Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is an important device for its maker: a showcase for Windows 8.1, a role model for other OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) and, finally, a source of profit. And, more than a tablet that can replace your laptop, it is also a challenge to Apple’s MacBook Air, as Microsoft’s ad confirms.
So when mine arrived this week, I was excited to see whether it lived up to its promise. (Full disclosure: Microsoft kindly loaned me the unit and they are an Articulate client but this is my own review.)
There’s much to like:
- Super-high-resolution screen. Text in Word looks noticeably crisper when I’m writing thanks to the 2160×1440 pixel screen. Some MacBook Pros and the gorgeous but expensive iMac with Retina display have similar resolution but the Surface is cheaper. It’s hard to go back to a conventional monitor with visible pixels after using it.
- The kickstand. The adjustable kickstand makes the Surface work brilliantly as a tablet and it’s a masterpiece of design. I always found the full-size iPads too unwieldy. But with the Surface you can set it up for typing or for vertical view at different angles and the stand is built-in so it’s always available.