Re: Only 1 USB?
Thanks for the comments!
Regarding lap use-- I wrote most of this article using the Surface Pro 3, on my lap, while riding around on a train. Was it as easy as it would have been with a more conventionally-designed laptop? No. Was it better than I expected? Yes, much better.
That said, you bring up a good point about longer legs and shorter legs; I'm 6-3, so my experience balancing the device on my lap might not be representative of the norm. Also, I've spent a lot of time with previous Surface models, which no doubt colored my initial reaction. Going from the Surface Pro, which is not remotely useful for lap use, to the Surface Pro 3-- that's one kind of jump. Going from an old ThinkPad, which sits on your lap like an anchor, to the Surface Pro 3-- that's another kind. I can see why some people will have more trouble with the kickstand, depending on device history and use cases, but the Pro 3 features easily Microsoft's best implementation of this concept.
But as I said in the article, I've only spent a few hours with the device and am still forming opinions. Right now, I'm thinking something like the following: The Surface Pro 3 doesn't make me want a new MacBook Pro any less, but it does make me rethink whether I'd recommend a MacBook, an iPad, a Windows laptop, or a Surface to someone else looking for a premium device.
Also, good call on the second USB port and charging. I agree it would be nice if Microsoft has included more than on the body itself, though honestly I'm more bummed there's no LTE option, which would make OneDrive even more convenient. Also agree that the new aspect ratio makes a big difference.