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Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3 4 Core Intel Atom 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB Ssd 10.8" Laptop

4 Intel Atom 1.6GHz 4GB 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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11 Reasons For

A Best Selling Product

The Surface 3 is one the top selling notebook PC currently available for sale according to sales data from Amazon.

Microsoft Laptops Have Good Reviews

Laptops produced by Microsoft are some of the better laptops according to average reviews from users and experts.

SSD Storage Medium

The Surface 3 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst similar types of notebook PC.

Laptops with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Asus U500VZ (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Battery Life

Comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the Surface 3 have battery lifes of between 3h and 4,700h, and the average battery life is 26h. At 10 hours, the Surface 3 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a better storage medium than most notebook PCs of this age and type. This Microsoft laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most laptops of this type and age have an HDD storage medium.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Surface 3.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop is HDD.

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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 a similar time to the Surface 3 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. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Surface 3 do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen including the Microsoft Surface 3.

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Very High Main Camera Resolution

At 8 megapixels, the Surface 3 has a very high main camera resolution compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Surface 3. The main camera resolutions of laptops of this spec and age range from 0.9MP to 8MP.

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3 USB Version

This laptop has a 3 USB version, which is the most frequently found USB version on portable PCs of this type and age.

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Light

When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3, the Surface 3's weight of only 622 grams is one of the lightest. Many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Surface 3 have weights of between 430g and 4.8kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Toshiba Satellite C55D ($648.99) (2.2kg) which is also cheaper.

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Narrow

The widths of portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years range from 240mm to 430mm. When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the width of the Microsoft Surface 3 of only 267.1 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Microsoft Surface 3 does not have a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3 do have a front camera.

It is worth also looking at alternative laptops which also have a front camera including the Toshiba Satellite C55D ($648.99) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Notebook PCs of this type and age have screen sizes of between 10" and 18". When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Surface 3 that we have checked, the screen size of the Surface 3 of only 10.8 inches is one of the smallest.

Portable PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Surface 3 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 which have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider include the Lenovo E555, the HP Zbook 15, or the Acer Aspire E5-551.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Portable PCs of this type and age have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 730GB. With a total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has one of the smallest total storage capacity amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

If this many processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Only Intel Atom Processor Family

The Surface 3 has an Intel Atom processor family which is better than most laptops that are a comparable age to it. Most laptops of this type and age have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

This laptop's processor family (Intel Atom) is actually the worst processor family amongst all many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

The best processor family amongst comparable types of laptop is Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3 have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 3GHz. The Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 1.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Surface 3.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (1.8GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Surface 3 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The internal memory of many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 2GB to 32GB.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

Across all the similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3 the display diagonals range from 25cm to 44cm. The Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite small display diagonal (only 27.432 centimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

The Surface 3 has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 1,600 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Surface 3. Across all the portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Surface 3 the processor clock speeds range from 1,300MHz to 2,700MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,100MHz.

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Very Small Processor Cache

Across all the notebook PCs of this age and type the processor caches range from 2MB to 8MB. With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Surface 3 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Very Small Storage Capacity

The storage capacity of many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 32GB to 1.5TB, and the average storage capacity is 760GB. With a storage capacity of only 128,000 megabytes, the Surface 3 has a quite small storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

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

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Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of laptops of this type and age is 2GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.9GB. At only 4,000 megabytes, the Surface 3 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Surface 3 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago. This Microsoft portable PC has an 802.11a WiFi standard, whereas most portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it have an 802.11n WiFi standard.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs of this spec and age.

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

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this notebook PC was released.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft 7gm00002, microsoft 7g600015
Barcodes 00889842009033, 00889842017700
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