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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RE: I'll stick with my MacBook Air
by Lennie on Tue 24th Jun 2014 07:15 UTC in reply to "I'll stick with my MacBook Air"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

Maybe it is just me, but I don't see the appeal of adding a touchscreen to a netbook-like device like the MacBook Air.

The other problem is: the Surface is bad at being a good netbook-like device.

It was a neat idea, but it's time to stop.

Microsoft can dump as much money into this (I've seen them being sold below cost), but I don't think it will work.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought that before I got one (Surface 2 Pro)

When I use the Surface it happily runs VS2013 and the odd steam game for me, so I am more than happy in that regard, and rarely use the touchscreen unless web browsing where I use it almost exclusively.

My Partner (with whom I share the device) does massive data analysis in excel and is using the touchscreen constantly. It has improved her productivity so much, she now refuses to analyse data on the desktop any more.

The moral of my story is (I guess) people use systems differently and will work out what suits their needs best. Maybe if you gave one a trial, you would find the same?

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

My problem starts with: I just don't like the keyboard.

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