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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Proficient Daily Driver 4 Students & Avg Users

    Posted
    saint04
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Intro: I'm a recent graduate having completed my master's degree. I figured I would give a quick overview of my first impressions with the device having experienced all of the previous generations. I purchased the Surface 3 with the intention of it being my primary system in hopes that it will replace my stationary desktop. In addition to being a desktop replacement, I hope to have my files, notes etc. readily available when I need them on the go for teaching, public speaking or working on documents while on the go or at home. I also intend to use the Surface 3 for entertainment and managing my iTunes library. Having said that, I have purchased every available accessory currently available for the Surface 3. These items include of course the Surface 3 (128GB w/4GB RAM), tempered glass screen protector, black keyboard, silver stylus and docking station. I'll provide a brief overview of each. Surface 3: Hardware: The fit and finish of the device is gorgeous. Everything about the Surface 3 (excluding price) expresses a premium product. The buttons (power/volume) are clicky and responsive. The device in contrast to the Surface 3 Pro feels much better (more wieldy... less awkward and more natural) in the hands when using it in tablet mode. The tablet now has a glossy Microsoft logo on the back with a capacitive windows logo on the front. The device both looks professional and fun, which it is. Screen: Like most of the other Surface tablet screens the colors are vibrant. What turned me off about previous Surface Tablet screens is that I always managed to find dead/hot pixels or even dust in them. I found no imperfections in this unit. Hopefully Microsoft has stepped up quality control on the production of the Surface line. Pictures and images are crisp and text/shortcuts are scaled up in tablet mode so fingers can more easily navigate. Sound: The sound comes out clear and there are two slits in the front of the screen discretely revealing forward facing speakers. The speakers reveal clear sound overall. I did find that speakers did not go very loud, but are more than enough for day to day use. Don't expect this to be able to replace your boom box. Performance: The Atom x7 processor handles much of what I use quite gracefully. It's not a speed demon by any means, but most of what I've run on it plugs along smoothly with an occasional stutter when I tax it, but quickly levels out. Currently I'm running OneNote, Twenty-two tabs on the Chrome web browser (known for not being efficient w/heavy CPU use) and am streaming audio through iTunes with no performance issues. I am very satisfied with my performance of this tablet so far. My memory with the system as previously described is sitting at 66%, while my processor is plugging along at about 5-20% use. Web-pages load reasonably fast and even more intensive pages with flash media run smoothly (i.e. Cnet website). The device feels fast and responsive overall. The device runs warm and has yet to run hot. External storage: I have installed a Sandisc 128 GB micro SD card. It houses my media/entertainment… mostly iTunes files. This was a big selling point considering 256gb of memory is a minimum I’m willing to go with storage options. Battery life: With a mix of web browsing reading the news and streaming video, I nearly got ten hours out of the tablet. A full charge takes about one to two hours... the charging station recharges a tad quicker than the included charging adapter. Docking Station: For some reason, my docking station on couple of instances wouldn't detect the plugged in speakers. I found this frustrating. The fix is leaving everything connected, the Surface 3 docked, unplugging the power cable from the docking station for a moment and plugging it back in. This is unacceptable and I hope Microsoft repairs this issue with an update assuming it's not hardware related. Overall, the docking station works great. The Surface 3 fits in perfectly while leaving the cover on. It (the docking station) has 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, area for lock, a display port and audio jack. On the left side (when facing the front) there is a magnet to hold the optional stylus/pen (about $49 from MS). The docking station is black plastic and angular on the back and sides. It looks sharp. The tablet angles back in it to allow it to be used with the keyboard while docked (reference submitted photos. There is a white power light on the top right side. I have a 23in HP IPS display, keyboard, printer, wireless mouse, speakers and lightning cable hooked up to mine through a USB hub accessing the docking station USB 3.0 port. I would recommend that someone who is using this device as their desktop replacement similar external devices as I’ve described (i.e. monitor, keyboard, printer, mouse) to use with the docking station. Keyboard: Overall the fit and finish is nice. My black keyboard look more of a faded black (grey). The front is soft and the interior rubbery on the keyboard side. Typing on it is comfortable and doesn't slow me down compared to the traditional keyboard. However, the trackpad rattles a significant amount while typing. The trackpad surface is smooth and responsive, but feels disappointingly cheap and is lacking in size. Pen: The pen input is awesome. It works great with one note and writing with it is responsive. It is also a quality piece machine out of aluminum. Set up was simple in the Bluetooth option of the settings menu. If you are a student, this pen is a necessity. OneNote allows for you to integrate, written/typed notes, video, audio etc. all in one file/location. There is nothing else like this on the market that works so seamlessly with such a device. Tempered glass screen protector: I recommend the tempered glass screen protector with the pen to prevent scratches on the screen from daily wear and tear. It doesn't take much for a small piece of sand to get on the keyboard cover or the tip of the pen/stylus and cause havoc (scratches) on your screen. As with all screen protectors, it's a pain to get it on without any dust. Mine had a very tight fit, which I lined up with the speaker cutouts to get it on perfectly. Summary: While I have not had a considerable amount of time with the Surface 3, my first time impressions are excellent. I think it's excellent for basic productivity usage and entertainment. For someone who's running intensive software such as Adobe Photoshop or regularly converting files etc., I wouldn't recommend this device; the Surface Pro is for them. For the person who browses the web, runs basic productivity software (i.e. MS Office Suite) and entertains themselves with media (audio/video), they will be more than satisfied. The Surface 3 is what the original Surface should have been. If you found this review helpful, please give it a thumbs up!!! Thanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    id expected a little more

