Review: Updated: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Editor’s Note: Sure, everyone is fawning over the Surface Pro 4 these days. (And rightly so – it’s pretty stellar.) But, considering what you might need from a PC, you might not have to plunk down a huge wad of cash for Microsoft’s best yet.

In our bout of Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3, you’ll be surprised by just how close in performance the two devices are. For as much as I dig the firm’s latest product, you may be better served by something slightly heftier and just a tad less powerful considering the savings you’ll get.

Oh, and every Surface Pro 3 configuration is still enjoying that $200 price cut in the US, so now’s the time to decide – if you’re still on the fence.

Finally, if you use a Surface Pro device in the office, you might get a kick out of the wacky ways that the Surface Pro 3 has been used by businesses.

Original review follows…

Knock it for the Windows 8 launch. Lay into it for how it debuted the Xbox One. But, when it comes to its latest product, the Surface Pro 3, don’t pull out the torches and pitchforks just yet – Microsoft is onto something here.

Over the past few years, the Redmond, Wash. Windows maker has proved to be one of the bolder technology companies, for better or worse. Microsoft clearly isn’t scared of falling on its face in the hope of landing on what in the world tech users want next in this turbulent industry, and the Surface Pro 3 is – well, it just might be an exception.

The company has hammered away at what it considers is a problem with tablets for years. Since the launch of the Surface Pro, Microsoft has sought after the ultimate mobile computing device, one that could usurp the laptop with a tablet-first approach.

All five versions of the Surface Pro 3 are available now in the US, UK and Australia. They are: 64GB / Intel Core i3 ($599, limited offer); 128GB / Core i3 ($599, limited offer); 128GB / Core i5 ($799, limited offer), 256GB / Core-i5 ($1,099, limited offer), 256GB / Core i7 ($1,349, limited offer) and 512GB / Core i7 ($1,749, limited offer).

It’s also available in many more countries, including 25 new markets for the first time.