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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 944 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great device for the basics

    Posted
    justjoking
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    Since I couldn't afford an gaming computer, I wanted at least a computer that can deal with normal tasks without much hassle and then get an Xbox in a later date. I`m gonna start with the hassles about the device first. - Kickstand : The kickstand is good, but it's not versatile as the pro version that you can use any angle for vision. There are only 3 positions available which can be a no brainer since the screen has a very good viewing angle, but sometimes I feel my body way too much curved to actually read something comfortable because I can't find the right position. Works OK in your lap, but don't you dare to use it while you're lying down in bed. It's just awkward. - Storage Speed : It's not really an SSD memory, so the transfer speed is way slower than a normal computer. - Slow charging : This device takes FOREVER to charge, about 3 hours powered off, and 5-6h while using it. - Screen Size: It might be too small to some people, it's OK for me since everything shows up in the right size. They do good work scaling everything, but some people might find it difficult. - Speakers : Real good quality, but not loud enough. You can turn on Audio Enhancements to get louder. At the beginning it was crackling because of software failure but after the last updates it seemed to work fine now. Nowadays it just crackles when the audio is way too loud for this tiny little speakers. Just turn down your volume until it stops doing it. - One Note : Only the Modern version of One Note is available with pen activation. You always gotta open the full One Note first manually to to anything right, the screenshot doesn't work with it either. -Keyboard Problems : The keyboard seems to disconnect from time to time depending of what position you use, but it's only about 1 second and it comes back to work normally. Plus you have to spend extra $100+ to have it. Not let's talk about the good stuff :) - Always fast : I have this device for about a month and it has been blazing fast since day 1 AFTER you receive ALL the updates Microsoft made available. Works with Chrome, Edge, Sketchbook and the system itself way better than my Dell Vostro i7 4th Gen/8GB. -Good Baterry life : It lasts about 6-8h of battery thanks to the mobile Atom processor. It makes the charging problem a little less worse. I use the brightness at 25%, more than that burns my eyes. I recommend overnight charging if you don't want to have surprises. - Screen : It is just wonderful. The 1080p shows everything with great colors and the resolution is just perfect. It's a pleasure to watch stuff in full screen. Viewing angles are perfect as well, which kinda makes the limited kickstand positions problem a little less worse. -Pen integration : It is very very precise. You can use the pen to click in objects in the screen, write on One Note, select texts like you do with the mouse, play on the sketchbook apps. It even has a very cool pressure sensitivity, very neat. I'm not an artist, but at least wanted to play around with it as a hobby and spend my time with some creative thing. (Gotta spend extra 50 bucks to have it. Make sure you get the Surface Pro 4 model, it's compatible!) -Thin Keyboard : it's just awesome to fold it in the screen and it looks just like a notebook with a MS logo. So pretty. -Eye Catching : It is pretty, I had to say that again. -Mobile : You fold your keyboard and put in your backpack. Doesn't even feel like you're carrying a full computer with you. Very light and portable, just impressive. -Full Windows OS : This Surface has a processor that can run Full Windows, with full Office and Full programs. It's way more versatile than an iPad. :) -MicroSD card : you can use up to 200GB MicroSD cards, I haven't tried yet but it's just awesome to expand if your 128GB is just not enough. -Free 1 Year Office Subscription : Who doesn't love free stuff? You can activate it within 6 months of the activation of your Surface. -Xbox Stream : you can stream your XOne games in it, I've seen videos and it looks cool. But haven't tried yet because I don't have one. Anyways. You can grab one if you're not expecting too much of it, it's an awesome product. I'm looking forward to have a Pro version in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One-star deduction for Best Buy, not Surface ;-)

