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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 I7-4650U 1.7GHz 512GB 12" Tablet

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I7-4650U 1.7GHz Windows 8.1 Pro 512GB May 2014
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Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the Surface Pen which... More
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Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

We checked 2,870 user and expert reviews for Microsoft tablet computers and found that on average Microsoft has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Microsoft has good ratings specifically for its i7-4650U processor tablets.

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

Comparable spec tablets that have been on the market for more than two years have internal storage capacity of between 1GB and 520GB. The Surface Pro 3 has one of the largest internal storage capacity (512 gigabytes) amongst tablet computers of this age.

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Very Large Screen Size

The average screen size of tablet computers of this type and age is 9.1", and the screen sizes range from 5.5" to 14". With a screen size of 12 inches, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst tablets of this age.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar spec and age to the Surface Pro 3. Across all the tablet computers of a comparable age and type to the Surface Pro 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 2.7GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 1.4GHz.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.3 gigahertz, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies amongst tablet computers of this age. The maximum turbo frequencies of tablet computers that came out more than two years ago range from 1.1GHz to 3.4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.3GHz.

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Very Large Processor Cache

The average processor cache of tablets of a similar age and type to the Surface Pro 3 is 1.7MB. When compared to other tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3's processor cache of 4 megabytes is one of the largest.

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Very Large Internal Memory

When compared to other tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 that we have assessed, the Surface Pro 3's internal memory of 8 gigabytes is one of the largest. The internal memory of tablets that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 range from 0.25GB to 8GB.

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Capacitive Touch Screen Technology

This tablet computer features a Capacitive touch screen technology, which is the most frequently featured touch screen technology on comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to it.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

Across all the comparable spec tablets that have been available for more than two years the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 5MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1.5MP. With a front camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly high front camera resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

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Quite Large Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a quite large maximum internal memory compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable age and type to the Surface Pro 3. The average maximum internal memory of comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the Surface Pro 3 is 3.9GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 0.5GB to 32GB.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

The Surface Pro 3 has a 1080p video recording mode which is higher than most tablet computers of this age and spec. Most tablet computers that are a similar age to it have a 720p video recording mode. The worst video recording mode of all comparable spec tablets that have been available for a similar time to the Surface Pro 3 is 480p and the best is 2160p.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This tablet computer supports a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on comparable spec tablets that have been available for more than two years.

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2160 X 1440 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Surface Pro 3 is 2160 x 1440 pixels. That's over three times the display resolution of a 1280 x 800 pixels tablet computer, which is the most frequently found display resolution. Similar spec tablets that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 display resolutions range from 480 x 272 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2560 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This tablet has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on tablets of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Thin

The thicknesses of tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 range from 6.4mm to 300mm. At only 9.1 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a quite thin thickness compared to most of the other tablets that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

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3 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

The Surface Pro 3 is not 3G compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other tablets that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 are also not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec tablets that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 3 is not 4G compatible.

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Heavy

Across all the similar spec tablet computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface Pro 3 the weights range from 250g to 2.3kg. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is one of the heavier tablets that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 (800 grams) amongst similar spec tablet computers of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Released Over Two Years Ago

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3 over two years ago.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

With a rear camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has a relatively typical rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablet computers that have been around for more than two years.

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Two Processor Cores

The Surface Pro 3 has two processor cores which is average compared to the other 117 tablets that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Maximum Turbo Frequency
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Processor Family
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Display
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Touch Screen Technology
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
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording Mode
Video Recording
Rear Camera Resolution
Rear Camera
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone / Microphone Port
Headphone Jack Size
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
USB 3.0 Port
Docking Connector Type
Mini DisplayPort
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Messaging
E-Mail
Performance
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Operating System Architecture
GPS
Magnetometer
Design
Size
Form Factor
Colour
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel Insider
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Active Management Technology Version
Battery
Maximum Battery Life
WiFi Browsing Time
Power
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Thickness
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter
Keyboard Included
Stylus Pen
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Manual
Other Features
Visual Technology
64-Bit Computing Architecture
WiFi
Intel Virtualization Technology
Processor Manufacturer
Internal RAM

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Expert Reviews

(4)
8 December 2014

Many Apple fans were hoping for an iPad Pro this year, but it didn't happen. What they did get was a successor to the iPad Air. Here we compare the iPad Air 2 with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 so you... Read more…

Brilliant screen
Great new design
Infinite kickstand
Lightweight
Excellent performances
No bundled Office 365 Subscription
Expensive when you get into the higherend models
Not great for portable gaming
MicroSD not as prominently used as opposed to SD
Certain models can b
30 May 2014

The Surface Pro 3 is first and foremost a tablet, but Microsoft claims it's the only tablet that can truly replace your laptop. During its unveiling, Microsoft made several comparisons with... Read more…

Great build
It's thin, light, and sturdy
Superb display quality
3 2 display ratio perfectly suited for Windows 8.1
As a tablet, its productivity potential is unmatched
Keyboard cover sold separately
Some annoying design quirks
Expensive
Windows 8 lacks many apps, keyboard cover costs 130 extra
Relatively Pricey
19 October 2014

Surface Pro 3 jest aktualnie najszybszym tabletem. Ma du?y i ostry wy?wietlacz, jest l?ejszy, smuklejszy i lepiej wyposa?ony od poprzednika. Krótko mówi?c: trzecia generacja Surface Pro to...

