Surface Pro 3 (College Review)

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is deemed to be Microsoft’s best product. It can replace your laptop AND your tablet, while keeping the essentials intact. It’s lightweight, super-portable, and even comes with a stylus that can be used to replace your notebooks. It can help you in almost any situation while in college: note-taking, studying, entertainment, etc. Decide for yourself whether Microsoft finally created their master product, below in our college-exclusive Surface Pro 3 review.


Features

  • Detachable Screen for Tablet use
  • Touchscreen for Windows 8.1
  • Palm-Block technology
  • Surface Pen
  • Flexible Kick Stand
  • HD Webcam
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WINDOWS 8.1 Full Version (not RT, thank god.)

Specs

  • Screen Size: 12 in.
  • Screen Resolution: 2160×1440
  • Processor: Intel 4th Gen i3/i5/i7 Processor
  • Memory: 4/8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 64GB/128GB/256GB/512GB
  • GPU: Intel HD 4000-5000
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/c Wireless
  • Average Battery Life: 9 hours
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs
  • Specs Review: The first things that will catch your eye about the Surface Pro 3 is the weight. This convertible masterpiece is super portable. Considering it will replace your laptop, tablet, and notebooks, this is huge for people who need portable laptops. While it’s not the most powerful laptop ever, it will prove to be reliable as you move between classes all day long. The screen isn’t too big, but it is good enough to read, watch movies, and write documents. No matter what processor you pick, the GPU will not back it up. If you’re planning on gaming heavily on your laptop in college, we would suggest you look elsewhere. The processors will suffice for everyday tasks to be taken care of with speed without lag, especially if you choose the i5 or i7 processor versions. An alarming aspect of the Surface Pro 3’s is the hard drive space. This isn’t a Chromebook; you will probably end up running out of space over time. If you choose this laptop you’ll need to start using the cloud if you don’t want storage issues (especially with the 64GB/128GB hard drives). This laptop will last you basically all day of normal use with 9 hours, so you won’t need to keep it plugged in.

Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • Awesome Hybrid Device, Just know what your looking to do with it.”
  • “Icons on the toolbar and taskbar becomes very difficult to press, requiring the pen to press or having the keyboard laying flat.”
  • “If you are looking for a windows device that can be both a tablet and a laptop, look no further the Surface Pro 3 is it.”

Conclusion for College Students: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 should be one of your top laptops if you’re looking for a portable laptop for college. It will eliminate the need for a tablet and notebooks. Microsoft’s OneNote will allow you take notes with the Surface Pen and Palm Block Protection and let you save them right to the cloud where you can access them anywhere. Unless you are dealing with heavy video rendering or heavy gaming, the Surface Pro 3 will be able to handle anything you throw at it with the i5 & i7 versions. The prices for the Surface Pro 3 starts at a decent price (~$600), and provide lots of functionality. You won’t have to worry about lugging a heavy laptop around, the battery dying, lag spikes, etc. It’s up to you to decide whether the Surface Pro 3 is for you because it all depends on how you want to use it. For the college student that likes to travel light and needs a reliable laptop/tablet to study and watch movies, the Surface Pro 3 may be perfect.

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