Microsoft has a strange relationship with its users – they love to hate it, yet still use it on a regular basis. Microsoft possesses none of the “suave techie” aura that oozes endlessly from its main competitor and nemesis – Apple. Yet, to this day, most business still run on Microsoft products. So, besides blunders like Windows 8, it must be doing something right, right? (Xbox One doesn’t count, guys.) Well, with something like the Microsoft Surface 3 on its production line, the answer is yes.
The Surface Pen is a great addition, especially for the creatives.
They keyboard has gone through a major re-haul: keys with deeper travel and stronger feedback, a wider glass track-pad that clicks, and a double hinge that gives extra support and stability while typing on any surface. The Surface Pen reacts and tracks on the pad very smoothly, although its still strange to draw on glass if you are an artist or graphic designer of any sort.
Adobe recently released special updates just for the Surface Pro 3.
Here’s a layout of a mid-range Surface 3 (which will cost you $1,299.
- CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
- Screen: 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 multi-touch (ClearType, 3:2 aspect ratio)
- Storage: 256GB SSD
- Ports: One USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSDXC card reader (up to 128GB), headphone/mic jack
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: Two 5MP webcams (1080p HD video)
- Weight: 1.76 pounds
- Size: 7.93 x 11.5 x 0.36 inches (W x D x H)
If you want the least expensive route it will be about $799, but cut most of those specs in half. It is a rather pricey machine, but it is meant to replace both tablet and laptop, by giving you both. It does this with a certain degree of success – giving users a sleek touch or point and click based experience. However, at times the Surface can get a bit sluggish – it heated up something serious during one match of Hearthstone, which is not the most graphically demanding game out there.
Even though it has a few shortcomings in terms of battery life and graphics performance, the Surface Pro 3 is definitely a winner in terms of design, flexibility, and the union of tablet and laptop. Great for anyone doing media work – designers, artists, photographers will all enjoy the light weight of this powerful, flexible media workstation.
(IT Consulting Denver)