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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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8 Reasons For

SSD Storage Media

The Microsoft Surface 3 has an SSD storage media which is better than the HDD storage media found on most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. 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 amongst all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Surface 3.

An HDD storage media is the worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

Across all the portable PCs of this age and type the battery life (max)s range from 2.5h to 22h. With a battery life (max) of 10 hours, the Surface 3 has a fairly long battery life (max) compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released around the same time as the Surface 3.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Microsoft Surface 3 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most many processor cores laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Surface 3.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of portable PC is HDD.

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Three Point Five Headphone Outputss

The Surface 3 has more headphone outputss than most of the portable PCs of a similar age and type to the Surface 3. This portable PC is a three point five headphone outputs portable PC compared to most of the many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago which only have between one and three headphone outputss.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Surface 3 has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Surface 3 which do not have a touchscreen.

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Very High Main Camera Resolution (numeric)

When compared to other laptops of this age and spec that we have assessed the main camera resolution (numeric) of, the Surface 3's main camera resolution (numeric) of 8 megapixels is one of the highest. The average main camera resolution (numeric) of many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago is 2.5MP.

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3 USB Version

This laptop has a 3 USB version, which is the most frequently found USB version on many processor cores laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Light

When compared to other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years, the Surface 3's weight of only 622 grams is one of the lightest. The lightest laptop of a comparable type and age to the Surface 3 is 430g heavy and the heaviest is 4.8kg.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Surface 3 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Surface 3 which have a front camera.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed, the display diagonal of the Surface 3 of only 10.8 inches is one of the smallest. The average display diagonal of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Surface 3 is 16", and the display diagonals range from 10" to 18".

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Surface 3 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Surface 3 the total storage capacitys range from 32GB to 2TB. At only 128 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Alternative 128GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include the Samsung NP905S3G[plb_1609044_price] which has better reviews.

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Only Intel Atom Processor Family

The Microsoft Surface 3 has an Intel Atom processor family which is better than the Intel Core i7 processor family found on most many processor cores laptops that have been around for more than two years.

An Intel Atom processor family is in fact the worst processor family amongst all laptops of this age and spec.

An Intel Core i7-3xxx processor family is the best processor family across comparable types of laptop.

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Very Slow Processor Frequency

Many processor cores laptops that are a similar age to the Surface 3 have processor frequencys of between 1GHz and 3GHz. At only 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a quite slow processor frequency compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that are a comparable age to the Surface 3.

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Very Small Display Diagonal (metric)

Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 the display diagonal (metric)s range from 25cm to 44cm, and the average display diagonal (metric) is 36cm. At only 27.432 centimeters, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite small display diagonal (metric) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the Surface 3.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 1,600 megahertz, the Surface 3 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Surface 3. The slowest processor clock speed of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Surface 3 is 1,300MHz and the fastest is 2,600MHz.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The Surface 3 has a quite small processor cache (only 2 megabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age. Across all the portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3 the processor caches range from 2MB to 8MB.

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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 around 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

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a one USB port notebook PC. Most of the other many processor cores laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface 3 have between one and three USB ports.

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Only 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it. This portable PC has an 802.11a wi-Fi standards, whereas most many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago have an 802.11n wi-Fi standards.

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

Amongst comparable types of laptop the best Wi-Fi standard is 802.11n.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC was released over three years ago.

Average Internal Memory

The Surface 3 has a relatively standard internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3.

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Specification

Design
Colour of Product
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Technology
Processor Manufacturer
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Memory
Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Hard Drive
Storage Medium
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Memory Card Slot(s)
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Touchscreen Type
Display Manufacturer
Graphics
Maximum Resolution
Audio
Audio System Manufacturer
Built-In Microphone
Speakers Manufacturer
Number of Built-In Speakers
Built-In Speaker(s)
Audio System
Camera
Built-In Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Integrated Wireless LAN, Type of Network I/F Chip
Ports & Interfaces
Wireless Communication Version
USB Port
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Headphone Outputs
DisplayPorts Quantity
ESATA/USB 3.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
Software
Operating System Installed
Bundled Software
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Power
External Power Adapter
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Technical Details
Display Type
Wireless Features
Other Features
Stereo Sound
Wireless Standard
Number of Speakers
Display Technology
Storage Capacity
USB Version
Internal Memory
Audio Output
Compatible Operating Systems
Display Diagonal (metric)
Wireless Transmission
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Main Camera Resolution (numeric)
Wireless Technology
Display
Speakers
Weight
Type

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft 7gm00002, microsoft 7g600015
Barcodes 00889842009033, 00889842017700

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