The "Official" I got my Surface 3 thread

Discussion in 'Surface 3 (Atom)' started by leeshor, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. kodos

    kodos Member

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    Setting up my wife's now - we got it yesterday. This is her first Windows machine since XP, and she's learning her way around the device. After being in OS X and iOS for so long it is a bit of learning curve coming back to Windows.

    But I never thought my SP3 would feel huge, but it does after using the S3. I love the form factor on this thing. It's wonderful. And super quiet. Wish it had the magnetic charger. I have to remember to not just nudge it off the charger port, but deliberately remove it.

    I am not a fan of the relocated volume controls. I cannot "by feel" figure out if the button is power or volume :). Minor issue.

    Other than that, love this. The keyboard and trackpad are fantastic! Surprised it doesn't get more love in the reviews. I don't know Microsoft did it, but they made the first type-cover that feels better than most laptops you can buy and very favorable to a Macbook.

    Cannot wait to see what they unveil for SP4!
     
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    Picked up mine yesterday at a Best Buy (i had pre-ordered it to be sure to get it on day 1, since i would be leaving the USA on may 6th) and i just bought the pen and keyboard at a Microsoft Store in King of Prussia "mini-store". BTW, the guy at the booth was so confused i was on may 5th at 11am buying a pen and a keyboard but not the tablet itself! :).

    I agree that the new aspect ratio is better. The screen quality is excellent and the size is the biggest i would like (that's why i never consider de SP Pro besides pricing) and the right size to be a "tablet" where you can actually do stuff on the go. Though i like smaller screens, it is true that would turn it more into a consumption device.

    As a previous Surface 2 user, i really like this device. I loved the RT being "virus free" and the closed ecosystem, but i was also suffering the lack of apps. Just having the chance to now install Firefox on my S3 convinced me i needed Windows "full". Or that i can now try preview software like Office 2016. I just expected to have a switch that only allow store installations (win32 and modern apps). But maybe that is gonna happen with the new store in Win 10 (not sure, just hoping).

    I m gonna be using it as a companion device, so only running light apps. Thus, i bought the 2GB version. The only "heavy" app i would love to be able to use is Visual Studio for casual programming (will try later). Thank god they dropped that impossible to fit charger for a simple mini USB one. It fitted ok on my device. A really small gap, but a non issue to me. After installing all windows updates, firefox and Office 2016 i got 32GB free disk space. Memory usage is between 1 and 1.3GB out of 2GB with only Firefox running, so that is going to be a limitation i think for multitasking. On the performance side i can only say that Firefox and Office 2016 works perfectly smooth. I don't like how Firefox webpages scroll (not too smooth), but i think it might be a limitation of an app that was not designed to be touch.

    First impressions are really good. Size, weight and device quality are really good, though i still think not iPad quality (i mean regarding hardware and how it "feels" on the hands, which of course is a very subjective opinion. It is obvious that i much prefer the Surface over the ipad because of the overall package -size, performance, build quality and mostly the things i can do with it). On the accessories side, I am a little concern about the tip of my surface pen, since it seems to be a little loose, but i don't know if it is normal.
     
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  3. mtalinm

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    Left my Surface Pro 3 home today and took the Surface 3 to work. Only downsides were

    * will drive only one HD external monitor, so I can't use the 34" 4k monitor + HD monitor setup I usually have
    * a little slow compared to SP3, though really not a humongous difference

    That's about it. This could pretty much be my daily driver except for the external monitor issue ... which I suppose I could solve for with a USB hub that has a graphics card.

    Btw, whatever they did with the S3 keyboard is a big step up from SP3. The key action is much much better.
     
  4. Oldmangreybush

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    I got mine on launch day at best buy. I bought the 4GB/128GB version as I wanted this to be my daily driver. I traded in my S2 and have to say that I am really loving it so far. The only complaint I have is it doesn't turn on when I open the type cover. I do like the type cover but I prefer my old touch cover on the S2, call me weird but I liked how thin and light it was. Look forward to using my S3 for work and school!!!
     
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    Got a 4gb/128gb via the Costco deal yesterday. I'm liking it so far, we'll see how consistent use goes. The form factor is great; it really does feel like having a full PC in the size of an iPad and frankly I prefer a little extra weight; at some point these tablets are getting too light.

    It definitely runs a little slower than a SP....but it should considering the processor and I'm not disappointed in it or anything. I tried Baldurs Gate 2, Hearthstone, and Civilization IV and the performance seemed like it will work out ok for me. Civ IV late game could be problematic but I tend to think I will just make a smaller map/game than I would on a more capable PC. Hearthstone has a bit of lag but I'm fine with it. I wanted to try SimCity 3000 yesterday but didn't get around to installing it and after viewing the other games, I think it will work fine. I may even try SC4.

    Overall, a positive first day.
     
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    Got my Surface 3 4GB/128GB on Tues 5/5. Really like it so far. I was hoping I would be able to use it more in Portrait mode than my previous Asus T100, because the Surface 3 is 3:2 screen. A lot of Metro apps are landscape though, with no option for Portrait. The browser still looks a little funky in Portrait too. I'll have to see.

    I've noticed a few things so far:
    • Battery life isn't quite as long as my T100, but it's ok.
    • Hibernate. I wasn't used to this on the T100, but I guess it saves battery life.
    • I've had a few issues in the Windows Store, where I couldn't select things. Closing it completely and restarting seems to have fixed it.
    • I put in a 64GB MicroSD today and formatted it (it was from my T100 so wanted to clean it up). File History wasn't working from the Metro File History settings. I went into Control Panel, File History, and it said something about my system being restored from d:. I don't think that is something I did. I wonder if that is part of the process to get the original Surface 3 image? I cancelled the restore and then File History worked. Anyone else confirm this from their File History/Control Panel (not Metro)?
    • I am using a Logitech K400 USB Keyboard/touchpad device if I need a keyboard right now. I didn't use the keyboard on my Asus T100 that much. Only when I needed to use office on it (instead of my laptop). So not sure if I will get the type cover. On the fence about the type cover and the Pen. Pen seems cool. Not sure if I will use it. Where would I put it so it doesn't get in the way without the type cover.
    • My Asus T100 bag fits the Surface fine.
    • Do I need a Screen Protector for the Surface? MS sells one, but I don't really want it?
    • Can I purchase the MS Complete Warranty online after I have already bought the surface or do I need to bring it to a store? Is it worth it? I hate talking to MS telephone support. (Update), found out that I can order it online, but not sure if its worth it. I have Visa warranty protection which doubles the warranty already, but no water/drop protection.
    That's about it.. Really liking the surface so far.
     
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  7. mtalinm

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    the touch cover will fit pretty closely if you want to keep using it.
     
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    another happy discovery is that when the keyboard is attached magnetically to the bottom of the screen, it seems more rigid and less flexy than the surface pro 3 equivalent.
     
  9. jnjroach

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    Yep, that is one of the improvements that the Surface Team made to the keyboard, the also updated the key mechanism to make it quieter....
     
  10. Gringuito

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    My surface arrived yesterday from Costco.
     
  11. mtalinm

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    Thank you. this keyboard is much better than SP3. I doubt they'll reissue the SP3 type cover, but I would buy again.
     
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    Is the trackpad supposed to feel loose on the S3 type cover? When I touch-click, the trackpad responds with a rattling and clicking sound. This happens prior to being pressed all the way down till the "real" click. I have an SP3 touch cover as well, and that does not not behave in this manner. A touch-click only produces results on the screen. No sound from the pad.
    I'm going to take it back to the store on Monday.
    Other than that, I love the S3! It will probably replace the already fantastic SP3!
     

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