    Posted
    DireWolfZero

    So far i've had it for about three days and i'm still 50/50 about keeping it. As a PC: The great part of this "tablet" is that its a full version of Windows 8.1, letting you install Programs and not only Apps from the horrible HORRIBLE Windows Store. i didn't buy the cover with keyboard since i already had a Logitech wireless keyboard, its been working fine. Surface 3 is fast but not that fast, (which i expected buying the low end version of it and not the Surface Pro 3) so if you're looking for something to check email, do research, write papers for school, keep up with social media and doodling this should work great for you. (i mean if you don't mind spending $599 for just the basics) The Windows Store: well, i don't know where to even start with this place. lol i'll just say its horrible and don't expect a vast amount of apps like Google Play or the Apple App Store has. Windows Store is very limited, i'm not really a PC Gamer or Tablet Gamer (if that's even a term) so i haven't tried any of the games. Also don't expect ANY google apps except one which is just a search. Microsoft seems to hate Google more then Apple does. I've also tried to emulate android on the Surface 3 and it just wasn't happening so if you're thinking about that forget it. As a Tablet: its not very good to be honest, the Digitizer (Touch Screen) is a little off. I've tried calibrating it but i still have to touch certain things multiple times to get them to either close or open (maybe my fingers are to fat i dunno). i hate to repeat this again but as a tablet apps are heavily lacking from that Windows Store to make Surface 3 comfortable as a tablet. battery life: is not good (at least for me), i've had the percentage drop down from 100% to 85% in about 15 mins, had the brightness level of the tablet a little lower then 50% i could only imagine at a higher level. Charge Time: i've gotten different results, in use it charges reallllllly reallllllly slow like expect a full charge from about 20% to 100% in about 4 to 5 hours while using it. now if you're not using the Surface 3 at all and leave it on the charger, it charges in about 2 to 3 hours from 20% to 100% but still, that battery drain is horrible. maybe my battery is defective? so, if you're looking for a Tablet, i'd say skip on this because for me the tablet functionality of the Surface 3 isn't very good at all (hopefully that gets better with Windows 10). if you're looking for a PC/Laptop that's super compact and portable then this is definitely worth it and with the accesories Microsoft has for Surface 3 it can basically be a Desktop or Laptop. Few tips: had a USB hub laying around at home which works fine and adds 5 extra USB ports with little effort and extremely cheap. also, if you want to use your Surface 3 on a bigger screen just buy a Mini Display Port to HDMI or if you have an older monitor they sell a Mini Display Port to VGA which are both pretty cheap as well. if you want to go wireless with the Display Microsoft has a option for that which is around $59 to $69 i believe... if you want to go cheap on the keyboard i definitely would get a wireless keyboard with trackpad and a USB hub, but thats just me because i didn't want to buy the Microsoft keyboard $130 and or the Docking Station $199 lol! so anyway, there are pros and cons to the Surface 3. if it fits your needs then go for it, if not then get a laptop with more power for the same price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface 3 is awesome!

