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Surface Pro 3 comes out today — and you may actually want to pick this one up

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Microsoft has called every device in its Surface line “the tablet that can replace your laptop.” But with the Surface Pro 3, it’s finally right.

Microsoft today released the Surface Pro 3, its latest tablet-laptop hybrid, in the U.S and Canada. It’s available through Microsoft’s online store as well as via retail partners like Best Buy, Staples, and Tiger Direct.

If you pick up a Surface Pro 3 today, you’ll get an Intel Core i5 version. Models equipped with Core i3 or i7 chips will be available August 1 in the U.S. and Canada.

The Surface Pro 3 is priced from $800 to $1,950. The i5 version available today costs either $1,000 (for 128 GB of storage) or $1,300 (for 256 GB). It runs Windows 8.1 and has a 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440-pixel touchscreen, along with two (front and rear) 5-megapixel cameras.

The Surface Pro 3 has garnered Microsoft high praise from the tech press, including from our own reviews editor Devindra Hardawar. In VentureBeat’s review of the new gadget, he wrote:

The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s third try since 2012 at unifying tablets and laptops — but with some key differences from its predecessors. Its screen is bigger, so you can actually use it as comfortably as a laptop. It’s lighter and thinner than previous Surface Pro models, so you won’t mind lugging it around all day. And its distinctive hinge is far more flexible than ever before.

After using the Surface Pro 3 extensively for several days, I can say that Microsoft is closer than ever to creating a true laptop killer. It’s not hyperbole to say that this is the best piece of hardware Microsoft has ever produced.

And yet, I’m not sure if it’s enough.

If you’re considering picking up a Surface Pro 3, you should definitely give the full review a read.

Industry observers had expected Microsoft to announce a smaller “Surface Mini” alongside the Surface Pro 3 unveiling in May. Reports suggested Microsoft scrapped those plans at the last minute — and some leftover references to the Surface Mini in Surface Pro 3 user manuals seem to verify those rumors.

Microsoft plans to launch its Surface Pro 3 in markets outside the U.S. and Canada by “the end of August 2014,” the company said. 26 lucky countries will be getting the device: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

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30 comments
Simon Perry
Simon Perry

from what i heard, the only apps you can run are those on MS's shitty app store that no major devs put their apps on

Simon Perry
Simon Perry

not at those fucking prices!, if i wanted to blow 2 grand, i'd blow it on a PC!

Avi Patel
Avi Patel

I want one but I just got the first surface pro.. :(

Stephen Ross
Stephen Ross

Killer tablet?!? Please grow up and stop with the MS fan boy nonsense. Either the iPad or many versions of Android tabkets can be considered 'Killer Tablets' this is a either a half arsed attempt at a Laptop or a halfway Tablet with keyboard but is certainly not a killer anything... Expecially at that price! !

Max Jacobi
Max Jacobi

It will be available in Thailand, a country where IT is not developed and everybody still use ADSL modems but it won't be available in Russia where almost every year students win world computer programming contests. Really?

David Blinov
David Blinov

Alex Redman "certain document"? What are you, five? When you make statements like that, show proof.

Alex Redman
Alex Redman

but if you know that NSA/snowden team is full of shit, then go ahead, buy it. no harm done :)

Alex Redman
Alex Redman

unless u believe in the NSA/snowden team propaganda, then dont buy it since certain documents said there will be an NSA chip built into future surface tablets, developed in conjunction with the tall white aliens that have been controlling the US government since the 1940s LOLLLL

Roci Nante
Roci Nante

Funny, people used to say the same thing about Apple (it costs too much).

Adam Acuo
Adam Acuo

I've looked at this and looked at it but I just can't justify a purchase based on the value proposition alone - it's just too pricey / not enough bang for the buck vs. the alternatives once you add in the full price of the thing.

Syahir Aiman
Syahir Aiman

No..sp3 can install anything pc can install..desktop software i mean because it is full windows 8.1 pro..not windows rt...plus, it also can install touch optimized app at windows store...ooh..i forgot..sp3 also can install android apps through bluestack..also, it can run multiple apps max 3 at the same time through split screen multitasking...4 apps if you make an adjustment in setting..is that pc portable? Its not...this one is very portable..800 gram only...ipad air plus casing almost the same weight as this...oh..ipad can run one app only at the same time...

Michael Werner
Michael Werner

This IS a PC! You may be mistaking it for the Surface non-pro version that runs WinRT and , like you mentioned in your other comment, can only run apps. The $2K SP3 that you're referring to in this comment runs an i7 processor, 8g of ram, a 512GB SSD, and FULL windows 8. There's literally nothing you can do on a laptop or desktop that you can't do on this device. Plus, you can pick up an SP3 with an i5, the same 8g of ram, and a 256 gb ssd for only $1,300. I have the original SP1 and it's powerful enough to run Skyrim, as well as any Office or CAD programs I need. 

Michael Werner
Michael Werner

What makes you say that? It's nearly as light as the original iPad, but capable of packing as much power as any Ultrabook. The stylus and ability to detach from the screen give it more mobility than a laptop though, and the additional power and programs it can run give it more productivity than any other tablet. No single device is capable of serving as many purposes as the SP3. That's the market it's shooting for, the individuals that want to carry around a single light device capable of everything want to do, and it kills in that market.

Courtney Henley
Courtney Henley

It's an overpriced and underwhelming attempt at a MacBook Air. For the price you would be better off buying a laptop.

Courtney Henley
Courtney Henley

It costs too much for what it purports to do. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S is far more impressive at a price tag of only $399 and $499!

Brandon Paddock
Brandon Paddock

@Adam Acuo  Compared to what? Closest competition I can think of is the MacBook Air. At about the same price you get a faster CPU, a WAY better screen, the same weight (with keyboard) as the 11" MBA, or considerably lighter than the 13" MBA, and that's not even considering the fact that it's a touch screen and a fully functional (and crazy powerful) tablet. I'd say versus the MBA and similarly equipped Ultrabooks you have a compelling value proposition (with advantages and disadvantages versus each other - in my case, favoring the Surface significantly).

Dahc Recneps
Dahc Recneps

@Adam Acuo

Find another $1299 + $149 laptop with 1080p+ screen, under 4 lbs, 8gb memory, touch screen, and i5 processor.  You cannot.  Seriously, I've tried.  Filtering results on newegg or amazon proves as much.


Expensive?  Yes.  If you don't like it, then go to Walmart and buy the same sub-par garbage as usual...

Michael Werner
Michael Werner

@Courtney Henley  It's got a higher res screen, faster processor, included stylus, has a touch screen, is lighter, and can detach to become a tablet. Unless all you do is type on your device, the SP3 beats the MBA hands down.

Michael Werner
Michael Werner

@Courtney Henley  You can't be serious. The Galaxy Tab doesn't even run a full OS. Unlike the Galaxy, the SP3 can run Office, Steam, Photoshop, Origin, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, iTunes, Google anything, Illustrator, literally anything you can run on a laptop or desktop as well as any MS apps. Not only is there nothing the Galaxy can do that the SP3 can't, but the SP3 can perform hundreds of tasks that the Galaxy tab can't. Personally, I'd rather play Skyrim with a 360 controller running off a 4k TV (yes, the SP3 can actually run that set up) as opposed to angry birds.

Courtney Henley
Courtney Henley

No actually just buy the Mac Book Air. More features and more apps!