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I5-3317U 1.7GHz Windows 8 64GB Oct 2013
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Fifteen Industry Awards

This tablet computer is one of the most awarded of all the tablets of a comparable spec and age.

This i5-3317U processor tablet computer received a "Recommended" from Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Altomdata.dk, Tek.no and Alphr.com all of whom decided that this tablet computer was good.

This Microsoft tablet computer was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both PC Mag and Reviewed.com, both of which thought that this tablet was terrific.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both thought that this tablet computer was great. This Microsoft tablet received a "Silver" award from Toptenreviews.com and it received a "Silver Award" from Hardware.info.

Two additional expert review sites both thought that this i5-3317U processor tablet computer was good. This tablet computer received a "Bronze Product of the Year" award from Hwt.dk who said it was good and it received a Maxit.com.my "Design Award".

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Expert Reviews Are Average

This i5-3317U processor tablet computer has an average expert rating of 77 out of 100 based on one hundred and thirty-one expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 305 owner reviews the average owner rating of this tablet computer is 76%.

Nice Design

Twenty-one customers who bought the product considered that it was good looking. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote “A big, beautiful screen, more than 15 hours of battery life” in their review. Five years ago Techworld.com mentioned “Which one is the right one for you?On the, er, surface, both tablets seem pretty similar”. Techradar.com wrote in their Microsoft Surface review on expert review site Techradar “Beautiful, inventive and versatile (though a little confusing), Microsoft's first-ever laptop is already one of the best Windows notebooks ever crafted”.

Thirteen people said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Davidson Video Productions said on Amazon last year “Pros -Premium and sleek design -Great display -Run full desktop programs -Decent front” in their review of this tablet. Expert website Computershopper.com said four years ago “Microsoft's Surface Pro fixes the Surface RT's limitations with powerful ultrabook internals, premium design” in their review of this tablet and scored the product 80 out of 100. Two years ago expert review site Wired.com said “Lovely, clean design” in their Microsoft Surface review.

One customer concluded that it was ergonomic. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this tablet on expert website PC Mag “The innovative Microsoft Surface Book offers comfortable ergonomics”. One Microsoft Surface owner wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Pcworld.in mentioned “The Surface 3's selling points can be summed up neatly” .

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface was smooth. Two years ago Mobilechoiceuk.com mentioned “Made it look super easy and smooth” in their Microsoft Surface review.

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Easy to Use

Six Microsoft Surface owners mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface was easy to use. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “I appreciate being able to use this loan unit” in their review of this tablet. Last year Mr S mentioned “Powerful and easy to use” in his review. Cnet.com.au wrote on expert review site CNET.com.au “The best of Windows 8 make RT a pleasure to use.” in their review of this tablet but even so they gave it a score of 3 stars.

A number of Microsoft Surface owners concluded that the product had a good experience. Rr rated the product 4 stars and said in their review of this tablet on Amazon last year “While this is not as frustrating an experience as some Microsoft products, there are a few bizzare/annoying grumbles which let the product down”. Expert review site Ubergizmo.com wrote “Excellent – for specific uses) The Microsoft Surface Pro was designed to give users a true tablet experience AND a true PC experience with a surprisingly powerful hardware” in their Microsoft Surface review. Four years ago expert review site Uk.hardware.info said “SSD combine for a fast user experience” in their Microsoft Surface review.

Several Microsoft Surface owners who purchased it wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Apcmag.com mentioned “Among the most comfortable keyboard and trackpad” in their Microsoft Surface review and scored the Microsoft Surface 4 stars. Apcmag.com also said “Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode”. Two years ago Engadget.com wrote “The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both it”.

One Microsoft Surface reviewer who purchased the Microsoft Surface said that it was easy to setup. Katy wrote in her review on Amazon “It was a doddle to set up and even though I have no experience of tablets AT ALL, I am managing quite nicely already” and scored it 5 stars.

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Good Battery Life

A few Microsoft Surface reviewers who bought this tablet considered that it had a good battery life. Last year Amazon Customer said “Battery life good” in their review of the Microsoft Surface. Bob wrote “Initially after putting it on charge it did a massive update of Windows 10, this may just have been a coincidence of timing” . D. Brown gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon last year “The battery life is very adequate” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

Robust

Some Microsoft Surface reviewers said in their reviews that it was well made. D. Brown said in their review on Amazon “Good solid and quick”. Two years ago expert website Wired.com mentioned “For the last few years, PC manufacturers have devoted incredible engineering resources to giving their laptops gymnastic capabilities” in their review. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review four years ago “The Surface Pro has a solid, nicely made feel” .

