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By Pete Pachal2014-05-30 16:47:54 UTC Mashable Choice highlights the best of everything we cover, have experienced first-hand and would recommend to others. [embedded content] There is no PC like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. There have been plenty of Windows tablet-laptop hybrids, sure, but all of them negotiate some kind of compromise — sometimes several — that make them more like one than the other.


The new Surface wants it both ways. The big, glossy slab is unmistakably a tablet, but when you snap in the optional-but-not-really-optional keyboard, you've got a fully-powered PC in your hands. Or rather, lap. But that's been the promise of every version of the Surface Pro since the first one debuted in January 2013. The Surface Pro 3 delivers on that promise better than its predecessors, however, thanks to a couple of important design upgrades.


First is the large 12-inch display — a plus size for tablets if there ever was one. Despite the extra real estate, though, the Surface Pro 3 is noticeably lighter than its predecessors: just 1.7 pounds to the Surface Pro 2's 2 pounds. The display is sharper, too: With 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, it's in a class with "retina" level Ultrabooks. Kickin' back But the Surface Pro 3's deadliest laptop-killing weapon is its kickstand.


The Surface kickstand has been a point of differentiation — as well as a point of derision — for the device ever since the original Surface RT. While Microsoft had some fuzzy math that supposedly showed the fixed angle that the stand used was ideal, it was a one-size-fits-all approach to something that needed a far more flexible solution. Although the design improved slightly with the Surface Pro 2 (which increased the number of stand positions to a whopping two), it's taken Microsoft three tries to get this right: The kickstand on the Surface Pro 3 is exactly what it should have been all along, allowing for tilting the display at any angle up to 150 degrees.


The miracle hinge is the Surface Pro 3's killer app. It almost singlehandedly turns the tablet into a credible laptop replacement, allowing a user to tilt the screen to exactly his or her liking while it rests on the lap. In Microsoft's words, this is why the new Surface has the best "lap-ability" of the Surface line, and that's certainly true. But I did say almost. The kickstand, by its nature, extends the footprint of the device more than a laptop would.


That can be a problem when there isn't any room for the extension (people with short femurs, beware). There's also that keyboard. While the Surface Pro 3 keyboard is by far the best design the line has ever had, it's still a far cry from the excellent chiclet-style keys found on Apple's MacBooks and other Ultrabooks. The keys are big but, overall, it's a little cramped. Two features make the new keyboard a winner.


The upgraded trackpad is miles ahead of the old one, with a clickable, single-button design (although you can still left- and right-click) that's 45% larger than the old one. In all honestly, it's very MacBook-like, which is just about the highest compliment you can pay to any trackpad. The keyboard's other new perk is the secondary magnet that hugs the keyboard snugly below the screen while also tilting it up slightly.


The magnet keeps the keyboard more stable as you type with the machine on your lap. Image: Mashable, Niki Walker Microsoft sells the keyboard as an optional accessory, which is utterly ridiculous. The Surface line — and the Pro models in particular — has always been about productivity. Microsoft even goes out of its way to compare the Surface Pro 3 to the MacBook Air. The only reason I can think of to sell them separately is to keep the machine's price deceptively low.


But it is a deception: Be sure to add $130 to any Surface Pro 3 price you see. Between the keyboard and the new hinge, the Surface Pro 3 does a pretty good laptop impression. You have to break some habits — like many, I often hold my laptop by the keyboard as I walk from desk to desk — but those are kind of good problems. The case for usage Over the past week, I've used the Surface Pro 3 during meetings, powering my workstation, kicking back on a couch, in the back seat of a taxi, standing in a subway, curling up in bed, and more.


In every one of those situations, the Surface passed what I consider the key test: For most of the time (but not all), the physical device faded to the background and let me concentrate on the task at hand — whether it was updating an Excel document or finding a movie on Netflix. That isn't to say there weren't some issues. In cramped spaces, you'll sometimes miss the extra six inches or so of leg space that you need to give up for the kickstand.


