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Microsoft Surface 3 X7-Z8700 1.6GHz 32GB 10.8" Tablet

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X7-Z8700 1.6GHz Windows 8.1 32GB Sep 2015
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Surface 3 is great for Take notes or write directly on screen at the same time. With up to 10 hours of battery life for video playback,1 Surface 3 lasts through your film marathon (or all your... More
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Microsoft Has Good Reviews for Its Tablet Computers

Based on 2,909 expert and user reviews, Microsoft has good ratings for its tablets. Microsoft also has good ratings specifically within its x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers range compared to other manufacturers.

1080p Video Recording Modes

This tablet computer has a 1080p video recording modes, which is typical of many comparable spec tablets that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Not 3G

The Microsoft Surface 3 is not 3G, unlike most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been available for more than a year.

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Not 4G

The Surface 3 is not 4G, although it is worth noting that most of the other tablets of this type and age are also not 4G.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The Surface 3 has a quite small internal storage capacity (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that came out more than a year ago. The smallest internal storage capacity of tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface 3 is 32GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 80GB.

If you want a tablet computer with a larger internal storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Microsoft Surface 3 ($278.13) (64GB).

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Surface 3 has a quite small internal memory (only 2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec. The smallest internal memory of x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as the Surface 3 is 2GB and the largest is 4GB.

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Very Thick

The average depth of tablets that were launched around the same time as the Surface 3 is 86mm. With a depth of 267 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface 3 has one of the thickest depths amongst x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface 3

Released Over a Year Ago

Microsoft released the Surface 3 over a year ago.

Average Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

At 8 megapixels, the Surface 3 has a relatively standard rear camera resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other x7-Z8700 processor tablet computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface 3.

There are a number of other 8MP rear camera resolution tablet computers currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Microsoft Surface 3.

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Four Processor Coress

The Surface 3 has four processor coress. That's average compared to the other 10 tablets of this spec and age that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4 processor cores tablets currently available including because of it's better review score, the Microsoft Surface 3.

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Average Processor Frequency

At 1.6 gigahertz, the Surface 3 has a fairly standard processor frequency compared to most of the other tablet computers that came out more than a year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1.6GHz processor clock speed tablet computers currently available including the Microsoft Surface 3 which has better reviews.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a relatively standard display diagonal (10.8 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that were released more than a year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 10.8" tablets currently available including because of it's better review score, the Microsoft Surface 3.

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64-Bit Computing

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Expert Reviews

(172)
21 December 2015

As we inspected the Surface Pro 4 ahead of the Surface 3, despite the latter launching back in the first half of the year, it's more a case of deciding whether or not the stripped back Surface...

Versatile design
Excellent software compatibility
Attractive screen
Good connectivity
Full Windows 10
Type Cover is an essential accessory
Heavy for handheld use
Weak onscreen keyboard
Charging takes really long
WiFi speeds were slower than expected
7 December 2015

If you're looking for a tablet that can do more, or an affordable laptop alternative, Surface 3 is a great deal. At $500 for the 128GB/4GB RAM model , you're really getting a lot. The Surface...

26 October 2015

As you all know, the Surface Pro 4 and the new Surface Book were announced earlier this week. But before it hits the shelves here in The Philippines, let's take a look first on the previous model... Read more…

23 October 2015

Microsoft Surface 3 is getting closer to being a perfect MacBook Air replacement for casual productivity Photo by Brad MoonRegular readers of GeekDad probably know that I've had a long history of... Read more…

12 October 2015

I've been using the base model of the Surface 3 as my daily driver for the past 3 months. It's beautifully crafted, decent to type on, and won't break the bank. However, the Surface 3, and...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 16 November 2015 by Mike2k

I bought the Surface 3 (4GB RAM 128GB Storage model) back in June due to its more commuter friendly form factor compared to the Surface Pro 3. It works brilliantly as a commuting device when on... Read more…

Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Clem90

Really impressive product. Bought to replace laptop and use alongside work laptop. I wanted windows programs and am very impressed with it in laptop mode, love using the pen in Onenote for notes... Read more…

Reviewed 19 September 2014 by Estefania E.
(Verified Purchase)

Using this on a Linux Build, no problems. Instructions and Manual are top notch...

Reviewed 7 September 2014 by Valerie L.
(Verified Purchase)

As mentioned in the "pros," this board is tremendously configurable. I can't imagine what the Z97 variant has that this doesn't. If my chip were unlockable, I could overclock it despite this being... Read more…

Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Richard F.
(Verified Purchase)

Never owned an Asus board before now I see why people like them so much, very well designed and laid out. The UEFI is very nice, easy to work with and navigate through. The 3 fan headers alone... Read more…

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