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Here’s how Microsoft made the Surface Pro 3 so thin (video)

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At just 9.1 millimeters thick, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest computer to ever pack in Intel’s Haswell desktop processors.

Its size and weight (just 1.7 pounds) were the most noticeable features when I first picked up the Surface Pro 3 yesterday. And after speaking with Microsoft’s Ed Giaimo, the general manager of the Surface Pro product line, it’s impressive that Microsoft managed to squeeze all of this into that thin metal case.

During yesterday’s Surface Pro 3 launch event, Giaimo gave me an overview of the Surface Pro 3′s innards. Its motherboard is actually half the size of the Surface Pro 2′s, which makes room for the battery and other components to sit side-by-side in the case. Microsoft also developed a custom fan because none of the existing options fit inside such a thin case.

I’m still testing out the Surface Pro 3 for my full review, but at this point, the slick design and bigger screen is winning me over far more than any previous models.

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18 comments
Yomi  Badmos
Yomi Badmos

 The Hype, before the fall!!!! I have used the other surfaces and one thing came to mind. Microsoft is truly a software company because the hardware had some basic faults like cursor not always responding in the right place. It just made you appreciate some basic fundamentals that you had  taken for granted on other tablets....double tapping the keyboard every so often as the keys felt  unresponsive. As for Apps the Surface is like the Sahara Desert!!!!!

Philippe Maman
Philippe Maman

Well for the ones that bought surface 1 and 2 WE are NOT impressed

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor

Lots of buzz over the Surface Pro 3 - the intertubes doth like.

Tyson Quick
Tyson Quick

I'm not a big Microsoft fan, however this is impressive.

Skip Sauls
Skip Sauls

The best thing about Surface and all of the Windows touch-keyboard hybrids is that they will provide Apple (and Google, either directly or when they copy Apple) with data about what not to do. It's one thing to claim to be better for "business" and another to be something that people like and want to use. The Surface team reminds me a bit of Blackberry, not really "getting it" as to why people like iPhones and iPads. It's not about having a physical keyboard, and it's not about being able to run business apps in some barely quantifiable better way.

BucksterMcgee
BucksterMcgee

@TheRomit Not really, more like: Faster! Thinner! Thinner. Lighter. Thinner. All new design. Really thin. Bigger. Better. Revolutionary.

Daniel Pan
Daniel Pan

As an Apple fan, I'm impressed too

gcaughey
gcaughey

@shantimohan_e @surface I consider all the Surface Pros as laptops that can also be used as tablets. Lumia 1502 is a phone usable as tablet.