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Microsoft Goes Big With Surface Pro 3

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 offers a big 12-inch screen, lighter weight, more power, and a flashy pen experience.
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The Surface Pro 3's versatile kickstand is a big improvement from earlier two-position versions.
The Surface Pro 3’s versatile kickstand is a big improvement from earlier two-position versions.

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Brian.Dean
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5/25/2014 | 9:31:36 PM
Re: Surface pen integration to other apps?
By what I can tell, it seems like a solid hybrid (tablet, laptop and desktop), and the fact that it has a docking station makes it wonderful. I just hope security is not compromised due to it being able to open a notepad by the touch of a pen, but I am sure that Microsoft would have already thought about security.
mak63
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5/23/2014 | 1:47:30 AM
pricy
I'm surprised nobody mentioned that the new Pros are pricy ($2k for an i7, yuk).

I was wondering, wouldn't people, business or otherwise be better off getting a laptop-hybrid or an all-in one laptop/desktop/tablet?
Michael Endler
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5/21/2014 | 11:46:51 AM
Re: Surface pen integration to other apps?
Great question, David! I'll try to find out. I agree that it would be useful if the user can choose apps other than OneNote.
David F. Carr
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5/21/2014 | 11:23:48 AM
Surface pen integration to other apps?
The use case of having the device wake and open OneNote at the tap of the stylus pen is interesting, but I immediately wondered whether you could pick another app to have that functionality. Thinking of medical note taking, which is one case where the users (doctors and nurses) often complain that digital systems are less flexible than pen and paper.
Shane M. O'Neill
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5/21/2014 | 9:18:56 AM
Not a tablet, but serves a purpose
At 12-inches can we really call this a tablet with a straight face? We've come to love tablets for their portability. I know Surface Pro 3 is light, but it's too wide to be a tablet as we've come to define a tablet. But semantics aside, kudos to Microsoft for merging light-weight hardware and more-streamlined software options. I agree with Gold's assessment that the Surface Pro 3 is for high-end enterprise users. The ship has sailed for iPad-loving consumers. They're just not that into you, Microsoft.
Laurianne
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5/20/2014 | 5:17:04 PM
no mini
Anyone out there disappointed Microsoft passed on a mini model?
Michael Endler
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5/20/2014 | 3:55:22 PM
Re: Test drive the pen please!
Yeah, the extent to which the pen excels is the extent to which the Surface Pro 3 will break out. Bigger screen, lighter weight, better kickstand-- all of that's nice, and will help Microsoft gain share. But I don't think those things alone make Apple tremble. The pen could be a different story. I rarely use the stylus that came with my Surface Pro, but the new use cases and technology look compelling. I'm looking forward to spending some time using the pen, and will write a future story to explore whether it delivers.

I've always preferred Macs because I do a lot of photo and video work, and have liked using Aperture, Final Cut and other Apple programs more than I have their Adobe counterparts. The Surface-optimized Photoshop app demonstrated during the event, though, could make me reconsider. I've also preferred OS X to Windows 8.1, but the way Microsoft is integrating ink and OneDrive not just into apps, but also throughout the OS-- very encouraging. They're creating new interaction paradigms, rather than just trying to smash a laptop into a tablet's form. The new Surface isn't a device for everyone, but Apple's owned the $1000+ computing space for a long time, and with this tablet, Microsoft could take a decent chunk of the market.
anon1530418813
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5/20/2014 | 3:50:28 PM
Re: Test drive the pen please!
There is a website that is all about tablet reviews - tabletreviews.com
Michael Endler
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5/20/2014 | 3:48:34 PM
Re: Familiar fountain pen?
Haha, touché. I don't consider them unfamiliar, but perhaps I'm missing something. Anyway, if the pen works as well as the demonstration indicated, the Surface Pro 3 could turn heads. Up until today, if someone told me he wanted to spend $1000 or more on a new computing device, I'd almost certainly have advocated some kind of MacBook. Now I'm not so sure. I'll be curious to see how it handles in person. 

Also, I appreciate that you used "whom"; it deserves more defenders. :)



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5/20/2014 | 3:46:12 PM
New Windows 81 - Android O/S Hybrid
The world's first Windows 8.1 - Android Hybrid also launches this week and offers impressive features  the Ramos i10 Pro ($399) is the first Dual-boot hybrid on the market and makes it easy to switch between using the two operating systems and offers a 10-inch, full HD display, an Intel Bay Trail 64-bit processor, Bluetooth, GPS, plus a 8000 mAh battery with 9 hours battery life.

One of the first U.S. sites with availability of the Ramos i10 Pro is -- iProTablet
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