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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Has replaced my laptop

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    Clabdor
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    Bought the Surface Pro 3 to replace a Dell laptop. I am a road warrior and weight, functionality and ease of use are paramount. Did a fair amount of research before pulling the trigger and there was a lot of mixed reviews as to whether it would accomplish that purpose. For me (I am not a power user) it HAS replaced my laptop. I use the system mainly for Word, Power Point, Excel, Surfing, and E-mail and this unit does those functions quite well. Things I like: One Note and Stylus - better than my Ipad stylus. I have a similar app on my Ipad, but One Note seems to have a little more functionality. Screen - Very Nice Touch Screen - I like the ability to use touch or keyboard depending on what I am doing. Build Quality - unit seems well built and sturdy (not heavy). Nice change from the laptop Charger - I like the compact nature of the charger - the two prong plug for international travel is also nice. Fast Boot - no comparison to my older laptop. Still don't know that it is as fast as my Ipad, but it is close. Desktop function - I like being able to go to a UI that is familiar Docking station - Nice - good design Speakers - Solid. Much better than my old laptop Things I think are marginal: Battery life - Solid, but not great. Temperature - Unit also seems to run hot Fan - When it kicks in, is pretty loud. Windows 8.1 - Not as intuitive as IOS and not as stable as NT. Some functions don't seem to work like they did in NT and it just so happens those are some of my favorite functions. Keyboard - Jury is still out on the keyboard. It does some funny/annoying things sometimes and the feel is not as nice as my laptop keys, but that is to be expected at some level. USB ports - I carry a small multiport USB hub with me for hooking in multiple devices. WiFi - The WiFi on this device seems to be a little marginal, but I am pretty sure that is a Win 8.1 issue, not a device issue (although obviously separating the two is not really feasible) I have officially retired the laptop and now the Surface Pro 3 travels with me exclusively. My biggest complaint revolves around 8.1, not the device itself, but then I think issues with 8.1 are well documented and you know what you are getting when you buy the device. Would I recommend it - Yes. I am not sure at what "level" of user it wouldn't serve its function. I would say for the vast majority of people who use a computer like I do, it is a good choice and will replace your laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Frustrate at the beginning

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    JMcG
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    I have read a lot of reviews before I bought my docking station from Best Buy. Most of them are excellent, only find out when I got it, the mini display port didn't work. I had called Best Buy.com explain the problem and was told to exchange the docking station. No problem, I went to the store the next day and exchanged it, hoping just that one I received was a defective product. That night, put the whole thing together, same problem, the mini display port didn't work and it didn't charge my device when docking. So frustrated, called Best Buy store this time, told me to go in and exchange another one, 2 in a row didn't work, doesn't make sense. Ask about anything they know about the product, no they don't. Finally, gave up on Best Buy and check Microsoft.com support. Only found out, this is very common issue on the docking station, all I need to do is to update the firmware on the system, but the device needed to be placed on the docking station when updating. After couple hours on the system update, everything works perfectly now. One more tips, the device has to be more than 50% charged battery, otherwise, the update won't start, I suggest to charge up the device 100% before starting the process. Hope this review can help someone else to set up the station easier. If I had know what to do at the beginning to set it up, it will get 5 stairs.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect accessory for desktop workstation

    Posted
    Telstar
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    My first Dock I returned because the mini Display Port in the Dock was loose and only made intermittent connection. The replacement has worked very, very well. I'm running two large external monitors through that one port (with a "splitter" device I bought separately), and a host of other USB peripherals. I also use a BT keyboard and wireless mouse when using the Dock. It all works very well. I just drop my SP3 in the slot, slide the side-holders inward and boot it up. Reverse that to take my SP3 with me when I leave. One thing to keep in mind with the Dock is that it is different from a USB hub. With a USB hub the signal from the SP3 goes through your USB 3 port and as such is subject in performance to the demand on the SP3's CPU. The Dock sends its signals through the SP3's charging port and thus uses mostly the GPU thus not being dependent on the varying load on the CPU as with USB hubs. Using the dock allows you a more even performance experience while providing a number of USB 3 and USB 2 ports in addition to the mini Display Port mentioned above. It also charges your SP3 while it's docked...a very NICE piece of equipment!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Get one if you have a desk

