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Microsoft Surface 3 X7-Z8700 1.6GHz 128GB 10.8" Tablet

$428.19
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X7-Z8700 1.6GHz Windows 8.1 128GB Oct 2015
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Every aspect of Surface 3 has been meticulously crafted from the strong, light frame with a 3-position Kickstand to the 10.8 high-resolution screen. Surface is elegant and durable enough to take... More
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16 Reasons For

Nice Design

Nineteen Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 was good looking. Cnet.com scored the product 70 out of 100 and wrote “Gorgeously designed” in their Microsoft Surface 3 review. Techworld.com mentioned “Beautiful new display screen with higher resolution”. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Gorgeous, highres display” in their review.

A few Microsoft Surface 3 owners thought it was a good design. Davidson Video Productions said in their review “Pros -Premium and sleek design -Great display -Run full desktop programs -Decent front” nonetheless they only rated this tablet 40 out of 100. Expert review site Wired.com said in November last year “Lovely, clean design”. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus last year “Microsoft has used exactly the same sleek design and light-yet-sturdy magnesium chassis as the Surface Pro 3, so the build is still excellent”.

A few Microsoft Surface 3 owners who purchased the Microsoft Surface 3 thought it was smooth. Expert review site Mobilechoiceuk.com wrote “Made it look super easy and smooth” in their review.

A number of people reckoned that it was neat. Expert website Pcworld.in mentioned “The Surface 3's selling points can be summed up neatly” in their review of this tablet. Two years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review “Neat OneNote integration”.

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Easy to Use

A few Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was easy to use. A few weeks ago Amazon Customer rated this tablet 5 stars and said “I appreciate being able to use this loan unit” in their review. In the same month J. Holmes said in their Microsoft Surface 3 review on Amazon “Absolutely a joy to use” and scored the product 5 stars. Jay Banner mentioned in his review of this tablet on Amazon “It was having problems loading the operating system it was designed to use! So, I patiently waited for it to sort itself out” however despite that he only gave it a rating of 1 stars.

A few Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers agreed that it had a good experience. This year Rr wrote “While this is not as frustrating an experience as some Microsoft products, there are a few bizzare/annoying grumbles which let the product down” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3. Expert review site Gizmodo.com.au said “Produce a less than spectacular experience”.

A few Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers who purchased the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Last year Ryland Johnson rated it as very good and said “Though many reviewers have written it is light enough to hold one handed I question this for any length of time The screen is a beauty, sharp colourful”. Two years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote “Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle” in their review. Macworld.co.uk also mentioned “Comfortable touchpad”.

Two Microsoft Surface 3 owners who bought the product agreed that it was easy to setup. Katy mentioned in November this year “It was a doddle to set up and even though I have no experience of tablets AT ALL, I am managing quite nicely already” in her review of this tablet. Two years ago Macworld.co.uk said in their Microsoft Surface 3 review “A new kickstand makes it easier to set up and use”.

One customer who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “The kickstand on the back has fewer position settings” in their Microsoft Surface 3 review however despite that they only rated it 3 stars.

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Good Battery Life

Some people said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer said in November “Battery life good” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 and gave this tablet a rating of 5 stars. Bhp said in their review on Amazon “It has longer battery life due to its Atom processor 3”. Bhp also mentioned “This means, most importantly, that you can easily use a portable battery to recharge it”.

Robust

Several people who bought the product thought it was well made. Bob said this year “It is a well made substantial feeling device, with a useful two position fold out stand at the back” in his review and scored the Microsoft Surface 3 4 stars. D. Brown said in their review on Amazon in November this year “Good solid and quick”. D. Brown also wrote “No 3rd party has influence directly or indirectly on my opinions I am pleasantly surprised by the build quality and overall feel of this device”.

Some people considered that it was strong and durable. Andreas Iacovou said in his review “Superbly made and tough as nails” and scored it 5 stars. Hothardware.com wrote “Microsoft's Surface 3 is a tough one to judge”. Recombu.com wrote in their Microsoft Surface 3 review “Sturdy adjustable kickstand”.

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner concluded that it was sealed. In November last year Jay Banner wrote “I was appalled, as considering it was brand-new and factory sealed by Microsoft” but even so he only scored the product 20 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Andreas Iacovou scored it 5 stars and he wrote in his Microsoft Surface 3 review on Amazon “Well made, compact, LTE options”. Anonymous said in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon “Keyboard seem good quality and easy to use, there have been several issues with this order”. In November Bob mentioned on Amazon “A well made portable tablet/computer”.

