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Microsoft Surface I5-3317U 1.7GHz 64GB 10.6" 3G Tablet

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I5-3317U 1.7GHz Windows 8 64GB Oct 2013
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11 Reasons For

Nice Design

Eight Microsoft Surface owners wrote in their reviews that this tablet was good looking. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “Beautiful, inventive and versatile (though a little confusing), Microsoft's first-ever laptop is already one of the best Windows notebooks ever crafted” in their review. Apcmag.com wrote “Gorgeous display” and scored it 4 stars. Apcmag.com also said “Beautiful screen”.

Several people who reviewed it said that it was a good design. Apcmag.com said in their review of this tablet in November “The best hybrid design yet” . Apcmag.com also mentioned “Stunning and high quality design, fast, optional dedicated graphics, lovely display, versatile design”. Apcmag.com also said “Versatile detachable-hybrid design”.

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Good Battery Life

Some Microsoft Surface reviewers who bought it considered that it had a good battery life. Apcmag.com said in their Microsoft Surface review this month “Excellent battery life”. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Good battery as a notebook”. Apcmag.com also wrote “Epic battery life as a laptop”.

Robust

Some Microsoft Surface owners who purchased it considered that it was well made. Expert website About.com mentioned “Storage for the Surface Book is entirely handled by solid state drives with four different capacity levels” in their review of this tablet. About.com also mentioned “Nov 2 2015 - Microsoft's first laptop system offers a very solid experience with a few twists thanks to its 2-in-1 ability to detach the screen”. Expert website Slashgear.com mentioned “The docking mechanism is an engineering triumph, certainly the cleanest way to handle a removable screen” in their Microsoft Surface review.

One person who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable. This month expert website Apcmag.com said “And with a tough and slick” in their Microsoft Surface review.

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Easy to Use

Several Microsoft Surface owners considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. A few weeks ago Apcmag.com said “Among the most comfortable keyboard and trackpad” in their review. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode”. Engadget.com said “The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both it” in their Microsoft Surface review and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

A few Microsoft Surface owners who bought this tablet considered that it had a good experience. In November last year expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Want a true laptop experience that does”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Microsoft Surface reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Expert review site Slashgear.com said “Superlative build quality and truly innovative hardware single the Surface Book out as something legitimately special” in their review. Gadgetguy.com.au wrote “It's clear that it has a lot going for it, with a solid build quality, excellent specs” in their review. Apcmag.com said “High quality magnesium alloy chassis, notebookclass CPU” in their Microsoft Surface review.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

Microsoft has good average ratings for its i5-3317U processor tablet computers as well as across its entire tablet range compared to other brands.

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Good Connectivity

One Microsoft Surface owner concluded that this tablet was good in terms of connectivity. Apcmag.com said in their review of the Microsoft Surface a few weeks ago “Hybrid connectivity is very interesting”.

One customer who reviewed this tablet thought it was good in terms of USB connections. In November Apcmag.com wrote in their review of this tablet “Heavier than 13or 14inch Ultrabooks, battery life could be better, no USB TypeC or HDMI options, no WWAN or R 45 options, no SmartCard or fingerprint reader, no secondary storage options”.

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Good Picture Quality

Some Microsoft Surface owners who reviewed it wrote that it had good picture quality. Apcmag.com wrote a few weeks ago “The Microsoft Surface Book packs highend components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body” in their Microsoft Surface review.

3G Compatible

Unlike most of the other tablets of this spec and age which are not 3G compatible, the Microsoft Surface is 3G compatible.

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Very Narrow

The Surface is one of the narrower tablet computers of this age and type (only 274.6 millimeters) amongst i5-3317U processor tablet computers of this age. The average width of tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as the Surface is 290mm, and the widths range from 270mm to 310mm.

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Quite Thin

The thicknesses of i5-3317U processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface range from 13mm to 200mm. With a thickness of only 173 millimeters, the Surface has a quite thin thickness compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface.

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10 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Seven customers thought this tablet was not cheap. A few weeks ago Apcmag.com mentioned in their review “Expensive for a laptop, expensive for a hybrid” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 4 stars. Apcmag.com also said “Higher end configurations get expensive”. Apcmag.com also wrote “Expensive Gap between display”.

Several people said in their reviews that the product was not good value for money. Apcmag.com said this month “High cost of entry, "Fulcrum" hinge makes the laptop appear fatter when shut” in their review. Apcmag.com also wrote “Rather pricey”.

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Not Good in Terms of Size

Several people who reviewed this tablet considered that it was not heavy and bulky. In November Apcmag.com said “Display wobbles and feels top heavy” however despite that they scored the product 80 out of 100. Apcmag.com also wrote “A little bulky as a laptop”. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Rather large and heavy”.

