QOTW: Will you be buying Microsoft's Surface Pro 3?

by Parm Mann on 23 May 2014, 16:30

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"With a 12in display, Surface Pro 3 has the power of a laptop in a lightweight, versatile form."

Microsoft's message is loud and clear: your next PC needn't be an ordinary laptop, the new-and-improved Surface Pro 3 can do it all. And perusing the specification sheet suggests that the company may have a point.

The highlights include a 12in touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 2,160x1,440 resolution, up to 512GB of flash storage, up to 8GB of RAM, Wireless AC connectivity, USB 3.0, a choice of Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors, full-fat Windows 8.1, a handy-looking pen, a multi-position kickstand and the promise of up to nine hours battery life. Phew, all that, yet it's both thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 2.

These premium ingredients make the Surface Pro 3 an intriguing proposition, but one that's unlike practically every other tablet on the market today. A starting price of £639 intimates that this isn't a mainstream device, and instead of taking on the hugely-popular iPad or cannibalising sales of affordable PCs, Microsoft is positioning the Surface Pro 3 as an alternative to premium devices such as the MacBook Air.

We'll need some hands-on time in order to determine whether or not this do-it-all tablet can truly replace a high-end Ultrabook, but in the meantime lets canvas some opinion by asking you, the readers: will you be buying Microsoft's Surface Pro 3? As always, share your thoughts using the comments facility below.

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No, definitely not.
I don't want the crappy Windows ‘experience’ on my tablet as well. I hate Windows 8, and I hate Windows period. Microsoft would have to create a KILLER OS for me to buy something like that
Nope. It's interesting, but it's too expensive, and you lose a lot from putting a laptop into a 9mm wide case, so you can't get the benefits of a full sized laptop (and certainly not a desktop), but you don't get the cost advantage of a dedicated tablet.

For mobile Office/Outlook warriors it could be very nice however.
Definate no! I already have three tablets taking up residence in my house, which include Andriod and iOS devices. They are simply couch browsers and there is no preference of device. Only preference on how much battery life they have.
Would love to but it's too expensive. I don't want to spend more than €300-350 on a tablet
I would have no issue on buying one if it wasn't for the damned ‘UK tax’ that MS have added on top of the US price and VAT…