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The Surface Pro 3

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Welcome to the latest in mobile computing power: the third generation of Microsoft’s Surface Pro performance tablet series the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 3 gives you the flexibility and mobility of a tablet like the iPad or Galaxy Note, as well as the compatibility and performance of a Windows laptop. Whether it be for home, work, gaming or otherwise, the Surface Pro 3 is a versatile powerful tablet solution.

At its core, the Surface Pro 3 is a fully featured tablet with all your usual tablet abilities such as touch screen, Wifi and a lightweight compact frame. You can easily carry it using one hand or arm, and it is nowhere near as heavy as a full-fledged laptop. If you want some actual figures, the dimensions are 292.1mm x 201.4mm x 9.1mm or 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.36” weighing in at 800 grams or 1.76 lbs. To compare to an iPad, the new iPad Air measures 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm or 9.4″ x 6.6″ x 0.29″ and weighs in at 469g or 1lb. The iPad has a slight edge in the lightweight compact stakes, however the difference is slight and barely noticeable (unless you happen to be an Apple fanboy!)

The Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8 as it’s Operating System, and this is a mighty advantage indeed. In terms of work requirements, you can install the (almost) ubiquitous Microsoft Office suite to handle all your standard document file types used in the business world such as Word document files, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations. Not to mention other standards such as Microsoft Outlook and Access. Gone are the days looking in vain for apps which handle these document files seamlessly, you can just use Microsoft Office like you would on your work laptop!

For home use, Windows makes it easy to use the Surface Pro 3 as a gaming or entertainment unit as well. You’ll get access to PC games compatible with Microsoft Windows, which opens up serious gaming options which apps on the Apple and Android store just cannot match. You can also play audio and video files on familiar software such as VLC, Winamp or Windows Media Player, and play these off a USB.

The Surface Pro 3 comes with a keyboard attachment which makes typing a lot easier than on a tablet. This is an advantage in terms of work productivity as well as ease and convenience for home use. There’s nothing more annoying than having to type a full document on a touch screen keyboard! The Surface Pro 3 can also be plugged into an external monitor via its Mini DisplayPort output, and it also comes with a full sized USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader. You can also purchase a docking station if you need more USB and other ports.

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