Good Size

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was thin. A few weeks ago Rr said on Amazon “The trackpad is narrow and, while prior to purchase I thought that the touchscreen would render this unecessary in fact it is a little annoying”. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review of this tablet “The Surface 3 is a thinner, lighter, smaller”. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3.

A number of Microsoft Surface 3 reviewers mentioned that it was compact. In November this year David Moore gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Well built, good quality, light weight for carrying around, easy to use, compact” in his review. Katy mentioned “Needed something very light and compact - certainly my work”. Recombu.com mentioned in their Microsoft Surface 3 review in November last year “Fraai, compact en solide behuizing” .

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Bm wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon in November this year “Lightweight, powerful and flexible”. Rr said on Amazon “What's good lightweight and easy to carry, I really value this, since I travel a lot”. Expert review site Techradar.com rated it 4 stars and wrote last year “Most portable Surface tablet money can buy for lightweight computing tasks”.

Two Microsoft Surface 3 owners concluded that this tablet was heavy and bulky. Katy mentioned in her review of this tablet “Even with the keyboard attached, feels no heavier than a decent daily newspaper”. Last year Ryland Johnson scored this tablet 5 stars and mentioned “The body is made from a thick all in one piece of mag' alloy, its not going to bend! Its heavier than most of its counterparts”.

One person who purchased the product concluded that it was a good size. Recombu.com mentioned in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 “Nice size, excellent screen, reasonable performance”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Microsoft Surface 3 owners mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was noisy. G.k Reviews mentioned in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3 on Amazon “My only real issue with it was heat and noise from the fan”. Mr. J. P. S. Pennycook said in November this year “Bright screen, loud speakers” in their Microsoft Surface 3 review and scored it 4 stars. Last year Recombu.com wrote “Windows 8.1 without the noisy fan” in their review of the Microsoft Surface 3.

One Microsoft Surface 3 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. This month G.k Reviews wrote on Amazon “I find the silent trade off well worth it”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface 3 was good in terms of USB connections. J. Holmes mentioned in November this year “The micro USB charging makes it easier to juice up again, just make sure the plug or portable charger you bring pushes out at least 12 Volts” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Ryland Johnson wrote on Amazon “Connectability is also strong having a full USB 3.00 port plus MIcro SD port” in their Microsoft Surface 3 review and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Recombu.com wrote in their Microsoft Surface 3 review “Stylus a great bonus, full USB port”.

One person who reviewed it considered that it was able to connect to the internet. One customer who bought this tablet reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Recombu.com said “Good connectivity” in their review.

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Good Sound Quality

A few Microsoft Surface 3 owners who purchased it concluded that it had good sound quality. This month Bob gave the Microsoft Surface 3 a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon “The sound is clear with plenty of volume” in his review. In November this year Tim said “Screen is very sharp, processing is flawless and the sound is remarkable for such a small device” in his review of this tablet.

Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

We calculated the average reviews for all Microsoft tablet computers and also specifically for Microsoft x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers and found that in both cases Microsoft had good reviews.

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Good Support

A few Microsoft Surface 3 owners who purchased this tablet considered that it had good technical guidance. Mr. J. P. S. Pennycook mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “A powerful charger all help”.

Good Technical Features

One Microsoft Surface 3 reviewer reckoned that the Microsoft Surface 3 had good features. Mobilesyrup.com wrote last year “That's why our Back To School Guide features the best smartphones, tablets” in their review of this tablet.

Very Large Included Memory Card Size

The included memory card size of the Surface 3 of 64 gigabytes is one of the largest amongst tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3. Across all the similar spec tablets that came out around the same time as the Surface 3 the included memory card sizes range from 8GB to 64GB, and the average included memory card size is 23GB.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet computer has a 1080p video recording mode, which is the most frequently found video recording mode on tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Long Continuous Video Playback Time

With a continuous video playback time of 10 hours, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly long continuous video playback time compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface 3. The average continuous video playback time of comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as the Surface 3 is 8.1h.

