Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop

The ads popped up often during the holidays, even set to music like “Winter Wonderland.” You’re forgiven if you thought the Microsoft Pro 3 should be compared to an iPad rather than a MacBook (we were, initially, equally confused). The Surface Pro 3, however, is the tablet that can replace the laptop. The Digital Edge host, Sharon Nelson, purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recently and has put it through the test of whether this tablet can actually replace the laptop she uses for her business. The Surface Pro 3 is lighter and more mobile than even the lightest laptop, which makes it better for travel. It can download the software and applications that many lawyers use in business like Acrobat, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, while also supporting multiple users.

In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway invited Nelson’s business partner, husband, and technology expert, John Simek, on to analyze the statistics of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and assess for whom it can replace a laptop computer. The beneficial features of the tablet include:

  • Bluetooth
  • USB Port
  • Solid State Hard Disk
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Hard Wire Capability
  • 12” Screen
  • 2160×1440 Resolution
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • Headphone Jack
  • Mini Display Port for Additional Monitors
  • Kickstand
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • Multiple Processor Options

Nelson found that these features made this tablet work for her as a laptop replacement. She found the i7 Processor particularly nice since lawyers often have little patience with a slow computer. However, this isn’t an advertisement for the Surface Pro 3, so Simek pointed out some downsides to the product. Purchasers should expect to pay laptop prices (instead of tablet prices) ranging from $799 to $1949, not including necessary accessories like the keyboard, which will cost an additional $199. The battery life ranges from 8 to 9 hours, relative to the iPad which consistently lasts 10 hours. Also, the Surface Pro 3 can’t sit atop a lap; it needs a hard surface to work with the kickstand. Despite the downfalls, however, Simek and Nelson have agreed that this tablet can replace a laptop, at least in their legal practice.

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