    Posted
    Anika
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    I pre-ordered the Surface 3 as soon as I got the email promoting it. My husband had been waiting for the pro to go on sale, but, it didn't go down to a price we could afford. As soon as we saw this, I was so excited, finally I could afford a Surface that can run many more options than the RT, which I have. Not bad, but, this is so much better. Starts up quickly, web browsing is fast, all my movie apps work great, except Vudu, but that's because of their app, not the Surface. I, also, bought a Seaget 1tb portable slim drive. It recognized it immediately, no hassles. The pen option is so cool, my son draws around 10 pictures a day, and now, I can save clutter around the house. I have downloaded my photos, but, haven't attempted to edit any of of yet. I was told from Microsoft, I can purchase a portable dvd to use with it, which I like, a lot. I truly love this, it's so portable, I take my tablets everywhere, even while cleaning my house.i think it's amazing what they have done with pc's. I have the 4gb 128gb. It's not slowed down in me yet. It's been reliable and enjoyable. The Pro 3 is finally, only $50.00 more for the 64gb, but, I truly didn't want a fan on mine, and I think the 64gb is way to small for that price. I don't do any processor heavy work, So, the Surface 3 is a great fit for me. It's an awesome tablet for students, I think one of the best. Touchscreen is great, and I don't think it's a gimik, it so easy to interact using both methods, keyboard or touchscreen. You do not have to buy the keyboard to use it as a laptop. Bluetooth key words work fine, although, I am one of those people who wants it all, so, I have it myself. But, I also have Bluetooth and it works great. I have a wireless touch mouse that works as well. I found a great Logitech keyboard that the tablets sits in it and it's really cool, much cheaper than the type keyboard. So, if you want a Surface, but, don't want to spend the extra for the dedicated accessories, you can and have it work just as well. Don't let that stop you from getting this great hybrid. By the way, the pen does come with a loop in the box, and, I find the best place to put it is on the back of the surface on the left side. Doesn't block anything and does not get in the way. Mine is very stable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall very good product.

    Posted
    CAF1
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    To get the negative aside first: 1. Power button should be recessed to avoid accidental depression during use. 2. For my personal taste the screen would be better a little smaller. It would be easier to handle one handed as a tablet. 3. I do not care for the finish of the keyboard. It appears to be possibly susceptible to wear. 4. The pen is precise and sometimes a little too precise. It can cause unwanted actions from the tablet by selecting the incorrect item. I have found, for non writing functions, a regular rubber tipped stylus like used on a iPad works fine. 5. I understand the reasoning but AAAA (4 A) battery used in the stylus is not readily available. 6. The charger does gets pretty warm or even a little hot if it is connected during tablet operation. If current charger size could be maintained a slightly more powerful charger would be nice. 7. Microsoft, please come up with a nice, thin, form fitting leather case. The one offered is pathetic, in my opinion. The good: 1. Very good battery life. Got through a day of meetings with no sign of power problems. 2. Screen clear, bright and enough resolution to fit more items while still being readable. 3. This Surface 3 gets a little warm in certain spots but not enough to matter and the no fan cooling makes this tablet silent. 4. Lighter and thinner are always goals of new devices but this tablet is pretty light and thin for it's size and capabilities. 5. The keyboard has good action for my two finger typing. 6. This may be a lack of knowledge on my part but I cannot find the right and left mouse click on the keyboard like a normal laptop for choosing multiple items in a file or folder. 7. The micro SD card is seen as another hard drive in the system and is great for storing movies and music without filling up the main drive. Bottom line is this tablet does everything needed for most business and pleasure. The processor, although not the fastest Intel processor, is fine for MS Office and most other operations including movie watching. Although I have not tried using it for movie, video format conversion and intense gaming I think it would not do well. I will still leave those intense program items to my desktop and that is fine with me. After all I do not consider this a desktop replacement only a more portable and convenient access to most programs and files I deal with on a daily basis.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it madly!

