1. The resolution is too high for a small screen; the resolution is non-standard so you can't choose a lower one with full screen and without the DPI scaling looking bad
DPI scaling is inevitable. Windows was originally designed for 96 ppi (yes, less than half the SP3), so you have to deal with DPI scaling anyway if you want anything denser than 96 ppi. Anyway, your Y2P should behave the same since, as far as I know, it has an even larger, denser 3200x1800 display
2. The touchscreen is difficult with fingers or pen - see point 1. Let me specify a bit more - in desktop mode everything is so small it's nearly impossible to get the pointer where you need it to be with a finger. The pen would solve that if it would actually click when you touch the screen the first time. I'll probably adjust to this over time...
The DPI setting out of the box is too small IMO. Set it to the maximum possible size (right click on desktop > Screen Resolution > Make text and other items larger or smaller > set the scale to the right) and restart. Ive been using this setting for years with no pen on my Acer W700 tablet (11.6" FHD, roughly the same DPI)
5. Why am I having to deal with app-by-app and multi-display DPI scaling issues even in 8.1 with external monitors. This is especially evident when you use it with external monitors.
Personally, I just disable the builtin display and relogon when use it on my desk. Works perfectly
6. the WIFI sucks, it connects maybe 1/2 of the time, 3/4 the time since last night's update - this is a very known issue with these devices and it's a firmware issue. Granted I have 802.1AC 5GZ router @ home and the known to have issues Cisco wireless routers at work.
As you mentioned, you have to apply the latest firmware update
8. .net framework 3.5 didn't want to install; took me a couple hours of googling to fix that. This is a known issue with Windows 2012 and 8, i'm just surprised it's still here in 8.1
Installs fine on my i3/64. I use the "Turn Windows features on or off"
9. The keyboard doesn't pop up when needed, but pops up a ton when not - this one stands - in fact it just happened again when i was using the down arrow on the touchpad to write this line.
Yeah, that's annoying. I wrote a small batch file that disables the OSK service when I don't want it to appear (for example, when I use my BT keyboard). I just pin it to the start screen together with another that reenables it. Download it here https://onedrive.live.com/redir?res...02&authkey=!AJzLSxfMtt-uHa0&ithint=folder,bat
(you need to run as admin)
10. Chrome doesn't work properly - not MS's fault but still a problem nonetheless
Don't use Chrome. a) its not touch friendly b) its the reason behind most battery drain issue in Windows PCs and c) the touch gestures are horrible. Seriously, Im not an IE fan, but we have no other choice in this platform.
12. When the type-pad is attached you can't easily touch the taskbar since it's so small.
Move it to the left/right
13. At first glance the pen should make the low resolution ok but even if you put the dot on a spot you want to click it doesn't work; drag and select just doesn't work 90% of the time. I'm not the only one complaining of this.
Try reattaching the nib, I read that it solves most pen issues with the SP3 (I dont have such issues with mine though).
14. The dock mDP port doesn't work with a startech adapter that works fine on the surface itself. At first glance you would think bad dock but 1 out of 3 that we have works. It's not the dock that is the issue it's the surface itself as 1 out of 3 of our SP3's works fine on all 3 docks.
I read somewhere that one SP3 is 'paired' to one docking station. Not sure if its true, but since only one of them works properly, Im starting to think that it is true. Is the one that works is the first one you docked & setup (Windows Update, etc) your SP3 in?
16. 8 hours battery life seems....questionable...If you want to be a tablet you should have an easy way to see the battery usage. Running a powercfg /batteryreport is a workaround
Check it in the App History tab in Task Manager, you can see which app that takes too much CPU cycles. And stop using Chrome.
17. WIFI is slow, but I can't prove it because Win 8 masks the connection speed from the charm
Comparable to my previous tablet, Acer W700 (Ivy Bridge). You can see the connection speed in Task Manager. Sometimes Windows Store takes quite a lot of bandwidth to update an app automatically
Hope this helps. SP3 is an amazing device IMO, although we need slight tweaks here and there to free it from issues