Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 tablet in India in January 2016. Priced at Rs. 73,990, the Pro 3 was Microsoft's first launch from the Surface series, in the Indian market. Due to a deficit in market demand for such hybrid computers, Microsoft has gone ahead and reduced the price of the tablet to just Rs. 58,990.
The Surface Pro 3 has specifications like a 12-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt memory and a choice of i3/i5/i7 processors, putting it in the premium range of tablet PCs in the market. Here are 5 pros and 5 cons to weigh in before buying the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in India at a price of Rs. 58,990.
A big display
The Surface Pro 3 is a hybrid tablet computer that has been made for the users who like to use a sleek tablet for multimedia and a powerful computer for work. With a decent 12-inch display, viewing multimedia on this device is a pleasant sight and performing functions like making excel sheets and PowerPoint presentations is equally simple.
High on memory
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has 4 gigabytes of RAM that is considered great for both mobile processing as well as moderate PC processing. Therefore, if you use your laptop for just normal MS-Office operations and video viewing, it's time to dump the bulky computer and get the sleek Pro 3. Although, it isn't made for video and image editing.
Great choice of processors
Starting with the Intel Core i3 processor, the Surface Pro 3 has models that go up till the Core i7. Known for their high-octane PC grade performance, there is no doubt when it comes to the multitasking and performance capabilities of Intel's PC processors. Coupled with that 4GB of RAM, they are sure to provide a smooth experience.
Stylus for your creativity
It's 2016 and the stylus is officially back in fashion. While the Apple iPad Pro does not come bundled with a stylus in the box, the Surface Pro 3 does. Useful for quickly activating the screen - for note taking - the stylus for the Pro 3 is useful in a lot of ways. You can use third-party apps and let your imagination loose by creating masterpieces right from the comfort of your house.
Full-Size USB 3.0 Port
While other competitors have the usual Micro-USB 2.0 port, the Surface Pro 3 is rocking the latest USB 3.0 port for faster and smoother file transfers and peripheral connectivity. The USB 3.0 port is better than the USB 2.0 port and the tablet can make full use of it by not requiring an additional USB to MicroUSB adapter.
No dedicated graphics
At that launch price of Rs. 73,990, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is priced similarly to a high-end gaming laptop. With no dedicated graphics chip, it is rather disappointing if you have wanted to buy the Pro 3 as a gaming machine. The SP3 lacks dedicated graphics so it will struggle at supporting high-end games. Note that some popular games may be playable on the Surface Pro 3 if you lower the game's graphics settings.
No bundled keyboard
While the SP3 is being termed as a hybrid between a tablet and a PC, it lacks the 'keyboard', which is essential for a PC to function properly for a normal user. Although Microsoft sells it separately, the official keyboard is priced at a high cost and buying the tablet without the keyboard will anyway defeat the purpose of the purchase.
One-handed usage not possible
Although quite sleek for a laptop, the Surface Pro 3 is quite bulky when seen as a standalone tablet. Weighing in at over 1.76 pounds, you can easily get tired if you use it one hand for prolonged periods of time. It is meant to be in the lap or on the desk, according to your convenience.
Lacking developer support for Windows
However high the hardware specifications may be on the SP3, it is a fact that Windows OS lacks behind Android and iOS in terms of app and software development, as far as third-party involvement is concerned. Yes, there might be over 400,000 apps in the app store. However, many are low quality apps and knockoffs of the more common apps. Ultimately, choosing a Windows Tablet today means giving up some of the popular apps that are exclusive only to iOS and Android.
Price lowered but not justified
While the price of the Surface Pro 3 might have been lowered by over Rs. 15,000, it still remains a very costly device, especially when full-blown laptops like Macbook Air and Dell XPS 13 are available at almost the same price in India. Offering lesser processing and internal storage than these variants, the Surface Pro 3 is for a niche audience that likes to mix work and play, on a Windows device.