The Perfect Tablet / Laptop Hybrid Has Finally Arrived

This week Microsoft unveiled their new Surface Pro 3 to the press in New York. To the uninitiated, this might not seem like big news. Lots of companies launch new products, and nothing is more current than the sort-of-tablet-sort-of-laptop hybrids every company wants you to covet.

But Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer, is confident that the company’s new product is a no-compromise device that will extinguish your interest in owning a tablet and a laptop – because this is both those things and neither.

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Here’s what you need to know.

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12” screen – making it slightly larger than a tablet and slightly more compact than a laptop – and it’s lightweight design still makes it easy to carry around. It’s only just thicker than an iPhone.

It’s being marketed as a pro-laptop with tablet capabilities, not the other way around, evident in the fact it has a powerful core processor and can run powerful apps like Photoshop.

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It’s slim and flat, but thanks to the kickstand and new magnetic keyboard attachment you can use the device just like a laptop, but with the advanced mobility of a tablet device.

Most importantly, the Surface Pro 3 is not a mass-market consumer product, like an iPad. It’s impressive capabilities aim it squarely at a professional audience, hence the $799 price tag.

You can also drop the device without it taking any damage, thanks to a strengthened chassis. Perfect for the clumsy, the overly-nonchalant or anyone partial to a drink.

So, the big question is, should you buy it? The Surface Pro 3 is for people who take their tech very seriously, not a casual crowd, and it’s setting very high standards for the industry with this launch.

And crucially, the lines between what a laptop does and what a tablet does are getting blurrier. If any tablet is going to make you forget your laptop, it’s probably this.


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