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  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 20/07/2015

    I t was a long journey for Microsoft to get to this product. You could look at it as the next-gen successor to the Surface RT, and indeed it is. The smaller form factor of previous RT machines was appealing, and sat well with the idea of a transformable t...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 10/07/2015

    So it's perhaps not the best time for Microsoft to be launching this, its third price-conscious Surface tablet, and the official the successor to the Surface RT and Surface 2. If any tablet is going to buck that downward trend, however, the Surface 3 mig...

  • It's not quite the Surface Pro 3, but equally it's nowhere near as dire as the Surface RT. But is Microsoft's Surface 3 worth buying?That's the question I've tried to answer over at the ABC's Technology+Games portal in my review of Microsoft's rather nice...

  • Let's take a moment to mark the passing of Windows RT. As the Surface 2 – Windows RT's swansong – trudges to an early grave, haunted by the spectre of embarrassing sales figures, the Surface 3 is tasked with getting Microsoft's Surface family back on trac...

  • The Surface Pro 3 was, in our opinion, the perfect tablet-laptop hybrid with the right balance of power and portability. Microsoft is now attempting to recreate the formula at the budget end with the Surface 3.With earlier iterations of Surface plagued by...

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  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 1/05/2015

    Good: Display, Design, Build quality, Portable

    Bad: Keyboard, Storage, Price, Kickstand

    If you want the cheapest and most portable Surface tablet money can buy for lightweight computing tasks, the Surface 3 fits the bill. Power-hungry users should consider the low-end Surface Pro 3 instead....

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    9

    Date: 28/04/2015

    PROS: Well-designed, affordable, running full version of Windows 8.1, free upgrade to Windows 10, free one-year subscription to Office 365...

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    8

    Date: 28/04/2015

    Good: Great screen and formfactor, Well designed, Surface Pen is fantastic

    Bad: Small trackpad is frustrating, Not enough grunt, only 2GB of RAM in base model, Small touchoptimised app ecosystem

    The Surface 3 is a solid two-in-one that makes a better tablet than the Surface Pro 3, but a worse notebook. Fortunately, it's a much better tablet, but only a marginally worse notebook. While the Surface 3 begins at AUD$699, I'd definitely recommended t...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 28/04/2015

    Good: Windows RT is gone (woohoo!), What the Surface and Surface 2 should have been: lightweight Windows 8 powered machines, Lovely screen, Well built, Includes USB 3.0, Charges over microUSB, Decent battery life, Includes WiFi 802.11ac

    Bad: Not a lot of ports, just like the Surface Pro 3, Feels like it should be better priced, Doesn't come with the Surface Pen, Keyboard is optional, and brings the price up by a good $150, No more magnets on the side

    For too long, we've wanted a not-so-Pro edition of the Surface that made sense. The Pro edition was excellent, don't get us wrong, but you shouldn't have to pay over a grand for that level of hybrid hubris, especially if you didn't want to.And finally, yo...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 28/04/2015

    Good: Beautifully designed, Surprisingly powerful, No Windows RT.

    Bad: Expensive compared to its competition, MicroUSB charging is slow without the provided brick, Poor gaming performance

    The Surface 3 does more than it says on the tin. It never set out to be a productivity-focussed Windows convertible tablet. It was meant to be a consumption tablet first and a laptop if it needed to be. It's a reluctant hero, and like most reluctant hero...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 28/04/2015

    Good: Good screen, Kickstand, Builtin ports, Feels good to use

    Bad: Accessories are expensive

    Microsoft told us that its goal for the Surface 3 tablet is to “get the Surface into more folks' hands”. It reckons it can do this by offering a more affordable product that's still similar in form and function to the Surface Pro 3. How has it achieved th...

  • 10 0
    7

    Date: 15/04/2015

    Good: The new Surface 3 costs less than the Pro version, but trickles down much of the design and materials of its more expensive sibling. This budget model finally runs the full version of Windows. The keyboard cover remains the best way to transform a slate i...

    Bad: Trading down to a lowpower processor means this isn't a fulltime PC. The clever keyboard case is still sold separately, and costs a lot compared to the base hardware. The kickstand has only three preset angles

    The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included....

Where to Buy (1)

  • Microsoft Surface 3 128GB 3G 4G Silver tablet*

    Microsoft Store

Technical Specifications

Processor

  • x7-Z8700 processor
  • Intel® Atom™
  • 1.6 GHz
  • 4
  • 2 MB

Audio

  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • Dolby Audio

Battery

  • 10 h

Camera

  • Y
  • Y
  • 3.5 MP
  • Y
  • 8 MP

Design

  • Silver
  • Y
  • Slate

Display

  • 27.4 cm (10.8")
  • Y

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  • Y
  • 1920 x 1280 pixels
  • 3:2
  • Multi-touch

Graphics

  • Intel

Intel Technologies

  • Y

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Keyboard

  • Y
  • N

Memory

  • 4 GB
  • LPDDR3-SDRAM

Networking

  • Y

    Connect to TV Wirelessly
    With a few clicks, Intel® Wireless Display expands your screen’s potential, linking mobile devices and laptops to TV screens wirelessly. Stream family favorites and view personal experiences while turning your device’s small screen into a superior, sharable experience.

  • Y
  • Y
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Windows 10 Pro

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash)
  • Y

Storage

  • SSD

Weight & Dimensions

  • 622 g
  • 187 mm
  • 267 mm
  • 8.7 mm
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