Buy Surface Pro 3 or wait for the new one?

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  1. Galipoli

    Galipoli New Member

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    Hi Volks.

    So I have a question to you guys. I`m a student and next year I will start a study. Now it`is the paper war i'm dealing with. Long story short, tablet for digital notepad and I choose the Surface.

    But now I don`t know if I should buy the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or wait for the 4 what do you guys think?
    I mean there is still no release date for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 right?

    I would be happy if you guys also talk about your opinion with your experience to use the Surface Pro 3.
    Thanks for the answers.

    Martin
     
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    daniielrp Active Member

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    Depends when you need it. If Microsoft go the route of yearly updates it'll be June-ish when a SP4 surfaces (pun intended) - Do you need the device before then?
    Waiting may also have the advantage of making the SP3's much cheaper too.

    On the other side, the SP3 is as close to a perfect Windows portable as there ever has been, and would advise if you want to use one/try one just go ahead and get it.
     
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    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It's been said we wont see an SP4 till Windows 10 is out so best case appears to be October-ish as long as the Windows 10 creek don't rise. :)
     
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    kayzee Well-Known Member

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    There might be more information about Surface Pro 4 come Build (29th April) if you can wait... personally, I tend to only buy a product in the first 6 months of its release, otherwise I end up with buyers remorse! However, as is often said, there really isn't a perfect time to buy :)
     
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    I had the same doubts, and ended up buying the SP3 a month ago, if you really can wait and have no hurry then I thing you should wait, in my case I wanted it before March so I bought the SP3 and have no regrets at all, it has been a great expierence, my Macbook Pro Retina has not been used since. Also I decided to buy it because the SP3 was a huge leap from the SP2, and I really think the SP4 will have only some minor updates, something like the SP1 to SP2 transition.
     
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    Depends on how important having a cooler-running Broadwell chip is to you...
     
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    I would say get the Pro 3. It's a great device and you wont regret it. Just like someone else said, the difference between Pro 3 and 4 will probably be minimal, just like Pro 1 and 2 were.

    And if you get it from Best Buy, let me know so I can give you my Rewards number so I can rack up some points, no not the credit card number. :)
     
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    I think that's more about the reward points than an accurate product comparison -- the 4 will have a Broadwell chip for fanless and cooler operation, increased battery life, and a bit zippier. Definitely worth the wait if the need isn't immediate -- the 4 will be much more than a 'refresh'...

     
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    The Broadwell update will not be a transition to fanless assuming they stick with the standard U-series chips. They would need to switch to the Y- series (Core-M) in order to go fanless which seems unlikely given the last couple of years of marketing the Pro as a full computer.

    I think if they release the SP4 in the next few months it will get the equivalent Broadwell CPU's which should see a 20% or so battery life improvement. Maybe new cameras as well if they are smart. I would be very surprised to see a form factor change for this update.
     
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    According to MS, no form factor change with the SP4. I really like my SP3. I can see that a few improvements would be reasonable - better camera (self focusing for those pesky receipts or other documents). There's always some improvements if you want to wait, but based on everything I'm hearing and reading I really don't expect the SP4 to be a game changer. So, suit yourself as to whether you can wait 6 months or more.
     
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    Have the wifi issues been resolved on the SP3? That's my primary concern withthe SP3.
     
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    WiFi issues are largely resolved. At this point those that get new SP3's and have issues often discover that their old/ancient WiFi router is to blame.
     

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