    Posted
    the70sGuy

    I have owned the original Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note and currently own the iPad Air 2. I also maintain a Surface Pro 3 (core i7) for work employees. I am an enterprise IT Director, so I know a little about gadgets and gizmos :-p First of all, the Surface 3 with Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (128 GB) is an Excellent product. This is truly a laptop replacement for home and work users alike and what the previous iterations of the Surface should have been. I recommend the 128 GB version, since the 64 GB version only comes with 2 GB of RAM (which limits performance quite a bit). The Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core mobile processor (x64 architecture) and 4 GB RAM make this capable for most home or business work loads. This version of the Surface does not overheat like the Intel Core Surface Pro models (due to a desktop processor being jammed into a space smaller than a gnat's *ss). This is not the wimp of previous Atom processors, however. It runs the Surface 3 with Windows 10 quickly and responsively and is more than capable to run most business applications, photo editing (unless you are using resource-hogging Adobe products). I run Visual Studio 2015 on this no-sweat. Pros: - Improved battery life over Surface Pro - Runs cool and can be easily held for work in tablet mode. - Great streaming (Netflix) and HD display. - Microsoft Edge browser works fast on this tablet, so web surfing is a very positive experience. - Surprisingly good speakers - Charges with most standard micro USB mobile chargers. A big plus, in my opinion. Does not require a proprietary connector. - Windows 10 :-D is surprisingly awesome for tablets. A huge improvement over Windows 8.1 regarding touch screen layout and operation. Full unlocked operating system, unlike iOS or Android. - USB 3.0 - Bluetooth 4.0 works great - Wifi works great. Cons: - Won't be running your high-end games (awwww) - Not designed for heavy production or engineering work - Doesn't come with Windows 10 installed. I had to install post-purchase (at least mine did not, even though Best Buy's display model had it installed and I was assured it would have Windows 10 on it by sales rep - 1 star deduction) Summary: An excellent tablet for home use and office work. Runs great for the level of work it is designed for. Runs Office 2013 great, runs Visual Studio very well. Runs all Store apps I have (including Asphalt 8) flawlessly. A HUGE improvement over the first 2 iterations of the Surface and Surface Pro. If you need more horsepower, I recommend a laptop or desktop. The Surface Pro models are pointless IMHO. They run way too hot with a short battery life to be effectively used as hand-held tablets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Full Windows 10 But At A Price

    Posted
    Michael
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    It's nice to have an almost affordable tablet that will run the full version of Windows 10, but be prepared for some compromises. Often, you'll have to unplug the charging cord, and plug it back in to get the unit to start charging. If you plug it in and it doesn't start charging, it never will. At other times, it will quit charging, and the tablet will start running down. Again, unplugging and reinserting the cord is required to get it charging again. Pressing the Volume Up and Down buttons often locks the tablet up for several seconds. Press and hold one of the volume buttons and the tablet will lock up for a long, long time. Once this behavior starts, the only solution is to reboot. The permanent fix is to locate the latest Realtek i2s audio codec driver and install it. A version released in September solves the problem, but don't expect any help from Microsoft. I had to figure this out myself. If you are used to the alarm clock function built in to the latest iPads, you're going to be disappointed in the one that comes with Windows 10. If the tablet is asleep, the alarm will go off, but it is rather soft for the first 20 seconds. And if you don't acknowledge the alarm within about 30 seconds, the tablet goes back to sleep, and the alarm stops sounding. This is a flaw in Windows 10, so even third party alarm clocks require that the tablet be plugged in and the screen left on for their alarms to work. Inexcusable, and Microsoft is in no hurry to fix it, and may never do so. Some have also had issues with wireless networking on the device. In my case, it was horribly slow. I had to go into my wireless router and set it to work on the "G" band only. That solved the problem, but should I have to do that for a brand new $600 device? And again, don't look to Microsoft for help. They weren't able to help me. Again, I had to figure it out myself. The tablet runs Office, and other not so demanding programs well, and it's nice to have full Windows compatibility, and the ability to run full Windows programs, but, you pay a price. Yes, the iPad is a "better" tablet, but Apple's apps are no substitute for full programs - Internet browsers being the best example. And then there is the Windows iTunes program, which is a disorganized, non-intuitive, frustrating, time consuming mess. What little an iPad can do, it does very well, but it is no substitute for a laptop, whereas the Surface is. Keep in mind that you'll be doing most everything on the Surface through a browser, and with full programs. There aren't nearly as many Windows apps as there are Apple apps. The Surface 3 is more a laptop than a tablet. Microsoft may fix some of the problems with the Surface 3 through updates, but don't count on it. If you are fairly computer savvy, I recommend the Surface 3. Otherwise, test this device thoroughly, and be prepared to return it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Aesthetically perfect. Minor performance issues.

