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79

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Surface 3 review: Finally, a cheap Surface you'd actually want

Summary

Microsoft's Surface 3 is the purest distillation of its hybrid tablet/laptop concept yet. It packs in a healthy amount of functionality for its $499 price, though be ready to pay another $130 for its keyboard.

from $469+
Pros
  • The lightest Surface yet
  • Extremely versatile as both a tablet and laptop
  • Runs all Windows software
  • Stylus support is a nice bonus
Cons
  • Keyboard is another $130
  • Entry model has only 2GB RAM
  • Not powerful enough for anything beyond basic computing
Surface 3 review: Finally, a cheap Surface you'd actually want

Once again, the third time's the charm for Microsoft's Surface lineup -- for the most part. Last year's Surface Pro 3 was the software giant's most compelling implementation yet of its hybrid laptop/tablet concept. Now we have the Surface 3, the third entry in its cheaper Surface lineup. And while it may look similar to its predecessors, it's actually a completely different beast. It's a $499 Surface tablet that can actually run all of the Windows programs you're used to, not just Windows 8 apps. And to Windows RT, the stripped down version of Microsoft's OS that previously powered the non-Pro Surface tablets, all I have to say is: So long, goodbye. Don't let the door hit you on the way out! By giving up on Windows RT, Microsoft has finally managed to make a decent cheap Surface.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Ease of use
6.5
Storage capacity
7.5
Battery life
8.3
Portability (size / weight)
8.6
Display
8.8
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Specs

Surface

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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Specs

Surface

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Windows
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
View Full Specs
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