    Posted
    Jenn
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It was a total impulse buy because I went to try it and loved the keyboard and just everything about it. I had drooled over the Surface Pro 3, but 12 inches was just too big for a tablet that I use for Kindle... so when they came out with a 10 inch version (although it is a bit less powerful due to the Atom processor as opposed to i3 or i5) I jumped on it! And I am so glad I did! I got the higher end version with 128 gigs and 4 Ram, and this thing is amazing! It is every bit as fast as my netbook which has an i3 processor (and probably will never be used again since this is just perfect for me!) It even plays some graphic heavy games pretty darn well - which surprised me to no end. I did get the keyboard, but skipped the pen since I doubt I would ever use it. I am looking around for a case for it from Amazon since the one at Best Buy weighed as much as the Surface and keyboard put together and I don't want something that heavy and bulky - it kind of defeats the purpose. I will mostly be using this for travel (checking emails, Facebook, reading news, games and downloading pics etc...) and will also use daily as my Kindle reader and also for when I just want to be on computer while watching TV. I loaded all my favorite movies onto a micro SD card which you can insert into the slot behind the kick stand. I got the 64 gig, but may eventually upgrade to a 128. The keyboard is just perfect, and types much better than any detachable/mobile type keyboard I have ever used - doesn't slow me down at all - and while I am not a huge fan of Windows 8.1, I am getting the hang of it and also looking forward to Windows 10 when it comes out - which I will be able to download for free as soon as it is available. I love having the Windows system over the Android - so many other possibilities with Windows. All in all, I can't think of a negative thing to say about it! It is a quick and snappy little computer and I am thinking my full sized laptop will be feeling neglected because this little tablet/laptop is just perfect! No regrets and would recommend it highly! Will most likely be getting one for the hubby!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, but horrible ethics and unreliable

    Posted
    Servnhim
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased the Surface 3 because I am a consultant and the market features seemed to demonstrate a windows product that could disrupte the market. The device was well built. It felt good in my hands and the keyboard cover was nice, but my favorite tool was the stylus. The writing capabilities were near flawless. Because of this, I thought that this device would be the Windows answer to education. There was an adapter that would even allow for wireless presenting via a projectors/TV's HDMI port. With that said, this was the only positive points to the Surface. Prior to purchasing the device, I talked with the Microsoft Store via their 877-phone number. I explained to the gentleman online what I planned to use the Surface for and asked which model would fit my needs. He replied, "It all can be found on the web". I asked again, based on the information I gave him, which would best fit my needs, and again repeated that all my answers could be found on the web and "would that be all". Shocked by the lack of customer service, I replied that I would go to my local Best Buy since they would be interested in making a sale. I asked one additional question about purchasing the Microsoft Support. I wanted to know if it needed to be purchased immediately or could I add it on later, much like Apple or Lenovo. I also wanted to know if the support was US based and not outsourced. He said yes and immediately ended the call. Shocked by his rudeness, I went to my local Best Buy and received great service, thus walking away with a new Surface 3 (128GB). After playing with it for a few hours, the device just did not feel complete. Windows 8.1 just seemed to be a confused system that could not make up its mind. The Metro feel was excellent for tablet use, but the desktop was not finger friendly. Microsoft need to create a full table mode in Windows 10 and allow for the systems administrator in me choose the desktop when I want. Regardless, this device is centered on the customer. While one could argue that it is 2 devices in one, this device would require training to properly get around the OS. While you can argue that you can run full blown Windows applications, that is not much of a hallmark. It is nice, but I can get a more powerful touchscreen ultrabook for less $$$. Moving to the Microsoft App Store...this is pathetic. No one is developing for the platform at all. PERIOD. The apps suck and there is no ecosystem. One can give grief to iOS and Android, but you can find just about anything on their respective platforms. Again, people would argue that you don't need the app store because you can run full Windows applications on the Surface. In short, and back to my point, Windows 8.1 is a disjointed system and does not focus on the customers needs. Moving along, I ran the 95+ windows updates and rebooted. Once up, the screen exhibited graphic lines when using internet explorer and would show buzz lines when running Onenote. I played around with it for another hour and it happened at random. I called support and immediately got a foreign support tech. I asked if this call center was located in the USA and the tech said yes. I said, "ok" and told her what the device was doing. She asked if I ran the 95+ updates and I said "yes". She immediately said the device was defective and I should return it....no further technical questions at all. Shocked, I asked her if we needed to go through any additional troubleshooting steps and he replay was no and wanted to know if I had any further questions. I said yes, could I speak to a supervisor and the reply was no. I asked where this call center was located and she said it was in the Philippines. Shocked, I asked why she lied to me about support being in the USA, she hung up. I called again to speak to s supervisor and received the same customer service. That said, I returned the device to Best Buy. In short, Microsoft has potential, but they need a real lesson in customer service. As a consultant, I would be more than glad to help them fix the issues. Unfortunately, they are quite bloated and are quite arrogant....and they are losing a customer

