Updated 21 Jul 2016

Microsoft

Surface Pro 3

Snapshot: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hybrid laptop has a 12-inch detachable screen. It has an i5 1.9GHz, processor and 4GB RAM. How good is its display?

Surface Pro 3
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1449

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Test results

Overall score
71
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Good battery life.
  • OK performance.
  • Very good colours on the screen.
  • Little glare and surface reflection.
  • Very good horizontal viewing angles.
  • Very good vertical viewing angles.
  • Detachable screen.
  • Comes with a stylus.
  • Has a USB 3.0 port and a mini display port.
  • Front and rear cameras.
  • Lightweight.
  • Has a light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness.

But

  • No rotation lock button.
  • No security lock slot.

Recall

Microsoft has recalled their AC power cords for certain Surface Pro devices, including the Surface Pro 3. The cords can become damaged if bent or tightly wrapped, which means they could overheat and cause a fire or electric shock. Affected cords were sold before 15 July 2015. See the recall notice for more information.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1449
Type
Hybrid
Full model number
Surface Pro 3
Body type
Detachable

Specifications

Screen size (in)
12
HDD (GB)
n/a
SSD (GB)
128
Available user space (GB)
97
RAM (GB)
4
Intel processor type
i5 1.9GHz
Cores
2
Processor model
i5-4300U 1.9GHz
Video type
Intel HD Graphics 5300
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
2160x1440
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
0.8/1.1
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.2
Size HxDxW (mm)
14x202x292
Trackpad size (mm)
n/a
Average heavy use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
4:18
Average light use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
10:25

Features

Operating System supplied
Win 8.1 Pro (64 bit)
Stylus included
Yes
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
No
USB 2.0 ports
0
USB 3.0 ports
1
USB-C ports
0
Thunderbolt port
n/a
Ethernet port
No
Headset port
n/a
Microphone port
n/a
Headphone / microphone port
Yes
HDMI
No
Mini DisplayPort
Yes
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
n/ac
NFC
No
Memory card reader
Micro SD
Front camera
yes
Rear camera
Yes
Backlit keyboard
Yes

More Info

Notes
Price is for same model with 256GB HDD

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