Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is Now Available at Stores

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nealtse

There is a fallacy I'm seeing in a lot of value comparison arguments between the S3 (and other hybrid devices) and laptops. Yes, you can spend the same amount and get a more powerful laptop.

Most of those people who just LOVE to point that out flat out ignore the fact that a hybrid devices comes with a stylus that can create a pressure sensitive line. Because it's of no value to them, they pretend it's of no value to anybody else, and thus completely strike it from their value comparison.

For anybody who creates artwork on their device, from the hobbyist to the Disney animator professional, this is a make or break feature. And if you don't believe that's a big market, spend some time on deviant art or the thousands upon thousands of art groups on facebook, tumblr, imgur, the now defunct CGhub, and many other forums out there.

The stylus is important. If not to you, then to countless others.

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Vesuvius

First off not much love from a more gaming oriented diy audience here. Now I am more the target market. A real estate agent out in the field allot! I currently just bought the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga. First off many people use a laptop and a tablet. The yoga or S3 means you only need 1! I picked up and played with an s3 at Best Buy, if I had a chance to compare it more with the yoga and they had the docking station etc I may well indeed of gone surface ( nice to be able to take it to a microsoft store if it breaks like Apple!

Also you can run your office work and everything perfectly fine from an I5 and 128gb ssd! In fact I have plenty of space left over! So you are talking only around 1200 bucs or so for the base s3 and the keyboard and warranty. Add the upcoming docking station as well and you around around 1350 or so!!! A descent laptop is going to cost you 1200 bucs and a tablet 500 bucs and you wont even be able to write on those half as well as the s3 or yoga with digitizer! Also most folks who really think about being productive have large monitors on their desk so you wont be typing lots on the s3 keyboard. What these little laptop hybrids need is 4g access built in!!! Otherwise you still have to tether or have a wifi hotspot with you, more expense and more to carry around or lose.

So please dont make comments on hardware and software that you really dont understand or use, for many this is the perfect tool for an employed mobile person ( not someone who lives in their moms basement playing call of duty)

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maxeeemum

On Friday I received an email from the Microsoft Store, I mean Best Buy, that the Surface Pro 3 was now available. I dropped by the local store on Saturday but no S3 was found. When I asked about it I was told they had it and I could buy it or order one but they did not have a display model. ???

Then I looked around and they still have Surface "ONE" RT models to sell. Not to mention Surface Pro 2 models and regular S2 models.

I see! So they probably have 1 or 2 per store. And they still have a stockpile of S1 and S2 still left. Then next weekend M$ will declare Surface Pro 3 sells out.

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Spiral01

"I see! So they probably have 1 or 2 per store. And they still have a stockpile of S1 and S2 still left. Then next weekend M$ will declare Surface Pro 3 sells out."

Absolutly hilarious!!!

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IreMinMon

I still believe it would be better with a 10.1" or 10.6" 16:9 FHD display and bezels as thin as this.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

It would be better if it didn't cost more than a ROG gaming notebook.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I can't wait to rush out and not buy a Windows 8 piece of shit DINK toy.

Oh, and I can't wait to hear from their marketing department's troll, either. Bet he talks about Diablo 3 or some other dated game.

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Arthur Dent

Oh just shut up. We get it, you don't like Windows 8. Now please find something else to comment about please.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Do try to get Threshold right. Your future absolutely hangs in the balance. I doubt the greater world has the patience for yet another of your monumental missteps.

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Innomasta

I think you would be better suited for the PCGAMER comments section.

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Granite

1. I'm sure nobody but an anti-MS hack like you would consider Diablo 3 to not be a AAA game.

2. I'm sure nobody but an anti-MS hack like you would expect a hybrid PC to be able to play Crysis 3.

3. I'm sure nobody...not even other anti-MS hacks like you...really care what you think.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

OMG. It has crawled out from under the bridge, and terrible is its fury!

I'm sure the pricing on your tablets will help you escape the corner you've painted yourselves into. Oh dear, my sarcasm is showing, isn't it?

Do try to get Threshold right.

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slynn12

What AAA games will it be able to run well? I'm going to get one if it can hack it for my portable gaming.

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JosephColt

Not really for portable gaming, but it can work well with Steam streaming or games that require very little performance. It has an Intel HD4400 with an i3/i5 and an HD5000 with an i7.

Due to Intel delaying their next lineup the surface pro 3 won't have the new chips that provide 40% better iGPU performance.

It has a 3:2 aspect ration too.

Basically just look at what an Intel HD4400 does performance wise and you will know.

What exactly are you going try to hack...?

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Granite

Well, the Surface Pro can handle Diablo 3, LoL, Portal 2 and WoW...so I'm thinking the Surface Pro 3 will do at least that good...maybe better.

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dbqfan

I recently purchased a new Lenovo ThinkPad W530 with i7 3840QM processor, Win7, Quadro K2000 Graphics with 2 GB if ram, 16GB ram, 256 GB Solid State and 1 Terabyte 2nd drive, 1920x1080 screen for $1,900. Why would anyone pay the same for a S3 with a keyboard that is terrible? The S3 is way overpriced. If you want one wait a few months and pick one up at the fire sale.

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Granite

There's a lot of differences between your ThinkPad and a Surface 3, not least of which is that the Surface 3 is a hybrid.

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MrHasselblad

Feel welcome to do a compare and contrast between the MacBook Air to any of the Microsoft Surface 3's.

S3's offer one incredibly small device; especially if eventually decked out with the I7.

But also at that price, one can get a well speced out laptop with a higher end I7

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Innomasta

And an even better spec'd desktop, what's your point? The amount of juice they're cramming into a tablet form factor is the magic here.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Yeah, you can play Angry Birds at Ultra settings . . . .

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Hawkzro

Or I could play League of Legends at medium to high settings... this "tablet" has a full x86 processor/operating system, not some dumbed down ARM proc with a dumbed down tablet/app based OS. I can literally install anything I want on this as if it were a full fledged laptop, but in the form factor size of a tablet. Again, that's where the magic is.