For downloading big files, you sometimes miss having an Ethernet port. And although it's fairly light for its size, the Surface Pro 3 isn't exactly the first device you'd grab for reading on a commute. But as everything devices go, the Surface Pro 3 scores very high. The point isn't to be the best at any singular task — it's to negate the need to carry, and even own, multiple devices that do pretty close to the same thing anyway.


For the Surface, redundancy is the enemy. Image: Mashable, Niki Walker As with previous Pros, I found the new Surface's strongest use case as the workstation replacement. With an Intel Core i5 processor, this machine, which starts at $999, is right at home powering an external monitor and a pile of USB gear. (Versions with Core i3 and i7 processors will be available in August starting at $799 and $1,549, respectively.


) That makes me slightly disappointed that Microsoft isn't coming out with the Surface Pro 3 dock at launch, but that's what hubs are for. Every time I swap out my MacBook for a Surface I marvel at the desk space I reclaim (though stands like the Twelve South BookArc can reduce a Mac's footprint, too). This is something the Surface holds over most Windows hybrids, too, which often lack a kickstand and put their ports to a removable keyboard, requiring you to keep the tablet docked when connecting to external gear.


Detach the three cables (power, USB and Mini DisplayPort), slap on the keyboard, and boom — your PC is ready to go to meetings. Even if there are couches. Where the Surface Pro 3 falls short — somewhat deliberately — is in delivering a tablet experience. While it's certainly a capable machine hardware-wise, it's Windows 8.1 that often lets you down. The Windows Store (which sells the touch-first Windows apps) has a lot more apps than it used to.


Facebook, Foursquare, Flipboard and Twitter are at last in the catalog, joining old favorites like The Weather Channel, Hulu Plus and Fruit Ninja. There's even a Flappy Bird clone. Unfortunately many of those apps are a shadow of their versions for iPad. Evernote for Windows, for example, doesn't support handwriting input, which would be really useful to have considering the Surface Pro 3 comes with a digitizing pen.


It's not like this is the first Windows tablet to come with a stylus, either — they've been around since the initial launch of Windows 8. The Evernote guys have had plenty of time; they just haven't bothered. That's, sadly, a recurring theme with Windows apps. Share something from Dropbox? You'll need to use the site. Want to add "feelings" to a Facebook status update? Not available in the Windows version.


Feel like listening to some Spotify? The Windows desktop app will have to do. That said, the Surface Pro 3 is more than capable of doing all those fallbacks. And for just kicking back and "consuming" with photos, music or video, it's still a fine tablet. But an iPad experience it ain't. Mightier pen About that digital pen that comes with the Surface Pro 3: It's pretty damn good. Previous Surfaces had included pens, but Microsoft went for a total redesign this time around, equipping it with two buttons and providing a clip for slipping in a breast pocket.


(Can you think of anything nerdier than a digital pen in a pocket protector?) Overall, drawing on the Surface Pro 3 is a pleasurable experience. The active pen feels good and does not slide all over the screen (though I could use a bit more drag). Where you place the pen is where your line appears; Microsoft's attention to cutting down screen layers appears to be paying off. It has a good companion in the deceptively powerful, but somewhat under-featured, Fresh Paint (no layers, no zoom, no selection, too).


The pen boasts 256 levels of pressure-sensitivity, but it often felt as if it has just two — I couldn't always get all the increments I desired. Lines were often too light or too heavy. The Bluetooth nature of the pen is responsible for the pressure sensitivity and ability to rest my palm on the screen while I draw. However, if the Surface has the kickstand engaged, it would fold all the way down under the weight of my arm.


In the end, I found it easier to draw without my palm on the screen. There are a couple of buttons on the pen, which I accidentally hit when I was drawing. Sometimes this deleted a line. I haven't drawn much on the Surface, so I considered all these issues small adjustments I'd have to make. Overtime, I got better at handling these little quirks and came to enjoy drawing on the Surface. I do look forward to drawing with other apps, like Procreate and Sketchbook … if they ever make it to the  platform.


