Microsoft is trying it again; they just introduced a new Surface. This is after Microsoft introduced its first “most compelling” model of its hybrid laptop/tablet concept and now it is releasing a cheaper version- the Surface 3. The Surface 3 is cheaper and supposed to be completely different from its predecessors- it looks similar but is a different machine altogether. The Microsoft Surface 3 does not just run Windows 8 apps but can run all traditional programs that you are used to using. The cheaper Microsoft Surface 3 still runs about 499 dollars and does not come with the keyboard- it is about 130 bucks more. The Surface 3 is the lightest Surface so far, is extremely versatile as a tablet and a laptop. The Surface 3 has stylus support as well.
The Surface 3 contains the new Intel Atom x7 processor- this allows you to use traditional Windows programs unlike the previous processing chips used. The Microsoft Surface 3 weighs in at 1.37 pounds, is ¾ of an inch thick and has a 10.8-inch screen. A great new feature of the Surface 3 is that you can charge the device over a microUSB cable as well as the standard USB cable. This means that you no longer need to cart around an extra cable to charge your Surface 3. The Microsoft Surface 3 has a full-sized 3.0 port, Mini Display Port, headphone jack and a microUSB port (where you charge your Surface 3).
Taking photos on the Surface 3 got better; it comes with the 8-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing camera that is 3.5 megapixel which is great for those selfies.
The display is a 10.8-inch LCD screen with 1,920 x 1,280 resolution that is bright, colorful and crisp but falls short of the iPad Air 2’s display and the Quad HD screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series. The display is still good for watching movies, reading or viewing photos. One blogger stated that the text size had to bump up the size in order to read the webpages displayed. Also, the screen quality is not the best outside- you can still see on the Microsoft Surface 3 but when compared to its competition, the Surface 3 does a decent job and even surpasses some of its competition.
The Surface 3 comes with a “Surface Pen.” The Surface Pen is part of the Surface 3 but it is a separate purchase and costs about 50 bucks. The Surface Pen is great for people who love to write or even draw. The Surface Pen connects to the Surface 3 through Bluetooth and after it is connected, it is smooth. The Surface 3’s Intel Atom processing chip is not the same as the old chips. The Surface 3’s new Atom x7 is a step above the previous Atom x7, so do not be scared of this processing chip. The processing chip comes with intelligent power management and this allows the system to NOT overheat without the use of a fan- making it more tablet-like.
Overall the Surface 3 is well worth the money, if you are in the market for a tablet that works well as a laptop. The Surface 3 is great for daily life things, school work and for general processing. If you are thinking about making the purchase, go ahead- it will be worth the price.