Forget everything you thought you knew about the Microsoft Surface tablet, as the latest generation of the Windows-powered Surface Pro is a clear step up from the Microsoft slates of yore.
In terms of specs, the 12-inch tablet packs a Core i7 processor, and is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than anything Microsoft has put on the table. The Surface Pro 3 also sports a brand new kickstand, that levels out at different angles to give you a lap-mode, and a new keyboard and pen. All in all, it’s a beautiful device that many are putting in the ring with the MacBook Air, but can it handle the pressure at that price?
When John and I took a look at the Surface Pro 3, we set up two camps. I’m unsure if the tablet could truly take the place of a lifestyle predominantly lived with a lightweight powerful laptop (a Macbook Air) and a smaller tablet (an iPad mini). As a tablet, 12 inches still feels a bit too large, and I am still unsure that the Surface can handle my daily computing needs. As a companion to a home desktop user who loves Windows, it might be a much easier sell.
John, however, feels that the Surface Pro 3 is a solid option if you’re in the market for this type of in-between device, as it’s powerful enough to play as a laptop and compact enough to take on a plane.