Surface Pro 3 is magical and breakable, say reviews


Careful with that spudger, Eugene.

The Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 3 is here, and reviewers are falling over themselves to look at it in-depth (and inside it). Is it the usual 3rd-time's-a-charm act for Redmond?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers give Surface another chance.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Anand Lal Shimpi has minor reservations:

While the last two were largely similar, the third time is definitely more charming. Surface Pro 3 abandon's Microsoft's 10.6-inch 16:9 form factor in favor of 12-inch 3:2...far less cramped design...approximating a normal laptop.

Surface Pro 3 retains all of the build quality goodness that made the previous designs so unique. ... Microsoft perfected the kickstand. ... The new Type Cover has a second magnetic strip [which] goes a long way to making Surface Pro 3 actually usable on your lap.

Like most compromises, Surface Pro 3 isn't the world's best laptop nor is it the world's best tablet. [But] the device's "lapability" is tremendously better than any of its predecessors [and] as a tablet the thinner and lighter chassis is much appreciated. [It] also launches with a far more polished version of Windows.

If you are looking for a single device this is literally the only thing on the market that's worth considering.  MORE


And Andrew Optimus Goldberg and Jeff Suovanen break it open (literally):

Whoops. Unfortunately, the Pro 3's weak point is just that—a point of weakness...the cooling adhesive alone was enough to crack the glass. ... It seems the thinner glass does not bode well for ruggedness, or repair.

Reprising its starring role in the Pro 2 is this SK Hynix HFS128G3AMNB 128 GB mSATA 6.0 Gbps SSD. ... This Surface is packing a 42.2 Wh, 7.6 V, lithium ion time bomb. ... This battery is stuck like a mastodon in a tar pit. ... Gross. ... we'll have to be content to leave this CPU in place, as it is not coming off. ... Millions of upgrade junkies suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. ... We're happy to see that Microsoft still provides a microSD slot. ... Both cameras...are 5.0 MP, a lackluster spec [but] we aren't fond of tablet selfies.

The delicate and arduous opening procedure leaves no room for mistakes: one slip-up.  MORE


So, sheltering from the wind, Lee Bell rings the changes: [You're fired -Ed.]

The slimmer, lighter and bigger Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is let down by Redmond's decision to trade the Surface 2's 90 screws for some "seriously hideous adhesive." [It's] even harder to repair than the iPad Air.

The Surface Pro 3's much bigger 12in IPS screen...shattered as the technicians tried to remove it from the chassis.  MORE


Meanwhile, Joe Wilcox offers his usual brand of fanboi-baiting hed:

Microsoft is cooler than Apple


Rather than innovate, the fruit-logo launches an evocative marketing campaign. ... Meanwhile, competitors like Microsoft truly innovate and take the kind of risks that once defined Apple

Microsoft gets no respect. But the company deserves some. ... Microsoft's devices and services strategy is succeeding. ... Microsoft should be an aspirational brand, selling products that promise to make people's lives better. ... Time is come for Microsoft to reclaim through innovation and evangelism what was lost.  MORE

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