Several days ago, Microsoft announced the pending release of their Surface Pro 3. I watched the presentation, and several hours later pre-ordered my new device even though I have yet to actually handle one. That might seem impulsive, but for months I have been shopping for a replacement device that actually meets my specific needs, both business and personal. I’ve looked at various operating systems, tablets, notebooks, processors, available software, and feature sets. I knew exactly what I needed, and the Surface Pro 3 handled every item on my list.
Later I read the reviews and I was dismayed that the writers had not considered the actual use of this device when making their lists of pros and cons. Instead they focused on the toy features they were seeking in a tablet, and the Surface Pro 3 apparently didn’t give them the gut wrenching wow factor they were seeking. I read a lot about how the appearance wasn’t what they were seeking, or how it was a bit hard to keep stable on their knees while riding a subway change. In fact, many comments related to how this machine didn’t pass the couch potato test … balancing on one’s cross legs while supine on a soft couch, playing with a remote, and guzzling a six pack of the corner brew.
In my world, I want a device that is light to carry, runs full bodied software applications, has responsive touch and stylus input, and can be used in a notebook or tablet format. When I travel, I want one device that can do both. I love the idea of stylus input translating to text in a field ( much quicker than those spinning wheels ), a full featured Microsoft Office Suite, the ability to write, and fully test, software I develop for small businesses, and yet the flexibility to read a book, watch a video, or browse through recent news. Yes, it also allows me to handle my email and social media.
Most people do all of this by carrying a tablet and a notebook. I have a nice iPad, and a 17” notebook, so that is a solution. Of course, it’s a bit cumbersome, its two devices ( and power supplies ), and it’s a lot of weight. How nice that I can set aside both and travel with one little device that weighs less than 2 pounds.
The reviewers went out of their way to find issues with the Surface Pro 3. I guess that is to be expected when you send people who never worked on creating a product, and who are seeking glitz over performance. That’s fine for those who are seeking toys and gimmicks. However, they missed the opportunity to share a real world analysis for those who use their devices seriously to transact business, or perform personal tasks that abound in the real world.
I’m not declaring the Surface Pro 3 the best solution for everyone. I like Apple products, and have recommended them to people when I know they will be best serviced from that OS offering pair. I like Microsoft products and have used that line for over 30 years ( DOS and Windows ). The bottom line is people should define their needs and then find the solution that best fits their list, and disregard the arm chair designers who focus on fluff and thrills rather than real world technologies.