Friday, April 10, 2015

Microsoft's Surface (not-Pro) 3

Microsoft’s new Surface 3 is available for pre-order, but I’m not sure I’d buy one for home use. While it’s a good deal cheaper than its big brother, the Pro 3, it’s somewhat less capable. 

The $499 model has 2G of RAM and 64G(!) of storage – too low even at that price. It is a good deal lighter than the Pro 3 (~600 grams vs ~800 grams), and it does come with a very similar keyboard (without the bezel, to fit the smaller 11” screen. Battery life looks good: up to 10 hours of video playback on a charge, likely a whole day of periodic use – it uses an Intel Atom processor (Vs the i3 in the base Surface Pro 3.) The kickstand is a little different than the Pro 3 with 3 positions VS the infinite positions of the Pro 3.

I just don’t know if I would trust this lower priced device. Particularly after having used a Pro 3 (a great laptop replacement), and also after having used the Surface RT (a great paperweight replacement), it still seems a bit under-powered. I think naming it so similarly to the Pro 3 is a bit disingenuous as well.

What do you think? Would you buy the basic Surface 3?

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