Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Battery Replacement
Before you begin, discharge the Surface Pro's battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally damaged during the repair.
The display is strongly glued to the frame of the device.
To remove the display, first soften the adhesive by applying heat. You can use a heat pad, heat gun, or iOpener. In a pinch, a hair dryer can also work.
Be careful when using a heat gun, as too much heat can permanently damage the display and/or battery.
Steadily and evenly heat the perimeter of the display until it's too hot to touch, and try to maintain that temperature for several minutes.
Use a suction cup or an iSclack to pull up on the glass and create a slight gap between the glass and the metal frame.
If your display is badly cracked, a suction cup may not adhere. It may help to first cover the display with a layer of packing tape. Alternatively, you can superglue your suction cup to the display.
Carefully insert an opening pick into the gap between the screen and the device to cut the adhesive.
Slide the pick around the sides and bottom of the display to cut the adhesive. Apply more heat as needed.
Work carefully—the glass is thin and will crack easily if you try to force it.
The wi-fi antennas are glued under the screen border along the top edge (on either side of the camera), and can be damaged easily. Use extra care when separating the top edge, and apply more heat if necessary.
Continue to heat sections of the screen with the heat gun.
As you make your way around the screen with the heat gun, use the plastic opening tool and the opening picks to pry the screen loose.
The screen is extremely thin and very easy to break. Be careful working with broken glass.
Lift the screen up carefully so that no wires are torn.
Remove the 3 mm T3 Torx screw securing the battery connector, and disconnect the battery connector.
Be careful not lose the small, rectangular bridge connector that lies underneath.
Remove the single 4 mm T3 Torx screw securing the display cable.
Lift the connector to disconnect the cable.
Be careful not lose the small, rectangular bridge connector that lies underneath.
Grasp the orange cable connected to the silver connecter.
Carefully lift the orange cable up until the connecter pops off.
The screen will now be completely disconnected.
The replacement display may not include all the parts needed for installation. Save all the parts from the original display, and transfer them to the new display as needed.
Use the metal spudger to scrape the battery off of the device.
There will be a fair bit of adhesive securing the battery to the device, so make sure to take your time and work the spudger around the perimeter of the battery to loosen all of the adhesive.
The Metal Spudger can potentially puncture the battery. It is safer to use the plastic card to remove the battery.
Lift the battery out of the device.
Be sure to follow instructions listed on the batteries for proper disposal.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: The best Surface yet is more than a tablet, less than a laptop
Fall '16 update
The Surface Pro 3 reviewed here is a 2014 product. It was replaced by 2015's Surface Pro 4, which remains the company's top-end tablet.
Note that Microsoft has also offered up a full-powered laptop that moonlights as a tablet -- the Surface Book, which starts at $1,499. An October 2016 update of the highest-end model in the Surface Book line, the $2,399 Surface Book i7, delivers souped-up power and battery life.
The Surface line has become something of a category trailblazer. Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C have borrowed envelope-pushing features like the Surface's snap-on keyboard and multitasking chops. Given that Microsoft is on something of an innovation run -- with the Surface Studio and Surface Dial just the latest examples -- rumors about the next-generation of Surface Pro continue to smolder, but will no doubt wait for 2017.
Editors' note: The original Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review follows.
Tablets are great for consuming entertainment, while laptops and other full PCs are required to actually create those works, or so the conventional wisdom goes. Some substitute the charged word "productivity" for creation, but the pitch is the same. You need one device for A, B, and C, and another for X, Y, and Z.
That means there's a sizable group of people out there spending at least part of the time lugging around a laptop and a simultaneously. I've been guilty of that, usually packing a 13-inch ultrabook or MacBook Air and an iPad into my carry-on bag for airline flights.
With the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft, the software powerhouse (and occasional hardware maker) says it finally has the single grand unified device that will satisfy both the creation and consumption instincts equally. You'll feel just as at home watching a movie or reading a book as you will editing video footage or writing your novel.
That's largely the same pitch, of course, we got for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, which points to the difficulty in translating the full Windows 8.1 experience freely between a laptop and tablet. Dozens of our hands-on reviews of devices ranging from 8-inch slates to 13-inch two-in-one hybrids back this up, as does the mixed reception to the first two generations of the Surface Pro.
