Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Microsoft Surface 3 – What Approach Should You Take?
Microsoft has a lower end line of tablets and a premium line with powerful processors that you usually find on laptops. Both, the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 are convertible and can be transformed into laptops if you’ll attach a type cover which is found on Microsoft’s official store, but before reaching to a conclusion, which tablet is better, take a look at their specs and see which one is more suitable.
Both tablets have similar designs, being made of magnesium, but their dimensions are making the difference. The Surface Pro 3 is 10 percent larger, measuring 290x201x9.1mm and it weights 800grams, while the Surface 3 measures 267x187x8.6mm and it’s 180grams lighter.
The volume rocker is placed on the top of the Surface 3, along with the power button, while the Pro 3 has its volume rocker placed on the left side. Both tablets have a kickstand, but while on the Surface 3 has three different stops, it’s continuous on the Surface Pro 3.
On their bottoms, you can find the magnetic keyboard cover, a USB 3.0 port and mini DisplayPort. On the right side, both tablets have the proprietary magnetic charging receptacle, but the Surface Pro 3 has the 3.5mm on the left side, while the Surface 3 has it on the right ride.
The Surface Pro 3 has a larger eDP ClearType HD display of 12inches with a resolution of 2160x1440pixels that is capable to support 216ppi and has an aspect ratio of 3:2. The Surface 3 has a 10.8inches ClearType screen with Full HD resolution of 1920×1280 pixels at 214ppi, with the same aspect ratio.
The Surface Pro 3 has a 42 Wh (150 kJ) battery and supports a 36W proprietary external power supply, which comes with integrated USB charging port. If you stream Netflix content over WiFi using the Chrome browser, and setting the brightness level to the maximum, the tablet will last between 3 hours and a half and 5 hours.
The Surface 3 with its 28Wh battery onboard obtained a score of 334 in the PowerMark benchmark, while the Surface Pro 3 scored 224.
Prices and Specs
Surface Pro 3
$799 – Intel Core i3 clocked at 1.5GHz, with Intel HD Graphics 4200, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory;
$999 – Intel Core i5 clocked at 1.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz), with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory;
$1,149 – Intel Core i5 clocked at 1.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz), with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal memory;
$1,549 – Intel Core i7 clocked at 1.7GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5000, 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal memory;
$1,949 – Intel Core i7 clocked at 1.7GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5000, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal memory.
$499 – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 clocked at 1.6GHz (Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz), with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory;
$599 – Intel Atom x7-Z8700 clocked at 1.6GHz (Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz), with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.
The Pro Pen that is shipped with the Surface Pro 3 actually costs $49. If you’ll buy the Surface 3, you’ll get a year of Office 365, which has a value of $69.99. The Type Cover for any of the tablets costs $129.99 and the Surface Pen is priced at $49.99.