    Posted
    Zack

    The Surface 3, coupled with Windows 10, is probably the most eloquently-designed, luxurious-feeling, and premium-looking device I have ever had the pleasure of owning. The operating system is fast and fluid, responding adeptly to both mouse and keyboard and touch. However, the device's full Windows operating system makes it easy to forget about the product's spec limitations. It is a tablet, after all. Programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and most modern games are going to struggle on the Surface 3. However, web browsing and Microsoft Office work fine. That being said, this tablet was absolutely designed for college students and the workplace. Its 1 year of Office 365 and extremely lightweight construction make it the ideal note-taker and presentation device. Being about half the height of a dime and only a couple pounds, its portability is unmatched. Unfortunately, portability is probably the biggest factor in terms of price. You're paying $600 for a tablet, and you'd be missing out on the true surface experience if you didn't purchase the $130 keyboard (which is one of the best keyboards on the market, by the way# and the $50 stylus. That, minus tax, brings your purchase to around $800. That's a lot of money for a tablet, especially since it's trying to grab at the laptop market. But if the price tag is no issue for you, then I wholly suggest you purchase the Surface 3. As long as you don't expect to do any major gaming or video editing, you should find this tablet/laptop hybrid to be your perfect portable companion. It's by far the best product #Xbox aside) Microsoft has released in a very long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost the perfect laptop/tablet hybrid

    Posted
    Kuru
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    I've been using the Surface 3 for almost a month now, and I must say that Microsoft has released some pretty good piece of tech right here. From the perspective of a college student, this tablet/laptop hybrid can do most of what you need. The ability to write notes using the Surface Pen is also a huge help ( sucks that it's not included). Just can't do some heavy programming and high res video editing. For the artist in you, this is a good drawing tablet as well. Just don't expect a lot out of it, since the Surface 3 isn't packing some powerful hardware. Front facing speakers means that sound is being directed at you instead of beside you. The high resolution screen is great for content consumption, colors are beautiful and vibrant, mine was a bit on the cooler side though, but can be fixed with some setting adjustment. The build feels like a premium device, feels like it could take a beating and still be kicking like new. Battery life is a solid 6-10 hours depending on usage. I can't only sing praise though, or else it would be biased. So here are some things that could have been better or just bad IMO. Screen is glossy, so outdoor use without a protector that could negate some of that glossyness is hard. Resolution isn't a 16:9, so it could be a problem for some. The processor is an Intel Atom processor; so it's a bit lacking in terms of power; but power saving is great. The m3 would have been a better choice though. The kickstand could have used another adjustment lower. Would have made it feel more drafting board like. And of course the common complaint that others all have, the typecover and pen are all sold separately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Less than half-baked product, stay away

    Posted
    Yair
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    I was so excited to buy this product that I purchased it when Surface 3 was released. I tried the sample ones it at several stores and it looked awesome. Shame on me! The problems started after 3 weeks of owning it... the Surface started freezing out of nowhere. No way to lock it or even turn it off, I had to wait until the battery drained. I lost my work in progress multiple times, and you don't want to mess with someone working and losing his work! So I waited a couple of months and updated to Win 10 with the hopes that it will fix it, but it didn't. So it took the tablet to the Microsoft Store in Galleria, Houston. The only thing they did was to wipe it out and reset to factory setting... guess what? Same old story, still not working... I finally got tired of dealing with the freezing thing and decided to mail it in for service. I was told not to send any accessories with it, but of course I did not remove the glass protector because it would have become obsolete. I expected the, to send a new one with the repaired Surface. guess what? THEY SENT ANOTHER FAULTY TABLET (this time it's the power button that works every now and then) WITHOUT THE GLASS PROTECTOR. I called in and they support representative basically sent me to town in nice words... I'm never buying from Microsoft ever again... i'll stick with Apple, who never let me down, and whose customer service is stellar compared to Microsoft.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Powerful Tablet

