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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/20/2014 | 11:35:59 AM
First impressions?
We'd love to hear from any of you who hit stores to play with the device this weekend.
Michael Endler
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6/20/2014 | 2:32:34 PM
Re: CPU note
@Brandon,

 

Good point on the CPU speed. For what it's worth, I've found the Surface Pro 3 to be very speedy for general use, and quite capable for more advanced tasks, like editing photos. I'm curious, though, to see how far the i7 version can be pushed. I'm also curious how much more power future devices of this form factor might have (as opposed to just enery savings) with the upcoming Broadwell chips.
Michael Endler
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6/20/2014 | 2:39:58 PM
Re: I find myself amused for some reason
It's hard to know how big a deal pre-orders are. If you really want the device, pre-orders a big deal, since they're the only surefire way to secure a unit as soon as possible. But otherwise, tough to say.

Microsoft claimed certain Surface Pro 2 configurations sold out almost instantly-- but that was mostly PR spin. Now that the company's financials from that period are public record, it's clear Microsoft simply didn't make that many Surface Pro 2s to begin with. On the one hand, this strategy makes sense-- Microsoft produced more first-generation devices than it could sell, to paraphrase Steve Ballmer. On the other hand, a sold-out debut doesn't mean much if Microsoft artificially limits stock.

That brings us to the Pro 3. Shipping dates slipped for late pre-orders, which suggests decent initial demand. But again, we don't know much about Microsoft's manufacturing strategy, so it remains to be seen how much demand there actually is.

All that said, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the best-selling Surface by a big margin. It's certianly the best of Microsoft's tablets, and one of the best Windows hybrids.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/20/2014 | 2:41:25 PM
Re: I find myself amused for some reason
@Brandon,

If you have a chance to leave a comment later, after you've taken the device for a spin, I'd be curious to know how you like it.


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