Six Microsoft Surface owners agreed that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Hothardware.com wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface “Microsoft's Surface 3 is a tough one to judge”. Expert review site Apcmag.com mentioned in their review “And with a tough and slick” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Two years ago Recombu.com wrote “Sturdy adjustable kickstand” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

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Good Product Quality

A few Microsoft Surface reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Bob he mentioned on Amazon “A well made portable tablet/computer”. Bob also wrote “It is a well made substantial feeling device, with a useful two position fold out stand at the back”. D. Brown scored the Microsoft Surface 4 stars and said “No 3rd party has influence directly or indirectly on my opinions I am pleasantly surprised by the build quality and overall feel of this device”.

Good Sound Quality

Several people who bought it reckoned that it had good sound quality. Bob wrote in his Microsoft Surface review on Amazon “The sound is clear with plenty of volume”. In January last year Tim wrote in his review on Amazon “Screen is very sharp, processing is flawless and the sound is remarkable for such a small device”. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews “It sounds superb, has a great (if slightly” in their review of the Microsoft Surface and gave the Microsoft Surface a score of 80 out of 100.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several Microsoft Surface reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface was noisy. G.k Reviews said “My only real issue with it was heat and noise from the fan” in their review and scored it very highly. Mr. J. P. S. Pennycook said “Bright screen, loud speakers”. Recombu.com wrote “Windows 8.1 without the noisy fan”.

One person who reviewed the Microsoft Surface thought it was quiet. G.k Reviews said in their review of this tablet on Amazon last year “I find the silent trade off well worth it” and rated it 5 stars.

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Good Connectivity

A few Microsoft Surface owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. Apcmag.com wrote “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”. Recombu.com wrote “Stylus a great bonus, full USB port” in their Microsoft Surface review. Four years ago Uk.hardware.info said “The full-size USB port is nice to have” in their review.

Two customers who bought this tablet concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Apcmag.com said last year “Hybrid connectivity is very interesting” and gave the Microsoft Surface a score of 4 stars. Recombu.com said two years ago “Good connectivity” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

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Good Picture Quality

A few customers concluded that this tablet had good picture quality. In January last year Apcmag.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Stunning and high quality design, fast, optional dedicated graphics, lovely display, versatile design” in their Microsoft Surface review. Apcmag.com also wrote “The Microsoft Surface Book packs highend components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body”. Four years ago expert review site Thunderbaylive.com said in their review of this tablet “Both run on an Intel Core i5 ULV CPU with HD 4000 graphics with fast SSD drives”.

Microsoft Tablet Computers Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Microsoft tablet computers and also specifically for Microsoft i5-3317U processor tablet computers and found that in both cases Microsoft had good reviews compared to other brands.

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Good Support

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Last year Mr. J. P. S. Pennycook gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “A powerful charger all help” in their review of this tablet. Expert review site Mobilesyrup.com wrote two years ago “That's why our Back To School Guide features the best smartphones, tablets” in their review.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good value for money. Ddschen said “I bought it from Amazon Warehouse selling with a good price” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. R De Bulat gave the product an excellent rating and wrote on Amazon “Good value”. Two years ago expert website Laptopmag.com wrote “Its high price narrows the appeal” in their review.

Several people who bought this tablet concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Last year R De Bulat rated the Microsoft Surface as very good and mentioned on Amazon “We searched around for the best deal and found this one to be good” in their review of this tablet. Two years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned “Can Microsoft's latest Windows laptop/tablet hybrid offer a good deal for students” in their review of the Microsoft Surface. Expert review site Bgr.com mentioned “We were barely into the first 20 minutes of a full day of meetings when I knew the Surface was a huge, huge deal” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

Several people who reviewed it thought it was cheap. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on PC Advisor.co.uk “Best budget laptops you can buy in 2015 Microsoft managed to keep” in their Microsoft Surface review. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk gave the Microsoft Surface a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review “Not only among compact, low-cost models; Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is bringing the fight straight to the iPad table as well”. Recombu.com wrote in their Microsoft Surface review “Is sold as an expensive (yet musthave) 130 accessory”.

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Good for Games

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good playing games on. Expert review site Gadgetguy.com.au mentioned “Then trying its hand at proper gaming consoles with the Xbox” in their review but in spite of that they gave this tablet a rating of 3 stars.

Good Technical Features

One Microsoft Surface owner who purchased the Microsoft Surface mentioned that it had good features.

9 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it was not heavy and bulky. Two years ago expert review site Notebookcheck.net mentioned “A heavy display, le” in their Microsoft Surface review. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned “The Surface Pro is either a tiny Ultrabook or a bulky Windows 8 tablet, depending on your point of view” . Apcmag.com said “Display wobbles and feels top heavy” .