Premium build
Outstanding feature list
Practically a laptop
Beautiful, slim design
Powerful hardware
Very, very expensive
Its key accessory costs extra
Loud and hot
Type Cover is an essential accessory
Heavy for handheld use
24 December 2015

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Mit dem Surface Pro 3 sucht sich Microsoft eine Nische auf dem mittlerweile gut bestückten Tablet-Markt und präsentiert das Gerät primär als Arbeitstier mit Windows und Office. Konkurrenz... Read more…

Superb screen
Excellent pen integration
Portable form factor
Good performance
Flexible kickstand
Type Cover not included
Windows scaling problems
Battery life isn't good enough
Difficult to repair
At 56 hours usage for moderate tasks, the battery life on the Surface Pro 3 leaves something to be desired

User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 7 November 2014 by JOE1958
JOE1958 would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

The tablet itself is great. The only concern I have is the wall charger the section from the transfer box to the tablet connection is so loose you have to mess with it to keep a connection. If not... Read more…

The board has nice uefi bios options. The board came with 2 sata cables
Lots of usb ports and every other port you need
Reasonable price, seems to be solid. Good built-in features, along with the ability to use most of Intel's 1155 CPU's
I have had this board up and running for well over a year now. It dual boots Win XP (only for some old prog's) and Ubuntu 14.04LTS. It is flawless in both. It has run pretty much 24 7 since being bui
Portability
The audio on this board sucks, it should have been better than my 3 year old toshiba laptop (based on the built in realtek chip versions) but the realtek software acts weird. I couldn't get it to soun
Mobo failed while my computer was shutdown, but computer was plugged in and usb ports were powered. This may not have been the fault of the motherboard but I doubt it was my psu which is of very good
Only 2 RAM slots (but that is common with lower cost boards and I knew when purchasing)
None known at this time
Still has some MS software bugs
Reviewed 18 August 2015 by DoctorLinda
DoctorLinda would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Was very pleased until last set of updates put it in reboot loop forever. Or something. Unusable at this time. Very disappointing. Closest store 6 hours away...

Very user friendly
Long battery life
Most Powerful Tablet
Period
Easy to set up
Pen is sometimes too sensitive
Price
Issues with the faulty network adapter
Also has to be plugged in when performing updates
Bare minimum in standard software
Reviewed 27 January 2015 by Frank Snyder

I bought a Surface for my wife to replace her laptop. She uses it non-stop for general web-browsing, education, games, videos, and more. The device (i3) runs quickly without issue, looks and feels... Read more…

Features especially office capability
Runs great and started up great. When you first get it, use the first pci express 2.0 16 slot for your graphic card to set the bios up. Then every other port will work and you can put the graphic car
Being able to use a full version of Office
Painless setup. Bios features are awesome simple
It will do more than a tablet - it's an actual computer
Reliability
Price
Could use another chassis fan connector
Quickbooks isn't easy to use on this small of a screen
Reviewed 1 January 2015 by Antonyk

I have had my Surface Pro 3 (i5, 256gb hard drive, 8gb RAM) for about a month. I am extremely pleased with it. Hardware: This machine is very well designed and well constructed. It feels very... Read more…

It works BIOS updater program is really simple, 1 click and it's updated
Build quality
Moderate weight HD display
Compact size
Capability
BIOS. Someone in their dept has issues. . Why send a MB with BIOS not fully updated and WHY i have to buy an extra CPU to update the BIOS . .. so i can use the CPU i want (even thought in you website
Nothing yet
Too many component failures
Awful BIOS
Reviewed 30 December 2014 by WendellB

I use both Macs and PCs. I own various MacPro laptops and several PC laptops. I find myself consistently reaching for and using the Surface Pro 3. I have the i7/512GB version. My Surface Pro 3 is... Read more…

Great for overclocking my 4 860k
Stable
Great features The power and reset switches came in handy when updating my Bios
It's red and black so it goes great with my other hardware (important for people like me that are obsessed with aesthetics)
Size and ease of use
Kickstand could be a little more flexible
Keyboard should be included
Keyboard should have pen storage
Not recognizing the charger is plugged
Pen to take screenshots and open one-note does not work
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