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I got this tablet as a replacement for my older notebook. For general medial tasks this tablet does the job extremely well. It handles Microsoft office products very easily and surfing the web is very convenient especially in portrait mode. The build quality is nice and feels very well solidly built. I upgraded my version to windows 10 as unfortunately the model I received came with 8.1 out of the box. Battery life is very good when aggressive power saving techniques are implemented (such as disabling GPS, Bluetooth, auto dimming and background services). When on sale this specific model is priced appropriately and is a good buy. The only complaint is the slow charging. When using the supplied USB power supply and micro USB cable this model (and possibly other surface 3s) is fairly slow however I charge my unit when it is off and charging is generally faster.
Got mine 6 months ago and use it every day. Does everything I need including Word, Excel, Spread Sheets, PowerPoint, Music, etc,etc. I find battery life is more than adequate and charging even from below 20% is fairly quick, no concerns here.
Would definitely recommend this product to my friends.
I honestly hate it. I bought it to use at school to make notes and follow along on power points and also to be able to work on papers away from home without lugging my laptop around with me.
Reasons why I hate it:
1. Poor battery life, has about 4 hours use
2. Can't seem to run internet explorer and powerpoint or word at the same time
3.keyboard sucks and is awkward
Reasons why you may like it:
1. its lightweight, and easy to carry in your bag/purse
2. if you like to play games, its apparently good.
I've had this thing for about 6 months. I wish I returned it a long time ago.
As a former Surface RT user, which I must say performed very well, I purchased the Surface 3 with Windows 10. This little machine packs a big punch and yes it can replace a laptop. Does everything I need it to do for business and home. Great connectivity to networks, printers, Bluetooth devices. No lack of speed running windows 10. Excellent product, I will stick with the surface line.
. Have been using it for 2 months now. Very Productive. One note is great for taking notes. come in built with MS office and pdf editor. these are excellent for viewing files, books , lectures. Recently made a 30 slide Power point presentation fully on the surface.
Keyboard is a pleasure to use. It is indispensable and should simply be made part of the package.
The surface 3 is not EXACTLY the same as the surface 4, but does everything you want.
If you are a gamer, music lover , it hav x box , groove music on it.
App store is Miniscule.
Comes close to carrying a laptop BUT not a full replacement. Does lag occasionally especially the pdf viewer.
Has a regular usb 2.0 and 3.0. I carry one charger for surface and android phone!
Beats MORE EXPENSIVE, LESS PR0DUCTIVE Ipad any day
If Productivity is your aim and you have good shoulders, surface 3 is for you!
Bought it 1 month ago with the Keypad but no stylus. Use hotmail, onedrive, one note. so was pretty easy to bring things over. Have all me Medical books, notes from one note, word and ppt documents . can read at the library, take notes in class . One note is great for taking notes, inserting picture. Youtube videos say you can even record a lecture. yet to figure out how to do that.
Battery life is pretty decent. when not in use, has some power for a few days. once I start using , lasts for half a day. which is OK with me.
Drawboard pdf is an excellent pdf viewer and highlighter app which comes preinstalled.
also has xbox integration (don't use it!)
for those interested in card games -has a nice upgraded solitare collection
A bit heavy compared to my earlier Asus 8 inch tablet and also a bit pricey. But overall like it and would definitely recommend it over the Ipads
Purchased this product as a work from home and travel laptop seeing as how it was one of the best reviewed 2 in 1 tablet/laptop for my needs. As a tablet it is good - I have tried the apple products and am more familiar with those - they seem to be more user friendly. The processing speed seems to be a bit slower for regular everyday tasks - even on startup, loading email inbox, etc. However as a laptop, the screen seems a bit small (I have the 10in) and the keyboard is not as easy to type on as I would have expected. Note also that individual email folders must be synced manually as it is not automatic. Lastly the power adapter would be nicer if it was horizontal (like some of the other competitors) rather than vertical so it could fit on either the bottom or the top of an outlet. Still figuring out Windows 10...
2.Windows 10 tries to become a tablet once the tablet mode is one (but it fails)
3.Few apps in the app store
4.expansive OEM accessories
5. its not a tablet..it looks like one..but if you are coming from ipad or android like me then you know it doesn't feel right as a tablet.
1. Build quality is extremely good!!
2. You have a windows 10 laptop on your hand ..use it anyway you want
3. I can stream xbox one on this when I am in other room on my bed!
4. Display, sound and specially the flip stand is AWESOME!!!
6.front speaker is great
I am giving it a 3.5 not 4 or 5 cause I bought it to use it as a full time tablet which it is clearly not.
Some icons in desktop are always blank after system restarted.
Image on the Tablet Is Just out standing. All the requirement that I was looking for meet my expectation. I am totally happy. I have install lightroom and other software and it all work fine.
As a tablet it works ok, but not as a laptop. Still as a tablet is very expensive. The problem that i encountered for only two weeks was the battery life. Not only did it have a very poor battery life but also frequently did not charge. You could plug the chord in the surface and it said:"Plugged in, not charging". Also when it charged, it charged very slowly and the battery dropped even when you were not using it and putting it in the sleep mode. A lot of people had this problem, just google it.
For me battery life is very important so i exchanged it after two weeks of using it.
I really do not recommend this as a laptop. The keyboard and the pen are sold seperately which in total makes the tablet worth a lot more money.