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    docb
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    We use two surface pro's to run a startup medical practice. After using them to set up the business and now to run it for a week, I'm very pleased with our choice. The docking station works great, we initially bought just one but added another when we saw how much we used it and how well it works. Not five stars for a couple of reasons: It has a magnetic holder for your Bluetooth pen which is handy except it is on the left side of the dock. One of us is left handed and loves it, but for me it gets old having to reach across to grab the pen every time. Second is that the tablet can easily rest in the dock and click into place without being all the way in the dock. This just takes some getting used to but it should be a lot smoother and intuitive. I have left my surface docked and "clicked in" thinking it was recharging when I did not have it all the way in the dock. There is an indicator LED on the dock that let's you know when you are all the way in so just use that to make sure each time till you get a feel for it. In spite of this I would not want to give up my dock. Perhaps I will purchase another to keep at home.If you will use your Surface at a desk you definitely want to get one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Turn this Laptop replacement in a full fledged PC

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    ITDirector
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    I have always been very critical of the claims that a tablet can replace a laptop as in most cases this required to use a remote server/PC and the tablet was more like a remote terminal than the laptop it pretended to be. I have tested a number of those wannabees and even the original surface was in that category. But the Surface 3 is a different animal and Microsoft finally got it right with this unit. We tested the i5 and i7 version and both are very capable of replacing the laptop. Make sure you do purchase the type cover keyboard however if you do replace a laptop. In the corporate environment having a hardwired connection and the same necessities as a laptop still apply and this docking station does fill that need very efficiently. It works better than the older USB connected docking stations and it charges your Surface at the same time and for those crunching days being able to use a full keyboard and a mouse help a lot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Freat docking station but exepnsive

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    r8trfan1
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    The docking station is very well made, sturdy, and follows the design and characteristics of the Surface itself. First, the design. The angles compliment the Surface Pro 3. Everything about the docking station gives it a professional look and feel. It looks great sitting on the desk (and by the way, is one of the few docking stations I have actually put on my desk). I tend to put docking stations and laptops out of the way and out of sight. But being able to use the Surface Pro 3's touchscreen and writing capabilities made me want to keep it in sight. The only part you want to hide are the cables, but some straps or other methods can easily take care of that for you. The "catch and release" of the docking station is great. Slide the Surface Pro 3 down on the dock. There is a lip on the bottom of the dock that catches the device. Then slide the sides of the dock in and you are set. No need to plug in additional cables. With the dock closed against the Surface Pro 3, it is firmly in place. The type cover can then be lowered and used.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Key Component in Making the Tablet my only Compu

    Posted
    RichW
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    1. Be sure that you download all Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 updates before you try using the docking station. Otherwise, the Surface Pro 3 will not turn on when you press the power button while it's in the docking station. 2. The Mini DisplayPort video output connector is built on a strange angle, which means that you will have to either buy Microsoft's adapter or take a knife to trim off part of the edge of the plastic from another adapter manufacturer. Note that the same situation holds true for the video output port on the Surface 3 itself. I bought a Belkin Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter, trimmed the edge of the rubber housing so that it set at the correct angle, and it worked fine. I just don't want to have to buy into a system where I have to buy all accessories from a single manufacturer.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, for the right person

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    WiscoGooner
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    I bought my i5 Surface Pro 3 for a couple of reasons: Primarily, I needed a new computer for school. Secondly, I wanted a computer strong enough for some low-key games like League of Legends. The Surface Pro 3 does great for both of these purposes! It also works well with the docking station and my TV to stream my shows/sports. I only knocked off a star from my review because it has had a worryingly high frequency of issue that I have had to trouble shoot. I have to tweak with my device settings to adjust the frequency for my WiFi settings every time I go somewhere new. I have also had the issue of crucial apps, like OneNote, crash temporarily, and without warning. Finally (and this isn't my whole list, just the highlights), I have recently had to troubleshoot an issue where my battery drained in less than 2 hours. Overall, it has been a good purchase, but I wish I felt more assured of the hardware holding up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vastly better than individual attachments!

