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    Thumbs up Core i series powered Surface Pro 3 sports 12-inch screen, is just 9.1mm thick

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    Calling it "the tablet that can replace your laptop," Microsoft announced today the Surface Pro 3. At 9.1mm thick, the company claims that it's the thinnest Intel Core-powered system ever made. It now sports a range of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, instead of the i5 in the Surface Pro 2. It retains the Surface hinge, but it's been re-designed to be a friction hinge that looks able to hold in almost any position, up to 150 degrees.

    In spite of the thinness, it's faster than the current Surface Pro 2. The screen is a 3:2 ratio 2160×1440 12-inch part, with the highest contrast ratios in the industry.

    It's still not fanless, but with a newly designed fan that's apparently 30 percent more efficient than any other fan, owners should neither hear the fan nor feel the breeze from the vents around the edge. Battery life is said to be some 15-20 percent better than any other Surface. It's nonetheless light, at about 800 grams.

    It comes with a new set of Type Cover accessories. This time they'll include a trackpad that's actually good, 68 percent larger than the old one, and with greatly reduced friction. The Type Covers have a new magnetic latching system to make the connection to the screen more rigid, which Microsoft says enhances the stability when using the device on the lap; this has previously been one of the bigger sore points with the Surface.

    As with previous Surface Pros, the Surface Pro 3 supports pen input. The pen and ink experience has been improved by making the display even thinner, so that the ink appears at the pen tip, with minimal parallax. Clicking the pen, similar to clicking a retractable ballpoint, turns the Surface Pro 3 on and goes instantly to OneNote for immediate writing support. Similarly, clicking the pen within the camera app will take a picture and stick that immediately in OneNote so it can be annotated.

    Prices start at $799. Pre-orders open on May 21, and retail availability begins on June 20.

    Specs
    Size 7.93×11.5×0.36 inches
    Weight 1.76 lbs or 800 grams
    Display 12 inch 2160×1440 10 finger multitouch
    Processor Unspecified 4th generation (Haswell) Core i3, i5, and i7 options.
    RAM 4GB/8GB
    Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
    Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB SSD
    Cameras Front and rear, both supporting 5MP still/1080p video
    Ports USB 3, microSDXC, mini DisplayPort, headphones
    Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, 256 level pressure sensitive battery-powered pen
    Battery 9 hours
    Other TPM 2.0, front and rear-facing microphones, Dolby-enhanced stereo speakers


    Core i3, 64GB disk, 4GB RAM $799
    Core i5, 128GB disk, 4GB RAM $999
    Core i5, 256GB disk, 8GB RAM $1,299
    Core i7, 256GB disk, 8GB RAM $1,549
    Core i7, 512GB disk, 8GB RAM $1,949


    This thing can now truly replace laptops.


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    at last something great by MS is about to take off.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t7rSZT_77E

    and i thought lenevo yoga was amazing... man, this looks amazing.... the best yet!!! though i wish levitation was included...hahahah

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    What's the price of the Type cover? $150?

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    Accha, Laptop/Netbook e ki dual channel/single channel ram er bepar thake? Im an ultimate noob when it comes to the laptop -_-

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    Quote Originally Posted by VANGUARD View Post
    Accha, Laptop/Netbook e ki dual channel/single channel ram er bepar thake? Im an ultimate noob when it comes to the laptop -_-
    Ha thakar kotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
    Ha thakar kotha.
    Im planning to buy Acer V5-131 and equip it with ssd and 1600mhz 2x2GB ram. What i dont know is whats the chipset and whether it supports 1600mhz or not

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    Yo this SP3 doesn't come with the Pen included?


    KB = $130
    Pen = $50


    So base model price is actually $980 + tax...

    Edit: No it does come with a Pen. So $930 + tax for i3 64GB.
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    New updates

    - it can drive 4k monitors along with the surface display
    - the pen is not Wacom but "inferior" N-Trig...at least what it used to be. But Microsoft has worked hard with it and improved it a lot. Initial reviews by artists are positive and it works much better for non-artists now too.
    - the battery will only lose 20% efficiency over 2 times charge per day; 5 days a week...for more than 4 years.
    - the battery will charge to 80% from 0% in just 2 hours.
    - the touchpad has glass-breads molded in(!)
    - the cooler inside uses liquid(!)
    - core i7 models have HD5000 gfx
    - SP3 is compatible with all touch/type/power cover 2 series but obviously they wont fit the tablet
    - the power port is mysterious. It has much more pins than the charger uses and it is supposed to connect with the dock for more options. Some people are hoping external GPU enabled dock!!
    - the battery in the pen should last a year or so
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    @CvP do u know of any local retailer who might bring S Pro 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minitt View Post
    @CvP do u know of any local retailer who might bring S Pro 3?
    G&G may be.
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    Should've mentioned here, guys I bought an i3 SP3 64GB. If anyone here wants me to run any benches to clear up any confusion, please feel free to ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman View Post
    Should've mentioned here, guys I bought an i3 SP3 64GB. If anyone here wants me to run any benches to clear up any confusion, please feel free to ask
    I know you had some minor issues here and there, but how are you liking it overall? What about pen+onenote in classes? How does your use cases compare with SP3 and the MBA you used before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    I know you had some minor issues here and there, but how are you liking it overall? What about pen+onenote in classes? How does your use cases compare with SP3 and the MBA you used before?
    In direct comparison to the MBA, I would say it is better in most ways and obviously lets you do more because of it's tablet mode. But they need to work on their pricing, I'm still not sure if I would've bought it without the $150 promotion they were having. And when people ask me about it, they are immediately thrown off by the price. Even two days ago, a friend of mine told me that he was considering getting the SP3, but he simply couldn't justify the price of the KB. $130 is ridiculous for most people. Right now, the MBA still has a big advantage in an aspect that every consumer can relate to. The base model is $250 cheaper once you bring the SP3 upto the same spec and also has worse battery life than base 11" MBA. The 64GB SP3 only has 37GB usable out of the box (and that too without Office). That's not enough for people who will make the SP their primary machine.

