Surface Pro 3: Great Service at the Microsoft Store

I dropped by the Microsoft Store to invest some time getting to know the Surface 3. Almost as an afterthought on the way in I decided to make an appointment to see a technical specialist while I was in there. The main problem was that the keyboard was unresponsive when waking from sleep. The keys would light up but the key presses did not register on the Surface Pro 3. The workaround was to remove and replace the keyboard after resuming from sleep.  This was mildly annoying and downright embarrassing when I had to do this in front of other … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Great Service at the Microsoft Store

Surface 3: Long May You Run

I have my Surface Pro 3 and I recently picked up a couple of Surface Battery Covers. Each one of these gives me a couple more hours of run time away from AC power. And while it’s great to be able to do that it doesn’t mean that I get to relax and forget about the battery life issue. It just means that I get to think about it in a different way.  I have to charge up the Battery Covers and I have to think about when I will carry them around. One of the great things about the … Continue reading Surface 3: Long May You Run

Surface Pro 3 in the house!

It’s Surface Pro 3 Launch Day in Canada! I was at the Microsoft Store bright and early to get my Surface Pro 3 – Core i7 with 8 Gigabytes of RAM and 512 Gigabyte SSD. I already have a Surface Pro 2 with 8 Gigabytes of RAM and 256 Gigabyte SSD.  I wanted to explore the outer limits of performance and capacity with the latest machine. First ImpressionsThe Surface Pro 3 is beautiful and fast and I immediately noticed that there’s about a 1/3 more vertical real-estate. This is going to make a huge difference in Visual Studio 2013 and … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 in the house!

Surface Pro 3: Battery Life Core i3, i5, i7

I’m considering getting the Surface Pro 3 Core i7 just to experience the difference. I had some concern that making the step up would cost me in terms of battery life. Here’s what we learned from the Surface Team today. Question:Will there be much of a battery trade off for performance in the i7 SP3? Also, what is the overall performance gain for the i7 version over the i5? Answer from the Surface Team The battery performance is the same across the i3, i5, and i7. The i7 will see benchmark scores appx. 15-20% better than the SP3 i5. Source: … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Battery Life Core i3, i5, i7