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

Mark Hachman | May 28, 2014
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.

Third time's the charm?
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 represents an improvement on all fronts. If Microsoft's "rule of three" holds, then this will be the Surface that gets it right. Let's face it: the original Surface wasn't much of a tablet. The Surface Pro 3 certainly is.

But for all of the Surface Pro 3's charms, you may be better served by exploring other options in the Windows 8.1 space, whether it be a hybrid or a traditional notebook. These competing devices may not have the Surface Pro 3's gorgeous display, but they'll likely cost a few hundred dollars less, sport longer battery lives, and maybe even face the challenges of the airplane tray table with greater aplomb.  

That's not to downplay what Microsoft has accomplished with the Surface Pro 3, however. With its latest tablet, Microsoft continues to hone in on what buyers increasingly want: a spacious sheet of thin glass for work and play. 


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