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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9987 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and screen. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the price. Many are less positive about the GPS navigation and connectivity.

usability, performance, portability, screen, size

connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 Pro, 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Dana Wollman (

Surface Pro 3 review: Has Microsoft finally made a tablet to replace your laptop?


It didn't last long, but there was a moment earlier this week when I was sure Microsoft would unveil its own laptop. At a press event, Surface chief Pano

Remarkably thin and light for a machine with laptop guts ; Easier to use as a standalone tablet ; Fast performance ; Gorgeous, high-res display ; Keyboard can be propped up at a more comfortable angle

Flimsy keyboard is inferior to what you'd get on a proper laptop; worse, it doesn't even come in the box ; Not that comfortable to use in the lap ; Middling battery life

The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's biggest and best tablet yet, but it needs a better keyboard to truly replace your laptop.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Jeffrey Van Camp (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review


Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 wants to be everything to everyone, but it's not there yet. It sacrifices tablet features to be a good laptop, and laptop features to be a good tablet, but ends up somewhat disappointing on both ends.

There’s a lot to like about the Surface, and Microsoft is going out on a limb to create a premium product to showcase Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, for the $1,000 to $2,000 asking price, we think many of you would be better off just buying a nice laptop,...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Mark Hachman (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A legitimate work PC in tablet clothing


A number of small changes make a world of difference. In all, Microsoft has made the choice between a traditional notebook and a Windows tablet far more difficult.

Larger screen offers 38 percent more real estate for getting work done ; New Type Cover is much more stable than previous models ; Battery life now quoted at eight, not six hours

Prices may still give one pause, especially versus a notebook ; Microsoft eliminated free OneDrive cloud storage from Surface Pro 3 ; Stylus holder is awkwardly placed

Microsoft's Surface lineup just keeps getting better and better, with an improved screen for desktop use and an upgraded Type Cover for the road.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Dieter Bohn (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review


Imagine if you had a time machine that could send you back exactly 13 years. The rules of time travel don't let you change the past, but they do allow you to ask one question of a single person...

Thin and light ; Greatly improved kickstand ; High-resolution screen

So-so battery life ; Some software bugs ; No full SD card slot

May, 2014

Expert review by : Wired (

Surface Tension


The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can probably replace your laptop. The big question is: Are you willing to pay the price and make some compromises in order to let it? The latest productivity-minded tablet PC out of Redmond is an outstanding piece of...

Incredibly thin, light, and fast-bootable for a full-tilt Windows computer. Forget apps; it runs full-desktop software. Durable build and attractive physical design. Its 12-inch, high-resolution touchscreen is great for watching movies and working in...

Hardware is a bit too big and heavy to use as a handheld tablet. Pricey compared to laptops with similar specs. App ecosystem lags behind those of iOS and Android. Type Cover should be included with the tablet, not sold as a $130 extra. Most Type Cover...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review


The Surface Pro 3 reviewed here is a 2014 product. It was replaced by 2015's Surface Pro 4 , which remains the company's top-end tablet.

The Surface Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than the previous two versions, despite having a larger 12-inch display and higher screen resolution. A new kickstand makes it easier to set up and use, and the keyboard cover remains a best-in-class example....

That excellent keyboard cover is not included in the base price, and its improved touchpad still doesn't measure up. The chassis lacks pen storage, and even with tweaked kickstand and keyboard hinges, the Surface Pro 3 still doesn't fit perfectly on...

While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3


With its 12-inch, high-resolution display, full-friction kickstand, and Surface Pen, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet aims to be the only mobile PC you need. But will you ditch your laptop? We're not so sure.

Clear, bright, 12-inch, 2,160-by-1,440-resolution display. 10-finger multi-touch support. Infinitely adjustable, full-friction kickstand. Pressure-sensitive stylus included.

Heavy and bulky for a slate tablet. Type Cover costs $130 extra. Integrated pen storage is flimsy. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs when used in your lap. Doesn't work with last-generation Surface accessories. Performance is...

The pen's top-mounted button feels like the one on a traditional ballpoint pen. When you click, it automatically wakes the tablet and opens OneNote on a new blank document. Clearly, Microsoft designed the system with note-taking in mind. The Surface...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review


I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro. It feels like longer but that's likely because Surface RT made its sale debut a few months prior to that, and both devices were announced...

