 is an ideal blend of practicality and innovation. As light and thin as it is, you’ll be surprised at all you can pull off with this device.
It’s a machine that’s capable of doing a lot but within limits. And with the gradual Windows 10 upgrade, which will be available for free to all Windows 7 and 8 users later this year, it will only get better.
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by techtalks @TechTalks December 7, 2015 9:20 AM UTC