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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3 4 Core Intel Atom 1.6GHz 2GB 64GB 10.8" Laptop

$1,000.73
$700.61 $300.12 cheaper than 65 days ago
4 Intel Atom 1.6GHz 2GB Jul 2013
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Highlights - Full version of Windows 8.1 and full-size USB port mean you can access PC software anywhere - Premium magnesium body looks and feels great along with offering increased durability -... More
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Microsoft Portable PCs Have Good Reviews

Portable PCs produced by Microsoft are some of the better portable PCs according to average user and expert reviews.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Surface 3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most common display resolution.

This notebook PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution across all many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across comparable types of notebook PC.

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Has a Front Camera

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec also have a front camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other laptops with a front camera currently available including the HP ENVY x360[plb_2809606_price] which is cheaper; or the Asus U500VZ[plb_2377740_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other portable PCs which also have a front camera to this notebook PC and we think the Toshiba L55T[plb_2041827_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Long Battery Life

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3 the battery lifes range from 3h to 4,700h, and the average battery life is 26h. With a battery life of 10 hours, the Microsoft Surface 3 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

There are a number of other 10h battery life laptops currently available which you might want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_2964560_price].

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Three Point Five Headphone Out Ports

Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years only have between one and three headphone out ports, however the Surface 3 has three point five headphone out ports.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Surface 3 has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen and we think cheaper laptops such as the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_2964560_price] is also worth considering.

Other portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to consider include the Toshiba L55T[plb_2041827_price], or the Fujitsu LifeBook AH564[plb_2508260_price].

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

The average front camera resolution of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 13MP. When compared to other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3 that we have assessed the front camera resolution of, the Surface 3's front camera resolution of 3.5 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Quite High Main Camera Resolution

The main camera resolutions of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3 range from 0.9MP to 8MP. The Surface 3 has one of the higher main camera resolutions (3.5 megapixels) amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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3 USB Version

This laptop has a 3 USB version, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Light

With a weight of only 622 grams, the Microsoft Surface 3's weight is one of the lightest amongst laptops of this spec and age. The weights of portable PCs of this age and type range from 430g to 4.8kg.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo E555[plb_2906519_price] (2.4kg and cheaper), the HP ENVY x360[plb_2809606_price] (2.3kg and cheaper), or the Toshiba Satellite C55D[plb_2700638_price] (2.2kg and cheaper).

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Narrow

When compared to other notebook PCs of this age and type, the Microsoft Surface 3's width of only 267.1 millimeters is one of the narrowest. Many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 240mm and 430mm, and the average width is 380mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Small Screen Size

The Surface 3 has a very small screen size (only 10.8 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The screen sizes of many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3 range from 10" to 18".

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec have a full-size keyboard, however the Microsoft Surface 3 does not have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to look at include the Asus U500VZ[plb_2377740_price] or the HP ENVY x360[plb_2809606_price].

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Portable PCs of this age and spec have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 2TB. When compared to other similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the total storage capacity of the Microsoft Surface 3 of only 64 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_2964560_price] (128GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

At only 2 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a very small internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3. Many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the Surface 3 have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average internal memory is 8.2GB.

If this portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_2964560_price] (4GB and cheaper).

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Only Intel Atom Processor Family

The Microsoft Surface 3 has an Intel Atom processor family which is better than the Intel Core i7 processor family found on most portable PCs of a similar type and age to it.

An Intel Atom processor family is actually the worst processor family amongst all laptops of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3.

An Intel Core i7-3xxx processor family is the best processor family across comparable types of portable PC.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

The Surface 3 has a fairly slow processor clock speed (only 1.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3. Across all the notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1.6GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including the Microsoft Surface 3[plb_2964560_price] which is cheaper.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 is 36cm, and the display diagonals range from 25cm to 44cm. At only 27.432 centimeters, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Surface 3 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 2,000 megabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The smallest internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 is 2GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.9GB.

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Very Small Storage Capacity

The smallest storage capacity of laptops of a comparable age and type to the Surface 3 is 32GB and the biggest is 1.5TB. With a storage capacity of only 64,000 megabytes, the Surface 3 has one of the smaller storage capacity amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Surface 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1,300MHz to 2,700MHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Surface 3 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst laptops of this age.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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Only One ESATA/USB 3.0 Port

The Surface 3 is a one ESATA/USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Surface 3 have between one and three ESATA/USB 3.0 ports.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Surface 3 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as it. Most similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard across all many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Surface 3.

Across similar types of notebook PC the best Wi-Fi standard is 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over three years.

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