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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 I7-4650U 1.7GHz 256GB 12" Tablet

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I7-4650U 1.7GHz Windows 10 Pro 256GB Aug 2015
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Revolutionary laptop With the Kickstand, optional Type Cover, and multiple ports (including full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD card reader), Surface Pro 3 delivers the power,... More
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14 Reasons For

Microsoft Has Good Tablet Reviews

Tablet computers manufactured by Microsoft are some of the better tablet computers according to average reviews from owners and experts.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This tablet has a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many tablets that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of tablets that came out more than a year ago is 4GB, the largest is 520GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 60GB. With an internal storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro 3.

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Quite Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 12 inches, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other tablets of this age and type. Across all the tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the Surface Pro 3 the screen sizes range from 5" to 14".

If you would prefer a tablet with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (12.3").

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

When compared to other tablets of this age and spec that we have checked, the Surface Pro 3's maximum turbo frequency of 3.3 gigahertz is one of the fastest. Across all the comparable spec tablets that were released one year ago the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.1GHz to 3.3GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.2GHz.

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Fairly Large Processor Cache

The processor caches of tablets of this type and age range from 0.25MB to 6MB, and the average processor cache is 2.1MB. The Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large processor cache (4 megabytes) compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable age and type to the Surface Pro 3.

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Very Large Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Surface Pro 3's internal memory is one of the largest amongst tablets that are a similar age to the Surface Pro 3. Across all the tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to the Surface Pro 3 the internal memory range from 0.5GB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 2.4GB.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

The lowest front camera resolution of tablets that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro 3 is 0.3MP, the highest is 5MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1.6MP. With a front camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the higher front camera resolutions amongst tablets of this age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This tablet has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Large Solid-State Drive Capacity

Across all the tablet computers of this spec and age the solid-state drive capacities range from 64GB to 260GB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 140GB. With a solid-state drive capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a fairly large solid-state drive capacity compared to most of the other tablet computers that have been around for a similar time to the Surface Pro 3.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 1080p video recording mode, which is the most commonly found video recording mode on tablets of a comparable type and age to it.

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2160 X 1440 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Surface Pro 3 is 2160 x 1440 pixels. That's over three times the display resolution of the most frequently found display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for more than a year display resolutions range from 800 x 400 pixels to 2732 x 2048 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This tablet computer has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many tablets of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Thin

Tablets of this spec and age have thicknesses of between 0.9mm and 280mm, and the average thickness is 72mm. At only 9.1 millimeters, the Surface Pro 3 has a fairly thin thickness compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro 3.

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4 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

The Surface Pro 3 is not 3G compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other tablet computers of this age and type are also not 3G compatible.

Tablet computers which are 3G compatible that might be worth considering include the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

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Not 4G Compatible

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not 4G compatible. Most of the other tablet computers of this spec and age are also not 4G compatible.

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Only Two Processor Cores

Most similar spec tablets that have been available for more than a year have between one and seven processor cores, including the Surface Pro 3 which has two processor cores.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2 processor core tablets currently available including because of it's better review score, the Blackberry Playbook ($85.00).

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Heavy

The lightest comparable spec tablet that was launched more than a year ago is 160g heavy, the heaviest is 1.7kg, and the average weight is 610g. The Surface Pro 3 is quite heavy (800 grams) compared to most of the other tablet computers of this age and spec.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Released Over a Year Ago

This tablet computer has been on the market for over a year.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.7 gigahertz, the Surface Pro 3 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec.

If this tablet processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2.4GHz).

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

With a rear camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro 3 has a relatively typical rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablets of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 5MP rear camera resolution tablets currently available that you might want to look at including the Blackberry Playbook ($85.00) which has better reviews.

If this Microsoft tablet rear camera resolution is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (8MP).

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Expert Reviews

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4 February 2015

30 Days with Surface Pro 3: Day 11One of the defining features of the Surface Pro 3?in fact arguably THE defining feature?is the fact that it's a tablet. It is thin, and light, and designed for... Read more…

8 December 2014

Many Apple fans were hoping for an iPad Pro this year, but it didn't happen. What they did get was a successor to the iPad Air. Here we compare the iPad Air 2 with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 so you... Read more…

Brilliant screen
Great new design
Infinite kickstand
Lightweight
Excellent performances
No bundled Office 365 Subscription
Expensive when you get into the higherend models
Not great for portable gaming
MicroSD not as prominently used as opposed to SD
Certain models can b
21 August 2014

Three's a CharmIf you need any indication that Microsoft is serious about making its own Windows hardware, consider this: This is the third-generation Surface Pro device in under two years....

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 4 June 2014 by Abooga
Abooga would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 has been one of the best products Microsoft has released ever. Some of the great things are that its screen is a 2160 by 1440 so that means its more than HD its "Super HD" I... Read more…

Reviewed 8 August 2014 by Cbrrida
Cbrrida would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

I only go the i3 version with 64GB of memory for school. I already have a ASUS laptop for the heavier computing. This tablet is perfect! Windows 8.1 pro, lots of features and the keyboard is... Read more…

Reviewed 8 August 2014 by Vickiecam
Vickiecam would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

Great product but definitely go with the bigger memory. I purchased the 64G and after installing Microsoft office and the antivirus I literally have about 19G of space left. But overall it's... Read more…

Reviewed 27 September 2014 by Music
Music would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

Now that there is a Microsoft tablet with Windows 8.1 I couldn't wait to get it home and play...

Reviewed 7 November 2014 by JOE1958
JOE1958 would recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Verified Purchase)

The tablet itself is great. The only concern I have is the wall charger the section from the transfer box to the tablet connection is so loose you have to mess with it to keep a connection. If not... Read more…

The board has nice uefi bios options. The board came with 2 sata cables
Lots of usb ports and every other port you need
Reasonable price, seems to be solid. Good built-in features, along with the ability to use most of Intel's 1155 CPU's
I have had this board up and running for well over a year now. It dual boots Win XP (only for some old prog's) and Ubuntu 14.04LTS. It is flawless in both. It has run pretty much 24 7 since being bui
Portability
The audio on this board sucks, it should have been better than my 3 year old toshiba laptop (based on the built in realtek chip versions) but the realtek software acts weird. I couldn't get it to soun
Mobo failed while my computer was shutdown, but computer was plugged in and usb ports were powered. This may not have been the fault of the motherboard but I doubt it was my psu which is of very good
Only 2 RAM slots (but that is common with lower cost boards and I knew when purchasing)
None known at this time
Still has some MS software bugs
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers microsoft w10, microsoft w10p, microsoft i54300, microsoft i74650, microsoft i54300u, microsoft i74650u, microsoft 5d300003
Barcodes 00885370758085, 00885370809190, 00885370809343, 00885370809350, 00885370879612, 00885370879650, 00885370879698, 00885370879735, 00885370897258, 00889842012163, 00889842012187, 00889842012200
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