Both of those devices, as well as the Surface Pro 3, at least begin with the right idea and smartly lean toward the laptop side of the tablet spectrum, including Intel Core i-series CPUs and keyboard covers designed to feel more like laptop keyboards.
With the Surface Pro 3, starting at $799 or £639 for an Intel Core i3 CPU and a 64GB SSD, we can see the thinking at Microsoft start to lean even more toward the laptop side, with a new kickstand and touch cover that allow you to work at almost any angle. Our review configuration is upgraded to a Core i5 CPU and 256GB SSD, which costs $1,299 or £1,109, while the type cover keyboard is an additional $129 or £110.
The new Surface Pro is thinner than its predecessors, with a larger, higher-resolution screen. On that mark alone, it outshines the Pro and Pro 2. The internal specs and performance are largely similar to the Pro 2, but that means it's still just as fast as any current-gen premium laptop.
With the generation-over-generation tweaks to the design, especially the hinge and keyboard, you can see a dedicated push towards advancing the cause of practical usability. It's not entirely there yet, and it's still a leap to say this will be a true laptop replacement for most people, but the Surface Pro 3 is the first Surface device I feel confident in saying I could get away with using as a primary PC.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3||Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro||MacBook Air 13-inch (June 2013)|
|Price as reviewed||$1,299||$999||$1,099|
|Display size/resolution||12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 touch screen||13.3-inch, 3,200 x 1,800 touch screen||13.3-inch, 1,440 x 900 screen|
|PC CPU||1.9GHz Intel Core i5 4300U||1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U||1.3GHz Intel Core i5 4250U|
|PC Memory||8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz||4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz||4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz|
|Graphics||1,792MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400||1,792MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400||1,024MB Intel HD Graphics5000|
|Storage||256GB SSD hard drive||128GB SSD hard drive||128GB SSD hard drive|
|Networking||802.11a/c wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11a/c wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.4|
Design and features
Despite the talk of this being the thinnest Intel Core i-series device to date, it still doesn't feel quite as thin and ethereal as, for example, the iPad Air. But its thinner body, coupled with a larger 12-inch screen, give it a more upscale feel than either the Pro or Pro 2, which were criticized for a certain boxiness.
Both of the previous Surface Pro models had 10.6-inch screens and were 13mm thick, with a footprint of 10.8 inches by 6.8 inches. This new 12-inch version is 11.5 inches by 7.9 inches, but its thickness drops to an impressive 9.1mm. The Pro 3 is also a tad lighter than its predecessor: 800 grams versus 900. Again, when you consider the larger screen, that's a worthy achievement.
With a wink and a nod, Microsoft says this new Surface Pro design isn't exactly fanless, but it might as well be. That's because the new system internals, designed in partnership with Intel, allow the system run run not only ultra-low-voltage Core i3 or i5 CPUs, but also Core i7 ones, with a slim, quiet fan moving air as needed, allegedly without that telltale whirring sound, or a fan exhaust blowing on your hands. Our Surface Pro 3, a midrange model with an Intel Core i5 CPU, certainly felt cool during our hands-on testing, but an audible fan also kicked in at times. To call the experience fanless-like would not be accurate.
One major difference in the new design is the kickstand, which can be adjusted to nearly any angle between 22 degrees and 150 degrees. That's especially useful for tilting the screen way back, as an artist using a drafting table might, but as the owner of normal-size legs for a 6-foot-tall man, I still had a hard time getting the Surface Pro 3 to sit comfortably on my lap. The kickstand either kept the screen angle too severe to see clearly while seated, or else the end of the kickstand was sliding off my knees when I tilted the screen further back.
Taking the type cover and kicking in its additional top-edge magnetic hinge, raising the back edge of the keyboard to a better angle, helped a bit, as the raised angle feels much more natural for typing (which is why nearly every PC keyboard has tiny feet at the back edge). It's a small change, but one that says Microsoft is thinking seriously about ergonomics.
Of portrait modes and pens
It may take a second to spot, but there's one major change to the Surface design ID this time around. The capacitive touch button Windows logo -- which brings you back to the Windows 8 tile interface -- has shifted from the bottom long edge of the chassis to one of the shorter edges.
There are two reasons for that, to my mind. First, the new keyboard covers cover the area where the original Windows button was located when you use the second tilt-up hinge. Second, moving the Windows logo button to the short edge points users toward using the device in portrait mode. I've found that most Windows tablets and hybrids are designed around use in a laptop-like landscape mode, which has the screen lying against its longest side, while the all-popular Apple iPad is primarily understood as a device to be held upright in portrait mode, much like a book or magazine.
