A Closer Look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a laplet – a portmanteau of, you guessed it, laptop and tablet. (It sounds almost as odious as the phablet, but that’s another thing altogether.) Anyway, what can you expect from this latest model of the Surface product line? Read on to know more about it.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Laplet - Windows 8.1 laptop and tablet PC

The Laplet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

So what is a laplet anyway? Well, it’s defined mainly by its x86-architecture CPU, full-featured Windows 8.1 operating system, and input/output ports typically found in laptops. They’re different from your typical convertible or hybrid tablets, since they are designed as laptop or desktop replacements. Yes, the Surface Pro 3 can actually replace your current laptop and you probably won’t find it lacking.

It’s certainly not a pansy in the specs department. The entry level model boasts of a 1.5 GHz Intel Core i3 (4020Y) processor with Intel HD 4200 graphics. The other two models feature 2.9 GHz i5 (4300U) with HD 4400 and 3.3 GHz i7 (4650U) with HD 5000 Haswell CPUs and GPUs, respectively. All three sport a 12-inch ClearType Full HD Plus display with a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution. The rest of the specs are equally impressive: 4 or 8 GB of RAM, and internal storage options of up to 512 GB. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a mini DisplayPort, and two 5 MP cameras. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 ships with the Surface Pen too.

Check out Microsoft’s ad, taking a shot at a MacBook Air.

So how much?

The most basic model (i3, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage) will set you back US $799, while a midrange model (i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage) will cost you US $1299. If you want the high end model with an i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage, be prepared to shell out US $1949.

To get the full laplet experience, you may want to get the Type Cover keyboard or the recently released docking station. The Type Cover costs an additional US $130, while the docking station (featuring several additional ports and effectively turns the Surface Pro 3 into a desktop) costs $200.

What do you think? It’s a little too costly (okay, not just a little), but we hear you can totally get it for much cheaper… if you’re a student, that is.

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