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best device for the new generation of laptops

    Posted
    TheCarlosEJ
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    Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way first - yes, the kickstand is amazing and yes, it's a pain in the butt using it anywhere else but a flat surface. If you can deal with that, then you're going to love this computer. The thing with the Surface 3 is that it can be both a laptop AND a tablet, and it does both EXCELLENT. You wanna just chill out in your couch and watch some movies or read a book? BOOM, tablet mode. Need to type up a paper for school, or reply to some emails for work? Attach the keyboard cover and BOOM, laptop mode. Speaking of the keyboard cover, let's discuss that. It's great. Not amazing, but not one of the worst keyboards I've used. The keys are nice clickable and the size of them are a good balance for people with all kinds of finger sizes. I was used to chiclet-style keyboards, but after a few days I got pretty used to them. The touch pad sucks. It does, it really does. BUT! the beauty is the Surface has a touch screen, so once you train yourself to use the touch screen do simple things you used to do on touch pad, you'll come to realize how little you really need it. Either way, I recommend everyone buy a separate mouse. I got a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1850 from Best Buy as well for like $15 and love it! Anyway, I won't get into specs. because I'm assuming you're like - specs. aren't the main reason you buy computers. And let's be honest, this is a $600 computer so you're not going to get the same results you would get if you bought a $1,500 Alienware laptop. But for the average consumer, students, even some tech-savvy people, this computer is amazing. It hasn't lagged on me yet, hasn't heated up (actually, I don't think it can heat up), and nothing has crashed. The screen is BEAUTIFUL, it has amazing battery life, Windows 8.1 works great, and overall it's a great purchase and I can't recommend it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good if you know what you're getting into

    Posted
    tmp88
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    The reason the Surface is such a great product is because it balances being a tablet and a laptop better than any other 2-in-1 device. The bulkier 2-in-1s like the lenovo yoga cannot be taken seriously as a tablet. The detachable 2-in-1s like the asus transformer do not have the same build quality you would expect in a laptop (though if you don't have the budget for a surface, it's an acceptable alternative). Despite what others may say, I find the surface much easier to use in your lap compared to the detachable 2-in-1s. They tend to be very top heavy, but the Surface's kickstand makes stabilizing the device much easier. Make no mistake, the Surface 3 compromises to achieve what it does, but for the first time in the series, none are major problems. The screen is gorgeous. It's a little too small for a laptop and a little too big/heavy for a tablet, but absolutely usable as either one. It's a little under-powered for a laptop, but for casual use it's perfectly fine. The improvement over previous generation atom processors in the graphics department is definitely noticeable, I'm actually able to play some less-demanding games (ex: hearthstone - great with the pen, fez, torchlight, LoL, etc). Minor disappointment in the hard drive speed (eMMC - slower than a real SSD, but not annoyingly so) and wireless performance (infrequent drops, not often enough to bother me, and resolved completely if I disabled bluetooth). I would say none of these problems are bigger than the issue I have with Microsoft charging as much as they do for the keyboard and pen (keyboard is essential in my opinion, pen I wouldn't consider a must have). Not that these are bad accessories - aside from the trackpad being unavoidably small, they both work well. Battery life is decent, but this varies so much based on usage I don't really know how else to evaluate it besides saying it doesn't suck. Overall, if you're not going to use it as a tablet, don't get it. If you are, you really can use it as both your tablet and laptop, provided you aren't a demanding user on the laptop side. Obviously the portability of this thing is fantastic, and it's truly a well-made device. If the Surface has what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best.surface.ever.