    Posted
    Phillip
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    First, I will say that I had the original surface when it first came out, and absolutely loved it. Almost three years later, my best friend is still using it with no issues. My chief complaint was the Windows RT limitations to only Windows Store Apps. So when I saw the full Windows 10 for the Surface 3, I was definitely interested! I bought the Surface 3 at the time on sale for $499. It was a good price, and for the performance, surprisingly quick. The quad-core Atom processor can hold it's own weight pretty well, especially with the Intel HD graphics to lend a hand. The pen worked phenomenally, making it easy to take notes in class. However, my one complaint is the price of the "optional" accessories. You can't look at this as a $500 tablet. Look at it as a $500 tablet, and a $130 keyboard that you will want, and a $40 pen that you will want as well. So before you know it, you will have a little over $700 invested in this after tax. And for $700, this tablet is not worth that in my opinion. I did end up returning it for a much more cost effective "cheap" computer just to do school work. If I wanted to spend $700 or didn't need the keyboard or pen, it would be more price friendly. You can buy a cheaper keyboard, it just won't be attached to the device like the Microsoft one, which looks very sleek. I can't hate on this tablet, it's beautiful, sleek, and powerful for its size. However, after the accessories that most people will want, $700 is a little steep for a Intel Atom processor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Well for Me

    Posted
    Bruce
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    I have had my Surface 3 for about two months and haven't had any of the problems indicated in some of the reviews. I use mine at work to listen music, read emails and occasionally surf the web. I wasn't happy with media player or Groove music so downlaoded Microsoft Zune software. I own 3 Zunes and always liked their software. Apple iTunes also works well for music. I have lots of tablets and really like this one with being able to use a mouse. It is also nice to be able to use full size programs rather than apps. Adobe reader as an example. I wasn't willing to put out the big money for the Surface Pro and I am glad I didn't. For my intended purpose this is just perfect. Figure out exactly what you intend to do with your new tablet then buy one that will meet your requirements. If you want your new tablet to perform like a Surface or iPad then make sure you buy one. If you buy a $99 tablet it will perform like a $99 tablet. I also updated my iPad to the newer iPad Air 2 yesterday which I am using to submit this review. These tablets are expensive so make sure you invest wisely. Have fun and enjoy the tablet you decide on. I am 60 years old, own 8 tablets, both Mac & Windows laptops and edit truck service manuals on a computer for work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop/tablet hybrid for the cost

    Posted
    diabeetus01
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    The Surface 3 is in a spot where it costs about as much as a mid range or so laptop (when you count the $130 for the TypeCover, which I would say is necessary for full use) but it definitely feels better than said mid range laptops in my experience. I would definitely also recommend buying the 128gb/4gb version of this computer as 2gb of memory on a modern machine just can't keep up with modern browsers with more than 1 or 2 tabs, though with the 4gb memory model I consistently have 5-10 Google Chrome tabs open without issue. The form factor is small, though I think this is a perfect size for portable use and light tablet use. Windows 10 updates constantly improve the experience of this machine and the battery life gets better with most major updates. The keyboard is fantastic, even with my large hands. The typing experience feels better to me than even typing on a MacBook, and the ability to angle the keyboard with magnets is a great added feature. I wish the kickstand had more than 3 positions, although this hasn't hindered me in normal use in any way I've noticed much if at all. The screen is bright, has accurate colors, and is a very good resolution. the 3:2 aspect ratio also does wonders for productivity and general use. The screen also has a digitizer layer for the Surface Pen, which is fantastic for taking notes in OneNote, marking up websites and Word documents, etc. If you're looking for portability and the performance of a mid-range laptop, I'd give the Surface 3 some consideration, especially considering the price dropping as the newer Surface Pros and Surface Book models come out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much better than I imagined