A number of Microsoft Surface owners wrote in their reviews that this tablet was not thick. Stuff.tv said “The Pro's extra weight and thickness mean it doesn't seem as throw-aroundable as the RT version (680g” in their Microsoft Surface review nonetheless they still rated the Microsoft Surface 4 stars. Expert review site Tablet-News.com said in their review “It's time to let the advertising hounds loose”.

One Microsoft Surface owner who bought the Microsoft Surface thought it was not lightweight. Rr said on Amazon in January last year “It is not super lightweight, so don; t expect to be able to do long periods of 1-handed reading on the device” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

One Microsoft Surface owner who reviewed the Microsoft Surface considered that it was not thin. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote “Not literally, as it's actually a slim and light 10.6-inch tablet.” in their review of the Microsoft Surface.

One Microsoft Surface owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was not heavy. One person thought the Microsoft Surface was not compact. Two years ago Theregister.co.uk wrote “Not for this chap the more compact form factor of the smartphone-based music player or an iPod” in their review.

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Only HDD Storage Media

The Surface supports an HDD storage media which is better than most similar spec tablets that were released more than two years ago. Most tablets that were released more than two years ago support a Flash storage media. Across all tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface the best storage medium is SSD and the worst is eMMC.

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Not 4G

Most i5-3317U processor tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the Surface are not 4G. The Surface is no exception to this as it too is not 4G.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 1,530 milliampere * hour, the Surface has one of the lower battery capacitys amongst i5-3317U processor tablet computers of this age. The average battery capacity of i5-3317U processor tablet computers that were released more than two years ago is 4,400mAh.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The Microsoft Surface has an HDD storage medium which is better than the Flash storage medium found on most tablet computers that were launched around the same time as it.

An HDD storage medium is actually the worst storage media type across all tablets of this age and spec.

A Flash storage medium is the best storage media type across comparable types of tablet computer.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of i5-3317U processor tablet computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface range from 1MB to 3MB. With a processor cache of only 1 megabyte, the Surface has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Battery Life (max)

The shortest battery life (max) of i5-3317U processor tablet computers that were released more than two years ago is 8h and the longest is 9h. The Surface has a fairly short battery life (max) (only 8 hours) compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The Microsoft Surface has a fairly small display diagonal (only 10.6 inches) compared to most of the other tablets of this spec and age. Tablets that came out around the same time as the Surface have display diagonals of between 10" and 12", and the average display diagonal is 11".

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Only 720p Video Recording Modes

The Surface has a 720p video recording modes which is higher than the 1080p video recording modes found on most tablets of this age and type. The worst video recording mode of all tablets that have been available for around the same time as the Surface is 480p and the best is 2160p.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface

Released Over Three Years Ago

Microsoft released the Surface over three years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

At 1.7 gigahertz, the Surface has a pretty standard processor frequency compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablet computers that are a similar age to the Surface.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface has a fairly average internal storage capacity compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablet computers that were launched more than two years ago.

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Two Processor Coress

The Microsoft Surface is a two processor cores tablet which is average compared to the other 14 tablets of this age and type that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

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Specification

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Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Cores
Processor Cache
Processor Brand
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System Installed
Bundled Software
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Storage Medium
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Aspect Ratio
Touch Technology
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Camera
Front Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording Modes
Video Recording
Rear Camera
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
4G
3G
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Connectivity
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Docking Connector Type
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Performance
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS (satellite)
Design
Device Type
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Insider™
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Keyboard Supplied
Stylus Pen
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Other Features
Visual Technology
Kids Tablet
Wi-Fi

9 Awards

pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice alphr.com Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Techradar Recommended hardware.info Silver Award hothardware.com Approved altomdata.dk Recommended tek.no Recommended maxit.com.my Design Award

Expert Reviews

(202)
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
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
21 December 2015

A lot has already been said about the design and style of both the updated Surface Pro 4 and the new Surface Book. Let's start with the Surface Pro 4 as it sees the least dramatic changes from... Read more…

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...

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...

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User Reviews

(276)
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 8 June 2014 by Clayton S.
(Verified Purchase)

I've seen this board get several one-egg reviews, and in my opinion, many of them are unjustified. DOA boards are unfortunately a fact of life, and no electronics manufacturer is able to ship 100%... 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 1 October 2012 by Jared L.
(Verified Purchase)

This motherboard is supremely easy to use and install. The UEFI bios is straightforward and it works. My memory speed came in at 1066, and with the click of a button (Yes, the bios uses the mouse)... Read more…

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