And that’s when it hit me, OneNote is the Pro 3 killer feature. This is what makes it not just another tablet or a laptop, it’s OneNote and if you are not in the OneNote world, the competitive advantage of this feature diminishes the use of the device. But here is where it all made sense and not just with the Surface Pro 3.
I’ll be on vacation in the US late October/early November, and since electronics are a lot cheaper in the US than here, I’m going to buy a new laptop while I’m there. I’ve been debating the MacBook Air, Acer S7, and the Surface Pro 3, but when I line up all my needs and wants, the Pro 3 comes out so far ahead it’s just a humiliation for the other two.
The MBA is out of the question because I prefer the Windows version of Office (Office is hugely important for my line of work). On top of that, its display is far too outdated and low-resolution to warrant the total laptop’s price tag. The choice between the S7 and the Pro 3 is more interesting, but in the end, I know the quality feel of Surface devices first-hand. The lightness and thinness really stand out too (this photo really illustrates just how thin the Pro 3 really is).
Software-wise, I will use the Pro 3 as a laptop, and I like using Windows 8.x as a desktop operating system, so after disabling the horrid Metro crap it’ll be my ideal laptop. I’ll of course play around with all these machines before making the actual choice, but on paper, it’s no contest for me.
The whole OneNote stuff that this article highlights hadn’t even crossed my mind. I’m currently not really a OneNote user, and I don’t make a whole lot of notes as it is (my memory is creepy good – I remember almost every posted and submitted story on OSNews going back 8 years), but the idea of using the pen and quickly note down a thought and have it synced everywhere appeals to me.
I think the eventual sales figures for the Surface Pro 3 will not reflect its actual quality very well – much like how Windows Phone sales do not really match its quality either. It’s the reality of the market, and it’s easy to laugh it off ‘because Microsoft’, but remember that this reality affects many promising, quality products – which are not made by the big boys.
You can’t actually use the Surface pro on your lap as a laptop.
Well you can of course, just like you can balance a tablet and a bluetooth keyboard on your lap, but it will not work nearly as well as an actual laptop. The stand sucks on non-hard surfaces, and the weight distribution is completely backwards for use as a laptop.
Microsoft claims that the surface can replace a laptop, and it can, but not well. It has the power, but the ergonomics suck unless you only ever use your laptop on a desk.
If you want a laptop, buy a laptop. If you want a tablet, buy a tablet. If you want a hybrid that does both things sort of, but neither very well, buy a surface. Just don’t kid yourself that the Surface is a good laptop.