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Poll Do you use SP3 more as a tablet or a laptop?

How often do you use SP3 as tablet/laptop?

  • 90-100% as tablet/0-10% as laptop

    Votes: 8 10.3%
  • 60-90% as tablet/10-40% as laptop

    Votes: 17 21.8%
  • 40-60% as tablet/40-60% as laptop

    Votes: 19 24.4%
  • 10-40% as tablet/60-90% as laptop

    Votes: 19 24.4%
  • 0-10% as tablet/90-100% as laptop

    Votes: 13 16.7%
  • None of the above because I use it as a tray, coaster, etc.

    Votes: 2 2.6%

  • Total voters


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Considering how Microsoft marketed SP3 as "the tablet that can replace your laptop”, I’m wondering how everyone is using theirs. For me, it would be 65% tablet, 35% laptop. Laptop mode would be higher if it weren’t for the fact that I have a desktop at work that I mainly use when I’m in the office.

I used to leave my old laptop at home or at the office a lot because I was loath to lugging it around. Of course for major business trips I needed to take it with me, but for same-day or overnight business, I would just make do with my iPad Air. Now with my SP3, I’m definitely a lot more productive because I’m actually taking my laptop with me wherever I go and getting things done on the plane, train or a coffee shop.

Another change since getting SP3 is I hardly ever use a pencil and notepad anymore. I use OneNote to jot down notes and the voice recorder to record important details. This adds to SP3 being used as a tablet.

At home, SP3 is mainly used as a tablet. Everything I did with the iPad Air I now do on SP3, so I gave it to my wife. I still have an iPad mini but it hardly ever gets used, (even before I got my SP3). I also let my son draw and paint with it using the Fresh Paint app.

So, how are you guys using your SP3?


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Tablet mostly.... tablet to wireless monitor at work using Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse, Tablet in the evening...

Laptop about 30% at work.... and around 50% working remotely....


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I've decreased my use of paper by about 75% since getting the SP3. Funny thing too, when I take notes in OneNote with the pen I remember details better and I can read my terrible handwriting better.


Using as my second computer, much more than a tablet!!

Normally use as tablet during meetings!! Take notes with pen is awesome!!!


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My i7 256 SP3 is my whole system--desktop, laptop, and tablet. Since I bought some 3rd party software that allows me to configure the start menu, Windows key, and allows me to run Metro apps in Windows on my desktop, I almost never use the Metro Ui. Except for note taking with the pen, I pretty much always use mine with the keyboard attached or docked as a desktop.


Mainly as a desktop in the dock or as a tablet. Rarely use the stand. My stand is so tight it is hard to pull out. So do not use it although I guess it will loosen up with time.


i use it as my laptop all day at school and at home. Sometimes in the evenings ill use it as a tablet, but rarely. Soon i'll be buying a docking station so i can connect a screen and full size keyboard, which will replace my desktop. Loving my surface so far.
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I've decreased my use of paper by about 75% since getting the SP3. Funny thing too, when I take notes in OneNote with the pen I remember details better and I can read my terrible handwriting better.

This is true in my case too! I have now started using OneNote more extensively than what I used to previously. I use the Pen and I love it!

Jeff Au

SP3 replaced my old Dell Latitude laptop and iPad - yup buying fully into the proposition of one-device from Microsoft. So it's now used more as a laptop for me.

With the occassional tablet use whenever I'm taking notes, floating around the house not doing "serious" work or outside in-between appointments catching up on my readings (Feedly), Zinio etc.

I'll be traveling soon and I used to bring along the iPad for GPS navigation. This time around I should be using the SP3 (in tablet form) with HERE maps (offline).


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Mostly as a laptop at work, but then as a tablet at home as it then becomes more a media device.

Like others I use the pen a lot more on this one that I did on the SP2!