When tablets appeared on the market back in 2010, it was expected that they would eventually overtake laptops in terms of sales figures. Until now laptops have held the advantage for work and productivity. But the Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft could act as the perfect laptop replacement.
The device provides a 12-inch screen, which is simply stunning. It is bright and vibrant, making it perfectly suited for displaying content that would have looked best on a laptop in the past. It’s also lighter than your average tablet, making it more comfortable to carry around when out and about.
While it’s lighter than a laptop, the Surface Pro 3 is surprisingly powerful. It comes with Intel Core i3 to i7 options, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. The amount of storage space available should stand out; this is significantly greater than your average tablet and gives you an idea of what the Surface Pro 3 is designed to be used for.
The Surface 3 comes with OneNote, Flipboard and Fresh Paint and it’s possible to install software like the full Microsoft Office Suite. Combine that with a full desktop OS, a Surface Pro Type Cover for typing, the presence of USB ports, and a battery life that’s designed to last for a working day and you’ve got yourself a tablet with productivity in mind.
Naturally, the Surface 3 is perfectly suited for more traditional tablet functions too. Its kickstand and big, beautiful display make it great for watching media, it has enough oomph to play some of the more intensive games and it features a front-facing camera that is perfect for Skype calls.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is the most convincing poster child for the hybrid category yet. It is the device that signals Microsoft’s vision of a future without laptops and it succeeds as a viable alternative to a tablet that many have been crying out for.
The Surface Pro 3will be available from Harvey Norman stores in August, 2014.
In Short: Microsoft has set its sights on the laptop market. The Surface Pro 3 looks like a worthy alternative to the laptop.