Unified experience Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. They could have added, "Really! We mean it this time," since that was pretty much the promise of the first two Surface Pro models, too. Can it? Yes. Will you want it to? Only if you don't use your laptop as, you know, an actual laptop most of the time. Because even though the Surface Pro 3 can simulate a laptop extremely well, it's still a simulation.


A well-crafted notebook computer with chiclet keys will provide a better experience, every time. A better typing experience, that is. For watching videos, whipping through photos, or just being book bag-friendly, this gadget runs circles around any laptop. I don't know if a single machine will ever satisfy all our digital needs, but when it comes to device unity, the Surface Pro 3 is simply the best product ever made.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 The Good Powerful computing in a light tablet • Excellent kickstand • Innovative digital pen The Bad Keyboard costs extra • So-so tablet apps • Still not quite a laptop The Bottom Line It may not be the perfect laptop or the perfect tablet, but as an everything device, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 makes an incredibly strong case. Lance Ulanoff contributed to this review.


Image: Mashable, Niki Walker


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Editors' note (June 29, 2017): Microsoft has unveiled its followup to the acclaimed Surface Pro 4. Called, simply the Surface Pro, the new version is very similar to its predecessor, reviewed below. The modest improvements include incrementally better battery life, a newer processor and a quieter, fanless design. On the downside, the Surface Pen stylus that came bundled with previous editions is no longer included by default and the new keyboard covers are more expensive than ever.


That noted, the new $799 Surface Pro ($1,027 with the Surface Pen and basic black keyboard cover) remains the gold standard for Windows hybrid PCs though it does not warrant the upgrade from current Surface Pro 4 owners. Editors' note: The review of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, originally published in October 2015 and updated since, follows.Fall '16 updateAfter years of development and millions of advertising dollars spent to convince us that a tablet could plausibly replace a laptop, Microsoft finally delivered the goods with the Surface Pro 4.


Equipped with robust processing power, a perfectly sized display and just-right aspect ratio, and a few critical add-on accessories, the Pro 4 solidified the Surface's position as the gold standard for Windows tablets. And with the arrival of Windows 10 in July 2015, that which blemished all previous Surface models -- an inelegant operating system -- was finally replaced by a solid OS that could fulfill the potential of its form factor.


In fact, the Surface line has become something of a category trailblazer. Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C have lately borrowed envelope-pushing features like the Surface's snap-on keyboard and multitasking chops. In the meantime, Microsoft brought out its first-ever laptop, the competent Surface Book, which it refreshed in October 2016, increasing the power and battery life (and price) of the top-tier model (the $2,399 Surface Book i7).


Microsoft has also unveiled the $2,999 Surface Studio -- a desktop PC for artists and designers in need of high-end horsepower and display -- and the $100 Surface Dial accessory, a touch-friendly dial designed to sit beside your keyboard for fine contextual controls in whatever program you're using. Clearly, Microsoft is on something of an innovation turn, and rumors about the next generation Surface Pro continue to smolder -- but don't expect that inevitable model until sometime in 2017.


Potential Surface customers who currently have Apple laptops should note Microsoft's limited-time trade-in deal, which offers up to $650 credit for MacBook owners looking to move over to a Surface Pro.Editors' note: The original Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review, published in October 2015, follows.The new Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft taking a victory lap -- and a well-deserved one at that.After three generations of pitching "a tablet that can replace your laptop" -- with mixed success -- the formula has finally clicked.


The 2015 version of Microsoft's tablet adds the latest Intel processors, a slightly larger screen (perfectly sized at 12.3 inches with a just-right 3:2 aspect ratio), and a handful of hardware and software tweaks, but doesn't radically change the DNA of its predecessor, 2014's excellent Surface Pro 3 . That's a wise move, because at this point, the Surface Pro line is less about pitching the very concept of the tablet PC with a detachable keyboard to wary shoppers, and more about seeing how far it can go in refining the finished product.


