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Microsoft Surface 3 X7-Z8700 1.6GHz 32GB 10.8" Tablet

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X7-Z8700 1.6GHz Windows 8.1 32GB Sep 2015
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Surface 3 is great for Take notes or write directly on screen at the same time. With up to 10 hours of battery life for video playback,1 Surface 3 lasts through your film marathon (or all your... More
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Microsoft Surface 3 Review!

13 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

Surface 3 owners on average rated this tablet computer 83 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon last year “A Nokia Lumia tab) the bundle is great value (black Friday purchase) all delivered well packaged, all components in original Microsoft sealed packing”. Also last year Andreas Iacovou said on Amazon “While this significantly added to the cost they are such useful items” in his Microsoft Surface 3 review. A few weeks ago J. Holmes gave it an excellent rating and mentioned on Amazon “Surprisingly fast and ideal hybrid, Decent Price, Full Windows 10 like a Laptop” in their review of this tablet.

Three people said in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer mentioned in December this year “Great product cheap bundle” and rated the product as very good. Last year Anonymous mentioned in their review of this tablet on Amazon “Amazon support didn't deal with this properly” yet they only gave the Microsoft Surface 3 a rating of 60 out of 100. Bhp mentioned “These are cheap and really good”.

One customer said in their reviews that it was cheap. In December this year A. Hamill said on Amazon “I wanted small, light, not to expensive and [powerful”.

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Good Product Quality

Several people who purchased this tablet agreed that it was good quality. Andreas Iacovou wrote in his review on Amazon “Well made, compact, LTE options”. Anonymous said “Keyboard seem good quality and easy to use, there have been several issues with this order” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 but in spite of that they rated it 3 stars. David Moore gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he said “Well built, good quality, light weight for carrying around, easy to use, compact”.

Robust

Several Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers who bought it thought it was well made. In December last year Ryland Johnson said in their review “Add the fact this is a full Windows tablet, built like a brick out house, runs very well” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Ryland Johnson also said “Can I recommend this tablet? Yes IF you desire a quality top line well made and engineered product that runs Windows 10”. Stephen he mentioned “What you get is a really well made diverse device, that let's you do everyday tasks”.

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner said in their reviews that this tablet was strong and durable. Andreas Iacovou he wrote “Superbly made and tough as nails”.

One person who reviewed the Microsoft Surface 3 wrote that it was sealed. In December last year Jay Banner he mentioned “I was appalled, as considering it was brand-new and factory sealed by Microsoft” in his review of this tablet.

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Easy to Use

Six people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. J. Holmes said on Amazon in December “Absolutely a joy to use” in their review of this tablet. Jay Banner he said “It was having problems loading the operating system it was designed to use! So, I patiently waited for it to sort itself out”.

One customer mentioned that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Ryland Johnson wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “Though many reviewers have written it is light enough to hold one handed I question this for any length of time The screen is a beauty, sharp colourful”.

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Good Battery Life

Some Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers who reviewed this tablet thought it had a good battery life. Bhp mentioned on Amazon “It has longer battery life due to its Atom processor 3”. Bhp also wrote “This means, most importantly, that you can easily use a portable battery to recharge it”. Bhp also mentioned “Battery life is excellent”.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

On average Microsoft x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers have good ratings compared to other brands as do all tablets produced by Microsoft.

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Good Connectivity

Several customers considered that the product was good in terms of USB connections. In December J. Holmes said “The micro USB charging makes it easier to juice up again, just make sure the plug or portable charger you bring pushes out at least 12 Volts”. Ryland Johnson wrote in their Microsoft Surface 3 review “Connectability is also strong having a full USB 3.00 port plus MIcro SD port” .

Good Size

A number of people who reviewed this tablet concluded that it was compact. One Microsoft Surface 3 reviewer who bought the Microsoft Surface 3 wrote that it was lightweight. Bm scored it 4 stars and mentioned a few weeks ago “Lightweight, powerful and flexible” in their review.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Ryland Johnson gave this tablet a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon “The body is made from a thick all in one piece of mag' alloy, its not going to bend! Its heavier than most of its counterparts”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Last year Jjsuperbadger wrote on Amazon “My only real issue with it was heat and noise from the fan”. One Microsoft Surface 3 reviewer said in their reviews that it was quiet. Jjsuperbadger scored the product 5 stars and wrote “I find the silent trade off well worth it”.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed it thought it was smooth.

1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 1080p video recording mode, which is the most frequently found video recording mode on similar spec tablets that were launched around the same time as it.

