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Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3207 reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and performance. The battery and screen are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the portability, and many are negative about the usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 3 Bundle (Surface 3 10.8 inch Black/Silver Tablet (Intel Atom Z8700, 2Gb RAM, 64Gb SSD, Integrated Graphics, BT/CAM, LTE, Windows 10Microsoft Surface 3 Bundle (Surface 3 10.8 inch Black/Silver Tablet (Intel Atom Z8700, 2Gb RAM, 64Gb SSD, Integrated Graphics, BT/CAM, LTE, Windows 10

Feb, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 468 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet (10.8-Inch, 128 GB, Intel Atom, Windows 8.1) - Free Windows 10 UpgradeMicrosoft Surface 3 Tablet (10.8-Inch, 128 GB, Intel Atom, Windows 8.1) - Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Feb, 2018

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Expert review by: Kane Fulton (

Surface 3 review


The Microsoft Surface 3: thinner, lighter, quieter, cheaper

Display ; Design ; Build quality ; Portable

Keyboard ; Storage ; Price ; Kickstand

If you want the cheapest and most portable Surface tablet money can buy for lightweight computing tasks, the Surface 3 fits the bill. Power-hungry users should consider the low-end Surface Pro 3 instead.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Kane Fulton (

Microsoft Surface 3


Design ; Size and weight ; Fanless (quiet)

Skimps on storage ; Mediocre power ; Poor keyboard

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (

Microsoft Surface 3 review: Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence


Microsoft is a software company at heart, which has seen the Windows operating system maker not always taking like a duck to water when it comes to hardware. From the uncomfortable Microsoft Band, to the flurry of budget Lumia handsets following the...

Solid build quality, the most affordable and sensible Surface yet, small and light as a laptop-replacement, now Surface Pen compatible (sold separately)

Keyboard is an additional expense, slightly reflective screen, not the most powerful, chunky as a tablet, no infinite position flip-stand

The Microsoft Surface 3 might not be the biggest or most powerful of the Surface family, but it is the most sensible one to date. Now that might make it sound kind of boring, which isn't really far from the truth.

May, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Martin (

Microsoft Surface 3 review


The Surface Pro 3 is a great feat of engineering, but not everyone needs the power of a Core i7 for browsing the web, sending emails and creating documents in Office 365. So a Core M-based tablet running full-blown Windows 8.1 (rather than the...

Objectively, the Surface 3 is the best compromise between a laptop and tablet. It's a highly portable gadget which can run full Windows programs and it costs less than the Surface Pro 3.It's not exactly cheap by the time you've added the keyboard and...

May, 2015

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Microsoft Surface 3 review


The latest affordable Surface loses its shallow vibe

Intel Atom CPUs have stepped up ; Very good screen ; Top-notch build quality ; Strong keyboard cover

Processor has its limits ; Screen black level could be better ; Small size makes it less flexible ; Kickstand simpler and therefore less useful than the Pro’s

Full-fat Windows makes the affordable version of the Surface a far more tempting proposition

May, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Martin (

Surface 3 vs Nexus 9 comparison review


Microsoft's Surface 3 has arrived as a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3, but how does it compare to the Google Nexus 9 which also has a keyboard dock? Find out in our Surface 3 vs Nexus 9 comparison review.

The Nexus 9 is the cheaper option here and will suit those who a tablet for enjoyment but also need to do the occasional bit of light work. However, the Surface 3 is the better package for working with a more suitable design comprised of the kickstand...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (

Microsoft Surface 3 review


It's expensive, but the Surface 3 is a superb Windows tablet with a first class display and is great for working on the move

May, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (

Surface 3


In essence, the Surface 3 is a thinner, lighter, smaller and cheaper version of the Surface Pro 3. It has a 10.8-inch screen and weighs just 887g with the keyboard attached (622g without), but it's less powerful than many of the laptops it aims to...

Great screen ; Near all-day battery life ; Nice size and weight for a hybrid ; One-year Office 365 ; Versatile and fun to use

Not as fast as similar price laptops ; Essential accessories cost extra

May, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Microsoft Surface 3 review


In October, Microsoft made significant changes to its Surface line of products, introducing a new version of its flagship tablet, the Surface Pro 4 , and its first-ever laptop, the Surface Book . The successor to the popular Surface Pro 3 , the Surface...

The new Surface 3 costs less than the Pro version, but trickles down much of the design and materials of its more expensive sibling. This budget model finally runs the full version of Windows. The keyboard cover remains the best way to transform a...

Trading down to a low-power processor means this isn't a full-time PC. The clever keyboard case is still sold separately, and costs a lot compared to the base hardware. The kickstand has only three preset angles.

The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.

Apr, 2015

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Microsoft Surface 3 Net-tablet PC overview


EDU SRFC3 10.8IN ATOM X7-Z8700 32GB 2GB W8.1 DE

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2


Battery life (max):10
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous video playback time:10


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p


Colour of product:Silver
Device Type:Full-size tablet / Gaming tablet / Mini tablet
Fingerprint Reader: No
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Kids tablet: No


Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:27.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel density:214
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 5300
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:8


Internal Memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600


E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
Video messaging:Y / Yes


3G:No / Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,900,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
4G:No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,850,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
AirPlay: No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WWAN:Y / Yes

Other features

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Full HD: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology: No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT): No
Kids tablet: No
Processor Socket:BGA1380
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 64
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:MICRO-USB / USB
Carrying case: Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Memory Card Included:microSD
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:No / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS (satellite):N / No / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Magnetometer:Y / Yes
Position location:N / No / Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Phone features

Speakerphone: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector type:Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / No / Y / Yes
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1


64-bit computing: Yes
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:2x1,1x2
Processor ARK ID:85475
Processor boost frequency:2.4
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L3
Processor code:SR27M
Processor codename:Cherry Trail
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:X7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17
Processor Series:Intel Atom x7 series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel RealSense 3D Camera: No
Intel RealSense Snapshot: No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Boot: Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes


Bundled software:Office 365 Personal 1yr\nOneDrive Cloud / Office 365 Personal\nOneDrive Cloud / OneDrive cloud
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 MOBILE / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:1 year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Office 365


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Included memory card size:64
Internal storage capacity:128 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128
Storage Media:Flash / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.7 / 187 / 26.7 / 8.7
Height :18.7 / 187 / 26.7 / 8.7
Weight:622 / 641
Width:18.7 / 26.7 / 267