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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 I7-4650U 1.7GHz 256GB 12" Tablet

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I7-4650U 1.7GHz Windows 8.1 Pro 256GB Sep 2015
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Revolutionary laptop With the Kickstand, optional Type Cover, and multiple ports (including full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD card reader), Surface Pro 3 delivers the power,... More
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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

When compared to other tablets of this type and age that we have checked, the internal storage capacity of the Surface Pro 3 of 256 gigabytes is one of the largest. Tablets that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro 3 have internal storage capacitys of between 4GB and 260GB.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large display diagonal (12 inches) compared to most of the other tablet computers of this spec and age. Across all the tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3 the display diagonals range from 5" to 16".

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Very Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The slowest processor boost frequency of tablet computers of this age and type is 1.1GHz and the fastest is 3.3GHz. When compared to other tablets that were released around the same time as the Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 3's processor boost frequency of 3.3 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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Quite Large Processor Cache

Across all the comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3 the processor caches range from 0.51MB to 6MB, and the average processor cache is 2.3MB. At 4 megabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a quite large processor cache compared to most of the other tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

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Fairly Large Internal Memory

The internal memorys of comparable spec tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 range from 0.5GB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 2.4GB. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface Pro 3.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

At 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly high front camera resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that were released more than a year ago. The front camera resolution (numeric)s of tablets that have been available for a similar time to the Surface Pro 3 range from 0.3MP to 5MP, and the average front camera resolution (numeric) is 1.6MP.

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Fairly Large Solid-State Drive Capacity

With a solid-state drive capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large solid-state drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that have been available for more than a year. The solid-state drive capacitys of tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 range from 32GB to 520GB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 190GB.

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1080p Video Recording Modes

This tablet computer has a 1080p video recording modes, which is typical of many tablets that were released more than a year ago.

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2160 X 1440 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Microsoft 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 common display resolution. Across all tablets of this type and age the worst display resolution is 800 x 400 pixels and the best is 3840 x 2560 pixels.

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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 typical of many tablet computers of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Thin

Across all the tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3 the depths range from 0.9mm to 300mm, and the average depth is 79mm. With a depth of only 9.1 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a quite thin depth compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

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3 Reasons Against

Not 4G

The Surface Pro 3 is not 4G, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro 3 are also not 4G.

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Not 3G

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not 3G. Most of the other tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro 3 are also not 3G.

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Only Microsoft Surface Cover Docking Connector Type

The docking connector type of this tablet is Microsoft Surface Cover, which is the most commonly found docking connector type on comparable spec tablets that came out around the same time as it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Released Over a Year Ago

This i7-4650U processor tablet was released over a year ago.

Average Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of 1.7 gigahertz, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly standard processor frequency compared to most of the other tablets that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3.

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Average Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly average rear camera resolution (numeric) (5 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro 3.

Other 5MP rear camera resolution tablets currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Apple iPad Mini[plb_2917739_price], or the Lenovo S6000[plb_2964240_price].

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Two Processor Coress

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a two processor cores tablet which is average compared to the other 135 tablet computers that have been on the market for more than a year that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

If you want a tablet with more processor coress then you might also want to look at the Nvidia SHIELD[plb_3347310_price] (4 processor coress) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Cores
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Cache
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System Installed
Bundled Software
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Aspect Ratio
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Graphics Adapter Family
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording Modes
Video Recording
Rear Camera Resolution
Rear Camera
Audio
Audio System
Number of Built-In Speakers
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
4G
3G
Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
Headphone Connectivity
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Docking Connector Type
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Messaging
E-Mail
Performance
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Operating System Architecture
GPS (satellite)
Position Location
Design
Device Type
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® Insider™
InTru™ 3D Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Active Management Technology Version
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Browsing Time (Wi-Fi)
Power
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Keyboard Supplied
Stylus Pen
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Manual
Other Features
64-Bit Computing
Wi-Fi
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Processor Manufacturer
Internal RAM

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Expert Reviews

(146)
11 November 2015

Besides the hefty display, the iPad Pro is designed to work with the suspiciously familiar Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard - a Surface Pen stylus and Type Cover keyboard, essentially - to offer an... Read more…

12 October 2015

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11 September 2015

Microsoft fans will feel a curious sense of déjà vu when looking at the iPad Pro. From the multitasking features in iOS 9 to the stylus and the keyboard case, Apple's upcoming 12.9in tablet... Read more…

15 July 2015

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27 May 2015

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 30 October 2014 by Es316303
Es316303 would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

Great product, but ad is misleading. Tablet does not come with keyboard, which is available for additional money...

Reviewed 4 August 2014 by DougHolland
DougHolland would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I purchase the Surface Pro 3 with the Intel Core i7 and 512GB SSD to use with apps such as Visual Studio 2013 and Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC etc. With the forthcoming... Read more…

Reviewed 25 June 2014 by Gibber
Gibber would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

This is a great product but Best Buy has a typo on the specifications. The Height is not 0.4 inches and the depth is not 7.9 inches. I think they mixed these numbers up...

Reviewed 22 September 2014 by 1BestBuyClient

I was really looking forward to buying the surface Pro 3. I paid for it and patiently awaited 3 to 4 weeks for shipping. I'm 65 years old and retired yet..... I was as happy as a child in a candy... Read more…

Reviewed 23 October 2014 by EkimNosredna1
EkimNosredna1 would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

I have been using this device for myself at my Job for the last couple of weeks. it seems to be durable but as with any device I'm sure if you hit it right there will be issues. The power is... Read more…

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