One Microsoft Surface reviewer who bought this tablet wrote that it was not heavy.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The Surface supports an HDD storage medium which is better than most similar spec tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as it. Most tablets that were released more than two years ago support a Flash storage medium. The storage medium of all tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the Surface ranges from eMMC (worst) to SSD (best).

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Not 4G Compatible

The Surface is not 4G compatible. Most of the other tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to the Surface are also not 4G compatible.

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Quite Low Battery Capacity

When compared to other tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface that we have assessed, the Surface's battery capacity of only 1,530 milliampere * hour is one of the lowest. The average battery capacity of comparable spec tablet computers that were released more than two years ago is 5,100mAh.

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Only Apple 30-Pin Docking Connector Type

The docking connector type of this tablet computer is Apple 30-pin, which is the most frequently found docking connector type on tablets that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The Surface has an HDD storage medium which is better than the Flash storage medium found on most tablet computers that were launched more than two years ago.

This tablet's storage media type (HDD) is in fact the worst storage media type across all comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to the Surface.

The best storage media type across similar types of tablet is Flash.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of tablet computers of this age and type is 1MB and the largest is 3MB. The Surface has one of the smaller processor caches (only 1 megabyte) amongst i5-3317U processor tablet computers of this age.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 10.6 inches, the Surface has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst i5-3317U processor tablet computers of this age. Comparable spec tablets that were launched more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 10" and 12", and the average screen size is 11".

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Only 720p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 720p video recording mode, which is typical of many tablet computers that have been on the market for more than two years.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Microsoft tablet was released over three years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.7 gigahertz, the Surface has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the Surface.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 64 gigabytes, the Surface has a relatively typical internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable age and type to the Surface.

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Two Processor Cores

The Microsoft Surface has two processor cores which is average compared to the other 14 similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Core
Processor Cache
Processor Brand
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Display
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Multi-Touch Technology
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Camera
Front Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording Mode
Video Recording
Rear Camera
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Networking
4G Compatible
3G Compatible
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Jack Size
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
Docking Connector Type
Mini DisplayPort
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS
Design
Size
Form Factor
Colour
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Insider
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Battery
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Thickness
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter
Keyboard Included
Stylus Pen
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Other Features
Visual Technology
Kids Tablet
WiFi

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Expert Reviews

(302)
15 January 2016

The new Surface Book comes at things the other way and the fact that Microsoft calls this ?the ultimate laptop? on its website is a fairly telling sign of where it's aiming ? it's very much a... Read more…

The best hybrid design yet
Fantastic display complemented by the included stylus
Great performance, especially with the dedicated GPU
Excellent battery life
Excellent screen
A collection of software issues hasn't been fixed months after launch
Compromised cooling solution
The hinge doesn't fully close
Expensive for a laptop, expensive for a hybrid
Thick in comparison to some of the computers it competes against
3 December 2015

Despite some of the problems the Surface Book offers, it's clear that it has a lot going for it, with a solid build quality, excellent specs, and a sense of integrity few machines have imparted...

24 November 2015

The new Surface, not to be confused with the Surface Pro, is one of Microsoft's latest tablets, and despite its low price-point, it's impressively capable. To that effect, Surface 3 replaces the... Read more…

20 November 2015

Microsoft's Surface Book shows a lot of promise in the premium space, but it's badly marred by stability and software issues.Over at finder.com.au, I've put the Surface Book through its paces ? or... Read more…

20 November 2015

The Surface Book is Microsoft's first notebook and already it is challenging what a notebook is, how it should work and what it should do. Some of these changes are welcomed. Others leave you... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 October 2015 by LauraCallas

I purchased this tablet new and it died 4 times before it was even one year old. Each time I took it back, and each time it was replaced with a new one that proceeded to die as well. The last time... Read more…

Reviewed 7 June 2013 by Thomas L.
(Verified Purchase)

There comes a point where you have too many options. Here, you can overclock manually via BIOS, OR use the BIOS optimized settings, OR some high power button, OR some DOCP optimization, OR use... Read more…

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 22 November 2012 by Evan R.
(Verified Purchase)

This is a great budget board and is exactly what I was looking for. I installed the components in this board and booted without a hitch. No problems whatsoever. The lack of right-hand-side risers... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2013 by Christine S.
(Verified Purchase)

BEWARE: the board will not boot to BIOS if you do not have a CPU fan plugged into the proper header. This fan Header is located above the CPU, and all other headers are located on the left side... Read more…

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