    Posted
    leswp
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    Never had a tablet before. Decided on the Surface 3 as it is a hybrid. Does almost everything I would like. Some of the apps are configured in an odd way using this but overall I really like it. Easy to use, fairly intuitive once you get started. Have loaded Office onto it and it does well. Fairly quick navigation between windows. Certainly better than the netbook I had! Takes nice pics- not what I would have bought it for as I am an amateur photog and like a 'real' camera. It has come in handy when you want to send someone a picture. You can have the pic already on the device rather than having to transfer it. It is not cheap when compared to a basic laptop. Works best with all the accessories although I guess you could do without them. I tried but ended up giving in and getting them. The products are excellent. Not keen on the cost! I don't like the need to buy everything separately or that there is no bundle when you purchase. (even when you search diligently!) I bought the tablet portion at Best Buy and then went online to find a used keyboard (much cheaper!!). Also managed to find a leather sleeve that I really like on Amazon for under 12 $. Really like the action of the keyboard. Some people do not like the flat keyboards but I do. Keyboard cover is sturdy enough but I wouldn't travel without getting some sort of sleeve. I usually don't get a screen protector. Tried to do without one but ended up giving in. Using the swipe portion makes the screen a mess in no time. Took it on vacation and it was SO much easier than a laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It beats the iPad or iPad Pro 9.7 hands down

    Posted
    WhtShadow
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    First off, this is a full on Windows computer, not some handcuffed tablet operating system. It will run full versions of Office, Lightroom, etc. Yes, the keyboard and pen are separate items, but that is true for the iPad Pro as well. Some don't like the kickstand. But, I do. It has three angles, and I find all of them to be useful for different purposes. The keyboard includes a useful touchpad, or you can even connect a Bluetooth mouse. It has a good touchscreen. The keyboard is also backlit, making it quite useful in low light situations. I find it possible to get 7-8 hours of continuous use out of it for typical office applications. I will admit, I keep the screen a little dimmer, but it works fine in office/auditorium conditions Also, it charges via micro USB, so a quality USB charger is all you need. Those weigh ounces vs pounds for larger device chargers. Add a 10 foot quality micro USB cable, and you are set. The keyboard attaches magnetically, and also has a has a bit of an angle, making it quite comfortable for typing. It also has a very good feel, as they are not just 'chicklet' style keys. With a microSD slot for more storage and a full size USB 3 port, makes it a great device to view images from my DSLR (on a 10+" screen vs the 3" screen on the camera), and copy the pictures to a big USB flash drive, or portable USB drive, and make more room for pictures on the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From RT to 3

    Posted
    Brandon
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    In 2014, I purchased a Surface RT right as the Surface 3 came out. I wasn't very pleased with it, as the OS wasn't very intuitive. Now that I've got Windows 10 on my 3, it's so much better. Even with the Atom processor, this sates my appetite for speed on a mobile device (and I have an i7 in my desktop.) The screen size has always been a major attraction for me, and the fact that it uses Windows, which is very familiar compared to other tablet OS. It's not terribly heavy, but I imagine there are lighter tablets out there. Personally, I like the weight. It's also thicker than most, making it easier to hold. The screen is very responsive, and all the buttons are in good places. Having a mini HDMI and SD slot is good too, considering this thing can do everything a PC can. Space may become limited, so being able to add more storage when necessary is a plus. I recommend getting the keyboard if you intend to use this for anything requiring you to type. Never been a fan of on-screen keyboards, and that solves the problem for me. All in all, great product, and much better than the older RT. So if you've got an RT and want to upgrade, go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Such a great concept...

