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Surface 3 Vs. Surface Pro 3: Picking The Right Tablet
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Kelly22
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4/22/2015 | 3:55:02 PM
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@mak63 all features included, yes you're paying a pretty penny. The question is, will all Surface customers need/want those extra features? My thoughts are, probably not. Students would probably go for the Type Cover, maybe the extra RAM; same for mobile workers (since most workplaces/schools have WiFi, they could forego the LTE and save $$). The pen is great to have, but you can have a functional tablet/laptop without one.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/20/2015 | 4:00:06 PM
Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
@LEdwardsAK You're right in saying that both Surfaces are nice machines with or without the Type Cover. When you're on the go, the on-screen keyboard works well and there are other third-party keyboard solutions, though none quite as nice as Microsoft's.

That said, the Surface 3 was designed as a less-expensive hybrid device for students and mobile professionals, who might reconsider when they find out they have to shell out an extra $180 for a type cover and stylus - or go hunting for a keyboard after they purchase. At that point, some might opt for a less expensive laptop instead. I hope we do see some more bundle deals from retailers, because I think that could boost the appeal for budget-conscious customers.
Thomas Claburn
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4/17/2015 | 4:03:53 PM
Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
Seems like a nice machine. Is it really 10 hours of battery life? What if you're running 30 tabs under Chrome, many of which include video?
Kelly22
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4/17/2015 | 10:35:44 AM
Re: Nice machine, did they address power connection?
The Surface 3 uses a regular micro-USB port for charging. I agree with you on screen size. Surface 3 is a great little machine, but that's the thing... it's little. It would be a big jump for someone used to a bigger laptop to scale down to a 10-inch Surface. As far as student use goes, I wish I had a machine like this in college. Would've been very handy for taking notes and writing papers. I had a clunky Dell laptop as a student - a monster truck compared to the Surface 3!
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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4/17/2015 | 9:31:37 AM
Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
@SaneIT I hope so! When I first found out the keyboard was a Surface accessory, not included with the device, I was also confused. I'd rather see Microsoft include it and up the overall price, or at least offer a discount to customers who choose to purchase a keyboard along with their Surface.


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