79
Engadget
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A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Surface Pro 3 review: Has Microsoft finally made a tablet to replace your laptop?

The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's biggest and best tablet yet, but it needs a better keyboard to truly replace your laptop.

Pros
  • Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts
  • Easier to use as a standalone tablet
  • Fast performance
  • Gorgeous, high-res display
  • Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle
Cons
  • Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you'd get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn't even come in the box
  • Not that comfortable to use in the lap
  • Middling battery life
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Score Breakdown

 
76
Average Critic Score

Expandability

80
 

Battery life

65
 

Noise

60
 

Design and form factor

82
 

Portability (size / weight)

82
 

Speed and features

75
 

Display

91
 
 
80
Engadget
The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's biggest and best tablet yet, but it needs a better keyboard to truly replace your laptop.
Product Review
TechCrunch
This is very, very thin. It’s a solid machine, to be sure, and I’m excited to try it as a daily carry.
Product Review
Gizmodo
Of the many things that are new about the Surface Pro 3, the screen size feels the least remarkable. Yeah, it's bigger, but not in a way that's immediately ... noticeable. That's a good thing; the screen sort of fades away into the background right away without assaulting you with its largeness.
Product Review
CNET
The Surface Pro 3 still doesn't feel quite as thin and ethereal as, for example, the iPad Air, but its slightly thinner body, coupled with the larger screen, give it a more upscale feel than the Pro and Pro 2, both of which we criticized for a certain boxiness.
 
80
Gizmodo
The Surface Pro 3 is now a passable laptop, which is fantastic. But the added benefit of a full Windows tablet is still pretty niche.
 
80
The Wall Street Journal
On its third attempt, Microsoft has leapt forward in bringing the tablet and laptop together—and bringing the laptop into the future. But the Pro 3 also suffers from the Surface curse: You still make considerable compromises for getting everything in one package.
 
80
PC World
Microsoft's Surface lineup just keeps getting better and better, with an improved screen for desktop use and an upgraded Type Cover for the road.
 
80
Ars Technica
Surface Pro 3 is the closest Microsoft has come yet to producing a laptop-killing tablet. But the laptop will live on to fight another day. This time around, the third iteration isn't the one that gets it right.
 
80
CNET
While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.