i3 Surface Pro 3 vs 4GB Surface 3

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  1. GreyFox7

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    I don't see anything wrong with having a Core-M 10.8" Surface 3.1 :) and a Core-M 12.1" Surface 4.1 although I think if they lowered the whole pricing structure by $100 they would sell a lot better and keyboards should be at least $30 less, Pens $25-30 not $50. other country pricing accordingly except for countries on the "List" they will have to pay more. :D
     
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    I'm quite happy with my i3, for some uses it doesn't make sense to splurge for an i5 or higher. Some B&M's made it possible to get them really cheap ($580 last summer at Best Buy + almost $60 in rewards). I do hope they keep the lower-end 12" models available. Main reason I'm considering the Surface 3 is better battery life and LTE, but I hope the Surface Pro 4 also offers this.
     
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    The biggest disappointment other than pricing on the Pro is battery life. The main reason to go with the 4GB Surface for $599 vs a $799 i3 Pro other than to save $200 is better battery life and lighter weight.
    However, the Surface won't be worth it if the Atom performance makes it laggy and frustrating to use on a daily basis. It isn't cheap enough to deal with performance problems doing normal things like web surfing and editing Office documents.
     
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    That's great and please don't think I'm cussing the i3 model at all. I was really interested in getting one for my mum, but you see now that the Surface 3 runs full Windows, it's kind of negated that choice for me. If I was buying a Surface Pro 3 from scratch, I might even opt for the i3 myself, but I'd be coming from an i5 Surface Pro (original) and you know, OCD tells me I cannot 'downgrade' however good it is!

    I guess there lives the reasoning for the Surace 3 imo. For my personal use case, no it doesn't make sense... but when I was explaining the devices to my mum before, it was a choice between Surface 2 (but you'd need a 'proper' computer too for some tasks) or a more expensive Surface Pro 3. Now, it's simple, get the Surface 3 :) (unless she preferred the bigger screen)

    Ultimately though, she, like me, are waiting for a Surface Mini!
     
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    Intel Haswell will SHRED an Atom core CPU. You can't simply look at ram and clock speed. It will be very gimped... trust me.
     
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    I know about the importance of architecture, but given that the atom is a newer model, as well as a quad core with up to a 60% clock advantage I would think it could come close enough to the i3 for the majority of uses.
     
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    Exactly, sometimes it's not about shredding it... like the woman that ate 5 pounds of bacon in five minutes... she sure shredded that bacon but it's not for everyone. :)

    point is, if the web page loads in a second or 50 milliseconds does it really matter... if it loads fast enough at the price point that's all that's needed.
     
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