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Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 3 at a media event in New York City on Tuesday, setting its sights on not only Apple’s iPad, but the MacBook Air as well.

The Surface Pro 3 busts past the 10.1-inch norm to a 12-inch display with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It’s not a 16:9 aspect ratio, but rather a more comfortable 3:2 aspect ratio with a HD screen – a first for Microsoft’s Surface line. But the thinness and lightness is where Microsoft is hoping to sell you. 

Microsoft is touting the Surface Pro 3 as being the thinnest-ever product to run a laptop-grade Intel Core processor. It weighs 800g (1.76 pounds) and is 9.1mm thick. Press at the event are claiming it’s a very light tablet, and of course, Microsoft’s Surface team thinks its your ideal laptop replacement, even going as far to pit it against the MacBook Air on stage.

“This is the tablet than can replace your laptop,” Panos Panay, Surface boss at Microsoft, said at the event on Tuesday.

Compared to the last two versions of the Surface Pro, you still get the same Surface feel. There’s a kickstand on the back for when you want to put it in laptop mode, and a Type Cover keyboard that will allow you to type like on a traditional laptop. Microsoft has upgraded the Type Cover with a better design and more accurate trackpad, as well.

The Surface Pro 3 will start at $799 and $129 for the keyboard. There will be Intel i3, i5, and i7 processor options available when it starts selling on May 21.

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  • Marcus Winchester

    Now Microsoft are getting serious. That’s truly amazing

    • Sokrates

      Apple needs to hurry up.

      • Rowan09

        With what a tablet computer?

      • 空白

        If they do that they’ll destroy Mac sales. I can see the MacBook Air spot getting phased out and replaced later but that would be when iOS truly runs it’s course and Apple deems it time to put OSX on the iPad. That’s what we’re really asking them to do.

        They want to keep the iPad the iPad for now. And keep as many sales of the Mac flowing. The Surface hasn’t really done that well. Not because it sucks but because it’s expensive and does more than what the general person wants in a tablet.

  • Framboogle

    Looks like shit. Probably will work like shit as well.

    • Martynet

      hahaaa

      • jack

        sad iDB keeps deleting our comments.. just put it hidden and if someone wants to see it, they can click and reveal the comment.

      • Danial Sa

        a real dictator

    • Dan

      silly Fanboy

      • Framboogle

        I prefer the term fanman

      • Matt Taylor

        What was said?

      • Dan

        he said it looked like $hit and performed like it

  • Regis

    Need a price. Might buy this for college.

    • Maxim∑

      Will be very expensive that’s for sure

    • Marcus Winchester

      It’s $799.99 for the Core i3/64GB version without a keyboard. Those sons a……I won’t even say

      • Jeffrey

        And $1949.99 for Core i7/512GB version without a keyboard. i mean, it may be high specs, but thats a TABLET we’re talking about! The Macbook Air may be expensive but at least it’s a laptop, with comparable specs which run faster on OS X…

      • utsav koju

        How do you define a tablet and laptop? Would you be kind enough to share your views?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Well according to my ProWidgets Dictionary Widget…

      • Jeffrey

        Laptop: a portable personal computer with a clamshell form factor, suitable for mobile use.

        Tablet: a mobile computer with display, circuitry and battery in a single unit without a built-in keyboard

      • Sean Cua

        lol so a laptop needs to have a clamshell form factor. Really making up your own rules in this one.

      • I’m sick and tired of this nonsense delusion of a tablet should be cheap ’cause it’s a tablet. Look at the damn functions and usage scenarios, not just the form-factor! The MacBook air being a laptop-only PC offers 1/3 the usability of the Surface Pro:

        “- Offers the functions, versatility and performance of a Laptop (which is all the MacBook Air offers at the same damn price)

        – Offers a 10-point multi-touch experience when in tablet form

        – Offers the ability to naturally replace all your needs for paper (notebooks, diaries, logbooks, etc)”

      • Jeffrey

        a tablet is really different. a tablet isn’t meant to do the things a laptop can do, a laptop has higher specs and has a built in keyboard, a tablet is only meant to browse the internet and play with apps and to be highly portable at the same time, like a bigger smartphone, not a smaller laptop.

