Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

You can pair your Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 pen to other devices. This is more interesting than compellingly useful, but here’s what I found. I picked up  an HP Stream 7 at the Microsoft Store last week. I was trying to capture a screen shot with the thumb keyboard but trying to do that with the Windows-Volume_Down combination wouldn’t work because pressing the Windows button dismisses the keyboard. Then remembered that a double-click on the Surface Pen button opens OneNote Screen Clipping Tool. I paired my Surface Pen via Bluetooth to the Stream-7. I was actually surprised that … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

Surface Pro 3: My Pen Wakes up my Surface At The Worst Times

One of the great moments with the Surface Pro 3 is when you click the button on the Pen and the system springs to life. This is great when you want it, and it not so great when you don’t. The worst times are when I reach into my backpack and jostle the Pen, and it wakes up the system while it’s in its case. Starting the system up when it’s in the case causes it to run, run down the battery, and of course it gets hot. If you put the Surface Pro 3 into Hibernate mode, the Pen … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: My Pen Wakes up my Surface At The Worst Times

If Sitting is the New Smoking Try Thinking On Your Feet With Surface Pro 3

The original title was If Sitting is the New Smoking, Surface Pro 3 can help. I know that seems like an audacious statement but if sitting is the new smoking you can read all over the web that the answer is to change attitudes and behaviour.  It doesn’t take much to imagine that someone standing with a pen and a pad of paper is working.  I’ve long known that someone can be really productive while standing or even walking with a Tablet PC (a portable computer with an active stylus).   The accuracy of the pen with the Surface Pro 3 … Continue reading If Sitting is the New Smoking Try Thinking On Your Feet With Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Core i7 has Landed

I went to the local Microsoft Store and picked up my pre-ordered Surface Pro 3 Core i7.  Went with black for the keyboard, Microsoft Complete and in a last moment quick decision I went for the full 512 GB storage.  Here’s the basic specifications. Intel ® Core(TM)  i7-4650U CPU @ 1.7 GHz    2.30 GHz Intel ® HD Graphics 5000 It’s fast, quiet, and I’m really happy with the new aspect ratio.  I was concerned about the new pen technology but everything I use on a regular basis works just fine so far.  Overall, I’m thrilled. More early impressions soon.  Stay … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 Core i7 has Landed

Surface Pro 3: Accessories in Advance

The Surface Pro 3 won’t be available in Canada until August 1 but in anticipation of that day, I’ve already ordered and extra Surface Pro 3 Pen and Docking Station. I’m really looking forward to running two monitors off the Surface Pro 3. I should be able to do that with the Docking Station. From what I can see, there’s a mini-Display Port on the back of the Docking Station AND the mini-Display Port on the Surface 3 will still be accessible even when docked. It looks like you can daisy-chain TWO display port monitors from the docking station, but … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Accessories in Advance

Surface Team talks about the new Surface Pro 3 Pen / Digitizer

I’ve been anxiously waiting for details about the new pen technology. The Pen has been for me, the distinguishing feature of the Tablet PC that has kept me coming back for a decade. And it’s been pretty much unchanged for that long. The Pen in the Surface Pro 3 is different. The promise of much higher accuracy especially at the edges is exciting, but I was concerned about the lower specification for pressure sensitivity. I wanted to know more and I found it here on Reddit  – I’ve added some formatting for readability. I intend to use this as reference. … Continue reading Surface Team talks about the new Surface Pro 3 Pen / Digitizer