Just spent some time reading through the threads. This device seems to be having A LOT of problems: overheating, throttling, freezing, pen disconnections, fragile screen, poor battery life. If the i5 is constantly throttling down what's the point of having an i5? Has anyone here had a 10/10 experience with their SP3?
Forums are a blessing and a curse, you can easily find yourself worrying about a few issues people have and if you want to convince yourself not to buy something you can easily do so.
Similar to Amazon reviews, even though an item has 100 four star reviews, human nature will take you to the 5 one star reviews.
You said that the devices have A LOT of problems, that isn't accurate, you are reading about a minority that have had problems and are looking for help. For every one person who has an issue there are 20 that don't.
One or two people posted about a broken screen around the mic, please don't think that is common and applies to the entire population of SP3s. Majority of the users who participate in the forum haven't had any issues with their screens.
I haven't had any issues for overheating, throttling, freezing, pen disconnections (I have two paired and they have never disconnected), fragile screen, or poor battery life (my average run time is now about 7 to 8.5 hours, i5/8gb).
Usage varies from user to user, but I haven't had any hardware problems, I did have a paint chip on one unit, but it was swapped out. Since then this machine has been my daily driver and has performed better than I expected.
There you have it a positive review from a daily user.