      • “a tablet is really different. a tablet isn’t meant to do the things a laptop can do, a laptop has higher specs and has a built in keyboard, a tablet is only meant to browse the internet and play with apps and to be highly portable at the same time, like a bigger smartphone, not a smaller laptop.”

        That’s Apple’s marketing definition. In reality, like Desktops and Laptops, Tablets AND SmartPhones are just another form factor of a PC (Personal Computer).

        The form factor barely defines the device’s functionality and capabilities as Apple makes it look. That is mostly done by the OS (Operating System) and there’s no rule of thumb stating that it has to be limited to consumption tasks or bastardized apps (like iOS/Android/Windows RT).

        The Surface Pro and other 2-in-1 PCs (like the Lenovo Miix 2) are materialized proofs of that; they’ve filled the gap between the Desktop, Laptop AND Tablet PC *form factors*. Soon as the technology gets there, expect to see a Surface Phone that transforms into a Surface Pro, similar to this (bit ly/1gjmQtW | bit ly/1gjn7NB | bit ly/1gjn18z) but with full Windows functionality.

      • Jeffrey

        says who? most people would agree that a smartphone or a tablet aren’t supposed to be the same as a pc in another form factor, however, they ARE supposed to replace some functionalities of the pc, like web browsing etc. the form factor DOES define the device’s functionality and capabilities, if you don’t agree, why don’t you make a smartphone with an intel core i7-4770K, 16 gigs of RAM and a Nvidea GeForce GTX 690? that’s right, you can’t, because smartphones aren’t meant to do that. smartphones and tablets arent meant for to play Crisis 2 on. Ofcourse there’s no rule for that but it’s just a general agreement that smartphones, tablets and laptops arent supposed to be the same things. Also, the Surface Phone is bullcrap, it’s not innovative, it’s just a tablet with space inside to fit a phone in, it doesnt transform. thats like saying a speedboat transforms in a yacht because you can park your speedboat inside your yacht, like this: http://media1.break .com/dnet/media/2013/7/1/c66ba2c1-81d3-4a17-a780-dc97724585c7.jpg

      • “if you don’t agree, why don’t you make a smartphone with an intel core i7-4770K, 16 gigs of RAM and a Nvidea GeForce GTX 690”

        Simple, ’cause the technology isn’t there yet, and trust me, it’s getting there.

        “that’s right, you can’t, because smartphones aren’t meant to do that”

        Again, I can’t ’cause the technology isn’t there yet, not ’cause of the SmartPhone not being meant to replace your Tablet.

        “smartphones and tablets arent meant for to play Crisis 2 on”

        Says who? They’re not meant to be ’cause you can’t do it on the iPad?

        “but it’s just a general agreement that smartphones, tablets and laptops arent supposed to be the same things”

        That’s an agreement in the iWorld. Outside those Apple walls, many others disagree. Sooner or later, expect to see Apple follow along and ignore it’s “refrigerator toaster” excuse, then we’ll see what your excuse becomes.

        “Also, the Surface Phone is bullcrap, it’s not innovative, it’s just a tablet with space inside to fit a phone in, it doesnt transform. thats like saying a speedboat transforms in a yacht because you can park your speedboat inside your yacht”

        Uhm first off, it would be innovative ’cause it’s a change to the way of using a SmartPhone PC, which fits the conventional definition of innovation:

        “make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”

        Second off, that’s an inapt analogy ’cause the tablet part wouldn’t operate without the the phone part. The tablet part would be like a docking station (with the usual standard ports on the Surface and) with a digitizer touch-screen monitor built-in (like this http://bit ly/1nlXP3V)…

      • Jeffrey

        a smartphone simply isn’t meant to replace a pc, they arent meant for to play Crisis 2 on because nobody would want that an because a smartphone is just a replacement of SOME features. and that’s not an agreement in the ‘iworld’, it’s just a general fact, even this post from ANDROID and me says it wont replace the pc: http://androidandme com/2011/08/devices/can-a-tablet-replace-a-pc/ . i would love to speak to you in 10 years and see how smartphones and tablets have replaced the features of a pc by then, i’m sure it wouldn’t have. about the concept: it’s not a change to the way of using a smartphone, it’s just a smartphone which you can put inside a ‘case’ which would make you have a bigger screen, like attaching a monitor to your laptop… do you think that’s innovative too?

