Skip to comments.Microsoft announces 12-inch Surface Pro 3, 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'
Posted on 05/20/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It turns out that support page name-checking the Surface Pro 3 wasn't a typo after all. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the all-new Surface Pro 3, but this version is more than a mere spec boost over the Surface Pro 2: It's a whole new entry in the Surface lineup, and one designed "to replace your laptop."
The Surface Pro 3 blends full Core i7 powerSurface head Panos Panay calls it "the thinnest Core product ever created," designed in close conjunction with Intelwith true tablet sleekness, sheer screen size aside. The Surface Pro 3 measures in at a mere 0.35-inch thick without a keyboard cover, just a hair thicker than the iPad Air's 0.29-inch frame and far less than the MacBook Air's 0.68-inch apex.
Panay drove the point home by weighing the Surface Pro 3again, sans coverand a MacBook Air side-by-side on a scale.
The device still isn't fanlessthe new Haswell Core processors are much more energy efficient than their predecessors, but they still toss off heat, especially in the high-end Core i7 versions. But, Panay says, "we reinvented the fan to make it 30 percent more efficient than any fan in any product today, radially emit air so you never feel it or hear it or see it." The Surface Pro 3 also includes a perimeter vent, just like the Surface Pro 2.
The screen steals the show on this device, measuring in at 12-inches with an eye-popping 2160-by-1440-pixel resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio designed to mimic the paper notepad experience. Panay says the display boasts the highest contrast ratios in the industry.
"Just look at this screenit's gorgeous," bragged Panay.
Microsoft's also improved the Surface Pro 3's kickstand, with a multi-position kickstand. The tablet still has the Surface line's traditional 22-degree angle,
(Excerpt) Read more at pcworld.com ...
Without the keyboard.
Won’t work for me, the screen is too small. lol I have an ipad but when I really want to work I still go to my desktop with the huge monitors that I can see. My desktop died this morning so am working on my laptop and hate it.
Hey your tagline is mighty close to mine :-)
It has a docking station and it has displayport adapter so you can easily hook it up to your large monitor.
Microsoft sets out to conquer the tablet market and ends up making a netbook, lol. Par for the course. Ditch the goofy McDonald’s cash register GUI and they might get some traction.
but the price? will it even be close to the 200 dollar mark?
It wasn’t with the original Surface so why would it be with a larger, more complex model that is essentially a netbook?
“but the price? will it even be close to the 200 dollar mark?”
In the article: “starting at $799.”
You don’t get an I7 with high resolution 12” screen for $200 ....
Price starts at $799.00
I am waiting for expandable screens. That will be the game changer.
Core i7 will push it far past $1,000...
I do like the very high screen resolution for a tablet.
I have a Surface 2 Pro for work, and I love it; however, I do agree that for “real” work, I have to have it docked at my desk to have 3 monitors. It’s impossible to do coding/spreadsheets/etc. on a 12” screen. Overall, it’s an excellent laptop replacement.
How long have you been working for MS?
I’ll take my 3+ yr old Macbook Pro over anything Microsoft any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I haven’t upgraded it because Apple doesn’t download hundreds of security updates and a few Service Packs just to bloat out the O/S to the point where it no longer functions on 4 year old hardware, like MS does regularly.
But I already have an ipad so why invest in another small computer?
I cannot give up my MacBook Pro for a tablet.
I’ll wait for the model that includes the K5000M. Cool nonetheless!
Do you ask that question on Swordmaker's Apple threads?
i3-4GB RAM-64GB - $799
i5-4GB RAM-128GB - $999
i5-8GB RAM-256GB - $1299
i7-8GB RAM-256GB - $1549
i7-8GB RAM-512GB - $1949
“... Can replace your desktop - or a McDonald’s cash register!”
Won’t work for me either.
The screen is too large.
I am using an eight inch full windows tablet that I can have always with me.
I spoke with a guy who does 3-D modeling with Adobe products for 3-D printers. He raved about the Surface Pro 2's pen quality and accuracy. With the higher res screen, this must be a nice upgrade. To my knowledge, Apple has nothing equivalent.
I would LOVE a small travel laptop like this but unfortunately I’m stuck using a high end graphics card.
I think that’s the market Microsoft intends to capture — those who want to do serious office work WITH MOBILITY.
For the most part, tablets have been designed to be great for watching movies, reading books, playing games, browsing the web, and amazing for digital snacking with apps.
Most laptops OTOH are designed to help you type term papers, write letters, work on big applications, work on spreadsheets, browse the web, create content, make movies you name it.
In designing Surface, MS wanted to design a device that can marry the power of the full PC without compromising the sleek finish, elegant look and feel, light weight, thinness, and great battery life that folks expect from a tablet.
Whether this will sell briskly or not remains to be seen...
All I know is the BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH have seen the product and are ordering it for their company use...
At those prices? No thank you. I could get an Apple MacBook Air 4 GB/256 GB storage version for way less.
Because you need something that can do both (if that’s the case). But to be fair this is larger than an iPad with a 12” screen so it’s not exactly a tablet either.
This is really a laptop that is ultra-ultra mobile.
Funny to hear someone wanting to buy apple products because they are cheaper. Wow...how the times have turned.
Surface 2 pro isn’t a 12” screen. But point taken about needing to work on a bigger monitor and it has a dock or displayport to hook up multiple monitors.
My thoughts exactly. This is really for the pen support and portrait layout. It would be an amazing machine for taking notes and doing work. Plus you can use it as a very large tablet.
This must be a good product. The Apple fanbois seem upset.
Well, at least the MacBook Air is an actually usable laptop. With the Surface Pro 3, I have to learn how to use the quirky Windows 8.x interface—kind of no thanks!
Huh? Have you even used it? It can be setup to be exactly like windows 7 if that’s your thing.
I think it’s too big. Ten inches is a perfect size for a tablet. The screen size shouldn’t be really larger than a piece of paper.
All they’ve done is create a laptop with a detachable keyboard. It would surprise me if this sold well.
Meh. I still fail to see the allure behind a tablet at all. Yea, they’re nice in some instances, but in those times, my phone (with it’s 4” screen) works just fine. And when I actually want to do something, a full scale laptop, with a proper GPU is much more useful.
I still don’t see much use for these things than as toys.
A tablet will never replace my laptop, period.
how much RAM does it have, graphics accelerator? Where does the mouse plug in?
That is insane
The nicest of our local malls has an Apple store and Microsoft store.
I only visit there about 2x per year, but it always seems the Apple store is full of customers and the Microsoft store looks like it’s been hit by a neutron bomb.
But either 4GB or 8GB RAM.
you can compare it to MacBook air here (not exactly unbiased but good enough).: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/surface-pro-3-vs-13-inch-macbook-pro-retina-specs-features-prices-compared/#!PIkC6
It looks like it has one generation older GPU vs the MacBook Air. Will that matter? Depends on what you want to do with it.
Mouse can plug into the USB slot.
I already own the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2” tablet, and it is doing a fine job of replacing my notebook - without Windows. :)
There’s a MS store at the fashion mall? Really? I never knew.
So the makers of crappy software are now making crappy hardware. MS trying to be Apple, but doing it wrong.
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