Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jun 2014 18:38 UTC
Microsoft

The only review of the Surface Pro 3 that matters - as always, from AnandTech. They conclude:

Surface Pro 3 is easily the best design Microsoft has put forward. If you were intrigued by the previous designs, this is the first one that should really tempt you over. I was a fan of the original Surface Pro, and with Surface Pro 3 I think Microsoft has taken the hardware much closer to perfection. At this point the design needs more help on the software side than hardware, which is saying a lot for the Surface Pro hardware team. Personally I'd still rather carry a good notebook and a lightweight tablet, but if you are looking for a single device this is literally the only thing on the market that's worth considering. I don't know how big the professional productivity tablet market is, but it's a space that Microsoft seems to have almost exclusive reign over with its Surface line. With its latest iteration, Microsoft is serving that market better than ever.

Coincidentally, Microsoft is going for the tackle: you can trade in your MacBook Air and get up to $650 from Microsoft. Any takers? Anyone...?

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$650 from microsoft for my MacBook?
by strim on Mon 23rd Jun 2014 22:17 UTC
strim
Member since:
2008-07-01

After reading this "news", I was literally laughing on the floor for 20 minutes, while my MacBook Air was sitting calmly on the desk.

Thanks M$, at least on my MacBook I can do some real work. Learn to UNIX.

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javispedro Member since:
2014-06-04

You might criticize the Surface Pro in many ways, but the inability to do "real work" is not one of them.

I'm in my yard atm, with a Gentoo-running Surface Pro 2 with QtCreator and Firefox open.

Granted it's not actually UNIX...

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gehersh Member since:
2006-01-03

I guess it all depends on what we mean by "real work".

In my particular case, a good typing capabilities is one of the top priorities. Granted I haven't tried Surface 3 yet, but I did try Surface 2 at a local Microcenter in Cambridge MA and I still remember that rubbery feel ... NO WAY JOSE!

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Granted it's not actually UNIX...


...but then neither is Mac OS.

If I were in the market for a Surface Pro (I'm not, I don't like tablets for daily work) I'd also run some form of GNU/Linux on it; I'm just more productive there than on Windows.

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caudex Member since:
2008-07-05

How does the WiFi work? Thinking of getting a Surface 3 and pair it with Arch Linux and Gnome 3.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Thanks M$, at least on my MacBook I can do some real work. Learn to UNIX.


After reading this I was literally laughing on the floor for 20 minutes while my Linux & BSD laptop was sitting calmly on the desk.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

After reading this I was literally laughing on the floor for 20 minutes while my Linux & BSD laptop was sitting calmly on the desk.


Nothing is stopping you from installing Linux or BSD on a Macbook. Things might get more dicey with more exotic hardware in the surface pro...

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