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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Johnmcl7 » 24 Mar 2015, 20:00

Normally I'd avoid the i3 as well however I've seen a few comments that it runs cooler than the i5 and works better with the limited thermal headroom in the Surface chassis. At least it has some additional onboard capacity through the micro SD card although shame it's not a full size one.

I did notice the price drop and been having a look into them as I am curious but then giving it more thought, the cost is still ridiculous - £579 for the i3/64GB then £120 for the keyboard takes it up to £700 which is still a ridiculous price for the spec against other similar specced ultrabooks.

As usual there's tons of different rumours about the Surface Pro 4 but I suspect it will probably keep a similar chassis with the variable kick stand, high resolution 12in screen and digitiser but changing to the Core M (Broadwell Y series) would seem a likely choice as it's better suited to the tablet chassis.

I'm going to see if the prices drop further and if I can get a reasonable deal with keyboard, I may give it a go.

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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Tappy » 25 Mar 2015, 10:34

A friend of mine uses the SP3s in work and although the fans are supposedly improved over the previous pros, he does complain that they are still quite noisy. I suppose that's an advantage with the SP4 that, as Johns says, will likely use the new processors which, at least some iterations thereof, will be fanless.
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Postby Replicant » 25 Mar 2015, 21:17

Well I just dived in and got myself an I5 128gb model with keyboard for £828 which seemed to be a pretty good deal to me.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 25 Mar 2015, 23:52

Did you get a discount on the keyboard?
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Postby Replicant » 27 Mar 2015, 08:04

Johnmcl7 wrote:Did you get a discount on the keyboard?


PCWorld/Currys were doing a deal for £739 which is less than anyone else on the Surface and they also gave me £20 off to bribe me to take out their insurance with one month free as well. I am free to cancel this at any time and still get the whole month so seemed a no brainer there. I will cancel it at the weekend.

This is so much better to use than the Surface RT that I previously had and also more preferable than the ipad as well as I can actually get stuff done properly.

Type keyboard is an odd one, I love the fact that it is backlit and for someone who hates using trackpads I have to say the multitouch pad on here is really good. I cannot make up my mind if I preferred typing on here or on the Touch Cover. Although I am swaying towards the Type cover now I am getting used to it.
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Johnmcl7 » 31 Mar 2015, 16:25

There's a new Surface 3 available on the Microsoft site for preorder to replace the Windows RT versions:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msu ... .314926700

Instead of an ARM processor it's a quad core Atom (not sure if Bay Trail or the new Cherry Trail platform), it's a lower resolution 1080p screen and only three kick stand positions but I quite like the look of it.

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Postby Replicant » 31 Mar 2015, 18:28

Johnmcl7 wrote:it's a lower resolution 1080p screen and only three kick stand positions but I quite like the look of it.

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It has a higher resolution than the previous RT models at 1920 x 1280.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 31 Mar 2015, 20:37

Replicant wrote:
Johnmcl7 wrote:it's a lower resolution 1080p screen and only three kick stand positions but I quite like the look of it.

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It has a higher resolution than the previous RT models at 1920 x 1280.


Yep, you're right - sticks with the 3:2 aspect ratio.
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby robbo » 31 Mar 2015, 22:33

Wow, me liking the look of this new Surface 3!! It's not up on the Student part of the MS store yet though.
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Replicant » 01 Apr 2015, 05:30

Would you prefer a pen to be included rather than a years free Office 365 subscription?
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby csteff » 01 Apr 2015, 18:50

Pen :)
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby robbo » 01 Apr 2015, 20:58

Pen also! But I'm not sure how much the masses would but, more obviously, the 365 subscription might lead to a few extra bob after the free year is up.
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Tappy » 02 Apr 2015, 09:00

Nice that they have allowed charging via micro USB-B.
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Re: Microsoft announce their own tablet

Postby Johnmcl7 » 02 Apr 2015, 16:42

I'm not fussed about a pen or Office to be honest although I realise Office costs them nothing pretty much so it doesn't bother me.

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