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Surface Pro 3 can replace your laptop

Dale Davies |
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet came a step closer to becoming a true laptop replacement. It can cover your notebook and tablet needs in a single package.

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The Surface Pro 2’s display measures 10.6 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Microsoft increased everything in the Surface Pro 3: The display is 38 percent bigger at 12 inches in diagonal width, and its 2160x1440-pixel resolution is breathtakingly crisp. Microsoft’s shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio for the Surface Pro 3 adds 1.12 inches of vertical real estate to what already is a wider tablet.

The result is a more productive work space—and that’s key when you’re multitasking in a desktop environment. Though physically larger in terms of screen dimensions, Microsoft trimmed 0.24 pounds and 0.23 inches of width from the Surface Pro 2 to create the new tablet. Yet there’s still a full range of Core processors in the Surface lineup, including a powerfull procesor Intel Core.

The low-end Core i3 model will cost $800, a price that’s competitive with a slew of perfectly respectable full-fledged laptops. A high-end Core i7 model exacts more than $2,000 after sales tax, and any future 4G connectivity options will boost prices even further. The new Type Cover costs another $130. Microsoft also moved to a new charger, not compatible with earlier models. If you have a docking station for the Surface Pro 2, it won’t work with the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 3 is ver fast computer and improved SSD technology obviously plays a very important rolerole. The Surface Pro 3 retains the microSD slot of previous generations, as well as the single USB 3.0 and miniDisplayPort connector. The cameras have also been upgraded, with 5-megapixel devices front and rear, enough for full 1080p Skype chats. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 represents an improvement on all fronts and it will make you think seriously about buying one.

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