This ties directly into Microsoft's strong pitch for the Surface Pro 3 as an educational device for note-taking, annotation, drawing, and sketching. The included battery-powered Bluetooth pen is metallic, and more substantial than versions I've tried with other Windows 8 tablets, such as the 8-inch Asus VivoTab 8.
In the case of the Asus, the Wacom stylus was made of thin plastic, but at least it slid right into an internal slot in the tablet body. For the Surface Pro 3, you'll need to either keep in your pocket or bag, or perhaps slide it behind your ear, unless you have a sold-separately type cover and its awkward stick-on stylus-holding loop.
While the Surface Pro pen (Microsoft would prefer you call it a pen rather than a stylus) works in a variety of apps, including The New York Times crossword puzzle app, OneNote is an easy example of how it works for drawing and taking notes. If you have all your Microsoft cloud services properly set up, your OneNote files can sync to other devices such as your phone (with cross-platform support on Android and iOS devices) or laptop (Windows or Mac). Even better, just click once on the Pen's top to open OneNote, even if your Surface is asleep, and notes are automatically saved.
A great keyboard, for a tablet
The tragedy of the Surface Pro has always been that the single coolest thing about it doesn't actually come in the box. The excellent type cover, which acts as a screen protector, full keyboard, and touchpad interface, stubbornly remains a sold-separately accessory, despite the fact that I can't imagine (or recommend) anyone ever buying a Surface without one. At $129 or £110, it's expensive for an add-on keyboard, but it's also still the main wow factor of the Surface.
The new type cover for Surface Pro 3 is larger than its predecessors, although the older versions will still work -- they just won't cover the entire screen when the flap is closed. It feels like the best add-on tablet keyboard you can buy, while still falling short of a decent budget laptop keyboard. The secondary hinge, really just a line near the top edge you can fold the cover along, lifts the rear up and holds it against the body via a magnetic connection, giving you a more natural typing angle. It's an excellent ergonomic improvement, although it makes typing louder and clackier.
The touchpad built into the type cover is better than the last version we tried, made of what a Microsoft rep described as a "ceramic fabric" material. But despite the improvements, it's still not responsive, or tap-sensitive, enough for fast-track multitaskers, and the surface area is too shallow to easily navigate all around the screen. You'll most likely develop a shorthand combination of touchscreen and touchpad, plus pen, to get around.
The screen you'll spend a lot of time touching is a better-than-HD display, measuring 12 inches diagonally with a 2,160x1,440-pixel resolution. The IPS panel looks clear and bright, has excellent off-axis viewing angles, and follows a growing trend toward better-than-HD displays. Do you need more pixels on a 12-inch screen? That's debatable, but some 13-inch models are already hitting 3,200x1,800 pixels.
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, headphone jack|
|Data||1 USB 3.0, microSD card reader|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
Connections, performance, and battery life
Built into the thin body you'll find a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort, 5-megapixel and 1080p HD front- and rear-facing cameras, as well as stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound. Other hardware specs include SSD storage from 64GB to 512GB; 4GB or 8GB of memory; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; and TPM 2.0 for enterprise security.
There is also a $200/£165 Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 with a Mini DisplayPort supporting resolutions up to 3,840x2,600 pixels, five USB ports -- three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports -- and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. There is a standalone Surface Ethernet Adapter for $40, too.
No matter which configuration you order, you'll have to wait a while to get it (if you're looking just after Microsoft's announcement, which came on May 21, 2014). The two Intel Core i5 models, with 128GB ($999, £849) or 256GB ($1,299, £1,109) of SSD storage are listed as shipping in late June. The Core i3/64GB version ($799, £639) and the two Core i7 versions with 256GB ($1,549, £1,339) and 512GB ($1,949, £1,649) of SSD storage are all listed as shipping at the end of August.
Our fourth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, coupled with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, matched up well with other premium laptops that might be considered in the same breath as the Surface Pro 3. Application performance was comparable with Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air, the tablet-like Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and even last year's Surface Pro 2. For everyday Windows 8 tasks, from Photoshop to Web surfing, it's more than powerful enough, and the higher screen resolution makes it easier to snap multiple apps open at once on the screen.
