Surface 3 review: Finally, a cheap Surface you’d actually want

Once again, the third time’s the charm for Microsoft’s Surface lineup — for the most part. Last year’s Surface Pro 3 was the software giant’s most compelling implementation yet of its hybrid laptop/tablet concept. Now we have the Surface 3, the third entry in its cheaper Surface lineup. And while it may look similar to its predecessors, it’s actually a completely different beast. It’s a $499 Surface tablet that can actually run all of the Windows programs you’re used to, not just Windows 8 apps. And to Windows RT, the stripped down version of Microsoft’s OS that previously powered the non-Pro Surface tablets, all I have to say is: So long, goodbye. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! By giving up on Windows RT, Microsoft has finally managed to make a decent cheap Surface.


Microsoft Surface 3 review



Surface 3


  • The lightest Surface yet
  • Extremely versatile as both a tablet and laptop
  • Runs all Windows software
  • Stylus support is a nice bonus


  • Keyboard is another $130
  • Entry model has only 2GB RAM
  • Not powerful enough for anything beyond basic computing
SUMMARY Microsoft’s Surface 3 is the purest distillation of its hybrid tablet/laptop concept yet. It packs in a healthy amount of functionality for its $499 price, though be ready to pay another $130 for its keyboard.

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