Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Tablet and Laptop Unite

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The power of a laptop, the portability of a tablet

Microsoft has just announced the details of their next big hardware venture – here’s everything you need to know about the Surface Pro 3.

Laptop or tablet – it really is the eternal question. Do you want the sheer processing power of a larger, more cumbersome laptop or the accessibility and portability of a tablet. With the Surface Pro 3, you no longer have to make that choice.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 combines the best aspects of both types of hardware, making it the first tablet that can truly replace your laptop.

It has been quite the engineering feat to develop, with three years of working going into creating a device that’s slim enough to be usable anywhere while still packing the processing punch users expect from a PC.

The result is a gorgeous, metal clad tablet with a 12 inch screen at an incredible 2160 x 1440 resolution. That’s 40 percent larger than the display on the Surface Pro 2 but still manages to be just 9.1mm thin. For comparison, Surface Pro 3 thinner than the MacBook Air 11 and 26 percent lighter at just 800 grams.

The tablet is a powerful tool, especially when paired with the Surface Pen. With a smooth aluminium finish, it’s crafted to feel like a real fountain pen and the extra responsiveness of the screen makes drawing, signing signatures or fine image editing easy. And if you double click the Pen you can take a screenshot in seconds!

Of course, the tablet aspect is just one side of the Surface’s personality. Attach the click-in keyboard to turn it instantly into a fully featured laptop. The new keyboards are available in five colours and have a track pad that’s 63 percent bigger than the Surface Pro 2, meaning you’ll be able to work faster and more accurately. Or you could just plug your mouse into the handy USB 3.0 port.

If it works on Windows it will work on the Surface Pro 3. Your favourite programs will easily make the transition and there are powerful new tools which have been optimised for the new device on the way. That includes a major deal with Adobe to bring the incredible range of the Creative Cloud to the Surface in the near future.

Other great new features include a much improved kickstand – which can be set at any angle from 22 to 150 degrees – for the perfect typing or movie viewing experience. And if you are catching up on your favourite media, the front facing speakers are now 40 percent louder than the previous generation.

Tablet and laptop become one in the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. You’ll never need to carry both again.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will be available in several configurations – from an Intel i3 chip with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM to an Intel i7 with 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Pricing starts at €819.

Available from Harvey Norman stores in August 2014.

In Short: Microsoft has just unveiled the details of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, an innovative device that is designed to become your ultimate personal computer

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