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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9845 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation and connectivity. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, performance, portability, screen, size

connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the durability and screen are generally positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the connectivity and storage.

performance, portability, usability, screen, durability

price, reliability, camera, storage, connectivity

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 3, i5-4300U CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Win8.1 Pro 64-bit - New for 2014Microsoft Surface Pro 3, i5-4300U CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Win8.1 Pro 64-bit - New for 2014

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2043 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.com. Comments about the design and screen are overall positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback. The GPS navigation and price get mixed views. The connectivity and reliability get critical reviews.

usability, performance, portability, screen, design

reliability, connectivity

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5, Windows 8.1) - Free Windows 10 UpgradeMicrosoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5, Windows 8.1) - Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Tablets on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the performance.

performance

82% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5)Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5)

Nov, 2017

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by: Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

 

Microsoft's tablet vision pays off with Surface Pro 3

Sharp display and design ; Huge Type Cover upgrade ; Can truly do both

OK battery life ; Runs hot at times ; Type Cover still optional

Not without its drawbacks, this is the brightest shining example of not only Microsoft's vision of a laptop-free future, but the entire laptop-tablet hybrid category.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

 

Microsoft Surface is one of those products lines that's neither quite here nor there. But the Surface Pro 3 looks to change that, by refreshing the range in a new, larger 12-inch model that Microsoft has referred to as a "laptop killer". So is the...

Finally has a proper stand with variable positioning, significant screen resolution with decent viewing angles, a viable laptop alternative (if used with keyboard cover)

Screen is reflective, expensive, no keyboard included in price, nowhere to store stylus, far bigger than most tablets, no discrete graphics, no MS Office as standard

So is the Surface Pro 3 the "laptop killer" it claims to be? It's not out and out murder, not even manslaughter really, more a viable laptop alternative with full Windows 8.1 that will suit a certain audience.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

 

Microsoft's third Surface Pro is out to replace your laptop

Good screen ; Lots of power ; Keyboard accessory is great

Not great battery life ; Expensive higher-spec versions ; Keyboard not included

Expert review by: Matt Egan (techadvisor.co.uk)

Surface Pro 3 UK review

 

The Surface Pro 3 is a stunning feat of engineering: the thinnest and lightest of laptops, which also works as a tablet. Here's our Surface Pro 3 UK review: with Surface Pro 3 benchmarks, specs and buying advice.

A very decent laptop replacement, and an okay tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is undeniably impressive. If you need a single device to do everything we can't think of any better device. And when you consider the cost of buying a discrete laptop, tablet and...

Jan, 2016

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

Surface Pro 3

 

Update 17/06/2015: It's over a year since the Surface Pro 3 came out, so how does it look now? More or less the same. It's still an outstanding hybrid and there isn't a product in its class that surpasses it. That's partly because the Surface Pro 3 is...

Oustanding build quality ; Sharp and bright screen ; Hugely versatile all-in-one ; Very accurate digital pen

Not great on your lap ; Too big for small tray tables ; Lacks full-size SD card slot

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Matt Egan (techadvisor.co.uk)

Surface Pro 3 vs Surface 3 comparison review

 

The simple answer is that both the Surface devices are Windows tablets - slates that run full Windows 8. But the truth is better, if more nuanced. The Surface Pro 3 is a game changer: the first truly portable power PC. It is both a Windows tablet, and...

We remain truly enamoured of the Surface Pro 3, a staggeringly impressive piece of engineering. On the face of it the Surface 3 is a cheaper, but less good version. Without testing it we cannot say for sure, but it feels to us as though the Surface 3...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air 2 comparison

 

Many Apple fans were hoping for an iPad Pro this year, but it didn't happen. What they did get was a successor to the iPad Air. Here we compare the iPad Air 2 with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 so you know which is the best device to buy.

Which is best all comes down to what you want to do with a tablet. For entertainment, web browsing, email, social networks, games, photography and video, the iPad wins. It's also a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro 3. A lot.If you need a tablet that's...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (techadvisor.co.uk)

Google Nexus 9 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comparison

 

Google teamed up with HTC to design the Nexus 9, which we think looks sleek, sophisticated. It sports a brushed metal frame around the edge and soft grip plastic on the back. The Nexus 9 comes in black, white and a new sand colour.

Taking a look over the specs and features of both tablets, it should quickly become clear to you which of these devices is most suited to your needs. If you like the idea of having a tablet that can replace your laptop, enabling you to use full...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

 

It's quite expensive, but the Surface Pro 3 is a superb Windows tablet that can genuinely replace your laptop

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

 

Has Microsoft cracked the hybrid nut at the third attempt? Why yes, yes it has

Kickstand and Type Cover now work a treat ; More powerful than a tablet, more flexible than a laptop ; The Surface Pen is superb ; Lovely screen

Many apps scale badly for the screen ; Looks pricey next to a laptop or tablet ; Battery will drain fast if pushed very hard

Third times the charm - the Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid device that's right

Jul, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Blue / Cyan / Purple / Red / Silver
Cover: Yes
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Fingerprint Reader: No
Form factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable) / Slate / Slider
Full-size keyboard: No
Keyboard form factor:Mini
Kids tablet:No / Yes
RoHS compliance: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2 / 4:3
Display diagonal:30.5
Display Resolution:2160 x 1440
Display Technology:IPS
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4200 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 5000
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.7

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8

Messaging

E-mail:Y / Yes

Networking

2G: No
3G:N / No
4G:N / No
AirPlay: No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN: 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 / 802.11a, 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 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Docking connector: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Internal RAM:4 / 8
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Socket:BGA1168
RAM capacity:4 / 8
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Total Storage Capacity:256
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Carrying case: Yes
Docking station included: Yes
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No
Backlight: Yes
Brand compatibility:Microsoft
Compatibility:Surface Pro 3
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N / No
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Hot keys: Yes
Keyboard integrated devices:Touchpad
Keyboard language:German, Swiss / Pan Nordic / Portuguese
Keyboard layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Magnetometer:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Pointing device:Touchpad
Position location:N / No
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:36

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
Coprocessor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
PCI Express configurations:2X4 / 4x1,2x4
Processor ARK ID:75114 / 76308 / 76609
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR16H / SR1DC / SR1ED
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I3-4020Y / I5-4300U / I7-4650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:40
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):6
Stepping:C0 / D0
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Tjunction:100
UART:Y / Yes

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology version:9.5
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel FDI Technology:N
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes

Software

Bundled software:Flipboard \nSkype Wi-Fi \nSkype \nOneNote MX \nSolitaire Mahjong \nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle \nFresh Paint \nNote Anytime / Flipboard \nSkype Wi-Fi \nSkype\nOneNote MX \nSolitaire \nMahjong\nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle \nFresh Paint / Flipboard, Skype Wi-Fi, Skype, OneNote MX, Solitaire, Mahjong , Sudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle, Fresh Paint, Note Anytime / Flipboard, Skype Wi-Fi, Skype, OneNote MX, Solitaire, Mahjong, Sudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle, Fresh Paint / Flipboard\nSkype Wi-Fi\nSkype\nOneNote MX\nSolitaire\nMahjong\nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle\nFresh / H=+/-35 degrees, V=+/-40 degrees / Office 365
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Version:64 / Windows 8.1 Pro 64
Platform:Windows

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Storage Media:SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:20.1 / 21.7 / 5 / 9.1 / 9.14
Height :20.1 / 201.4 / 21.7 / 29.2 / 4.8 / 9.1 / 9.14
Weight:200 / 295 / 790 / 798 / 800
Width:20.1 / 29.2 / 29.5 / 292.1