Tools & Technologies

Trying Out the Surface Pro 3

At Vodafone’s Future:Now Roadshow in Christchurch earlier this week, I was able to have a “10 minute turn” with a Surface Pro 3, thanks to Nathan Mercer from Microsoft. (I took David to the roadshow too – he’s my office manager and 18-year old son, and he has written up his response to the Pro 3 and the wider roadshow). My initial impressions were good – a nice size, the pen works for drawing mind maps, it didn’t feel too heavy in my hand, the desktop dock was cool (although I need to find out more about what external displays you can plug into it), etc. As a left hander using the touch version of OneNote I had a couple of issues when using the stylus to write, but perhaps they would disappear with a bit more use and experience. All in all – looking forward to seeing these available at retail in New Zealand.

Here’s a couple of other recent articles on the Surface Pro 3:

Surface Pro 3 may leave Windows RT Surface in the dust

Indications show early IT adopters are willing to take a chance on the upcoming Surface Pro 3, but the future of Windows RT-based Surface devices remains in question.

A number of corporate customers — including the Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Coca-Cola Co., BMW Group and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy — have committed to deploy the device within their businesses.

For some organizations, the new device was unveiled at the right time.

“We had a big laptop replacement cycle coming and found out about the Surface Pro 3,” said Wes Wright, CIO of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “It was good for a laptop replacement [that’s usable as] a tablet too.”

Seattle Children’s ordered 1,000 units of the Surface Pro 3 and will replace older Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba computers. Workers will use a virtualized Windows 7 mode for legacy hospital applications and healthcare data, and they will access Windows 8.1 and the modern apps in a disconnected mode for continued productivity.

The larger screen also appeals to other IT professionals eager to try the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

It’s tempting to claim that the third time is the charm in regards to the Microsoft Surface Pro line of Windows 8 tablet and notebook hybrids. After all, the Surface Pro 3 has a larger display than its two predecessors, with a higher resolution, and is both thinner and lighter. It also has significant design tweaks, including a new multi-angle kickstand that can be kicked open at any angle between zero and about 135 degrees, as well as a new Type Cover with improved trackpad and magnetic display connector for stability and more comfortable typing.

Surface Pro 3Those seem like improvements, right?

But recall what TabletPCReview wrote about the Surface Pro 2, calling it a “first-rate device,” with an “amazing design, and “users that need a powerful and portable machine should definitely take a look.”

So maybe the Surface Pro line didn’t need a design overhaul, and maybe the second time was good enough. Maybe Microsoft ruined a good thing, or maybe it opened up a new niche for similarly-sized devices.

Let’s find out. Is the new Surface Pro an improvement?

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