Surface Pro 3: Just what I was looking for

Like many of you, I spent the morning watching and tweeting about the Surface Pro 3 announce at the Surface Event in NYC. Many people were expecting a Surface mini to be released, but in hindsight, Surface Pro 3 makes much more sense from a customer standpoint and sales standpoint. With the lukewarm acceptance of Surface RT, a 8″ tablet running RT is not going to set the world on fire vs. this device announced today. 

You be able to read numerous articles about the new Surface Pro 3, and I’m not going to bore you with all of the details. Especially since I’m not hands-on with the device. I can only go on what’s been announced and put in the wild. Here’s what I know from a hardware perspective:

  • Comes in 3 processor flavors (i3, i5, i7) w/ up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB drive
  • Price point starts at $799 and goes to $1999
  • Weighs in at 1.76lbs without keyboard, pen, etc and super thin at .36 inches
  • 12-inch ClearType Full HD display will be awesome to view content as well as creation
  • Pen is wicked cool with push-button to open OneNote when device is office and new styling
  • Type cover is articulated to provided much improved laptop experience
  • Hinge allows for multiple angles for a multitude of uses
  • The new integrations with OneNote are fantastic. I can’t wait to begin putting them into action.
  • See the full specs here (Word doc so be advised…Not a webpage)
  • Check out the Surface Teams blog for a great write up on the announcement

From my standpoint as a trainer, presenter, author, and technologist, this is the device I have been looking for since Surface was released. It will allow me to have one device for consumption, creation, and presentation of content. I was looking at purchasing a Dell XPS 19 to use as an electronic white board replacement. The idea was to place the device on a lectern for presentations. This will allow me to fully interact and present without switching devices, or using a white board. This is particularly helpful in the classroom where I spend a lot of time diagramming. Now, I envision students viewing and having access to my whiteboard diagrams in real time. Plus, I now have a historical record of these diagrams. No more smartphone pics of the whiteboard here!

I am already putting the request in to my employer to forgo a new laptop and get me a Surface Pro 3. It will actually save them money since many of the other instructors choose MBPs.

To that end…TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

 (Courtesy of Ben Rudolph aka @BenThePCGuy)

Devices go on sale tomorrow Jun 20th at 12:01AM EST.

F5, F5, F5…


About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at docs.com. Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on Pluralsight.com covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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