10.8″ Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet via Amazon
Microsoft Surface 3 7G6-00001 (and 7G5-00001) is one of the latest tablets with a 10.8 inch Full HD display, Intel Atom processor, 128 GB flash drive (or 64 GB for the 7G5 model) and naturally Windows 8.1 operating system- being Microsoft brand. With these specs it really is the tablet that can replace your laptop with a built-in kickstand and how it can easily run the normal computer programs like Photoshop Essentials and iTunes and tablet touch apps and it costs less than the Microsoft Surface Pro. Surface 3 is offered with the quad core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache) at 1.6GHz – 2.4GHz speeds with Intel Burst technology, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory at 1600MHz (2GB RAM for the 7G5-00001 model) for multitasking easily- running two apps side by side, 128 GB SSD flash memory, 64-bit Win 8.1 OS and the pre-installed Bing Smart Search. It includes the Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive Cloud based storage.
10.8 inch ClearType FHD Plus screen with a max screen resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels, 3:2 image aspect ratio, ambient light sensor and 10-point multi-touch functionality. Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) is good for older and less demanding games in Windows (on Android it is capable of running high end 3D games as well). It has two cameras- an 8.0 megapixel rear with auto-focus and a 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera with stereo speakers. Sound with Dolby Audio and stereo speakers is quite good as far as the tablets go. Silver Microsoft 3 has a beautiful design that is both easy on the eyes, practical and durable as it has a solid magnesium body, weighs 1.37 pounds and measures 0.34 x 10.52 x 7.36 inches- is quite slim and lightweight. The integrated kickstand has three pre-set angles and you can get up to 10 hours of battery life from its lithium ion battery (10 hour video playback and 9 hour internet surfing but will depend on the power management setting and other factors). 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with Bluetooth enabled devices without wires, 1 x Full size USB 3.0 port for much quicker transfer of data, microSD Card Reader, Mini DisplayPort, Micro USB charging port, Headphone jack and Cover port.
Conclusion: Microsoft Surface 3 7G6-00001 (or 7G5-00001) is a powerful and functional tablet with a fan-less design, a quad core Intel processor and Windows 8.1 OS. It is offered with impressive features and design, long battery life and very decent performance- it is a solid tablet overall. Intel Atom processor is not the most powerful out there even though it has quad cores but is more than enough for any of your daily tasks- just not advanced multimedia editing or gaming. The backlit keyboard and pen are sold separately and are not particularly cheap and although it seems to be quite good value for money as far as the tablets go, versatility and functionality it would be even better if the keyboard was included in the price and the Surface Pen feels like a real fountain pen than a typical stylus and with a single touch of the pen on screen the notepad will get activated even when the system is in hibernation. You can use Microsoft Outlook for your emails, use apps like Skype, OneDrive and Bing Search that come already installed. Other sensors include gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor and magnetometer and you’ll find the Microsoft Surface 3, Micro USB Power Supply, Safety documents and 1 year limited hardware warranty by the manufacturer. Battery life of up to 10 hours is impressive but will decrease over usage by time and will depend on what you do on the tablet.