    Posted
    CorruptionDee
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    The Surface has always had a rough start, because while it was technologically superior to the competition, it was too expensive and wasn't amazing as a tablet or laptop. Microsoft has improved that with every Surface iteration to date. This is no exception, the Surface 3 is awesome. It's not to be confused with the older, more expensive Surface Pro 3 tablets, but the best thing is that this tablet functions the same way. If you can do it on a Surface Pro, you can do it on a Surface 3. No longer are you limited to the crippled Windows RT that couldn't run anything, as now this Surface runs the full desktop version of Windows 8.1 with a free Upgrade to Windows 10 in two weeks. The Surface 3 starts at $500 for the 64GB model with 2 GB of RAM. For $600, you get 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. That may sound expensive, until you realize that the IPad Air 2 costs $600 for the midrange 64GB model. That tablet only runs mobile iOS apps. The Surface 3 can: Run full Windows PC apps. Has a micro SD card slot. Has a USB 2.0 port (via USB OTG). Has one full sized USB 3.0 port. Has an actual display port for up to 4K resolution on an external monitor. It works great as a tablet as well, with a beautiful 10.8 1920x1280 Cleartype screen. The problem is that Windows 8.1 is just poor for touchscreen apps in comparison to iOS. That's all changing with Windows 10.1. The great news is that this is a full PC, that you can connect an external Hardrive to, mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer, etc. Microsoft's magnetic keyboard is the best option for a high price. But the point is that you have options. It's all powered by a quad core Intel Atom X7 Cherrytrail 64-bit processor that runs at 1.6Ghz with bursts up to 2.4Ghz. It'll do everything silky smooth, minus heavy video editing or PC gaming. This is the tablet that can truly replace your laptop, and for that it has no competition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Ryan
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    This was one the best purchases I've made in a long time. This Surface has handled everything I've thrown at it. I do light gaming and programming. It handles multitasking elegantly and boots/resumes quickly. Some of the programs games I run on it include: Eclipse, Android Studio, Visual Studio 2013, Unity 4 (small projects), Steam, Paint.net, IDLE, Hearthstone, Darkest Dungeon, Hero's of the Storm (lowest gfx settings), FTL: Faster Than Light. The Surface has handled and probably will be able to handle and 2D game I can throw at it. I have a laptop with a nice dedicated graphics card and an i7 processor but I still turn to my Surface more often because of its portability and sufficient performance for what I need. Granted compile times for programming projects and load time for some games take a little long, its still not enough to complain about. The Atom processors have come a long way and it surprised me what this thing could do without even getting insanely hot. Great battery life for web browsing and chatting (I never have the screen on full brightness when on battery). I do get an hour or two (or more) on heavier gaming activities. Anyway, like I said, this is one of the best purchases I've made. I would buy it again and will buy Microsoft's future products in their Surface line. Oh, and you get a free upgrade to Windows 10 July 29th.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Consider Your Needs

    Posted
    Andy
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    Like any device, the Surface 3 is great if it fits your particular needs. What makes it special is its unique mix of capabilities: * Read a book, then write one on the same device * Create digital art with full desktop applications and real pressure-sensitivity * Keep a digital journal (or a college notebook) * Everything else a tablet or laptop can do A lot of people will argue that a "typical user" will be happier with the thin, light passive consumption capabilities of an iPad, and that might be true; most people aren't writers or artists or college students. But if you ever want to create something, code, manage a spreadsheet, or just write a long email, an iPad is not useful. If any of the above use cases resonate with you, you're willing to part with all the casual games in the App Store, and you can deal with an extra .4 pounds of weight, the Surface 3 is an actual computer that also happens to be well-built, attractive, and not loaded with junk software out of the box. Final point: Microsoft should not be selling a version of the Surface 3 with 2GB of RAM in 2015. Frankly, it's shameful. If you buy a Surface 3, pay the extra $100 and get the 4GB version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything I hoped.

