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Surface Pro 3 Hands-On

There’s been a lot of hype around the Surface Pro 3 recently – and for good reason. The device is a beast (but an elegant beast, to be sure).

What’s different about it from the Pro 2? Well it’s lighter, thinner, and more durable while sporting a larger screen, better battery, and higher caliber processors. But that’s just a few of the improvements. Let’s get into more detail.

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Thinner and lighter, but still bigger

A few of the gripes about the Pro 2 was its screen size and trackpad. Both are improved upon in the Pro 3, while adding a few other goodies as well. The resolution is incredibly crisp on the Pro 3’s 12 inch display, and you can really see the difference. The trackpad REALLY works well, and is a great alternative for touch screen or mouse use.

I’m also pleased to inform you that the Type Cover feels even more amazing than its previous iterations, and with its new raised profile (the magnetic enhancement towards the back of the keyboard), its more stable, too.

If there’s any implicit evidence that Microsoft acquired Nokia, it’s revealed in how durable the Pro 3 is. That thing’s a tank! Not only does it feel sturdy but it’s insanely quiet. I can’t even hear it running.

The new kickstand allows the Pro 3 to lean back VERY far, or very close, depending on what you want. I found leaning it back was nice for drawing/writing on it with the pen, and leaning it upright was nice for watching video content.

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Yes, it is no longer 16:9 ratio, rather it sports a 3:2 aspect ratio. But I found it to be an even better size for displaying Modern apps, the Start Screen, and even the desktop. Clearly it’s been optimized for using as a notepad and utilizing OneNote, since it feels natural holding it in both the portrait and landscape orientation.

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I really don’t have anything negative to say about the Pro 3. It feels great, looks great, and has a MASSIVE amount of features. It’s overcome whatever shortcomings were in the previous models and does even more.

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Here’s a quick hands-on video showcasing a few of the Pro 3’s defining hardware features.