Intel's basic built-in graphics still can't handle even mainstream games, so don't think of this as a portable game machine. We gave BioShock Infinite a spin at high settings and our standard 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, and got single-digit frame rates. Running at the native resolution on low settings, the game still chugged unacceptably.
The Surface Pro 3 did, however, best most of the competition in battery life, even if only by a small margin. On our video playback battery drain test, it ran for 7 hours and 28 minutes, which is close to a full work day. The Yoga 2 Pro and HP's 13-inch two-in-one X2 hybrid fell only slightly behind, and last year's Surface Pro 2 ran for about 30 minutes less. Of course, as the introductory press conference for the Surface Pro 3 was built in part around comparisons to the MacBook Air, we should point out that the Air ran for more than 6 additional hours on that test.
Does the Surface Pro 3 really do something so different than its predecessors that it will replace the sea of glowing MacBook Airs seen in the audience during Microsoft's NYC launch event? No, it's still the same basic concept: a Core i-series slate, coupled with a very good keyboard accessory.
In the hand (or lap) shortcomings stood out, including some ergonomic difficulty actually balancing the thing on your lap, and a touchpad that still doesn't work effortlessly. It's certainly different enough from the Surface Pro 2, though, that I can call this a very substantial generation-over-generation leap.
Putting on-paper specs aside, it's already become my go-to coffee shop companion over the past few days, and I'd feel confident taking it on a plane ride or day full of on-the-go meetings. But I'm not quite ready to trade in my laptop just yet.
Surface Pro 3 and Windows
Surface Pro 3 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro edition (for commercial customers), which includes BitLocker data protection, domain join, and Remote Desktop Connection hosting.
Not sure which version of Windows you have? See Which version of Windows operating system am I running?
If you're not sure which Surface model you're using, see Find out which Surface model you have.
Diagram of Surface Pro 3
Not sure where to plug something in or turn up the volume? To help you get around, here's a diagram.
2. Headset jack
5. Front camera
6. Front privacy light
7. Front microphone
8. Mini DisplayPort
9. Full-size USB 3.0 port
11. Windows button
12. Charging port
Surface Pro 3 features
Work your way
Flip out the Surface Pro 3 kickstand to any angle and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the couch, or while giving a hands-free presentation. Choose the angle that's right for you. Multi-touch lets you use your fingers to select, zoom, or move things around on the screen (learn about using a touchscreen).
Surface Pro 3 supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth®, and it has the ports you expect in a full-feature laptop.
Full-size USB 3.0 port. Connect USB accessories—like a mouse, a printer, a 4G USB dongle, or an Ethernet adapter.
microSD card slot. Use the microSD card slot for extra storage or transferring files. Learn more about Surface storage options.
Mini DisplayPort version 1.2. Share what's on your Surface display by connecting it to an HDTV, monitor, or projector (video adapters sold separately). Learn more about connecting Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.
Charging port and 36-watt power supply. Attach the included power supply to the charging port when your battery is low. Learn more about Surface battery and power.
Cover port. Add Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 (sold separately) so you'll always have a keyboard with you. Thin and light, Type Cover even helps protect your touchscreen while you're on the go. For more info, see Surface Type Cover.
Next-gen power for your ideas
Surface Pro 3 uses the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor (i3, i5 or i7). Choose from 64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM, or 256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM. Want even more storage? Learn more about Surface storage options.
Music, podcasts, and audio books sound crisp and clear with Dolby® enhanced sound. Need a bit more privacy? Plug your favorite headset into the headset jack. When you’re on your next call or making your next video, take advantage of the noise-cancelling stereo headphones. See Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories for more info.
And for both videos and photos, you’ll have two 5-megapixel cameras. Each camera has a privacy light, so there are no surprises. For more info, see Take photos and videos with Surface.
Make it your own
Learn about the optional accessories that work with your Surface Pro 3.
To take full advantage of all your Surface can do, you can download apps that use the four available sensors (compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope). If you want to learn more about Surface Pro 3, download the User Guide for your Surface (English only).
10.52" x 7.36" x 0.34"
10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display
Up to 10 hours of video playback1
2GB RAM with 64GB storage
Intel® Quad Core Atom processor
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Full-size USB 3.0
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (depending on when you purchased your Surface 3)
Cameras, video, and audio
3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
Ambient light sensor
What’s in the box
1 Testing conducted by Microsoft in March 2015 using 64 GB and 128 GB units with 4 GB RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness was disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.
