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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3 4 Core Intel Atom 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB Ssd 10.8" Laptop

4 Intel Atom 1.6GHz 4GB Jul 2013
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9 Reasons For

SSD Storage Medium

The Surface 3 has a better storage medium than most laptops of a comparable type and age to it. This laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most laptops of a comparable type and age to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Surface 3.

The worst storage medium across similar types of laptop is HDD.

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Quite Long Battery Life

At 10 hours, the Surface 3 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The shortest battery life of notebook PCs of this type and age is 2.5h, the longest is 22h, and the average battery life is 6.9h.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Surface 3 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most laptops of a comparable type and age to it. Most many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium.

This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3.

The worst storage medium across similar types of notebook PC is HDD.

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Three Point Five Headphone Out Ports

The Surface 3 is a three point five headphone out port portable PC.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

Unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Surface 3 which do not have a touch sensitive screen, the Surface 3 has a touch sensitive screen.

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Very High Main Camera Resolution

At 8 megapixels, the Surface 3 has a very high main camera resolution compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Surface 3. Portable PCs of this age and type have main camera resolutions of between 0.9MP and 8MP.

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3 USB Version

This laptop has a 3 USB version, which is the most commonly found USB version on laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Light

Notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 have weights of between 430g and 4.8kg. At only 622 grams, the Microsoft Surface 3 is very light compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the Surface 3.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Microsoft Surface 3 (622g).

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Narrow

Comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago have widths of between 240mm and 430mm. When compared to other portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Surface 3 that we have checked, the width of the Surface 3 of only 267.1 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Microsoft Surface 3 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 16". The screen size of the Surface 3 of only 10.8 inches is one of the smallest amongst laptops that are a similar age to the Surface 3.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

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

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 128 gigabytes, the Surface 3 has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3. The smallest total storage capacity of many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 32GB, the biggest is 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB.

If this Microsoft laptop total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo Y50 (256GB).

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Only Intel Atom Processor Family

The Surface 3 has a better processor family than most many processor core portable PCs that have been available for more than two years. This Microsoft notebook PC has an Intel Atom processor family, whereas most portable PCs of this spec and age have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

An Intel Atom processor family is in fact the worst processor family amongst all many processor core 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 notebook PC.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 3GHz. The Surface 3 has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1.6 gigahertz) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

At only 27.432 centimeters, the Surface 3 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3. The average display diagonal of many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 is 35cm.

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Very Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than two years. Similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3 have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4.8MB.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1,600 megahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3. Across all the many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1,300MHz to 2,600MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,100MHz.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Surface 3 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One USB Port

Most portable PCs of this age and type have between one and three USB ports, including the Surface 3 which has one USB port.

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Only One ESATA/USB 3.0 Port

Most portable PCs of this type and age 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 comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it. Most comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is in fact the worst Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs of this age and type.

The best Wi-Fi standard across comparable types of laptop is 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Microsoft released the Surface 3.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Surface 3 has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the Surface 3.

If this Microsoft laptop internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GS60 (8GB).

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Processor Cache
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Processor Clock Speed
Memory
Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Hard Drive
Storage Medium
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Memory Card Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Touch Screen
Display Manufacturer
Graphics
Maximum Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Microphone
Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Built-In Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Integrated Wireless LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Wireless Communication Version
USB Port
Mini DisplayPort
Headphone Connection
Headphone Out Port
DisplayPort
ESATA/USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 Port
Operating System/software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Battery
Battery Life
Power
External Power Adapter
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Technical Details
Display
Wireless Feature
Other Features
Stereo Sound
Wireless Standard
Speaker
Display
Storage Capacity
USB Version
Internal Memory
Audio Output
Compatible Operating System
Display Diagonal
Wireless Transmission
Dimensions
Main Camera Resolution
Wireless Technology
Display
Speaker
Weight
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