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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 2 Core 1.5GHz 4GB 128GB 12" Laptop

2 1.5GHz 4GB 128GB Jul 2013
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The Surface Pro 3 is the slimmest and lightest Microsoft tablet yet. With 4th generation Intel Core i5 processing and a Full HD screen, you can work, play and edit wherever you are. Windows 8 Pro... More
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5 Reasons For

Three Point Five Headphone Out Ports

The Surface Pro 3 has more headphone out ports than most of the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. Most of the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface Pro 3 only have between one and three headphone out ports, however this laptop has three point five headphone out ports.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Surface Pro 3 has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other laptops of this age and type do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very High Main Camera Resolution

With a main camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has a very high main camera resolution compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3. The average main camera resolution of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1.8MP, and the main camera resolutions range from 0.9MP to 5MP.

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Light

At only 800 grams, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is very light compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3. The weights of laptops of a comparable type and age to the Surface Pro 3 range from 300g to 3.8kg.

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Narrow

At only 201 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is very narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. Across all the portable PCs of a similar age and type to the Surface Pro 3 the widths range from 38mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Surface Pro 3 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago which have a front camera.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB.

If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon (180GB).

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Quite Small Screen Size

When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 that we have assessed the screen size of, the Surface Pro 3's screen size of only 12 inches is one of the smallest. Across all the portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface Pro 3 the screen sizes range from 10" to 18".

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the HP 2570p (£211.15) (12.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

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

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1.5 gigahertz, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3. The average processor clock speed of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 is 2.1GHz.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of laptops that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 is 1GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

If this medium processor core notebook PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Asus Zenbook UX301LA (8GB), or the Lenovo X240 (£699.97) (8GB).

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years is 800MHz, the fastest is 3,100MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,200MHz. The Surface Pro 3 has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 1,500 megahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

At only 30.48 centimeters, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface Pro 3 have display diagonals of between 29cm and 44cm.

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Very Small Storage Capacity

Similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 have storage capacity of between 32GB and 1TB. The Surface Pro 3 has one of the smaller storage capacity (only 128,000 megabytes) amongst laptops of this age.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

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

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Only One USB Port

Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Surface Pro 3 have between one and three USB ports, including the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which has one USB port.

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Only One ESATA/USB 3.0 Port

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a one ESATA/USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for more than two years have between one and three ESATA/USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 4,000 megabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3. The internal memory of similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.6GB.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11n WiFi standard found on most laptops of this spec and age.

This notebook PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is in fact the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is the best Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Thick

When compared to other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface Pro 3, the height of the Surface Pro 3 of 292 millimeters is one of the thickest. The thinnest medium processor core notebook PC that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 is 2.4mm thick, the thickest is 300mm, and the average height is 27mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Microsoft notebook PC was released over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly average battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to consider the HP 2570p (£211.15) (9.3h) which also has a higher rating.

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Memory
Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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
Keyboard
Keyboard
Operating System/software
Operating System
Battery
Battery Life
Power
External Power Adapter
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AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
Power Cord Included
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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
Display Illumination
Wireless Technology
Display
Speaker
Weight
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2 core 1.5GHz 4GB 128GB 12"
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£ 699.97
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