Picked up a core M3

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  1. raqball

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    Picked up a SP4 core M yesterday and am very happy with it so far. I previously had the i3 SP3 and this machine feels much faster and snappier than it did.

    One display driver crash so far but none since I modified the host file. I do every so often get a strange popping sound.

    Overall I am verry happy with the SP4 and the core M processor. My use is mainly web surfing, watching video, email and office type documents. Every now and then I edit 1080p video from cycling cameras but that's about as heavy as my workload will get.

    I like that it's fanless and I have not noticed it getting hot. Heck it barley even got warm when doing all the MS updates.

    Anyways with all the negative threads going on I figured I would post a positive thread on my SP4 core M experience..
     
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    I am planning to get either the S3 128GB and SP4 M3. My main usage will also be web browsing, watch Netflix/Youtube, etc, and some MS word and excel. I can't decide between the two but leaning for the SP4 M3 because I like the bigger screen, pen and typecover. Do you think it is worth the extra $ just for these extra features? How much of a performance boost between S3 and SP4 M3?
     
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    I think the SP4 core M is well worth the extra $$ over the SP3 i3. The SP4 is noticeably faster, smoother and snappier. You also get a slightly larger screen size and the screen on the 4 looks a lot better to my eyes.

    I can't really commemt on the pen difference as I never use it. The new type cover is much better but if you get an SP3 you could just use the new type cover with it..
     
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    No.. I am talking about the Surface 3, not the SP3.
     
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    I never had the non pro Surface 3 so I can't comment on it but I'd assume the core M would demolish it. Yeah, the new type cover is awesome and I'm sure its also going to be an improvement over the non pro KB..
     
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    The only reason I didn't get the S3 is because the charge time is ridiculously long (5hr or so). That's twice as long as a normal PC. My current main PC, the asus t100ta, also has a 5ish hr charge time. What good is 10 hours of battery life if you have to wait, seemingly, just as long to get it?

    I tried out the S3 in the store, very nice screen and aspect ratio, it was faster than I expected as well. Very snappy in normal things. The keyboard cover was much better than I'd thought it would be, better than my ASUS'. But I just can't do the charge time.
     
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    I think all of us who got a SPro4 i5 are secretly wondering if perhaps we could have been good with the fanless M3.

    I am coming from an old homemade i5 desktop. Outputting to dual monitors. Doing 1080p video streaming, GoTo Meeting Presentation viewing, graphics and a little video editing, Remote Desktop to some remote servers and Chrome web browsing.

    With dual monitors off the Dock and the reviews promoting the i5 as the better choice. I went with i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
     
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    The core M continues to meet my needs. Yesterday I transferred a 10 minute 1080p / 45 FPS video from an SD card to the hard drive. I then edited this 10 minute video using Garmin Virb PC software.

    The video was edited down to a 2 minute 1080p cycling video and was then converted to a different format and saved back to my hard drive. The video was then uploaded and processed to Vimeo.

    No problems with core M at all during this process and the unit never got hot.. I'd consider this a fairly heavy work load for the core M but it accomplished the task just fine
     
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