Looking at the finely polished Pro 4, it's worth remembering the humble beginnings of the Surface line . Debuting in 2012, Microsoft's line of tablets were, if not outright mocked, then damned by faint praise at best: an overreach by a software-and-services company into the rough-and-tumble world of computer hardware; a Hail Mary response to the megasuccess of Apple's iPad the previous year. Any design innovations -- the snap-on keyboard, the fold-out kickstand -- felt overwhelmed by quirks and compromises.


Not the least of which was the choice of operating system: either the much-maligned Windows 8, or the the severely limited (and now deservedly extinct) Windows RT . In those early days, the Surface was looking less like an Xbox-style home run for Microsoft, and more a Zune -like fiasco. Sarah Tew/CNET But that's all ancient history -- call it the Ballmerzoic Era.


The 2014 Surface Pro 3 became what Microsoft always hoped it would be: the flagship device for touch computing on Windows, the go-to alternative for those who wanted both a tablet and a laptop without feeling shortchanged on either front. The Surface Pro 4 refines the hardware formula even further, and with Windows 10 on board rather than Windows 8, the platform's final big compromise evaporates too.


Now, the Surface line is the design leader: Apple's upcoming iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C tablets are the ones aping Microsoft's design, adding snap-on keyboards and ramping up the multitasking chops of their touch-first operating systems.But, as a very refined product, the Surface Pro 4 is not inexpensive. The wide variety of configuration options and accessories mean that its starting price of $899, £749 or AU$1,349 is not very realistic.


For that entry price, you get a Surface Pro tablet with an Intel Core M3 CPU, 128GB of solid state storage and 4GB of RAM, plus a touchscreen stylus that magnetically attaches to the side of the screen. From the handful of systems we've tested with earlier Core M processors from Intel, it's just not what you're looking for from a full-time, all-day, everyday computer. The latest versions may be better, but we have yet to benchmark them in a consumer laptop or tablet.


A more suitable choice for most will be the mainstream Intel Core i5. Microsoft has updated the processors across the board in the Surface Pro 4 line to Intel's still-new sixth-generation models, sometimes referred to by the codename Skylake, and a configuration with a Core i5 jumps to $999. Double the storage to 256GB and the RAM to 8GB, and you're at $1,299 (and that is the specific configuration tested here).


You could spend more than $2,000 for an even faster Core i7 processor and bigger hard drive. The Surface Pro 4 next to the Surface Pro 3. Sarah Tew/CNET But no matter how much you spend on a Surface Pro 4, when you open the box and set it up, there will be one important missing ingredient. The Type Cover, a slim keyboard and screen protector in one, is still sold separately, no matter which Surface Pro 4 configuration you buy.


From the earliest days of the Surface, that keyboard cover has rightly been called out as an impressive engineering feat, and the latest version even improves on that. It now features widely spaced island-style keys (like those found on practically every laptop), and a larger touchpad with a better touch surface.Like the previous Type Covers, it connects via a magnetic hinge along the bottom of the tablet, and folds shut over the cover for easy transport.


Also like previous Type Covers, it costs an extra $129, £109 or AU$199. We rarely see a Surface in Microsoft's advertising materials or press previews without the keyboard cover attached, but for some reason, the company still won't pack the most noteworthy part of the Surface ecosystem into the box. For such a premium product, it's an omission that continues to mystify.At least the touchscreen stylus -- improved over last year's version, and magnetically attachable to the tablet's edge -- is included by default.


Likewise, the display is a tad larger (12.3 inches diagonally versus 12), without expanding the overall size of the tablet. Sarah Tew/CNET The one design issue that Microsoft hasn't changed with the Surface Pro 4 is its "lapability" problem. When the keyboard is attached, its rear kickstand works well on a tabletop -- but typing on your lap or in a crowded airline seat remains a logistical challenge.


Instead, Microsoft has addressed this problem with a whole new sister product, the Surface Book . Billed as the "ultimate laptop," it takes some of the Surface Pro's design cues (detachable screen, impressive keyboard) and folds them into a more traditional notebook-style product with a strong hinge that keeps it from tipping back. The Surface Book is cool, and available in even more powerful configurations -- but it lacks the Pro 4's lighter weight and better portability.