2 System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.
3 Maximum display output from the Mini DisplayPort depends on the refresh rate and the screen resolution. For more info, see Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.
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Surface Pro 3
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Surface Pro 3 with red Type Cover
|Release date||June 20, 2014|
|Discontinued||November 1, 2016|
|Memory||4 or 8 GBLPDDR3 1600 MHz RAM|
|Storage||64, 128, 256 or 512 GB|
|Removable storage||microSD slot|
|Display||12.0 inches (30 cm) 2160x1440 (216 ppi) eDPClearType HD screen with 3:2 aspect ratio|
|Graphics||Intel integrated HD Graphics|
HD 4200 in i3 CPU
HD 4400 in i5 CPU
HD 5000 in i7 CPU
|Sound||Front-facing stereo speakers|
|Input||Built in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer|
Sold Separately: type cover, mouse, stylus pen
|Camera||Front: 5 MP|
Rear: 5 MP
|Touchpad||On the Surface Pro Type Cover (sold separately)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5 mm audio socket, Cover port, Charging port|
|Power||Built-in rechargeable 42 W⋅h (150 kJ) lithium-ion battery|
36 W proprietary external power supply with integrated USB charging port
|Online services||Windows Store, OneDrive, Xbox Music, Xbox Games, Xbox Video|
|Dimensions||11.5 in × 7.93 in × 0.36 in (29.21 cm × 20.14 cm × 0.91 cm)|
|Mass||1.76 pounds (800 g)|
|Predecessor||Surface Pro 2|
|Successor||Surface Pro 4|
The Surface Pro 3 is the third-generation Surface-series 2-in-1 detachable, designed, developed, marketed, and produced by Microsoft. It originally ran the Windows 8.1 Prooperating system (OS), but the optional upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (OS) operating system was later added.
The older, original Surface and Surface 2, with their ARM-based processors and Windows RT operating system, are pitched against the iPad and other tablets. The Surface Pro 3 (like the preceding Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2), with its x64 Intel CPU and Windows 8 OS, is a full-fledged PC that competes against Ultrabooks (particularly those convertible laptops with touchscreens for a tablet functionality, flexible hinges, detachable keyboards, or sliders) and other high-end sub notebooks such as the MacBook Air.
The Surface Pro 3 was announced on May 20, 2014, at a New York City event, pre-orders were opened on May 21, 2014, and the first models were released on June 20, 2014 in the U.S. and Canada, with the Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i7 models released on August 1, 2014. The Surface Pro 3 was launched in 25 additional markets on August 28.
On October 6, 2015, Microsoft released its successor, the Surface Pro 4 with a bigger screen with a higher resolution and reduced bezels, faster CPU options, a thinner body and improved cooling system.
The Surface Pro 3 has a body made of magnesium alloy giving a gray matted finish to the back of the device. The charging port is magnetized and connects securely to the charger.
It comes with an improved kickstand, allowing the device to be set at any angle between 22 and 150 degrees. The kickstand has a high resistance which provides firmness and prevents accidental sliding.
The Surface Pro 3 features a larger 12 inches (30 cm) (screen display area 25.4 cm x 16.9 cm) display over its predecessor. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio which Microsoft claims allow the device to be used more comfortably in the portrait orientation. Because the touch screen digitizer and the pen digitizer are combined into a single layer, the screen is physically thinner than that of its predecessors, which improves viewing angle.
Although the Surface Pro 3 has a larger screen than its predecessor, it is both thinner and lighter, weighing 100 grams (0.22 lb) less. Microsoft claims the Surface Pro 3 is capable of up to 9 hours of web browsing.
