Earlier we got out first hands of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 but now we have our review unit in the BWOne offices ready to give it the full review treatment. The Surface Pro 3 may get Microsoft one step closer to the dream they had in the past.
What you’re getting in the box is basic. Wall charger with USB port. The charging tip has changed from the previous Surface design but still has the same magnetic connection. The Surface Pro 3 includes an update Pen Stylus that feels more like a real pen. Its Bluetooth connected which you will connect during setup and takes 1 AAA battery that’s included. The Touch Cover keyboard we have wasn’t inside the box when we got ours it came outside in a separate bag.
The Surface Pro 3 hardware itself feels great just like all the Surface tablets do. The Surface Pro we have comes with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB of ram and 256 GB of storage. Around the Surface Pro 3 you will find a full USB 3.0 port, charging port, Mini Display Port, Micro SD card slot and the new and improved kickstand which lets you lay the Surface Pro 3 back a nearly 150 degree angle. The Touch Cover will also push up against the bottom of the Surface Pro 3 to create a better typing angle when needed. Another noticeable change is the Windows hardware button is now on the left which should make it easier to use portrait mode when reading. For software Windows 8.1 Pro comes preloaded into the Surface Pro 3 and has Office 2013 with One Note.
One thing that stood out the most about the Surface Pro 3 for me is the 12 inch 2K HD display. It’s got a resolution of 2160 x 1440 and just looks amazing. Everything is so vivid, clear, colorful and crisp. It’s a 3:2 aspect ratio that Microsoft says should make it much easier to read in portrait mode.
Overall my first impressions of the Surface Pro 3 is that it’s fast, smooth and elegant tablet. One Not with the pen is something I’m very interested in along with gaming and video editing. Can those be done well on the Surface Pro 3? We’ll answer that question and more in our review. Let us know what you think and if you have any questions or comments let us know.