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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...

  • Facebook results hit by big spendingApple Watch reviewThe pressure is on as Apple launches TV servicePlease Log in to update your video settingsAdam Turner takes Microsoft's latest Windows tablet on the road.Finally running a full version of Windows 8.1, ...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 1/05/2015

    Good: Display, Design, Build quality, Portable

    Bad: Keyboard, Storage, Price, Kickstand

    It's hard to believe that it's almost been a year since Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3. A tough act to follow, it remains one of the best 2-in-1 devices around and sets the bar high for the Surface 3, the newest member of Microsoft's Surface family,...

  • 10 0
    9

    Date: 28/04/2015

    Microsoft, once known as mainly a software company, has been busy on the hardware front lately with its Surface tablets and its latest – the Surface 3 – may well be its most popular ever.We've already seen three iterations of the Surface Pro family of pow...

  • 10 0
    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

    Microsoft's Surface line-up has consistently featured ambitious devices that while great, fell short of excellence. The same can be said of the Surface 3, but its easily the most compelling device in Microsoft's two-in-one family to date. Despite being sm...

  • 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

    Microsoft's latest Surface could finally make the Windows 8 tablet more compelling to more people, now that Windows RT has been put to rest. Is this enough to take on the iPad?The sixth Microsoft tablet to take the name “Surface”, the Surface 3 is Microso...

  • 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

    It used to be that the baby Surface was a compromise. It used to run crappy software, slower hardware and produce a less than spectacular experience. With the Surface 3, Microsoft has performed a radical about-face.Whereas the Surface Pro 3 was pitched as...

  • 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

    While using the new Microsoft Surface 3, attractively priced at $499, I could safely say I was getting $500 worth of computing experience. The only problem is that I was actually using $630 worth of computer. That's because the Surface line's biggest foll...

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  • 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

    Protect Your Identity and Business
    Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) protects enterprises from being penetrated by stolen credentials and online user account access with an added layer of hardware-based security and authentication as well as a multifactor authentication framework to manage different authentication methods.

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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