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Third Time The Charm For Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface 3 is getting some good publicity; Microsoft seems to have got the stars to align on it's third attempt at this type of device. Surface is a Microsoft tablet that aims to bridge the gap between a tablet and a laptop. It has a detachable keyboard, and runs the "full version" of Windows 8.1. When the original Surface was introduced one of the "features" was the Windows RT operating system - a sort of "Windows Lite" that did not really fire the imagination of most users. This version eschews Windows RT and sticks with full Windows 8.1, and tries to hit that sweet spot between price and computing ability. The device can be used as a laptop or as a tablet (where Windows 8 starts to make more sense), like an iPad or an Android device.
Surface 3 delivers on lower cost. The entry-level model is only $500 (USD) and comes with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB SSD storage capacity. For another $100, you can double both of those to 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD. It also has better battery life, plus it's thinner, lighter, and has better front- and rear-facing cameras. The Surface 3 even offers optional 4G / LTE functionality.
At $500, the Surface 3 is still on the high end of what people are willing to pay for a tablet. As a computer, though, the $500 and $600 Surface 3 models fall well within the $500 to $1,000 most people plan to spend on their next PC. When you consider that the Surface 3 is both a tablet and a PC, $500 is a ridiculously affordable price to pay.
TechRepublic

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