Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review - now with a lower-priced i7 model
Microsoft gets it right at the third time of trying - the Surface Pro 3 is a superb hybrid
Update: Microsoft has released a new iteration of the Surface Pro 3 with i7 processor.
Microsoft has added a sixth model to it's Surface Pro 3 lineup containing a 1.7GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Currently only availabe in the US for $1,299.00 (~£830), the new model is perfect for those who want the power of an i7, without the need for the 256GB or 512GB storage configurations the i7 was previously available in.
There's no word on a UK release for this new Surface Pro 3 SKU, but expect to hear something soon as it's a perfect fit for Microsoft's run up to "back to school" promotions later in the year.
Surface Pro 3 Review:
The Surface Pro 3 is the flagship of Microsoft’s Surface family, the big, pricier brother to the recently-released Surface 3. The Pro ups the ante with a larger 12in display, a vastly more potent Intel Core processor and a nippy SSD. But is all that enough to back up Microsoft’s claims that this is "the tablet that can replace your laptop?" See also: what's the best laptop you can buy in 2015?
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: specifications
The Surface Pro 3 comes in a wide variety of specifications. You can choose from Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, as well as a spectrum of SSD capacities ranging from 64GB right up to 512GB. Pricing varies dramatically as a result, with the low-end model starting at a very tempting £639. We’d avoid this one, though: its Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM may do everything you need, but a 64GB SSD is too tiny these days.
A slightly better bet is the £849 version, which gets you a Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, but ideally we’d pick the 256GB model, which also doubles the RAM, at £1,109. If nothing but the best will do, you’ll have to dig deep: the Core i7 versions are both equipped with 8GB of RAM, and the 256GB or 512GB SSD options come in at £1,339 and £1,649 respectively. Bear in mind that none of these prices include the Type Cover, which adds another £110 on top.
|Warranty||2 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 9.1mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4300U|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||0|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||2,160|
|Resolution screen vertical||1,440|
|Resolution||2160 x 1440|
|Graphics chipset||Intel HD Graphics|
|Hard disk usable capacity||96GB|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||N/A|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|3.5mm audio jacks||1|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Pointing device type||Touchscreen, Stylus|
|Camera megapixel rating||5.0mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||10hr 33min|
|Battery life, heavy use||2hr 20min|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.62|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit|
|OS family||Windows 8|