I bought this as a combination personal tablet and work laptop. I was tired of carrying a tablet and a heavy laptop around in my briefcase. The size is a great compromise between size, weight and readability. When used as a laptop with the surface screen, the windows, fonts etc are a little small but I just wear my reading glasses anyway. I use it at work and home as a work laptop with an external HDMI connected monitor, along with mouse and keyboard. I use browsers, Office apps (Outlook, Word and PPT extensively) and I have McAfee AV installed. Overall still very snappy and performance is good. I was nervous about the Quad Atom but it seems good for this use but probably for heavier use too slow. Once you get used to Win 8.1 it is great. The tiles work well when used as a tablet and you always have the option of going to the desktop and finger mousing. Pen works well as well. Win 8.1 Mail, Calendar and Contacts work with gmail, as well as our Exchange activesync, so I don't need to always VPN to work and use Outlook if just checking mail quickly. Very happy with this purchase. Only negative is that with this version of Win 8.1 I cannot logon to the corprorate domain but still allows me to enter domain uid/pwd for individual shares etc.
Originally waiting for the Surface Pro 4, I wasn't sure what to expect from this machine.
I am happy to say that it has exceeded all my expectations.
It is quiet (no fan), and still never gets hot. It handles everything I throw at it.
Office runs smoothly, drawing programs run beautifully. No problems streaming music or files from my NAS (server). Netflix runs wonderfully.
Windows 8 was meant to be on a touchscreen. It is intuitive and fun to use.
I thought the smaller screen (coming from a 13" macbook pro) would be a problem but because the keyboard folds away, you can bring it much closer.
The keyboard works well and I'm happy that it is an english keyboard. All the keys are the proper size and in the right place. It is so easy to detach, though I rarely do as flipping it behind to create a tablet forms a nice stand with the kickstand.
Beyond all the internals, it is a beautiful looking machine as well. It has all the sleek and class (more in my opinion) than a Mac product.
The stylus and N-Trig technology is dreamy. Drawing is amazing and fun. One Note for organizing your life is awesome.
For a non-professional, but still power user, I find this to be everything I want. Slim and light, classy looking, yet powerful enough for artists and photography.
I love this machine!
The overall of this tablet has meet the standards it has set but the amount of time it takes the battery to charge is outrageous and the battery also drains pretty quickly. I have the Surface, the type-cover, and the pen; and all in all the surface is good running windows 8. When windows 10 comes out it will be a even greater experience. (Since I have ran the preview) And my only main concern with the tablet is the battery and the Pen. With the Pen, the battery can get expensive depending if you consider a pack of 2 AAAA batteries to be $10 at a local Staples, or you can go elsewhere and order from ebay or something to get more batteries for a cheaper price. And my last concern with the pen is that all of the buttons work but sometimes the top button on the pen does not work.
The machine is a nice and thoughtfully designed piece of hardware that oozes quality. The windows 8 experience is a show killer. Using OS X on my laptop and iOS on iPad, this was a mixed bag of good and awkward software features. I am keeping it to replace my iPad, hoping Windows 10 is an improvement.
The Surface 3 exceeded my expectations. As a former Surface Pro 1 owner, I really liked the upgraded adjustable kickstand as well as the ability to charge via micro-usb.
A device this light that runs full Windows is a very difficult buy to pass on.
This can do everything I need to do, and it's small and portable. I can do email, open attachments, do a letter on Word, a spreadsheet on Excel, play games on facebook, it's all in one nice package. As I said, so far, so good - no problems at all. Jdnicholson
I've been an owner of surface RT and Surface 2. I've been happy with the surface line but the first 2 had short comings. The main issue I had was the 16:9 aspect ratio - this made the 1st 2 surface tablets not pleasant to use in portrait orientation. The new 3:2 aspect ratio corrects this. Microsoft also changed the OS to full windows 8.1. I was one of the few that didn't mind RT for I used a tablet for - movies, music, browning, calendar and mail. I also use it at work and by far the surface line is the best tablet for work use where I enter data standing up. The surface 3 can double as a laptop and you can install x86 software should you need to though personally I don't really need to do this.
I've added the docking station and keyboard cover. The docking station allows higher resolutions through the display port connection - running it at 2650x1440 on a 27 inch monitor. Works just like a desktop computer though admittedly not the most powerful one - more than adequate for day to day task. The surface 3 + accessories could replace your laptop and desktop for basic task. Won't trying to edit video files or PhotoShop with it obviously. Very happy with it.
Too expensive for what you got. It should be with the type cover at this price. It's running fine but the Atom processor and the eMMC drive aren't quite fast.
Just about perfect. The only slight letdown is the performance when compared to the Pro 3. Feels as fast as my iPad Air 2, almost as light and its a full PC. If you have a need for a note taking device you will love the pen. Built quality as always is stellar.
It is a great little tablet that does almost everything I want it to do, the only downside is the lack of LTE connectivity. I know there is a model coming, but it has not been confirmed for Canada yet. When that comes out I will buy one. Until then, you might as well buy the pro for a few bucks more.
This is what i have been waiting for! thank you microsoft for listening to consumers!
Thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 3 with the perfect balance between Price and Performance.
This tablet is simply amazing, the fact that it now supports the same Pen technology as it's bigger brother is incredible. No CPU fan, excellent performance and so light-weight it feels like the iPad Air in the hand means Microsoft has nailed it.
This tablet can replace ANY mid-range laptop with very little compromise, and the added benefit of extreme portability and great for drawing application.
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