The Surface Pro 3 is built on the 4th generationIntel Core processor with TPM chip for enterprise security. It includes a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort on the right, an audio jack on the left, and a hot swapmicroSD slot on the back of the device. The microSD slot supports memory cards up to 200 GB. The internal solid-state drive and system memory are not user upgradeable.
|Surface Pro 3 external display connectivity|
|CPU model||Display 1||Display 2||Display 3|
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(1920x1200, 60 Hz)
(1920x1200, 60 Hz)
(4096x2304, 24 Hz)
(1920x1080, 60 Hz)
(3200x2000, 60 Hz)
(3200x2000, 60 Hz)
(3200x2000, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(2560x1600, 60 Hz)
(1920x1200, 60 Hz)
(1920x1200, 60 Hz)
(4096x2304, 24 Hz)
(1920x1080, 60 Hz)
|(maximum resolution and refresh rate shown in parentheses)|
|Surface Pro 3 configuration options|
|Price tier (USD)||CPU||Integrated GPU||RAM||Internal storage|
|799||Intel Core i3-4020Y (1.5 GHz)||HD 4200||4 GB||64 GB|
|999||Intel Core i5-4300U (1.9 to 2.9 GHz)||HD 4400||128 GB|
|1299||8 GB||256 GB|
|1299||Intel Core i7-4650U (1.7 to 3.3 GHz)||HD 5000||128 GB|
External display connectivity
Like its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3 is capable of connecting up to three external displays. To connect a third display the 2-in-1's own screen should be turned off.
The device itself has a single Mini DisplayPort output and in order to connect two external displays one can additionally use a secondary Mini DisplayPort on a docking station accessory (sold separately). To attach three (or fewer) displays, an aftermarket DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport hub can be used or a daisy chaining feature of compatible displays. One of external displays can be attached over-the-air utilizing Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology.
In a single external display mode over DisplayPort, the i5 and i7-based models also support a resolution of 3840x2160 at 60 Hz, known as 4K Ultra HD.
The Surface Pro 3 initially shipped with Windows 8.1 Pro, but since the Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015, new devices come with the updated OS pre-installed, eliminating the need to upgrade as is the case on existing devices. The Windows 10 upgrade, among other features, brings a Tablet mode, which can be useful when device is used as a tablet, that is without a keyboard attached.
The Surface Pro 3 is one of the first 64-bit Windows devices that features InstantGo (formerly Connected Standby), allowing for smartphone-type power management capabilities. This allows for Windows Store apps to update info (such as email) while the device appears off, and for the operating system to run automatic maintenance when connected to AC. The Surface will enter hibernation state after four hours of no activity, to further conserve battery power.
With InstantGo active there is only one power plan available with a limited options. InstantGo is currently not supported when Hyper-V is enabled, instead the device will enter hibernation each time it is put into sleep mode.
The Surface-series devices feature a Type Cover accessory, an attachable protective keyboard, which is sold separately, yet has continually appeared in every Surface ad since the launch of the original Surface. The Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 features backlit keys, is thinner and has an improved touchpad over its predecessors. It also has a magnetic strip which binds to the front bezel of the display for additional stability. The magnetic strip can also be used to elevate the position of the keyboard, which can help to comfortably use a Type Cover on a lap.
The Surface Pro 3 is the first Surface device to feature an improved version of the Surface Pen, which is included with each device. In contrast to that from the earlier devices of the Pro line, which was based on Wacom technology, the Surface Pen of the Surface Pro 3 features N-trig DuoSense technology with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Microsoft also offers a docking station, which adds five USB ports (including three USB 3.0), a Gigabit Ethernet port, an additional Mini DisplayPort (which can be used simultaneously with the port on the Surface Pro 3) and a 3.5 mm audio socket for audio input/output.
Some of Microsoft's wireless touch mice were restyled to match the Surface-series devices design, added where applicable a Bluetooth connectivity and relaunched as Surface Edition series mice: Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition and Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition.
The Surface Pro 3 has received positive reviews. David Pogue suggested "The upshot is that, with hardly any thickness or weight penalty, the kickstand and the Type Cover let you transform your 1.8-pound tablet into an actual, fast, luxury laptop". Pogue said that the Surface Pro 3's form factor works well as a tablet, in contrast to the Surface Pro 2, whose bulk and weight limited its appeal as a tablet. Pogue also stated that the new multi-stage kickstand, 3:2 screen aspect ratio, and new Type Cover 3 detachable keyboard made it a competent laptop.
It has been suggested that the Surface Pro 3 comes closest to the Microsoft Tablet PC concept that company founder Bill Gates announced in 2001, being the first Surface to become a credible laptop replacement.Time magazine included Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in the list of the 25 best inventions of 2014.
The Surface Pro 3 received a repairability score of 1/10 from iFixit because of the use of a strong adhesive material throughout and the difficulty in removing the display.
Sources: Microsoft Devices BlogMicrosoft Store
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