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Very Thin

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a quite thin thickness (only 8.7 millimeters) compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface 3. The thicknesses of x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface 3 range from 8.6mm to 270mm, and the average thickness is 150mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Inferior for Games

Several people agreed that it was not good playing games on. In November last year Bhp mentioned on Amazon “I wouldn't like to use it for gaming, or for heavy photo or worse, video, editing.” in their review of this tablet. G.k Reviews mentioned in their Microsoft Surface 3 review this month “It's useless for gaming.” . Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Bad for games”.

Inferior Picture Quality

One person who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good picture quality. David Knight mentioned “Installing the windows 10 update solved the graphics driver problem”.

Not 4G Compatible

Most tablets of a comparable age and spec to the Surface 3 are not 4G compatible. The Surface 3 is no exception to this as it too is not 4G compatible.

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Not 3G Compatible

The Microsoft Surface 3 is not 3G compatible. Most of the other tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface 3 are also not 3G compatible.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

The Surface 3 is a one built-in speaker tablet computer.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

With a solid-state drive capacity of only 64 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3. The smallest solid-state drive capacity of tablets of this age and spec is 64GB and the largest is 260GB.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over a Year Ago

This x7-Z8700 processor tablet was released over a year ago.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 8 megapixels, the Surface 3 has a pretty average rear camera resolution compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that are a comparable age to the Surface 3.

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Four Processor Cores

Compared to the other eight x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface 3 that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the Microsoft Surface 3 is a four processor core tablet computer which is average.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 128 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface 3 has a fairly standard internal storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface 3.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

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Average Screen Size

The Surface 3 has a relatively average screen size (10.8 inches) compared to most of the other tablets that are a similar age to the Surface 3.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Core
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Cache
Processor Family
Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Included Memory Card Size
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card
Storage Medium
Display
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Touch Screen Technology
Multi-Touch Technology
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Graphics Adapter Family
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Video Recording Mode
Audio
Audio System
Built-In Speaker
Networking
4G Compatible
3G Compatible
Ethernet LAN Connection
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Jack Size
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Docking Connector Type
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Messaging
Performance
GPS
Design
Size
Form Factor
Colour
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Battery
Continuous Video Playback Time
Maximum Battery Life
Battery
WiFi Browsing Time
Power
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Thickness
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Memory Card Included
Other Features
Visual Technology
Kids Tablet
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Intel Virtualization Technology

User Reviews

(57)
Reviewed 17 August 2016 by Amazon Customer

Good...

Reviewed 12 August 2016 by Mr S

Small, powerful and easy to use. Windows 10 works well and detachable keyboard is extremely useful if you are working on a longer document.

Reviewed 7 August 2016 by RJF
(Verified Purchase)

Really like this tablet. I prefer this size than the larger one; it's much more convenient when travelling. Good quality for viewing films etc & Office 365 works well. Also compatible with iTunes... Read more…

Reviewed 1 August 2016 by Mr. J. P. S. Pennycook
(Verified Purchase)

Ordered with the "Surface Type Cover" (i.e. keyboard) - good as a laptop replacement, and convenient to transport. Not as fast as a desktop PC, but adequate. Bright screen, loud speakers, and a... Read more…

Reviewed 1 August 2016 by Amazon Customer

Microsoft has recently lent me a Surface 3 for review. I appreciate being able to use this loan unit but that has not influenced my opinion of the device or of Microsoft ? this is my personal view... Read more…

Reviewed 26 July 2016 by Ddschen
(Verified Purchase)

I bought it from Amazon Warehouse selling with a good price. My son love it very much.

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Robert Cunliffe
(Verified Purchase)

This came in real quick time. It was a used unit but when I looked at it, I could not tell it was used. The only downside is that it's missing the surface pen. I'm hoping this will come in the... Read more…

Reviewed 18 July 2016 by Bob
(Verified Purchase)

EDIT Just found a new problem, when the charge level drops to about 20% when I plug the charger in although it shows the symbol that power is connected it also says "not charging" it is right it... Read more…

Reviewed 18 July 2016 by Tim

I've been wanting one of these for ages and I was not disappointed. What I love most is that it's the same weight as a magazine which makes is nice to carry when you are on the move. Screen is... Read more…

Reviewed 14 July 2016 by Davidson Video Productions | 11 Comments

Feel free to check out my video review of the tablet. Below I have added a summary with pros and cons. Pros -Premium and sleek design -Great display -Run full desktop programs -Decent front and... Read more…

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