    Posted
    Dave
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I picked this up on a whim for travel conference presentations, and perhaps a little relaxing fun. It works great, I now use it as my main laptop for most of my tasks in support of a newly built desktop PC. For simple tasks - emails, webbrowsing, netflix, writing and presenting? Perfect. For relaxing games? Better to limit to the windows store for the games there, but I put Steam on every PC I get, just to see what I can run. Turns out this thing can handle a DRASTICALLY reduced in graphic quality Left 4 Dead 2. I was impressed. Now I use this thing to play Left 4 Dead on the road, This War of Mine, and RollerCoaster Tycoon. Color me impressed. The only reduction in score I can give this is my first one had battery issues, and the fact that Microsoft went with the Atom rather than the new Core M. That cut (they say for price) just seems to be a little skimping. But, I can't complain, for what this thing is meant for, the Atom processor works fine. (Get the 4GB of RAM model - 2GB is laughable)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only 3 Stars?

    Posted
    r4kolb
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    If you are like me you read reviews before you purchase things. So to help you understand why I gave the Microsoft Surface 3 a 3 star rating I will explain. I am on my second S3 because the first one was just constantly locking up on me. I patiently did ALL the updates and even installed Windows 10 to no avail. If you Google it you will see it seems to be an issue for the S3. I returned it to Best Buy and luckily enough I am an Elite Plus member or I would have had to go through Microsoft to have it replaced or worse yet repaired. (You have I think a 30 day limit to return to Best Buy if not an Elite Plus member) That being said I received my second S3 and it has thus far had no issues. One thing to consider is how you intend to use it. It is a little bulky if you think you are going to lie in bed at night and read or play games. If your main use is a hand held tablet you may find it a bit hard to find a comfortable position in your hand. However if you do intent to use it mainly as a mini-laptop (don't forget you will need to shell out another 100+ for the keyboard) it serves its purpose. If you are familiar with Windows 8 you should have no issues with the interface however if you are a Windows 7 or earlier user it will take some time getting used to the format of Windows 8. Having only had it now for under a month I may come back and re review it after seeing how it functions through more time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome light duty machine

    Posted
    Lawrence
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    I can't help but love this Surface 3. Overall use is so much better than the iPad 3 it is replacing. I know the comparison isn't quite apples to apples (no pun intended), but that is my only comparable experience. Granted, this can't quite handle everything my Dell ATG laptop can, but it is also substantially less money. I actually like this Surface so much that I am thinking about using the 15 day return policy to upgrade to the Pro model. I was originally seeing this unit as a slightly upgraded tablet, but now I am seeing far more possibilities. With a few accessories and depending on your purposes, either model certainly could not only replace a laptop, but do so in a way that makes the laptop even better!! Two thumbs up and all 5 stars!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Hybrid, But Not a Laptop Replacement

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    Curt
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    I purchased this as a replacement for a laptop. I was left disappointed by having done so, and changed over to replacing a tablet (an iPad Mini) and was very pleased. Let's be honest, the Atom CPU is amazing for what it is. It works quite well, I'm very impressed so far. The system is responsive, the applications just work, and I can install full Windows apps on this device to use anywhere I need to go. There is little for me to be disappointed with in this sense. On the converse, I want to go back to my first statement: I wanted this as a laptop replacement. I didn't need power use, I just needed enough to do internet access, simple office work, and some administrative tasks. All was fine and dandy until I decided to sit in my recliner and attempt to use the surface. This is where it no longer shined. Having the keyboard cover and having the extra distance of the kickstand caused it so that I needed to use a lapdesk for it to be comfortable, which I did not like. When I use it as a tablet or use it at a table - it shines. That's what I'd recommend to you: don't view this as a laptop replacement. Think of it more like an augment and you'll be very, very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much impressed with the Surface 3

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    Hammonje
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    Was looking to go paperless for several years now. Purchased an Ultrabook, but just did not work out. Purchased a Surface 3 yesterday and cannot be happier with the performance. Much faster than anticipated. Runs Office with ease. Google Chrome ran flawlessly as did Google Drive and Docs. WiFi connection was also superb at home and at work. Keyboard is acceptable and much superior to typing in a tablet fashion. Money well spent. Only issue is that battery charging is very slow. Others have also noted this, but not a big deal as I will charge at night. Overall battery life is excellent. Got 7 hours on a full charge under normal conditions...running Word, PWT, surfing the net, reading papers, watching YouTube videos, etc. Excellent overall product. Was torn between getting this and waiting for the Surface Pro 4. Glad I went with the smaller and more portable Surface 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly Great Design and Performance!

