Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12″ Tablet (Configurable)


Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Meet the latest generation of Microsoft’s Surface tablet family, the Surface Pro 3. The new model brings significant improvements over the previous Pro 2. The most notable is a larger and higher-resolution screen, as well as a different aspect ratio of it. The Pro 3 has a 12″ 2160-by-1440, well above the 10.6″ 1920×1080 display on the precursor. The movie-optimized and common 16:9 aspect ratio got replaced with 3:2. This is less suited for movies because of the larger black bars while watching the usual 16:9 TV shows and videos, but it’s better for productivity since it resembles the shape of one of the common paper aspect ratios. This is convenient for tasks like word processing.

While we are at the screen, lets mention the tablet supports digital pen input and it comes with one included in the package, so you can start drawing and taking notes right out of the box.

Another big update is a new kickstand. It allows the display to be tilted more than on the Pro 2, so it’s more comfortable for use when you attach a separately sold keyboard accessory to it and use it on your lap for instance.

Regarding internals Microsoft has added an lower-end Intel Core i3 processor option, alongside the mid-range Core i5 and higher-end i7. This allows lower starting price of the device. A comparison of the processors used in Surface Pro 3 can be found here. You have multiple choices to choose from when purchasing the Surface Pro 3 in terms of the CPU and storage. Choices are 64GB / Intel 3, 128GB / Intel i5, 256GB Intel i5, 256GB / Intel i7, and 512GB / Intel i7. Offered RAM size is either 4GB or 8GB, depending on the CPU / storage configuration.

The previous series had an mediocre frontal camera, but the new one has a well specced 5-megapixel cam, so video chats will be noticeably clearer. Besides that, there’s another 5MP shooter on the back. For sound, there are stereo speakers. Networking is supported only via Wi-Fi wireless, while 4G LTE won’t be available, at least initially. Other important bits are a full-size USB 3.0 port, micro SD card reader, and a mini DisplayPort video output.

The device weighs in at 1.8 pounds which is quite light for a 12″ tablet having a kickstand additionally. It’s also very thin, measuring 0.36″. The tablet ships in silver color and with Windows 8.1 preinstalled.

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Brand

Microsoft

Screen Size

12-inch

Screen Resolution

2160×1440

Touchscreen

Yes

Other Display Specs

IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor

Intel Core i5-4300U 4th Gen Haswell Dual-Core 1.9-2.9GHz 3MB Cache (~3,700 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i7-4650U 4th Gen “Haswell” Dual-Core 1.7-3.3GHz 4MB Cache (~4,200 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i3-4020Y 4th Gen “Haswell” Dual-Core 1.5GHz 3MB Cache (~2,300 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD 5000 Integrated Graphics, Intel HD 4400 Integrated, Intel HD 4200 Integrated

RAM

4GB, 8GB

Storage

64GB SSD, 128GB SSD, 256GB SSD, 512GB SSD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Active Digitizer, Touchscreen

Speakers and Audio

Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front + Rear

Wi-Fi

802.11AC, 802.11N

Ethernet LAN

No

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x mini DisplayPort

Media Card Reader

Yes (MicroSD)

Other Features

Stylus Pen

Battery

“Up to 9 hours of web browsing”

Weight

1.8 pounds

Height

0.4″

Width

11.5″

Depth

8″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home, Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)

Warranty

1-Year

Reviews, ratings, and Q&A on “Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12″ Tablet (Configurable)”

  1. danny – August 6, 2014:

    No it doesn’t. Why don’t you just get a mobile router from your carrier, I use that.


  2. John Cassese – July 30, 2014:

    Does the Pro 3 have mobile connectivity?


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