Just as the Surface Pro is a full-time tablet and part-time laptop, the Surface Book is a full-time laptop and part-time tablet, and may be what someone looking for a combination of laptop and tablet features is really looking for. Detached from their respective keyboards, the two screens are difficult to distinguish at even a few feet away, and it makes one wonder if the next generation of these products won't be a single high-performance tablet that combines with your choice of a clamshell laptop base or a portable keyboard cover.


Now, that would be something that could truly be a no-compromise tablet and laptop at the same time.Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Price as reviewed $1,299, £1,079, AU$1,999 Display size/resolution 12.


3-inch 2,736x1,824-pixel touchscreen display CPU 2.


4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U Memory (RAM) 8GB Graphics 128MB Intel HD Graphics 520 Storage 256GB SSD Networking 802.


11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) Design and featuresThe Surface tablet line set out its basic design rules with the very first generation of products and has largely stuck to its guns since.


What we've seen, instead of wholesale reimagining, is a steady march of improvements to the display and chassis, helping the product feel just a bit more premium with every generation.The earliest Surface Pro models were 13mm thick, while last year's Surface Pro 3 shaved that down to 9.1mm. This year, we're down to 8.4mm, despite increasing the size of the screen. Both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 are 1.


7 pounds (771 grams) by themselves, or 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) with their keyboard cover and stylus pens attached. Sarah Tew/CNET One of the biggest improvements to last year's Surface Pro carries over here: the highly adjustable kickstand, which can be adjusted to nearly any angle between 22 and 150 degrees.


The kickstand, which runs the entire width of the system, is stiff enough that it will stay where you put it, and hardly moves at all, even when using your fingers or the pen on the touchscreen.Missing from the black bezel surrounding the screen this time around is the capacitive Windows logo touch button. In previous Surface models, this moved around from the long edge to the short edge of the system, but always served the same purpose: to take you back to the Windows 8 tile interface.


As we're now operating in the Windows 10 world, having a physical home button isn't necessary, although the Windows 10 "tablet mode" is still very similar to what Window 8 looked like.The pen, almost perfectedAlso missing is the awkward plastic loop that used to tether the included stylus (Microsoft calls it a pen) to the keyboard cover. The new pen accessory is a little larger than the previous model, and has a flat edge along one side.


This allows it to securely connect to the left or right edge of the tablet via a fairly strong magnetic connection. While it may seem dodgy if you plan on running around all day with your tablet, inserting and removing it from a backpack or shoulder bag, I found that the pen remained securely attached, even in my bag -- although I'd recommend doing frequent spot-checks to make sure it hasn't popped off.


Sarah Tew/CNET Clicking the eraser-like button on the back of the pen automatically brings up OneNote, Microsoft's preferred app for pen input. If you have all your Microsoft cloud services properly setup, your OneNote files can sync to other devices such as your phone or tablet (with cross-platform support on Android and iOS devices) or laptop (Windows or Mac).


I also used the pen with a variety of other apps, including the built-in Fresh Paint, for drawing and sketching, and the New York Times crossword puzzle app, which took pen input and converted it to printed characters. You can also tap the pen on most text fields, even in a Web browser, and a pop-up box will take handwritten input and convert it to text for Web searches, filling in forms or composing email.


Comic book artist Dan Parent works on the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Sarah Tew/CNET Microsoft says the new pen offers reduced latency, and 1,024 pressure levels. It's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version. Aftermarket swappable tips for the pen should appeal to artists looking for a specific feel and size.


But don't take my word for it. We were able to coax comic book writer and artist Dan Parent, best known for his work on "Archie" comics, to test drive both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. As an illustrator who works both on paper and in programs such as Photoshop, he was impressed by the feel of the Surface Pen and especially its eraser. You can see more of his reactions and a live drawing demo in our video.



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