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    MS32765
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    I am an Apple fanboy, but I wanted to see how the OS for Windows 10 performed, and figured a Microsoft device should provide the best hardware for their own platform. I was surprised and delighted at the excellent design and feel: this is a solid, good-looking slab with beautifully rich and detailed color. I bought this before Windows 10 launched, so I had to do my own upgrade, but everything went smoothly. I was blown away by the responsiveness of the touch screen, the speed of the apps, and the simplified (but still elegant/efficient) controls. And thank goodness the START button is back! The Surface 3 doesn't suffer in any way from not having the fully adjustable kickstand positions on the Surface Pro. I took away one star because there's not a built-in function to get a screen shot; the typing feels a bit laggy (although I do love the physical design and feel of the typepad cover!); and I would expect the tablet to mute a background window/app such as a YouTube video when I start another application with sound, such as the Groove music player. Minor quibbles in all, and I would certainly recommend the Surface. It's powerful, fast, and beautifully designed. What a surprise!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I really like it!

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    LALAW
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    Pros Lightweight It works Fast Compact Cons Cant download purchased Amazon or Google Play movies for offline viewing. Doesn't play well with Google calendar or contacts, no offline access, though 3rd party calendar app available. A little difficulty to use keyboard when seated. Im 5 10 and barely have enough leg length to accommodate tablet, keyboard and kickstand. I bought the 128SSD and keyboard. I like them both. So far I am impressed with its speed and versatility. I bought it primarily so I would have offline access to Dropbox documents to show clients. Its light and easy to hold. Battery seems to be okay but I haven't had heavy use. It was fully charged this am, and I have been surfing the web, emails, and projects. After about 3 hours of consistent use, I am now at 53% battery use, though many programs are open as I write this. I am finding I can do most things I use my Apple laptop for, and of course it is so much lighter. I love that it uses a micro USB for charging. So convenient since I have Android phone and tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surface 3 is the best, and unmatched!

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    ErnieColorado1
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    I have always used Microsoft products since Windows 3.1 was released many years ago. I have never looked back. Most consumers are uninformed, misdirected and do not take the time to see the facts in which Microsoft has stayed on top of the computing and operating system world better than anyone else, including Apple and Redhat. This is not to insult or offend anyone, but call a spade and a spade, as the old saying goes. The Surface 3 is amazing to use. The accessories you buy, such as the Bluetooth Mouse, Surface Bluetooth pen, Microsoft screen protector and magnetic keyboard are essential for varied use in and away from your place of residence. I cannot recommend this product line and accessories enough. The screen, Windows 8.1 (soon to be 10. Always upgrade and stay current), and the flow of everything makes for fun and universal uses that can't be beat by anything else out there. using Office 365 is like nothing else, and you get 5 licenses. I cannot say enough good about the Surface 3 family! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product but pricey

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    Kevtr0n
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    I purchased this product to replace my ThinkPad with Tablet 2. I was hesitant due to the Atom processor but I am quite impressed. I purchased the 4gb RAM model because I knew that it was a must with the given processor. I do not recommend the 2GB version. I love the screen ratio, use of the pen, we well as the type cover. This product would receive 5 stars however due to the price with Microsoft; it receives 4. With the type cover and pen which are a must, you're looking at 800.00 for a tablet with an Atom processor. There are other options out there that will give you similar if not better performance. What you're paying for is the look and feel of the tablet as well as the keyboard integration. Neither the pen or keyboard is included. The unit comes with 128gb of storage which is enough especially with expandable SD card slot and the use of OneDrive. You get a full version of Windows so I feel that it is a much better buy than an Apple tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend