Microsoft Debuts Surface Pro 3, Meant to “Replace Your Laptop”

Microsoft Tuesday announced its latest entry into the tablet wars- and the first under new CEO Satya Nadella- with the introduction of the new Surface Pro 3.

The tablet, featuring a huge, 12-inch display, is explicitly touted as an option for users to replace their laptop. It’s also touted by Microsoft as “30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air.”

“So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes,” Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Microsoft Surface, said as part of the announcement.

“Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop — packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device. You’ll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need.”

The new device runs on a 4th-generation Intel(R) Core(TM) processor and sports up to 8 GB of RAM. Accessories include new versions of the Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen.

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  • Phil Kipnis

    two problems. First is Windows 8 and second is it’s in between practical sizes for what it supposed to do. A twelve inch screen is too small for a laptop and too big for a tablet. I use both, but in different ways. I need a minimum of fourteen inches for my laptop, just to be able to read and visualize what I’m looking at. The OS is just barely OK if you turn off the silly graphical front page. I don’t need to be distracted with personal junk while I’m trying to work or do a proposal. My Acer tablet is killer for doing pp type presentations between two people. I don’t want to have personal stuff on a machine that my customers are interacting with. One last thought, It’s too expensive for what it is versus what it needs to be.