Microsoft Surface Pro 3 aims to be THE Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet

Microsoft recently announced its Surface Pro 3 hybrid tablet computer, the third iteration of the company’s attempt to provide consumers with a device somewhere in between a laptop and tablet. The first two models garnered some praise amongst tech pundits, but their relatively poor sales seemed to parallel public disinterest in the Windows 8 operating system.

Does Microsoft get it right with the Surface Pro 3? Let’s take a closer look at its specs and features. Note that there are different models with a price range of over $1,000. Needless to say, you should expect to pay more for a better processor and more memory.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Features

  • 12-inch Touchscreen
  • Choice Between Intel i3, i5, or i7 Processors
  • USB 3.0 and Multi-Display Ports
  • Battery lasts Nine Hours on a Full Charge
  • Keyboard-enabled Cover
  • Digital Pen Stylus
  • Powered by Windows 8.1
  • Price ranges from $799 (i3, 64GB) to $1,950 (i7, 512GB)

 

Surface Pro 3: Is it a Laptop or a Tablet?

 

Microsoft walks a fine line with the Surface Pro 3. Its touchscreen interface pairs nicely with Windows 8.1, but the Surface’s 12-inch size and extra weight make it unwieldy compared to the iPad Air or an equivalent Android tablet. The hybrid’s keyboard has earned accolades for making typing on the Surface a relatively easy task.

 

On the other hand, when considering the near $2,000 price tag of its most powerful model, it raises the question whether the Surface Pro 3 is actually worth it, considering the other Windows tablet hybrids on the market. Models from Asus, Dell, and HP all offer similar hybrid functionality at compelling (and sometimes superior) price points.

 

The Surface Pro 3’s extra girth compared to smaller tablets makes one wonder about its suitability for a quick Internet search or a speed test when watching TV. Sometimes it is just easier to pick up a smartphone or a lightweight tablet, which speaks to the battle that Microsoft is still trying to fight in its hybrid’s third edition — is the Surface a computing device without a use-case?

 

If you interested in the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft is currently taking pre-orders, with some models scheduled to ship in late June. The company expects all models to be available in stores by the end of the summer.