        PS: let’s not make this argument too long, i love to argue about this kind of stuff but it takes a lot of my time lol

      • ” even this post from ANDROID and me says it wont replace the pc”

        Not in this day and age, again, ’cause the technology isn’t there yet. People are already partially doing so like this (http://bit ly/1h9tXnu), once the technology gets there, expect to see more videos like that.

        Ps: It’s no post-pc era device (that’s a marketing gimmick ’cause the iPad is just a bastardized PC, which is still a PC), it’s just a PC+ device.

        ” like attaching a monitor to your laptop… do you think that’s innovative too?”

        That sure was innovative back in the days; creating a video out port for extending or duplicating your screen on a desktop-sized one; that opened new gateways to using a Laptop. This will be extending your SmartPhone screen to a still-mobile screen which you can carry around with you. That’s a change to the way I’ll be using my SmartPhone…

      • Jeffrey

        ofcourse it is possible, anything is possible, but it is inpracticle and nobody is going to do that, also, we are talking about the smarthpone replacing the pc, not a smartphone with a 29′ monitor and a keyboard and mouse. i also don’t see it running gta 4/5, crisis 2, mafia 2, left 4 dead 2, team fortress 2, counter strike source, adobe photoshop etc. thats what i do on my pc, and a smartphone will not ever replace that. if you want to get rid of your pc and make your phone your pc, do that, i wont hold you, but you will be one in a million and you would be stupid as hell. you are not getting the point i’m making. the smartphone may replace SOME features, but it will never ever replace all. for example, i like to use a mouse and keyboard, not a touch screen for my pc, you can not pkay the games i mentioned above with a touchscreen. also, the smartphone already replaced some pc features like social media, writing and making powerpoint presentations etc but those replacement apps are only small versions of the real pc software, the pc software is way more advanced! when i get home and i want to browse the internet or make a document for school or look on facebook, i don’t grab my phone, i grad my laptop or pc, why? because the pc is more extended. the smartphone is meant to replace these features for anywhere but home, where your trusted pc is. when i get home i put my phone on the charger and not touch it untill i go outside again. get the point, PLEASE just get the point.

      • “but it is inpracticle and nobody is going to do that”

        You’re sounding like Ballmer complaining about touch-screen keyboards…remain in denial all you want kid, take the red pill whenever you’re ready.

        “also, we are talking about the smarthpone replacing the pc, not a smartphone with a 29′ monitor and a keyboard and mouse.”

        WTF do you think a Desktop PC is kid? Have you been living under a rock or what? Here’s some insight; a Desktop PC sits on or besides your desk and connects to a Monitor to display its content in large view, a Keyboard for inputting content, and a mouse for navigating the content. That’s exactly what the phone was doing, and guess what; it fits the conventional definition of a Desktop:

        “A computer that is suitable for use at an ordinary desk.”

        “I also don’t see it running gta 4/5, crisis 2, mafia 2, left 4 dead 2, team fortress 2, counter strike source, adobe photoshop etc.”

        Sheesh, you can’t be this daft, can you? Do you really have a hard time comprehending this? English is most likely not your first language…

        “Not in this day and age, again, ’cause the technology isn’t there yet”

        ” if you want to get rid of your pc and make your phone your pc, do that, i wont hold you, but you will be one in a million and you would be stupid as hell”

        How asinine can you get? You keep ignoring the fact that I clearly stated THE TECHNOLOGY IS NOT THERE YET

        “the smartphone may replace SOME features, but it will never ever replace all”

        That’s the same thought Apple was having with regards to the tablet, guess what, they were wrong. Guess you’re waiting for them to inform you of that…

        “get the point, PLEASE just get the point.”

