So I have been playing with my brand new Surface Pro 3 for a couple of days now. I must say I am pretty impressed. As I sit here cross legged with the stand out and the keyboard attached, it feels comfortable enough to use, but does not give me the feeling that I’m going to burn my lap like a traditional laptop. The keyboard is solid and the friction stand is outstanding. The pen support is amazing. I’ve showed it to a few people, and they have been impressed with its functionality. The only thing bugging me right now is the florescent light above my head glaring off my screen.
On a slick surface it is a little difficult to move the keyboard into the more natural typing position, but this is to be expected and there seem to be no friction grips on the bottom at all. Not a huge deal, but it is kind of annoying.
The size is a bit daunting. I am still getting used to the bigger screen size. However, the increase in screen resolution is downright amazing. I like having a bigger work space. The display is crystal clear and responds nicely to touch. Pen input is good. I noticed sometimes when using Fresh Paint in order for it to work I had to press quite hard on the pen. When switching to my finger it was easy. Not sure what the issue is with that.
The Windows button placement change and the power button placement change will take some getting used to. The USB and Display Ports have also been moved. I haven’t had an opportunity to do an in depth review of the audio, but the speaker placement is forward facing instead of to the side so it is noticeably louder.
Overall it is a solid device. The one thing that is detrimental is the ability to use touch on the taskbar when the keyboard is in the upright position. I’ve owned an original Pro, a Pro 2, and now a Pro 3, and the Pro 3 is by far the best device. I would love to see a power cover for the Pro 3 as I had one for the Pro 2 and did not have to worry about having to carry a power cord with me. As a traveling IT consultant this was a huge bonus. I cannot wait for the docking station to release so I can take better advantage of it while I am in the office.