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Microsoft announces 12-inch Surface Pro 3, 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'
PC World ^ | 05/20/2014 | Brad Chacos

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 power—Surface head Panos Panay calls it "the thinnest Core product ever created," designed in close conjunction with Intel—with 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 3—again, sans cover—and a MacBook Air side-by-side on a scale.

The device still isn't fanless—the 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 screen—it'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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: laptop; microsoft; microsoftsurface; surface; surfacepro3; tablet; tablets

1 posted on 05/20/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
THE MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 3: A TABLET/LAPTOP HYBRID

2 posted on 05/20/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
LIGHTER THAN THE MacBook AIR

3 posted on 05/20/2014 10:22:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And before they say no keyboard. They also put the keyboard on the scale and it was still lighter.
4 posted on 05/20/2014 10:23:15 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind

Without the keyboard.


5 posted on 05/20/2014 10:23:35 AM PDT by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 10:23:36 AM PDT by sheana
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey your tagline is mighty close to mine :-)


7 posted on 05/20/2014 10:23:40 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: sheana

It has a docking station and it has displayport adapter so you can easily hook it up to your large monitor.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 10:24:22 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind
THE KEYBOARD HAS BEEN ATTACHED.

9 posted on 05/20/2014 10:24:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 10:25:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: sheana

11 posted on 05/20/2014 10:26:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

but the price? will it even be close to the 200 dollar mark?


12 posted on 05/20/2014 10:26:19 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

It wasn’t with the original Surface™ so why would it be with a larger, more complex model that is essentially a netbook?


13 posted on 05/20/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: longtermmemmory

“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 ....


14 posted on 05/20/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: longtermmemmory

Price starts at $799.00


15 posted on 05/20/2014 10:28:40 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: sheana

I am waiting for expandable screens. That will be the game changer.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 10:28:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: longtermmemmory

Core i7 will push it far past $1,000...

I do like the very high screen resolution for a tablet.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: sheana

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.


18 posted on 05/20/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


19 posted on 05/20/2014 10:30:30 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: for-q-clinton

But I already have an ipad so why invest in another small computer?


20 posted on 05/20/2014 10:34:00 AM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

I cannot give up my MacBook Pro for a tablet.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 10:34:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: CarmichaelPatriot
RE: How long have you been working for MS?

Actually the more accurate question is : How long have you been working for with MS Technology?

The answer is -- since I started my tech career. I'm glad I stuck with them. Their technology has been my bread and butter for over 2 decades.
22 posted on 05/20/2014 10:36:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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I’ll wait for the model that includes the K5000M. Cool nonetheless!


23 posted on 05/20/2014 10:37:29 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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Bump


24 posted on 05/20/2014 10:40:17 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: CarmichaelPatriot; Swordmaker
How long have you been working for MS?

Do you ask that question on Swordmaker's Apple threads?

25 posted on 05/20/2014 10:44:28 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: newfreep

•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


26 posted on 05/20/2014 10:44:44 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: SeekAndFind

“... Can replace your desktop - or a McDonald’s cash register!”


27 posted on 05/20/2014 10:47:41 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Magnimus, 2014)
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To: sheana

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.


28 posted on 05/20/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: newfreep
•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 Microsoft has finally figured out how to price their products like Apple!! Now, if they could just get them to work that well and last that long.
29 posted on 05/20/2014 10:59:26 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: SeekAndFind
"The Surface Pro 3 gives its mobile roots a nod with the inclusion of a full-fledged digitizer pen with 256 points of pressure—just like the Surface Pro 2. In fact, the entire Surface Pro 3 design revolves around note-taking; beyond the 3:2 aspect ratio, Microsoft has baked OneNote integration deeply into the pen."

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.

30 posted on 05/20/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would LOVE a small travel laptop like this but unfortunately I’m stuck using a high end graphics card.


31 posted on 05/20/2014 11:23:52 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: uncommonsense

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...


32 posted on 05/20/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

At those prices? No thank you. I could get an Apple MacBook Air 4 GB/256 GB storage version for way less.


33 posted on 05/20/2014 11:48:08 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: sheana

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.


34 posted on 05/20/2014 12:08:32 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: RayChuang88

Funny to hear someone wanting to buy apple products because they are cheaper. Wow...how the times have turned.


35 posted on 05/20/2014 12:09:59 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: rarestia

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.


36 posted on 05/20/2014 12:11:41 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: uncommonsense

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.


37 posted on 05/20/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind

This must be a good product. The Apple fanbois seem upset.


38 posted on 05/20/2014 12:15:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: CarmichaelPatriot
I’ll take my 3+ yr old Macbook Pro over anything Microsoft any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

LOL!

39 posted on 05/20/2014 12:26:20 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: for-q-clinton

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!


40 posted on 05/20/2014 1:19:34 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88

Huh? Have you even used it? It can be setup to be exactly like windows 7 if that’s your thing.


41 posted on 05/20/2014 2:32:10 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


42 posted on 05/21/2014 11:12:16 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


43 posted on 05/22/2014 1:32:42 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: SeekAndFind

A tablet will never replace my laptop, period.


44 posted on 05/22/2014 1:33:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: for-q-clinton

how much RAM does it have, graphics accelerator? Where does the mouse plug in?


45 posted on 05/22/2014 1:35:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: TexasGator

$799??

That is insane


46 posted on 05/22/2014 1:36:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

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.


47 posted on 05/22/2014 1:39:56 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: GeronL

You can see the specs here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-3-i3-64/productID.300190600?WT.mc_id=SurfaceBG=Surface-Pro-3-i3-64

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.


48 posted on 05/22/2014 4:53:39 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: SeekAndFind

I already own the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2” tablet, and it is doing a fine job of replacing my notebook - without Windows. :)


49 posted on 05/22/2014 5:02:59 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: nascarnation

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.


50 posted on 05/22/2014 5:10:11 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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