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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5 review: specs and price

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5

Why is Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5 better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    2160 x 1440pxvs2MP
  • RAM
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    8GBvs2.21GB
  • Screen size
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    12"vs9.28"
  • Internal storage
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    256GBvs51.56GB
  • Thickness
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    9.1mmvs9.15mm
  • Megapixels (front camera)
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    5MPvs2.58MP
  • Bluetooth version
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    4vs3.74
  • Video recording (main camera)
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    1080 x 30fpsvs31100.84fps

Price comparison

Design

1.weight

790g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

9.1mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.height

201.4mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
4.width

292.1mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.weather-sealed (splashproof)
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The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
6.volume

535.34cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.

Display

1.resolution

2160 x 1440px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.screen size

12"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
3.has branded damage-resistant glass
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
4.has an IPS screen
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IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
5.LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixels
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The device has an LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixel, resulting in sharp and crisp images. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.
6.has a touch screen
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You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

Performance

1.CPU speed

2 x 1.9GHz (Intel Core i5-4300U)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.RAM

8GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.has an external memory slot
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The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
4.internal storage

256GB

The internal storage, also called read-only memory (ROM), refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.Supports 64-bit
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A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
6.semiconductor size
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
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A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a CMOS sensor
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CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
6.has a built-in HDR mode
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It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
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With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.number of microphones

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

Battery

1.battery power

5547mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
2.Battery life

9h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
3.has a battery level indicator
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An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
4.has a rechargeable battery
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
5.has wireless charging
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
6.has a removable battery
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The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
2.Supports widgets
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You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
3.has NFC
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
4.is a multi-user system
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5 (Windows 8.1)
A multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
5.The browser has word wrap
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The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
6.Bluetooth version

4

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Miscellaneous

1.mini DisplayPort outputs

1

Allows you to connect to a display using mini-DisplayPort.
2.has a dual-lens (or multi-lens) front camera
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A dual-lens or multi-lens camera takes two or more photos and overlays the captured images. Multi-lens front cameras produce sharper images, especially in low light conditions, and are great for selfies.
3.uses multithreading
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5 (Intel Core i5-4300U)
Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.
4.Has a dual-lens (or multi-lens) main camera
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 256GB Intel i5
A multi-lens camera captures two or more images and overlays them. This technology creates sharper images, especially in low light conditions, and allows you to use effects such as softening the background.

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