    Posted
    Drwrigs
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    Such a great concept, but I've had nothing but trouble the 18 months I've owned my surface 3. You name it I've had trouble with it. WiFi - sometimes it would forget it had a network card. So it wouldn't see any wifi networks. Sometimes rebooting 3 times would help, other times it just took a couple days! Charging was really unreliable. The light would always come on like it was charging, but when I went to use it in the morning it'd be completely dead. After fighting these issues, (among others - sound not working periodically, not turning on reliably, so you'd have to push the power button over and over again..., etc) I sent it in while it was still under warranty. Upon return I haven't had any more issues with the sound or the WiFi. Had the charging problem once. The first couple months everything was great. But now I can't play any video in any form. It just crashes the program. Or blinks continually. Have tried running an operating system update, but looking at the history it says they've failed since late March. Can't even restart the darn thing to try restarting an update, it's hung up saying don't turn off your computer. I'm so beyond frustrated. This was not a cheap machine, and it's completely worthless the last several weeks. I will NEVER buy or recommend a surface again. I could go on and on with all the little issues. Not sure what I'll replace it with, probably something cheaper that works better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good overall, but not great.

    Posted
    Chips
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    The Surface 3 is a decent computer and a good tablet. I was looking for something to be able to access web based applications for my job while on the move, unfortunately they required Internet Explorer which is available on the Surface but not ideal. I found that the touch response is nowhere near as good as on an iPad, even when using the Surface Pen. Battery anxiety is also a big issue with the surface. While it has a reasonable battery life, the charge time is absurd. Because it charges by USB, it can take up to 8 hours for a full charge with the included charger. In order to charge faster, you need to buy the dock for $150. There are also known issues where the charger isn't always recognized, so you may end up leaving it to charge overnight and finding that it didn't. It is priced well, but the price is an illusion because the Surface seems to be a vehicle for Microsoft to sell accessories. In order to get the ideal experience, you'll need the pen, the type cover, and the dock which will add about $300 to the cost. It's a great device if you're looking for versatility, but you'll pay a significant premium compared to buying a laptop or tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for a college student!

    Posted
    Babybot12
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    I purchased this item in October of 2015, I immediately had to return it and exchange it for a new one because it did an update and the update failed and froze my computer. After that issue, I didn't have a problem until my charger stopped working and also my pen stopped working as well. I was able to get a new pen for free, I had to ship back the old one. I did not however return the charger because Microsoft told me I would have to send back the old one and wait for a new one, which meant I would be without a charger for at least 10 days, and I'm a college student so that wouldn't have worked for me. Other than these issues I absolutely loved it! Battery life wasn't that good but, it was neat to be able to write my notes on my surface. It felt like I was writing in an actual notebook! If I didn't have the issues I had I would still be using it, but sadly my surface became really slow, even though I had Webroot, and I had to recently purchase a new laptop. I would have loved to have gotten one of the new surfaces but they are way over my price range. Would definitely recommend for someone who is going into college and loves to write/type their notes on a computer or even a high school student.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Tablet on the Market!

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    TopDownDriver
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    I had an iPad. It sat unused for the longest time. Once, a while ago, I used the apps on it. But since getting an Android phone, I found that the iPad was unnecessary. All of the apps were on the phone and were better than their iPad doppelgangers. I could use the SD card and USB on the Android phone, when there was nothing else on the iPad. Alright, then I needed more power and flexibility than the Android phone or iPad could muster. I wanted to take Photoshop with me. Have access to a full and proper browser. Work with OneNote documents, Word and Excel. Sure, they tell you these are all there on the iPad, but they are not the true apps and input is a BEAR! I bought the Surface not knowing what to expect, but it has quickly become my best buddy. It goes everywhere with me. Don't let the people who complain it only has micro-USB for charging fool you - this is GREAT! Now I only take one charger with me, and I can easily recharge from my Anker external battery. The Surface is next going with me to Cuba! Can't wait!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase (I bought two)

