Absolutely agree, the difference just isn't enough to make this product a worthwhile purchase. Very strange decision imo...In The Netherlands, pricing for the Surface 3 is ridiculous.
Surface 3, 2 GB, 64 GB storage €609
Surface 3 Typecover €149
Surface Pen €49
SP3 i3, 4 GB, 64 GB storage with pen €769
SP3 Typecover €99 (Red and Blue) or €129 (other colors)
Total €868 (or €898)
If you are considering a Dockingstation the difference in pricing gets less
SP3 Docking € 199 versus Surface3 Docking €229
Screen is 1.3" less
You'll be crazy to buy a Surface 3, only chance MS has is lowering the prices for the Surface 3
The pricing is quite different in the US. The S3 with 128GB, keyboard and pen is $780. The SP3 with keyboard is $930 (pen included).You'll be crazy to buy a Surface 3, only chance MS has is lowering the prices for the Surface 3
The Surface 2 only has 2 GB RAM and I have 16 tabs open in IE and documents open on the Desktop, PDFs Open in Reader, Mail etc. Performance is not degraded. Swapping with an SSD is quick. However, Id definitely go for the 4GB/128GB its worth $100.I wonder if they will drop the i3 on the Surface Pro 4 to differentiate more.
They don't make the perfect configuration for us which would be 4GB Ram and 64GB storage. We don't need 128GB storage, but I'm concerned only having 2GB RAM will make it painful to use multitasking legacy apps.
Users are not going to be running massive apps, gaming or rendering/editing HD video, but just having a browser open with multiple tabs plus Outlook, Lync, VPN and a PowerPoint open at the same time is going to be a struggle for a 2GB system used for someone on the road who may have a desktop in their office for heavier tasks.
We also need Windows 8.1 Pro which will be another unannounced higher price when the business model is released. The business version of the Surface 3 could be as high as $699 if they charge $100 to upgrade to 4GB/128GB plus another $100 for upgrading from 8.1 Core to 8.1 Pro.
With $799 i3 SP3, the price already includes Windows 8.1 Pro, 4GB RAM and a CPU that will be more capable than the Atom on the Surface 3.
Disadvantages of the SP3 will be additional weight, not being fanless and having an older CPU that will have multiple hours less battery life. Lots of people may also need to get reading glasses to deal with older legacy desktop apps on the ultra high resolution, yet small screen. Tiny icons, tiny menus, tiny text. Lots of squinting and missing of tiny touch targets with fat fingers.
On the other hand, if the business edition is available with a 4GB/64GB model with 8.1 Pro at a price closer to $600, or that plus bundle package with a keyboard for $699 that will be quite interesting.
Not really. It's not that cheap of a device to let that go.The argument could also be made that Microsoft's target audience for this device probably won't be the multi-tasking crowd.
I reckon you could be on to something there. My main complaint with the Surface 3 is the pricing (well, and sizing) being too close to the Pro model. Getting rid of the current entry model might make a lot of sense...I wonder if they will drop the i3 on the Surface Pro 4 to differentiate more.