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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 8GB 256GB 12" Laptop

8GB 256GB 12" Jul 2013
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The Surface Pro 3 is the slimmest and lightest Microsoft tablet yet. With serious Intel Core i7 processing, 8 GB of RAM and a Full HD screen, you can work, play, design and create wherever you... More
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5 Reasons For

Quite Long Battery Life (max)

Laptops that were released more than two years ago have battery life (max)s of between 3h and 50h, and the average battery life (max) is 7.9h. At 9 hours, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly long battery life (max) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Touchscreen

Unlike most of the other laptops of this type and age which do not have a touchscreen, the Surface Pro 3 has a touchscreen.

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Quite High Main Camera Resolution (numeric)

Across all the portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 the main camera resolution (numeric)s range from 0.9MP to 5MP, and the average main camera resolution (numeric) is 3MP. With a main camera resolution (numeric) of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the higher main camera resolution (numeric)s amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 have internal memorys of between 4GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.8GB. At 8,000 megabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3.

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Light

With a weight of only 800 grams, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is quite light compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for more than two years. Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Surface Pro 3 the weights range from 210g to 4.5kg.

Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (£439.99) (800g).

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 does not have a full-size keyboard, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other laptops of this age and type also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

Like most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 3 does not have a front camera.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

Across all the laptops of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3 the display diagonals range from 10" to 18". The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a quite small display diagonal (only 12 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 256 gigabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3. Similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have total storage capacitys of between 16GB and 1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 570GB.

There are a number of other 256GB total storage capacity laptops currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Lenovo Y70.

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Very Small Display Diagonal (metric)

The display diagonal (metric)s of laptops that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro 3 range from 30cm to 44cm. The Surface Pro 3 has a fairly small display diagonal (metric) (only 30.48 centimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Surface Pro 3 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Surface Pro 3 have between one and three USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Small Storage Capacity

At only 256,000 megabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a quite small storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface Pro 3. Portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have storage capacitys of between 64GB and 1TB.

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Only One ESATA/USB 3.0 Ports Quantity

Most portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3 have between one and three eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantitys, including the Surface Pro 3 which has one eSATA/USB 3.0 ports quantity.

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Only 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

The Surface Pro 3 has an 802.11a wi-Fi standards which is better than the 802.11b wi-Fi standards found on most portable PCs that came out more than two years ago.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard across all similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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

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2 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Microsoft released the Surface Pro 3.

Average Internal Memory

The Surface Pro 3 has a pretty standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Specification

Design
Colour of Product
Processor
Processor Technology
Processor Manufacturer
Processor Model
Memory
Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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
Keyboard
Keyboard Type
Software
Operating System Installed
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Power
External Power Adapter
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Stylus Pen
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)
Display Illumination
Wireless Technology
Display
Speakers
Weight
Type

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers w81pro, i74650, i74650u, microsoft i54300, microsoft i74650, microsoft i74650u, microsoft i54300u, microsoft 19ghz256, microsoft 5d200001, microsoft 5d200001r, microsoft 5d200001rb
Barcodes 00649906099956, 00885370809299, 00889842012422

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