    Overall I love it but there are some small stuff that really bugs me. The only reason I carry a notebook with me is because sometimes we have to turn some stuff in class, otherwise, I use the SP3 for everything else. OneNote has been awesome and I have yet to type anything while in class. I handwrite everything but there are somethings that can use a lot of work. OneNote crashes way too often, I'd say on average once per class (1hr15min), and it always happens while I am writing something on it.

    Secondly, the pen tip wears out way too fast. MS sent me replacements, but I needed one in less than a month. They don't include any extras, so buying it in unsupported countries will be an issue. They said that they plan to sell replacement tips, but as all SP3s are under warranty, they want people to use that instead of buying it. I should also mention that each replacement pack only contains three nibs. That's 3-4 months of use if you write as often as I do.

    The other annoyances include the placement of the Windows button. They should've made it an actual button instead of touch sensitive. I always have to orient the SP so that the button is on the top, otherwise I always press it with my forearm when writing. It's quite silly when you think about it, they should've deactivated that as a part of the palm blocking method they use. When writing, the screen does not respond to touches on other areas of the screen, yet if you touch the button slightly, Metro shows up.

    They also added the elevation to the keyboard, and at first it was a cool idea, I think it would be better not to have it. The keyboard is not as sturdy when elevated and when flipping it over and using the SP in tablet-mode, the KB sometimes fold into an awkward angle and I have to readjust my grip. In the SP2, you could loosely hold any angle and the whole thing would be in place whereas if you don't have a firm grip on the SP3, the KB moves while you are holding it.

    The UI needs some work too. The buttons in WMP are way too small and you cannot seek precisely. File explorer also feels clunky to use when selecting multiple files that are not in sequence. These might not sound like much but it gets very annoying (especially ON) over daily use and even more annoying once you consider how easy it is to solve most of them.

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    I don't think price comparison with MBA is right in that way. MBA neither have that excellent display, touch, digitizer.

    The KB is mechanical, super light+slim, has backlight, proximity, orientation etc sensors. So obviously it will cost a lot.

    I'd say 37G is ok since you can just plugin a 128G memory card if you prefer.

    Never had OneNote (metro) crash on me but then again, I didn't use it as extensively as you are doing. Anyways, I think you should try the desktop onenote. It might prove to be a bit clunky at start but the extra features are probably worth it. Also, it wont crash (I think).

    Last I heard they were going to do something about windows button. If it bothers you too much, you can always disable it permanently.

    I think UI issues will be gone with Win 10's Continuum.
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    Most people will compare it that way, heck I'm sure they'll even compare it directly to $500 laptops. The normal student will not dive into specs, MS really needs to focus on professors as well. All students pay attention to the gadgets used by professors, if they see them using it, they'll be more inclined to buy it. Right now most PCs at universities are Windows, but the presentation software are the usual PPT and they use the whiteboard for manual stuff. MS can do both and actually takeover the whiteboard too.

    The first time I ever saw writing on computers (on a daily basis for presentations) was 3 years ago on some Lenovo laptop. The implementation was terrible but it got the job done. Everyone liked it as it was easier to see writing compared to the whiteboard + marker.

    The Windows button solution disables the volume buttons as well, and I like using those.

    Even with those features, there's no way it's $130. You can buy full mechs for less than that. The type cover is mechanical in the sense that it has physical keys, it's not the same as the normal mechs we usually refer to.

    I'll give desktop ON a shot after they add the radial menu. It's also annoying how the desktop and metro version have to sync up individually.

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    The way SP3 is now, it is actually the best device and way ahead of any other device for a professor to use during class. Now how MS will push for that...is a job for their marketing.

    It is mechanical. It is not using membrane but individual mechanical keys for each key. The difference between "desktop" mechanical kb and this one is the activation force and activation depth. That being said, I think MS should release another type of keyboard: Membrane based which should cost a lot less than this. Then rebrand the current one with "Mechanical." So people who want cheap kb, they can get that. For people who want quality, they can get the mechanical.

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    Gemini is the answer then. late Q1 2015 I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    I think MS should release another type of keyboard: Membrane based which should cost a lot less than this. Then rebrand the current one with "Mechanical." So people who want cheap kb, they can get that. For people who want quality, they can get the mechanical.
    There are already a lot of third party cheap keyboard cover cases available for SP3 withing 30$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawon0418 View Post
    There are already a lot of third party cheap keyboard cover cases available for SP3 withing 30$.
    None of them comes even close to what Surface is about.
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