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The secret weapon of the Surface 3: Micro USB


Having the micro USB for charging is nothing new or unique but what MS did that was smart was to include a full size USB port as well. There are other Windows tablets that use micro USB for charging BUT it's often the ONLY USB port. In the case of the Dell Venue 8 Pro that I had prior to my SP3, you couldn't use the single micro USB port as a USB port while charging without jumping through some hoops. There were at least 2 Kickstarter programs that I knew of to produce adapters for the Venue 8 Pro to allow simultaneous charging and data use of the micro USB port.