My SP3 thoughts

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  1. raqball

    raqball Active Member

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    Background on me and my use.

    I am a 100% home user and would consider my use to be rather lite when compared to others. I mainly browse the web, do email, lite photo editing and general home use type computing.

    In the past year I have owned the following computers and tablets.
    1. Chromebook Pixel
    2. Macbook Pro Retina
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    4. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
    The Surface Pro 3 was purchased after long and hard consideration of what I wanted. I’ve been looking for a tablet that could also be used as a PC because I have several PC programs that I need access to. In the past I’ve settled on having 2 different devices. I’ve known about the Surface line but passed on them previously for a few reasons. First and foremost was because I was 100% sure I’d hate Windows 8 and the second reason was because the screen size. I wanted a larger screen size for PC use. Tablet use is fine at 10” but I wanted a minimum of 12-13” for PC use.

    I purchased the Chombook Pixel direct from Google for something like $1,600 after tax. The Pixel was a gorgeous machine! It absolutely rivals the Retina Mackbook Pro as far as the hardware goes. As an added bonus the Pixel was a touchscreen. I loved using it but the limitations of ChromeOS wore on me quickly and I sold it at a substantial loss.

    The Macbook Pro Retina was purchased direct from my local Apple store. I liked it well enough but I found myself using it less and less over time as I adapted to using my iPad Air for couch potato surfing. I never liked the iPad so it was sold and I purchased the Note Pro 12.2. I liked this tablet much better than the iPad but I was still using 2 different devices and was not completely satisfied.

    What I wanted was a tablet and a PC rolled into one. The Surface 3 fit the bill, it had the screen size I wanted BUT it had Windows 8 on it and like I said earlier, I was 100% sure I would hate it for that reason.

    I finally decided to go to Best Buy to check out the Surface 3 Pro. My local Best Buy has a Microsoft area with a Microsoft employee (not a Best Buy employee) patrolling the area. She was very nice and took the time to answer all my questions. I played around with the display models for about an hour. I was still unsure but she assured me that I could return it within 14-days for a full refund if I was unhappy with it. I was originally going to get the i3 but she convinced me to go with the i5. Since it was only $200 more, I did go with the i5 version.

    I am very, very happy with this machine! It really is everything I wanted. It’s a tablet with a nice large 12” screen when I want it to be and it’s a laptop with a 12” screen when I want it to be. For me, this is the best of both worlds.

    I was concerned about only getting 4gb of ram but for my use thus far at least, it has not missed a beat or slowed down at all. My test was to head over to The Verge website. For some reason this site always shudders when scrolling. It shuddered on my Pixel (4gb ram) and it shuddered on my Macbook Pro Retina (8gb ram). I was surprised that I did not experience this on the Surface Pro 3 (4gb ram). Everything on the SP3 is smooth and fast.

    I hear people complain about the heat and fan noise on the SP3 but I have not noticed this at all. My Pixel got hot. So hot you could not watch a video with it on your lap. The fan noise from the Pixel was also very loud at times. My Macbook Pro did get warm (not hot) and the fan on it was pretty quiet but could be heard at times. My SP3 has not got hot yet (it’s gotten luke warm a few times) and I’ve never even heard the fan so far with my use.

    Windows 8, what can I say? I was wrong, dead wrong. I thought I would hate it but after using it, I am finding that I really like it. I even went out and purchased a Windows 8 phone, the Nokia Icon, which BTW I really like as well.

    Overall I am thrilled with my purchase. I do not miss the Macbook Pro Retina one bit. The SP3 does everything I want and more. It’s a tablet when I want it to be and it’s a powerful laptop when I need it be. For the most part thus far I am living on the Metro screen and I only use the Desktop when needed to run my PC specific programs.

    If you read this entire post then congrats you have made it to the end! :)
     
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  2. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Well-Known Member

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    Very nice! Thanks for the write up. I have the same device as yours and my experience virtually mirrors yours!
     
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    Good writeup.

    I'm sitting here on this i3 and very pleased with it but just wondering if I shouldn't just get the i5 instead for future proofing. I mean it's only another $200 and I have $20 in MyBestBuy bucks along with another $20 for another discount I get. That's $160 for the stepup.

    Lol, since I got such a great machine with the i3 I'm nervous about returning it for a lemon.

    Was thinking of getting the dock, but then learned the angle is only 64 degrees which is too steep for me.
     
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    I guess it depends. The i3 is probably fine. I went with the i5 mainly for the larger drive space. Of course having the faster processor is a bonus as well. I actually was considering an 8gb of ram version before going to Best Buy but the MS rep assured me that 4gb would be more than adequate for my use and she was correct..

    I think the i5 version was worth the extra $$ and I suppose if you get a bad unit you could always exchange it yes?
     
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    Yes. You should. :D


    Excellent write-up! I'm really glad you found the SP3. I'm a previous SP1 owner, but my SP3 is best mobile PC I've ever owned.
     
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    And excellent note. I love when an user that had the chance to test multiple machines using different OS comes to tell us about his experiences.:cool:
     
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    As you can see I've struggled to find a combo that works for me. The Surface Pro 3 is pretty much everything I could have asked for. I feel pretty foolish that I had not considered it before just because it had Windows 8 on it..

    It's early in my usage but I generally know pretty fast if I like something or not.
     
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    what made you decide that you would hate windows 8?
     
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    I honestly don't know.. I guess it was a combo of media reports, the way it looked and the 'expert' (I use that word lightly) reviews.

    I based my opinion of Windows 8 on those things and not on any type of actual use. As a matter of fact, the SP3 was the 1st time I ever touched Windows 8.

    I do feel a bit foolish for that because I generally make my own mind up regardless of what the so called experts have to say..
     
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    Even MS hates Windows 8 that's why they are changing it again in 9

    Otherwise the sp3 is a nice compromise. If they would change out the WiFi chip with a reliable brand they would be better off.
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, win8 is great on a tablet and I have no problems with it on there, but on a desktop/laptop that doesn't have a touch screen it sucks! I prefer win 7.. IMO win 7 is a home run and the best OS they put out to date! nuff said LOL
     
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    I can't tell if you are serious or joking..

    I guess the same can be said for every OS every year. Apple does not like Mavericks because they are changing it, Android does not like KitKat because they are changing it. ect, ect, ect..

    I really like Window 8 on the Surface Pro but I don't think I'd like it on the desktop that I have upstairs. I have Windows 7 on it and it works well on the large desktop screen.

    My last full time use of Windows was on XP so things have changed a bit since then..
     

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