    Posted
    Pro3
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    The Surface Pro 3 docking station really allows you to take the tablet pro. With only the addition of the monitor attachment, you can convert the fantastic tablet to a desktop unit. It contains extra ports for multiple 2.0 and 3.0 USB drives, charges your Surface Pro 3, and eliminates the need for multiple attachments. When I shopped for this docking station, I considered the multiple attachments and wires that I would need if I ever intended to use the Surface Pro 3 as my main computer, eliminating my desktop and laptop. The docking station makes that decision easy, and with the extra ports, even allows for the use of an expanded keyboard for the serious Office user. Its price was easily justified, as it replaced the many attachments and cables which would be necessary in its place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some tiny issues but overall good

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    weirdwanda
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    First of all, the instructions (or lack thereof) were not intuitive enough to show that the sides pull out in order to dock the SP3. I personally like more than a picture with arrows so one more sentence like "Pull sides outward, insert SP3 and push sides back inward to engage." The number of ports and their placement is good and it sits at a good angle. One BIG complaint is the keyboard will not slide under the dock to engage without lifting the dock. It's about 1 mm too close. If you dock with the keyboard attached it works great, but attaching it after the fact is less well designed. It still allows for both flat and angled positions of the keyboard which is good. Mostly I like that it is such a small footprint on the desk yet very stable and all the connections are in the back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A must have add-on

    Posted
    dpeterd
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    First, if you're thinking desktop replacement, you'll need the docking station. It allows you to connect 2 additional external monitors and still use the SP3 screen. It small, well designed, and solid. However, here's my wish-list: 1. Make it so the SP3 screen can still tilt even when in the docking station. 2. Provide a switch to turn of f power/charging to the SP3 even when docked. It's important to let laptop batteries run down and NOT have the plugged in all the time (reduces battery life). Can't simply unplug the docking station because then the devices connected to the docking station no longer work. 3. Would love to have a cable that allows the keyboard to be semi-detached from the SP3 itself. All that said, it's worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Nicest Docking Stations Ever

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    AllanR
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    I have used PCs throughout my entire career and what I liked about business class laptops, especially over Macs, was that native docking stations were available. This dock is easy to setup, takes hardly any space, and keeps your devices at the ready because they are always connected, With my setup, I have a 24" Dell Monitor, a illuminated wired Logitech keyboard, and a rechargeable Logitech mouse. I am hard wired to the ethernet and have a mDP and USB running to the monitor. Every time I dock my Surface, everything just connects and I am ready to go. My friend with her MacBook Pro just looks on with envy as she tells me how she has to manually connect all her cables. Ahhh... the elegance of a PC. Besides that, this is a quality build. Microsoft is truly putting out some high end hardware these days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Docking Station

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    Scootr
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    I wasn't sure about it at first, but decided to give it a try. It is awesome. I am able to connect two additional monitors. To do this you need to buy the mini displayport-to-hdmi adapter, one for each monito you want to hook up. I bought the one made by insignia, and it works perfect. I think it was $20. One monitor plugs into the monitor port on the docking station and the other plugs into the monitor port on the surface itself. Actually, with this setup you have a total of three monitors. I have two 27" HP monitors with this setup and they work great. In addition, the docking station also charges the surface while it is docked. Definitely worth it if you are looking at doing work from home, and don't want to buy a desktop computer

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A must-have for me

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    SCHD
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    This docking station is a GREAT part of my overall MSSP3 "system." To be able to have all my peripheral devices waiting for this portable PC to instantly transform itself into an acceptably powerful desktop replacement whenever I am at home is convenience and functionality personified. I think MS should offer ALL of the various accessories in heavily discounted "bundles" that traditionally full-featured laptop or desktop systems (as we have come to know them over the last 8-10 years) possess right from the get-go, so besides the pen & keyboard/cover this should be bundled as well. I can't give it 5 stars when it is so expensive, but the convenience of such a convertible system is the attraction for me as an average everyday PC user who wants a single do-all machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Dock with just enough connections