Surface Pro 3 is easily the best design Microsoft has put forward. If you were intrigued by the previous designs, this is the first one that should really tempt you over. I was a fan of the original Surface Pro, and with Surface Pro 3 I think Microsoft...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3


Stylish design; Crisp, high-res touch screen; Improved kickstand; Strong performance ; Keyboard not included; Runs a bit hot; Below average battery life ; The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has a larger and sharper screen, more versatile kickstand and...

Keyboard not included; Runs a bit hot; Below average battery life ; The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has a larger and sharper screen, more versatile kickstand and better pen integration, but it's a pricey laptop replacement.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has a larger and sharper screen, more versatile kickstand and better pen integration, but it's a pricey laptop replacement.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Hands On, Display & Performance Preview


Earlier today Microsoft announced its 3rd generation Surface Pro device, aptly named the Surface Pro 3. This is the first Surface model to deviate from the 10.6" 16:9 form factor of all four previous devices (Surface Pro, Surface RT, Surface Pro 2,...

There's a lot more work to do on Surface Pro 3, including substantial battery life testing and continued usage. If there's anything in particular you guys want to see us touch on, leave it in the comments below.

May, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Premium
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.6


Battery life (max):9
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous video playback time:13.5


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera aperture number:1080
Rear camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Swivel camera:N
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p


Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet / Gaming tablet
Fingerprint reader: No
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable) / Slate / Slider
Product color:Black / Black, Silver / Black,Silver / Silver
RoHS compliance: No


Aspect Ratio:3:2 / 4:3
Display Diagonal:12 / 12.3
Display Resolution:2160 x 1440 / 2736 x 1824
Display Technology:IPS
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:30 / 36


Graphics:HD Graphics 4200 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 5000
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4200 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD Graphics 5000 / Iris Plus Graphics 640
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.7


Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8


E-mail:Y / Yes


3G:N / No
4G:N / Y
AirPlay: No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11ax,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Docking connector: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Internal RAM:4 / 8
Mouse included:Y
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor socket:BGA 1168 / BGA 1356 / BGA1168
RAM capacity:4 / 8
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / Yes
Carrying case: Yes
Docking station included:Y
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Stylus pen:Y


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Night mode / Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Position location:N / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:30 / 36


64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI2 / Opi
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
Processor:i3-4020Y / i5-4300U / i7-4650U
Processor ARK ID:124968 / 75114 / 76308 / 76609
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.3 / 4.20
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR16H / SR1DC / SR1ED / SR3L8
Processor codename:Haswell / Kaby Lake R
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel® Core™ i3
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 1.90
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i3-4020Y / i5-4300U / i7-4650U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor package size:40 / 42 x 24
Processor series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile Series
Processor threads:4 / 8
Scenario Design Power (SDP):6
Stepping:C0 / D0 / Y0
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 15
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology version:9.5
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes


Fingerprint reader:N


Bundled software:Bart Middelburg, Paul Vugts / Flipboard \nSkype Wi-Fi \nSkype \nOneNote MX \nSolitaire Mahjong \nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle \nFresh Paint \nNote Anytime / Flipboard \nSkype Wi-Fi \nSkype\nOneNote MX \nSolitaire \nMahjong\nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle \nFresh Paint / Flipboard, Skype Wi-Fi, Skype, OneNote MX, Solitaire, Mahjong , Sudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle, Fresh Paint, Note Anytime / Flipboard, Skype Wi-Fi, Skype, OneNote MX, Solitaire, Mahjong, Sudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle, Fresh Paint / Flipboard\nSkype Wi-Fi\nSkype\nOneNote MX\nSolitaire\nMahjong\nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle\nFresh Paint / Flipboard\nSkype\nOneNote MX\nSolitaire\nMahjong\nSudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle\nFresh Paint / Office 365
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating system version:64 / Windows 8.1 Pro 64
Trial software:Office 30-day trial / Office 365


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 64
Storage media:SSD

Technical Details

Internal RAM:8
Packaging content:Jabra Evolve 65 MS Stereo / Jabra Stealth
Processor Manufacturer:Intel

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.335 / 0.358 / 0.36 / 11.5 / 7.91 / 7.93 / 8 / 9.1
Height:0.358 / 0.36 / 11.5 / 7.91 / 7.93 / 8 / 9.1
Weight:27.7 / 27.9 / 28 / 28.1 / 28.2 / 7.05
Width:11 / 11.5 / 7.91