- Editor's Rating
With the lines continuing to blur between laptops and tablets, Microsoft introduces its newest take on the growing hybrid sub-genre with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. While most hybrids continue to placate to the mainstream consumer market, Microsoft’s Surface Pro line has aimed its sights on the pragmatic business crowd, offering the productivity of a premium notebook in a tablet form factor.
That was certainly true for the Surface Pro 2, which TabletPCReview gave high praises for its ability to deliver powerful performance in a portable form factor. In many ways the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 seems like more of the same. With its third installment Microsoft continues to focus on productivity, offering a larger 12-inch ClearType display with a higher resolution, solid performance and an even sleeker and lighter form factor.
But that doesn’t mean the Surface Pro 3 is a simple refresh. In fact, the device sports and entirely new 3:2 display aspect ratio. While the new display is certainly the most jarring change, it’s not the only one. The high-powered tablet also offers a number of small tweaks including a multi-angle kickstand and a new Type Cover with improved touchpad and magnetic display connector for added stability.
Despite all of the upgrades, new features and the altered aspect ratio, the Surface Pro 3 seems to suffer many of the same failings as it predecessor. Starting at $800 (with higher end models costing well over $1000) it’s far from cheap and that cost is only further augmented by the need to purchase the keyboard cover separately. However, as TabletPCReview notes in our full review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 “as a tablet, its productivity potential is unmatched”, just be ready to pay for that productivity.