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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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10 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

Users have rated this tablet computer on average 85 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers considered that the Microsoft Surface 3 was good value for money. Amazon Customer scored the product 5 stars and wrote “A Nokia Lumia tab) the bundle is great value (black Friday purchase) all delivered well packaged, all components in original Microsoft sealed packing”. J. Holmes gave the product an excellent rating and wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 “Surprisingly fast and ideal hybrid, Decent Price, Full Windows 10 like a Laptop”. Msr Books & Dvd wrote in their review on Amazon “Brilliant item, would rate it higher in terms of value for money”.

Several Microsoft Surface 3 owners said in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Great product cheap bundle”. Anonymous mentioned in their Microsoft Surface 3 review “Amazon support didn't deal with this properly”. Bhp mentioned “These are cheap and really good” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3.

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner considered that the product was cheap. A. Hamill mentioned in their review “I wanted small, light, not to expensive and [powerful” and rated this tablet as very good.

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Easy to Use

Six people said that this tablet was easy to use. Two years ago Anonymous mentioned on Amazon “Keyboard seem good quality and easy to use, there have been several issues with this order” in their review of this tablet yet they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. J. Holmes said last year “Absolutely a joy to use”. Jay Banner mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It was having problems loading the operating system it was designed to use! So, I patiently waited for it to sort itself out”.

Good Product Quality

Four Microsoft Surface 3 owners who purchased this tablet agreed that it was good quality.

Good Battery Life

A number of Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good battery life. Bhp gave the product a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “It has longer battery life due to its Atom processor 3”. Bhp also mentioned “This means, most importantly, that you can easily use a portable battery to recharge it”. Bhp also mentioned “Battery life is excellent”.

Robust

Several Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 was well made. David Moore said in his Microsoft Surface 3 review on Amazon “Well built, good quality, light weight for carrying around, easy to use, compact”. Stephen gave the Microsoft Surface 3 an excellent review score and he mentioned in his Microsoft Surface 3 review “What you get is a really well made diverse device, that let's you do everyday tasks”.

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner reckoned that it was sealed. Jay Banner said “I was appalled, as considering it was brand-new and factory sealed by Microsoft” although he only scored it 20 out of 100.

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Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

We calculated the average reviews for all Microsoft tablets and also specifically for Microsoft x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers and found that in both cases Microsoft had good reviews.

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Good Connectivity

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. J. Holmes mentioned on Amazon “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” in their review of this tablet.

Nice Design

One customer reckoned that the product was smooth.

1080p Video Recording Modes

This tablet computer has a 1080p video recording modes, which is the most commonly found video recording modes on similar spec tablets that are a comparable age to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Inferior Picture Quality

One person said in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 did not have good picture quality. Last year David Knight mentioned in his review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon “Installing the windows 10 update solved the graphics driver problem” and scored the product 40 out of 100.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Some customers who reviewed the Microsoft Surface 3 agreed that it was not heavy and bulky. Two years ago Bhp mentioned “The battery + cable are about as heavy as the machine itself! My main worry was lack of power”. Bhp also mentioned “I wouldn't like to use it for gaming, or for heavy photo or worse, video, editing.”. Jay Banner he wrote in his review of this tablet on Amazon also two years ago “Quite upset for writing a negative review on what I THOUGHT was going to be a ground-breaking product, that could replace My old and heavy laptop”.

Inferior for Games

One Microsoft Surface 3 reviewer who reviewed it said that it was not good playing games on.

£86.42 Price Increase

The price of the Surface 3 has increased by £86.42 in the last 32 days.

Not 4G

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

If you are looking for a tablet computer that is 4G then you might also want to consider the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not 3G

The Surface 3 is not 3G. Most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 do are 3G.

Tablets which are 3G that might also be worth considering include the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price].

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

At only 32 gigabytes, the Surface 3 has a quite small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec. The internal storage capacitys of tablet computers of this age and spec range from 32GB to 130GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 80GB.

Tablets with a larger internal storage capacity that might be worth looking at include the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price] (64GB and cheaper).

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Surface 3 has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers of this age. X7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 have internal memorys of between 2GB and 4GB, and the average internal memory is 3.2GB.

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Very Thick

X7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been around for a similar time to the Surface 3 have depths of between 8.6mm and 270mm, and the average depth is 86mm. When compared to other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface 3, the depth of the Surface 3 of 267 millimeters is one of the thickest.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over a Year Ago

Microsoft released the Surface 3 over a year ago.

Average Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8MP rear camera resolution tablet computers currently available including cheaper tablet computers such as the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price].

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Four Processor Coress

The Surface 3 has four processor coress. That's average compared to the other 10 tablet computers of this age and spec that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

We compared all the other 4 processor cores tablet computers to this tablet and we think the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Processor Frequency

At 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly standard processor frequency compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.6GHz processor clock speed tablets currently available including the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price] which is cheaper.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 10.8 inches, the Surface 3 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface 3.

We compared all the other 10.8" tablets to this tablet computer and we think cheaper tablet computers such as the Microsoft Surface 3 LTE[plb_3965258_price] is also worth considering.

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Expert Reviews

(172)
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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Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft x7z8700
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