The Direction of Microsoft Surface (Part 2)

June 20, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Aaron Chan   |  Blog, News

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For months Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has been under severe criticism. The rumored Surface “mini” failed to emerge. The Surface name has continued to be a household name for Microsoft’s tablet and laptop market segment. It seems that Microsoft is moving towards a larger display form factor. Sizing products for all areas of competition seems to be a wise decision. After three generations will this new Surface Pro 3 live up to it’s expectations?

Ultimately business users are more inclined towards a laptop replacement for their daily work. The new Surface Pro 3 dimensions begin at 11.5 x 7.93 x .36 inches, in other words close to 12-inches! Weighing in at 1.76 lbs. The case sports the signature silver magnesium cover. As of today (6/20/14) current pricing ranges from $799-$1949. Choose your processor, do you want an Intel i3 or an Intel i7? Storage space is also priced accordingly 64GB-512GB of storage space with options of 4GB-8GB of RAM. The prices speak for themselves, choose wisely!

The previous generation targets the iPad, but now according to Microsoft’s site you can now compare the Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air. On the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 the fine line between tablet and laptop is Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro. Key features of Windows 8.1 Pro include remote desktop connections, BitLocker, and the ability to join domains. Windows 8.1 Pro is included in Surface Pro 3.

The dimensions of the Surface Pro 3 hovers over MacBook Air and Windows laptop territory. Compared to the MacBook Air it appears to be a viable option. They state that it is substantially thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air. The usual multi-touch display with a detachable keyboard seems to be a selling point for Microsoft. The main concern is how it compares to other Windows laptops. Will the Surface Pro 3 attract business users? Windows laptops are still the safest route. Those who often manage multiple windows that requires intense scrolling through large documents, might want to reconsider the Surface Pro 3. If you fancy a pen on your new laptop/tablet look no further.

Launching a product that targets many form factors is a risk. Previous speculation towards a Surface mini will surely generate competition with smart phones, iPad mini, and other tablet competitors. As of today the largest smartphone screen size on the market is 7-inches! Since smart phones screens are becoming larger Microsoft placed themselves in a great position with Surface Pro 3. The gap between tablet and laptop is steadily decreasing.

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