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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3 4 Core Intel Atom 1.6GHz 2GB 64GB 10.8" Laptop

£660.39
£426.80 £233.59 cheaper than 16 days ago
4 Intel Atom 1.6GHz 2GB Jul 2013
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Highlights - Full version of Windows 8.1 and full-size USB port mean you can access PC software anywhere - Premium magnesium body looks and feels great along with offering increased durability -... More
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10 Reasons For

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Surface 3 has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

This laptop's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution across all many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

The worst display resolution across comparable types of laptop is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Front Camera

The Surface 3 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age also have a front camera.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this notebook PC and we think the DELL Inspiron 15, the Acer Aspire E5-551 (£394.27), and the Lenovo 11e which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 10 hours, the Surface 3 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. The battery lifes of many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 range from 2.5h to 22h, and the average battery life is 6.9h.

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Three Point Five Headphone Out Ports

The Surface 3 is a three point five headphone out port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of this age and type only have between one and three headphone out ports.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Surface 3 has a touch sensitive screen, unlike most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 which do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 (£525.00) is also worth considering.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

The front camera resolutions of notebook PCs of this age and type range from 0.3MP to 1,300MP, and the average front camera resolution is 14MP. When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 that we have checked, the Surface 3's front camera resolution of 3.5 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Fairly High Main Camera Resolution

With a main camera resolution of 3.5 megapixels, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite high main camera resolution compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Surface 3. The average main camera resolution of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 2.4MP, and the main camera resolutions range from 0.9MP to 8MP.

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3 USB Version

This portable PC has a 3 USB version, which is the most frequently found USB version on similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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Light

The lightest similar spec portable PC that has been around for around the same time as the Surface 3 is 430g heavy and the heaviest is 4.8kg. When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years that we have assessed, the weight of the Microsoft Surface 3 of only 622 grams is one of the lightest.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the 11e (1.5kg and cheaper), or the 11e (1.5kg and cheaper) both from Lenovo or the DELL Inspiron 15 (2.2kg and cheaper).

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Narrow

When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked, the width of the Surface 3 of only 267.1 millimeters is one of the narrowest. The narrowest many processor core laptop that is a comparable age to the Surface 3 is 240mm wide, the widest is 430mm, and the average width is 380mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Small Screen Size

The Surface 3 has one of the smallest screen sizes (only 10.8 inches) amongst portable PCs of this age. Across all the many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 16".

If you want a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might also want to look at the HP ZBook 17 G2 (17.3").

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Surface 3 have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB. With a total storage capacity of only 64 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has one of the smallest total storage capacity amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the HP ZBook 17 G2 (500GB).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other portable PCs of this type and age have a full-size keyboard, however the Microsoft Surface 3 does not have a full-size keyboard.

Other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider include the DELL Inspiron 15, the Acer Aspire E5-551 (£394.27), or the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 (£525.00) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB. With an internal memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Surface 3 has one of the smallest internal memory amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the HP ZBook 17 G2 (4GB).

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Only Intel Atom Processor Family

The Surface 3 has a better processor family than most laptops that were launched around the same time as it. This Microsoft portable PC has an Intel Atom processor family, whereas most laptops of this type and age have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

This portable PC's processor family (Intel Atom) is actually the worst processor family across all similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

An Intel Core i7-3xxx processor family is the best processor family amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3. Across all the many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3GHz.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP ZBook 17 G2 (2.5GHz).

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Very Small Display Diagonal

Notebook PCs of this age and spec have display diagonals of between 25cm and 44cm, and the average display diagonal is 35cm. At only 27.432 centimeters, the Surface 3 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite small internal memory (only 2,000 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3. The smallest internal memory of portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3 is 2GB and the biggest is 16GB.

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Very Small Storage Capacity

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly small storage capacity (only 64,000 megabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Surface 3. Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3 the storage capacity range from 32GB to 1TB.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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Only One USB Port

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a one USB port notebook PC. Most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 have between one and three USB ports.

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Only One ESATA/USB 3.0 Port

Most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Surface 3 have between one and three ESATA/USB 3.0 ports, including the Surface 3 which has one ESATA/USB 3.0 port.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Microsoft Surface 3 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. Most portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all laptops that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is the best Wi-Fi standard across similar types of laptop.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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1 Other reason to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this portable PC was released.

Specification

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Internal Memory Size
Storage
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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Memory Card Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Touch Screen
Display Manufacturer
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Maximum Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Microphone
Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution
Rear Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Built-In Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Integrated Wireless LAN
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USB Port
Mini DisplayPort
Headphone Connection
Headphone Out Port
DisplayPort
ESATA/USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 Port
Operating System/software
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Bundled Software
Battery
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Power
External Power Adapter
Weight & Dimensions
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Power Cord Included
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Stereo Sound
Wireless Standard
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Storage Capacity
USB Version
Internal Memory
Audio Output
Compatible Operating System
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Dimensions
Main Camera Resolution
Wireless Technology
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft 7g500015
Barcodes 00889842008852

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Asus X553 vs Microsoft Surface 3
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4 core intel atom 1.6GHz 2GB 64GB 10.8"
£ 249.00 £426.80
Bigger Storage Capacity
Bigger Total Storage Capacity
Bigger Internal Memory
Bigger Internal Memory
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Lenovo T440p vs Microsoft Surface 3

Lenovo T440p vs Microsoft Surface 3
Lenovo T440p
4 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 14"
Microsoft Surface 3
4 core intel atom 1.6GHz 2GB 64GB 10.8"
£ 875.00 £426.80
Bigger Total Storage Capacity
Bigger Internal Memory
Newer by 13 Months
Two USB 3.0 Ports
Two Point Five Less Headphone Out Ports
Significantly Thicker

Tecra W50 vs Surface 3

Toshiba Tecra W50 vs Microsoft Surface 3
Toshiba Tecra W50
4 core Intel Core i7-4xxx 2.8GHz 32GB 256GB SSD 15.6"
Microsoft Surface 3
4 core intel atom 1.6GHz 2GB 64GB 10.8"
£ 2,258.39 £426.80
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