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

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Price when reviewed 
959

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

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.

Price when reviewed 
959(£799 exc VAT)

Details

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 292 x 201 x 9.1mm (WDH)
Weight 798g

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i5-4300U
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 0

Screen and video

Screen size 12.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 2,160
Resolution screen vertical 1,440
Resolution 2160 x 1440
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics
DisplayPort outputs 1

Drives

Capacity 128GB
Hard disk usable capacity 96GB
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed N/A
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

3.5mm audio jacks 1
SD card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchscreen, Stylus
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
TPM yes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 10hr 33min
Battery life, heavy use 2hr 20min
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.62
Responsiveness score 0.73
Media score 0.69
Multitasking score 0.45

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
OS family Windows 8

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