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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

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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79
 

User Reviews

70
eca637
With Microsoft's quest to have a tablet replace a laptop, they've churned out...read more
90
geeky
Bought this on impulse, but I really really love it so far. Can't wait to see...read more
90
marcusmann
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model
Core i3

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
1222
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Maximum battery life
Up to 920

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
12 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
64 GB (total)
SSD
Docking station port
Yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 9 hours
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

USB
3.0 (1 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (MicroSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
Core i7 256GB

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
1222
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Maximum battery life
Up to 920

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
12 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
256 GB (total)
SSD

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

USB
3.0
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8
Model
Core i5 128GB

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
1222
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Maximum battery life
Up to 920

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
12 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
128 GB (total)
SSD

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

USB
3.0
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4
Model
Core i5 256GB

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
1222
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Maximum battery life
Up to 920

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
12 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
256 GB (total)
SSD

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

USB
3.0
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8
Model
Core i7 512GB

Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
1222
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Maximum battery life
Up to 920

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
Yes
Screen size
12 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
3:2
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
512 GB (total)
SSD

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

USB
3.0
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8