Microsoft Surface 3 Review

I've recently become the owner of a Microsoft Surface 3, and I've thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on it. After using it for...
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    The Surface has been Microsoft's contender against the iPad since 2012. With the latest models being able to rival MacBooks and hold their ground, this "tablet" can be a force to be reckoned with. I've recently become the owner of a Surface 3, one of the current entry-level Surfaces. I've used it in as many ways as I can see fit, from basic apps, to taking it to classes, and even writing this article; here are my thoughts on it.

    My model's specs include an Intel Atom processor, 4gb RAM, and 128gb storage. Now that may not sound like much, but it's worth noting that the Surface does not come shipped and loaded with "bloatware". With that being said, it has effectively replaced my old laptop that I would do my school work on. If you opt to as I have and buy the typecover to go along with it, it will be a fully functional laptop. There is nothing that old laptop can do that this Surface cannot, and it will do it while being, lighter, easier to carry around, and overall more practical and functional for student purposes. The display is a full 1080x1920 and is quite clear and bright. In terms of audio, the speakers are actually clearer and louder than I expected, the Surface also drives my Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones very nicely. Without any distortion and driving them well without the use of an amp, it was quite a pleasant surprise. This Surface is plenty fast for what I need it to be, the specs aren't monstrous and I can't play modern games at max (if any) settings on it, but that's what I have my PC for after all.

    Tablet wise, this is personally my favorite tablet I have used to this day. I personally can't stand iPads or iOS in general for that matter, and as much as I like Android I've never really been a fan of the Samsung Galaxy tablets either. For quite a while I have just disliked tablets altogether and never really cared for having one. My overall disinterest in tablets began to fade when I saw how useful the Surface is for students. With countless features that make studying and note-taking easier, legitimately too many to name, I grew an interest in the Surface. I knew as a student, it would make my life a lot easier and just for the sake of having a tablet, it was the one for me. With it running Windows 10 (my favorite OS) and having both a laptop mode and tablet mode, it is incredibly fluid and easy to use. From note-taking and recording lectures to reading books and everything in between, I can often go to class without my backpack and everything inside it. If you're a college student, or can take it to high school, I highly recommend considering one.

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    In terms of apps, it's what you'd expect from a tablet. I can play Pandora or Netflix with ease as well as any little games I find on the Windows Store. I do really enjoy it for reading books and comics, though the physical size may be too large for some, I myself am quite fond of it. My model, unfortunately, wouldn't be the best for things in the graphic art scene. If you're willing to spend the money and snag a Surface Pro or Surface Book you'd be able to achieve that feat. As far as a tablet goes there isn't much I couldn't do besides that really. At the end of the day, my only complaint is the charge time, battery life is fine really but it takes a good 5 hours or so to charge it.

    To conclude, my thoughts on Microsoft's Surface 3, for the most part, have been nothing but positive. As a student, it has and continues to benefit me greatly, and in my normal day to day life it is a pleasant gadget to own. I have absolutely no regrets with making the decision to go with the Surface and I enjoy using it every day. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially students as they will benefit the most from it in my opinion. If you have any questions in regards to the Surface that you'd like me to answer, please leave them below.

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  1. Craziness
    I love my new surface book, but Microsoft really need to fix some crashing errors, and some connection ones with the keyboard itself. If anyone is looking to get a surface book, Id personally recommend it, especially since I've switched from a MacBook Pro. In terms of switching over, I've been happy the tablet can do everything and more at around the same, if not cheaper price.
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    Was looking into the Surface 3 but soon after I heard about the surface book. Might be getting one of those soon.
    1. Dead
      If you can afford one of those that would be pretty sweet.
    2. (-_-)
      Yeah, I am gonna have to sell my iPad and a couple other things ;(. The Surfacebook is way better than the Macbook in every aspect. Usually when a competitor makes a product it isn't sleek or looks at nice, but this thing is sweet. I think they nailed this as a direct competitor.
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  3. Metal
    Been looking into one of these and this just sealed the deal. Purchased. :smile:
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    1. Dead
      Awesome man!
  4. lowpro
    Does it ever freeze up for you? Some friends have the s3 and it would freeze for them when just browsing the web or opening certain apps, have you experienced this at all? And do you sync everything for easier portability, and if so is it a pain in the ***?
    1. Dead
      No and yes, I have some things synced.
  5. 3xTiNcT
    If I ever need one then I'll probably get this. By then there will probably be something way better though.
  6. coolbunnymodz
    Well said! A great review for someone like myself looking to upgrade their laptop. I've been looking into the Surface Pro, but I'm nervous about not having an actual, old school laptop.
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  7. TheItalianLad
    If I ever become an Investor, or get a desk job, this would be the device for me. Enough said.
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  8. Videogamedingus
    I have never been a fan of the whole touch screen thing, but if the price is low enough I might see about buying one for college.
    1. Dead
      It doesn't need to be touch screen if you have the keyboard.
    2. Videogamedingus
      Good point, but for the price point I could get a decent laptop without a touchscreen.
    3. Absim
      It's supposed to be lightweight and very easy to carry around. Something which is very appropriate for students. Other laptops are just heavy as **** and a hassle to carry around especially when walking around to uni or college.
  9. Red58
    Any news on an external graphics dock? That'd be awesome.
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    2. Red58
      Its like an attachment that adds a discrete graphics card for games. Its starting to become more popular now.
    3. Dead
      I haven't seen anything for it. It would be a good idea though.
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      Called the Surfacebook.
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  10. Absim
    It's an amazing device to have for students. Some of my friends use it uni so they don't need to carry heavy *** books and write on crappy notepads.