Some people say advertising doesn’t work… but it worked on me. After seeing countless ads for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and watching how that keyboard “clicks” into the tablet, I decided to go to the local Microsoft Store (in Westchester Mall in New York) and see what all the fuss was about. And apparently once the NBA season starts, we’ll be seeing all the announcers using these tablets. Good job to whoever does the media buying for Microsoft!
I have a Macbook Air for work and a Nexus 7 tablet for travel. I am on plenty of airplanes – almost every other week is either a cross country flight or a global one… so having a device that has solid battery life is a must. My wife and I recently went away on holiday and I only brought my Nexus Tablet… I absolutely loved having such a light device but I didn’t like the input function… typing on the small screen.
My rationale for the Surface Pro 3 was that the device has better input: the keyboard. I won’t bore you with the in-store experience but it was actually better than I had anticipated (I still talk to one of the guys as he gave me his business card) and I have had the computer now for over a week.
After the first 2 days, I told my wife and my colleagues that I was going to return it. I figured that it wasn’t a tablet. It’s not. As much as Microsoft calls this device a tablet…it just isn’t. It’s too damn heavy. I think it weighs just under a Macbook Air… if you try holding that for a prolonged period of time, it just weighs too much. No beach reading with it in my future. I don’t know why it’s considered a tablet other than for business reasons.
So I was going to return the tablet and luckily had 30 days to do so for my full money back.
Then I realized that I actually liked the experience of the machine. I like the Windows tiles. I like being able to multi-task and have up to three windows/programs open on the device. I like that Firefox works on this device unlike current iOS devices. And the battery life is pretty good. Oh, and it has additional monitor support so I’m actually typing this post on the Surface but looking at my desk monitor while typing.
This thing is a desktop or laptop replacement. The Surface Pro 3 will be my home “laptop” so I don’t need to lug my work computer home each night. For travel, I bought a Logitech keyboard that pairs with my Nexus tablet (Firefox add-on Invisible Hand got me $30 off!).
I’m enjoying it…. just thinking of it as a tablet was incorrect. This thing is too big. But pretty cool at the same time. And btw – I’ve not owned nor recommended a Microsoft device in over a decade. Should you buy one? That’s up to you but at least consider one if you’re in the market for a new laptop or desktop.
FWIW, I can see this being the ideal college computer.