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    Arcitekt
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    I have purchased 2 of these docks, 1 for home and 1 for business. The dock works as advertised and display port and USB 3.0 connections work great as advertised. The left side is magnetic to hold the pen. The dock also comes with it's own ac adaptor so now you a have adaptor to travel with. I find the screen of Surface Pro 3 to be at the optimum viewing angle while in the dock. The only slight gripe, sliding Surface Pro 3 into the dock is a little fussy. Make sure the blue led comes on because while it seems the computer is docked, it actually is not so your are using your battery. This is the only dock made for the Surface Pro 3 and hope that it may still work with the pending release of the Surface Pro 4. But we can leave that for a future review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convenience: mobile, home & business w/ computer

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    mfjv4
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    I bought the surface pro 3 dock to finally get down to ONE computer - no more workstation at home and a laptop for the road. Combining the surface pro dock with the Targus USB 3 dock, I can easily have my home setup with multiple big screens, local storage (for local backups) and wired LAN (for greater than WIFI speeds) in one simple package. When it's time to go on the road, I only need to "pop out" the surface pro and my data is with me in a tablet/laptop. Upon my return, I just drop it into the surface pro dock again and avoid dealing with any cables, dongles or power adapters. Works great, I love it. With this setup I get three monitors working when I'm home which is great for multi-tasking!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you have a Surface 3, you'll want one of these!

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    Dasage001
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    I got one of these for my Surface Pro and it worked great and made desktop use and charging easily manageable. Then I got my Surface 3 and I had to order the new dock that works with the Surface Pro 3. The difference is that it has more USB 3.0 ports, and it is a bit larger to hold the Surface Pro 3. Too bad that the Surface Pro 2 dock was not compatible with the Pro 3, but still, for productivity sake, you'll want the docking station. The best part is that you can keep the Surface charge without having to worry about the magnetic charge from accidentally falling off - not a problem with the dock. It's easy to dock and easy to undock and go. It's worth the cost in the long run. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Capable Dock

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    BigBHaller
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    Not too much thrilling about the dock, but it functions as described. It has 2x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Gigabit, a single 3.5mm audio port for a headset (with mic) or speaker. It also has a magnet on the left to hold the stylus. The things I do wish it had were: - adjustable angle - additional video port (HDMI or another DisplayPort) - smaller profile (which would be possible if the dock could adjust angles to fully flat (to make it more portable) - same power connector as the Surface one -- it uses a different connector, so they are not interchangeable. Other than that, it's a very capable dock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Doc that is a must have for home office

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    Nanu3018
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    This Docing station for my surface Pro 3 is amazing. My wife and I have a Surface pro 3 each and we have a common study at home. we use this doc to our common screen as we share the study. The Doc itself connects very easily to the screen and comes with a power charger. At home we use this for work. Left side of the Doc is magnetic to attach the pen to. We plug in a Bluetooth common keyboard and mouse to share - works like a charm Combine the Doc and the screen of the Surface pro and the screen that is connected to the Doc you can use two screen mode of Widows 8 to multi task across work space. - just amazing for productivity This is a must purchase for your Surface Pro 3

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Docking station improves Surface Pro 3 experience

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    DirtyPab
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    The docking station improves the surface pro 3 experience. There are many devices on my wireless network that can consume a lot of bandwidth. The docking station allows me to utilize the same networked devices via a wired connection which provides a faster connection without slowing any already connected wireless devices. Users should be patient with using the docking station as it may take a few attempts for inexperienced tech users to get the docking station to work fully with the surface pro 3. I recommend seeking assistance if you can't get the docking station to work. Up to date drivers and Microsoft updates are key.

    I would recommend this to a friend