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Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3211 reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The performance and portability also get good feedback, whereas the GPS navigation and reliability get negative views.

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reliability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 468 user reviews of Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows 8.1, 2015) from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the connectivity and GPS navigation.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Devindra Hardawar (

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 compe

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

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.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Mark Hachman (

Surface 3 review: This is the one worth recommending, though it’s no bargain


Microsoft added Windows 8.1 and a surprisingly powerful Intel Atom chip to create the Surface 3, but it still feels expensive for what you get.

Intel Atom processor performs better than expected ; One year of Office 365 Personal included ; Goodbye, Windows RT. Hello, Windows 8.1 (and 10!)

499 advertised price is currently just for the tablet ; Battery life is actually less than the Surface Pro 3 ; Limited to Microsoft Office, Web browsing, some basic games and apps

Think of the Surface 3 as a smaller, cheaper Surface Pro 3, with slightly disappointing battery life but surprisingly good performance.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Review: Microsoft Surface 3


Microsoft's less-expensive Surface lands firmly in the middle ground between laptop and tablet.

Lovely, clean design. Type Cover is a really smart, useful accessory. It runs full Windows! It really can replace both your laptop and your tablet

Still out of many people's price range. Slightly underpowered for real laptop work. Windows still isn't a touch-friendly operating system. Tweener size is too big for tablets and too small for laptops

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Tom Warren (

Microsoft Surface 3 review: a tablet that wants to be a laptop


What is a laptop? What is a tablet? For most people, the answers are obvious. But for Microsoft's Surface line, it's been a bit murky. Microsoft's first attempt, the Surface RT, flopped. So much...

Full version of Windows ; 3:2 aspect ratio improves tablet use ; Bright and colorful display

Awkward hardware for laptop use with small trackpad ; Performance isn't as good as similarly priced laptops ; Weak touch apps for tablet use

Apr, 2015

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Microsoft Surface 3


And there lies the biggest tragedy of the otherwise-excellent Surface line. When you're adding a $129 keyboard cover to a thousand-dollar tablet , it's an added expense, but doesn't dramatically change the value proposition of the system. Adding the...

The new Surface 3 costs less than the Pro version, but trickles down much of the design and materials of its more expensive sibling. This budget model finally runs the full version of Windows. The keyboard cover remains the best way to transform a...

Trading down to a low-power processor means this isn't a full-time PC. The clever keyboard case is still sold separately, and costs a lot compared to the base hardware. The kickstand has only three preset angles.

The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Brian Westover (

Microsoft Surface 3


The Surface 3 offers a welcome price break from the pricey Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and it's well built, offers a full version of Windows, and boasts impressive battery life. But in a crowded field, a solid tablet that relies heavily on expensive...

Lightweight. Full HD display with touch and pen support. New Intel Atom x7 processor offers better performance than other Atom-based competitors. Long battery life in our tests. Better-than-average speakers and webcam. Includes a full version of...

Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately. Atom processor can't compete with Intel Core CPUs. Power connector is loose and bulky. Built-in kickstand offers limited adjustability.

Conclusion The Microsoft Surface 3 does several things quite well, packaging the features of the Surface Pro 3 into a smaller, more affordable tablet. Some of these attributes really shine, like the premium magnesium-alloy construction, the refined...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (

Microsoft Surface 3


Bright, colorful display; Attractive design; Good keyboard feedback; Excellent audio; Totally quiet ; Awkward lap experience; Slow storage; Keyboard not included ; The Microsoft Surface 3 is a versatile tablet and laptop in one, offering an improved...

Awkward lap experience; Slow storage; Keyboard not included ; The Microsoft Surface 3 is a versatile tablet and laptop in one, offering an improved keyboard, a vibrant display and strong battery life.

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a versatile tablet and laptop in one, offering an improved keyboard, a vibrant display and strong battery life.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner, Klaus A. Hinum (

Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet/Convertible Review


"Notebook-Killer" Vol. 3 - After the Surface Pro 3 was released last autumn, Microsoft now also launches the light version called Surface 3. We already have a review unit and will publish our first results. Update 05/07/2015: Application Performance,...

High-quality chassis, Very good display, Good battery runtimes, Full Windows OS, Silent operation, Performance easily sufficient for daily tasks, Update to Windows 10 included, 1 year Office 365 included

A bit heavy and thick for a tablet, Complete package with Type Cover comparatively expensive, Use on the lap not really convenient, No maintainability/upgradeability, Bottleneck eMMC storage solution, Very long charging times

We already mentioned that the Microsoft Surface 3 is a convenient package, which does not reveal any serious issues at a first look. Chassis and build quality are on the good level of the predecessor, the Type Cover can actually be used for longer...

May, 2015

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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE Review


Apparently, consumers didn't take too kindly of Windows RT's limiting experience, especially when other PC makers eventually offered cheaper tablets that ran the full Windows experience. For its latest offering, the Surface 3 ditches Windows RT...

Full-blown Windows 10 experience ; Near perfectly calibrated screen ; 500 cost is pretty agreeable for a tablet running full Windows 10 ; Full-size USB port & microSD card slot ; Sturdy adjustable kickstand

Can be sluggish with heavier operations ; 64GB variant offers very little free space ; Speakers sound flat ; Camera performs poorly under low light ; Exceptionally long charging time

Microsoft has done right with the Surface 3, eliminating the sour taste left over from the disappointments and shortcomings of its Windows RT powered Surface tablets. In all fairness, we’re not dealing with a tablet here, but instead, it’s a tablet on...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Scott Schaen (

Can The Microsoft Surface 3 Be Your One and Only?


It's been a few weeks since we started using Microsoft's Surface 3, and we've been really impressed with its capability. It's not their pro model, but it's far from what we'd call “budget”. For the modest price, you really get a lot of machine. Our...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Audio / DTS Sound
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2


Battery life (max):10
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous video playback time:10


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Front camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):3.5
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p


Color of product:Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet / Gaming tablet
Fingerprint reader: No
Form Factor:Slate
Product color:Silver


Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:10.8 / 11
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel density:214
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:13


Graphics:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 5300
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics / HD Graphics 5300
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:8


Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1600


E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
Video messaging:No / Y / Yes


3G:No / Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,900,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS
4G:N / No / Y / Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,850,1700,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay: No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WWAN:Y / Yes

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Full HD: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology: No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):N
Processor socket:BGA 1380 / BGA1380
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 64
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Carrying case: Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Memory card included:MicroSD
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:No / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Stylus pen:N / Y


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Night mode / Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / No / Y
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Magnetometer:Y / Yes
Position location:N / No / Y
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Phone Features

Speakerphone: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector type:Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:N / No / Y / Yes
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:13


64-bit computing: Yes
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
Number of execution units:16
PCI Express configurations:2x1,1x2
Processor ARK ID:85475
Processor boost frequency:2.4
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L3
Processor code:SR27M
Processor codename:Cherry Trail
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:x7-Z8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:17
Processor series:Intel Atom x7 series
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Secure Boot:Y
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:N
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes


Fingerprint reader:N


Bundled software:iTunes / Office 365 Personal 1yr\nOneDrive Cloud / Office 365 Personal\nOneDrive Cloud / OneDrive cloud
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Mobile / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:1 year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage / Office 365


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Included memory card size:64
Internal storage capacity:128 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128
Storage media:Flash / SSD

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.343 / 10.5 / 11 / 7 / 7.36 / 8.7
Height:0.343 / 10.5 / 7 / 7.36 / 8.7
Weight:21.9 / 22 / 22.6
Width:10.5 / 11 / 7 / 7.36