Is the Microsoft Surface Pro ahead of it’s time?

A review of the Surface Pro 3 and is it worth buying?

The Surface has a wonderful display and a keyboard that surpasses a Macbook of 2015. Photo: Google Images
The Surface has a wonderful display and a keyboard that surpasses a Macbook of 2015. Photo: Google Images
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an intricate little machine.

Battery life is where everything matters. With very light use I usually got between 6-8 hours. With moderate use, I got about 5 hours (which is still commendable) and with heavy use, I would be lucky to get 2 hours if not that barely 1 hour.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has a different kickstand with an almost 180-degree pivot point. This gives the user the optimal experience if they want to draw using the stylus.

The screen is crystal clear ensuring a great experience for media craving customers from light gaming to video editing; this screen is perfect.

This was not intended for gaming but on League of Legends, I managed to get well above the recommended frame-rate (30-60). What lets this down is how the screen has an awkward dimension.

Because of its slim nature, it struggles with cool efficiency. Playing League of Legends the motherboard would get to 90 degrees! In simple terms that’s not good.

When it comes to video editing it runs smoothly and the motherboard only gets to about 60 degrees which is normal for a computer using programs of that nature.

The fans can get loud and the speakers are good. Not the best I’ve heard in my lifetime. The Surfaces’ keyboard is amazing and getting a back-lit keyboard for how slim it is a plus.

Would I recommend this to a colleague? To be honest no. This is not because I don’t like the product I personally think it’s a little ahead of its time.

Generally, the price gives your wallet a heart attack. The cheapest version would be around $900. You can get a decent laptop with that money, if not one of the best tablets.

I think what needs to be done is that they need to find a more efficient way to produce the surface line up so they don’t cost your entire life savings. I do however recommend this to anyone who can afford such a hefty price tag.

Video: Showcasing how productive the Surface Pro 3 is

 

Stephen Torr

I am currently studying at Whitireia to become a Radio Journalist. I love tech and love writing so why not combine the two. I came from South Africa and moved to New Zealand at the age of 7 in 2006.
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