Re: Surface 3 vs Surface 3 Pro
Great article, but one part I always find with nearly all reviews of the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 is the one that says the lack of type cover is horrible and it is essential to getting the full experience. Then the price of the type cover is tossed on the device's cost and then its pronounced as a bit of trickery by Microsoft. As a Surface Pro 3 owner I agree its essential to having a fully rounded experience, but the on-screen keyboard is fine for mobile moments. Even if not, why are the reviewers so myopic in this area? Both Surface devices come with Bluetooth and USB so you can use an existing keyboards without spending any additional money. Even for traveling there are a myriad of options including size/weight factors to fit your needs. Saying that, I love the type cover, with its back-lit keyboard, thinness, magnetic attachment to the device (including lifting it up for a decent angle), and even color choice. Its a premium accessory I want to buy. Otherwise, I am far from without a keyboard, even those cheap $7 discount ones.
As for the docking station, I would do the same thing I have done for previous devices and didn't want to pay a premium for it. I would look at 3rd party solutions. Such as the pen holder which I got from CleanInt (even in color to match my type cover).
So please don't keep pointing out the lack of type cover means the device is lacking, rather point out its a point of flexibility for the person looking to put together their options. Also I have seen a few articles that pointed out bundles by Costcos.com and I expect we'll see others offer a bundle as well that put the device, type cover (black for Costcos), and pen together for $599 (64gb/4gb) or $699 (128gb/4gb).