    Posted
    PulltownFalcon
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    I purchased two Microsoft Surface 3 computers. The first purchase was due to my HP laptop going dead just a little shy of two years. It contained the music I use for horse shows and athletic events. I wanted something small and compact, similar to the size of my iPad, but needed a Windows based computer to run the music software program I use for athletic events. I was extremely impressed with the size of the Surface 3 (so small, but yet it felt like a solid computer). When my iPad begain to give me problems, I was originally planning to purchase a new iPad. But then thought again about spending $899 for a new iPad when I could purchase another Surface for $499 (Fathers Day sale). YES - you need to purchase the keyboard (I tried to get away without purchasing a keyboard but ended up paying the additional $120+ for the keyboard) NO - you do not need to purchase the pen (it's nice, but not as necessary as the keyboard). I recommend you purchase the Urban Armour UAG Microsoft Surface 3 Feather-Light Composite [BLACK] Aluminum Stand (will need to purchase through Amazon.com as BestBuy no longer carries the case for the Surface 3). Very happy with the purchase and feel confident to highly recommend the Surface 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect small laptop/tablet replacement!)

    Posted
    OperaHawk
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    After looking at the reviews, I decided to take the plunge and get a Surface to replace my ailing HP netbook. I would have preferred to have gone for the Surface 3 Pro, but they're very hard to come by, and the reviews said that this is the first Surface that people would recommend. I completely agree - as long as you realize that this is not a replacement for a full-size, top-of-the line laptop, it's great! The response time is good for the processor size and built-in RAM (get the 128 GB version with 4GB of RAM), web pages come up effortlessly, and videos are quick and sharp. The display is beautiful, and the audio is clear, crisp, and pretty powerful for its size (better than my wife's 15" Sony VAIO). The type cover works well - I'm used to a smaller keyboard on my old netbook. This one is a bit larger, with mice chiclet-sized keys, and a satisfying feedback. I also appreciated that they're backlit. I purchased a case for it, and the Surface Pen. I have yet to really use the pen, but it looks like it will be very useful. All in all, I believe this will be a good replacement for a netbook that was underpowered out of the box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent device for portable or desktop use

    Posted
    Telstar
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    The Surface 3 is a well built device that has a really nice screen, kickstand and runs Windows 10. I like the S3 very much. It can handle any normal office task with ease and certainly exceeds requirements when watching video, browsing the web and other personal things. The S3 is very portable, cool and quiet. I use the type cover with it all the time. It's my companion device as well as filling in as my desktop should my desktop tower computer go down for some reason. I can hook up an external monitor, speakers, USB devices, BT devices, you name it. It has all my software for business and personal use on it since it has a full OS. While you can game on the S3, you cannot game as you would with a dedicated gaming machine. Obviously, the latest generation Atom processor isn't powerful enough for regular PC gaming for the most part. Otherwise, the S3 handles everything I need to do. If you like sketching or taking notes in longhand, this is your device. Of course, with the type cover you can handle any typing need including note taking that way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice small laptop replacement

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    JXTreme
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    The MS Surface 3 is a very nice small laptop replacement! Its startup (boot) time and shutdown time are very quick due to the solid state drive (128GB) that it utilizes. The flexibility of the touch screen makes it a very good tablet type device and when augmented with the optional Type Cover keyboard, it transforms into a very capable small laptop. The processing power (Intel Atom) of the this small unit will not win any speed championships and will not serve to play most interactive games, but is very capable for office type use (Word, Excel, etc.), browsing, video streaming, etc. The high resolution screen is very nice and capable but also makes it difficult to view at times due to its small size (text can be very difficult to see especially if you don't have extremely good eyesight or glasses.). The additional ports built-in to the unit makes it a very capable laptop too compared to other tablets such as the iPad. Overall a very good device and with its small size and weight, it has become my "go to" device instead of my laptop unless I need the additional processing power and larger screen which my laptop provides but at nearly 5 times the weight and I have a lightweight HP Ultrabook.

    I would recommend this to a friend