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Narrow

The Surface 3 is one of the narrower tablet computers of this type and age (only 187 millimeters) amongst similar spec tablet computers of this age. The widths of tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3 range from 120mm to 270mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Inferior for Games

A few customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was not good playing games on. Last year Bhp mentioned “I wouldn't like to use it for gaming, or for heavy photo or worse, video, editing.” in their Microsoft Surface 3 review however despite that they still gave the Microsoft Surface 3 an excellent review. Jjsuperbadger wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon “It's useless for gaming.” but they still gave the Microsoft Surface 3 a score of 5 stars.

Inferior Picture Quality

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 did not have good picture quality. In December David Knight mentioned “Installing the windows 10 update solved the graphics driver problem”.

Not 4G Compatible

The Microsoft Surface 3 is not 4G compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other tablet computers of this age and type are also not 4G compatible.

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Not 3G Compatible

The Surface 3 is not 3G compatible. Most of the other tablet computers of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3 do are 3G compatible.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The Surface 3 has a quite small internal storage capacity (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3. Across all the tablets that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3 the internal storage capacity range from 32GB to 130GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 78GB.

If you are looking for a larger internal storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_3823278_price] (64GB and higher rated).

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Very Small Internal Memory

X7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface 3 have internal memory of between 2GB and 4GB. The Surface 3 has a quite small internal memory (only 2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablets of a similar spec and age to the Surface 3.

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Very Thick

With a thickness of 267 millimeters, the Surface 3's thickness is one of the thickest amongst x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface 3. The average thickness of x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface 3 is 180mm, and the thicknesses range from 8.6mm to 270mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Microsoft released the Surface 3.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 8 megapixels, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly typical rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablet computers of this age and type.

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Four Processor Cores

The Surface 3 has four processor cores. That's average compared to the other nine tablets of this spec and age that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 10.8 inches, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

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Specification

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Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
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Display
Screen Size
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Multi-Touch Technology
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Graphics Adapter Family
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Video Recording Mode
Video Recording
Auto Focus
Rear Camera
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone / Microphone Port
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
USB 3.0 Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Mini DisplayPort
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Design
Size
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Colour
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Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Battery
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Weight
Height
Thickness
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Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter
Stylus Pen
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Other Features
64-Bit Computing Architecture

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Expert Reviews

(171)
21 December 2015

As we inspected the Surface Pro 4 ahead of the Surface 3, despite the latter launching back in the first half of the year, it's more a case of deciding whether or not the stripped back Surface...

Versatile design
Excellent software compatibility
Attractive screen
Good connectivity
Full Windows 10
Type Cover is an essential accessory
Heavy for handheld use
Weak onscreen keyboard
Charging takes really long
WiFi speeds were slower than expected
7 December 2015

If you're looking for a tablet that can do more, or an affordable laptop alternative, Surface 3 is a great deal. At $500 for the 128GB/4GB RAM model , you're really getting a lot. The Surface...

26 October 2015

As you all know, the Surface Pro 4 and the new Surface Book were announced earlier this week. But before it hits the shelves here in The Philippines, let's take a look first on the previous model... Read more…

23 October 2015

Microsoft Surface 3 is getting closer to being a perfect MacBook Air replacement for casual productivity Photo by Brad MoonRegular readers of GeekDad probably know that I've had a long history of... Read more…

12 October 2015

I've been using the base model of the Surface 3 as my daily driver for the past 3 months. It's beautifully crafted, decent to type on, and won't break the bank. However, the Surface 3, and...

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User Reviews

(236)
Reviewed 16 November 2015 by Mike2k

I bought the Surface 3 (4GB RAM 128GB Storage model) back in June due to its more commuter friendly form factor compared to the Surface Pro 3. It works brilliantly as a commuting device when on... Read more…

Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Clem90

Really impressive product. Bought to replace laptop and use alongside work laptop. I wanted windows programs and am very impressed with it in laptop mode, love using the pen in Onenote for notes... Read more…

Reviewed 19 September 2014 by Estefania E.
(Verified Purchase)

Using this on a Linux Build, no problems. Instructions and Manual are top notch...

Reviewed 7 September 2014 by Valerie L.
(Verified Purchase)

As mentioned in the "pros," this board is tremendously configurable. I can't imagine what the Z97 variant has that this doesn't. If my chip were unlockable, I could overclock it despite this being... Read more…

Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Richard F.
(Verified Purchase)

Never owned an Asus board before now I see why people like them so much, very well designed and laid out. The UEFI is very nice, easy to work with and navigate through. The 3 fan headers alone... Read more…

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