        I get your point; you’re talking about the NOW, I’m talking about the FUTURE. And guess what; as time flows, technology advances at an accelerating rate. And as technology advances, the processing power and graphics performance of SmartPhone PCs will eventually match that of today’s x86 Tablet PCs. And when that happens, all what you’re claiming to be impractical, will become practical…

      • utsav koju

        its the defination ipad has given. Apple has filled your mind with S***. Grow up man. There is no standards. If a gadget can make your life easy then accept its usability.

      • Jeffrey

        LOL, i never ever researched that and i never ever knew that was said by apple, i also never even said i was an apple fan so how would you even know? every device and term has standards, these standards are what the consumer makes of it, and the standards i mentioned are those standards. don’t mention apple in an argument that’s not even related to apple

      • 空白

        GTFO bro, your name is stupid. Apple hasn’t filled our minds with anything. That’s what stupid people say. Apple is a company. We just happen to think the Apple design is better than anyone else’s. Like we’ve been saying. We’ll keep our iPads and PC/Mac. You guys go drop two stacks on a kick-standed laptopblet.

      • Rowan09

        Why would I need to purchase the Surface there are tons of Windows touch screen laptops for a fraction of the price and more space? Any tablet can provide you with 2 & 3 from your example. The Surface is just too expensive. Windows computers where always a cheaper alternative to Mac and now it’s the same price.

      • “Why would I need to purchase the Surface there are tons of Windows touch screen laptops for a fraction of the price and more space”

        You wouldn’t need to, you would want to if you require top-notch performance in a fully-mobile package, the same reason you’d bother looking at ANY MacBook. If you don’t mind sacrificing performance and portability, go cheaper, the options are there…

        “Any tablet can provide you with 2 & 3 from your example.”

        Nope, only tablets with a Wacom/Cintiq digitizer display can accomplish the latter two. Others (like the iPad) are far from a natural transition from using a pen and paper. Can’t rest you palm, no pressure sensitivity, and you’ll be using them bulky-head styluses.

        “The Surface is just too expensive.”

        It’s very expensive, yet justifies it’s price tag than ANY MacBook (or Laptop-only PCs with similar price tag) has ever done when you consider all the usage scenarios.

        “Windows computers where always a cheaper alternative to Mac and now it’s the same price.”

        There still are cheaper alternatives to Macs in the Laptop-only space, but most of them you’ll be sacrificing performance. In the Desktop-only space, there will always be cheaper alternatives, thanks to custom-built PCs. In the Tablet-only space, there are cheaper alternatives that offer way more in terms of both performance and versatility.

      • Rowan09

        I get it the Surface is a great piece of hardware but no one looking to purchase a high end laptop with space would say i NEED to get a Surface. In my opinion it’s competitor would be the Air and Pro and of course other cheaper Windows laptops. Do you really sacrifice that much paying $1000 for a touch screen laptop that gives you 1TB of space, etc? I like the idea of the Surface but if they could get the price down it would be a game changer.

      • “but no one looking to purchase a high end laptop with space would say i NEED to get a Surface”

        Understood. Mostly agree. By default, the average person would look at the storage size and go with the higher capacity one. However, I’d think that’s more of a mid-range laptop with a high-end CPU. When you get into the high-end Laptops (which come with high-end specs all-around, including an SSD), then the Surface begins to make sense…anyone considering a MacBook Air would benefit a lot more with the Surface Pro for similar price.

        “Do you really sacrifice that much paying $1000 for a touch screen laptop that gives you 1TB of space, etc?”

        You’ll just be sacrificing:

        “- The SSD performance. This affects boot-up time, app download/install time, app usage performance.

        – The 10-point multi-touch experience, as you can’t hold and carry around that laptop’s screen.

        – The ability to replace ALL your needs for physical paper and make your transition to digital note-taking/drawing totally natural. This sacrifices benefits like easier to copy-paste, easier to review and correct, easier to append missed notes to, easier to store for future reference, easier to share without worries of losing your notebook, easier to find past notes for reference, better (re)organized in one place, limitless number of pages/sections, totally green, etc”

      • Rowan09

        Dude you need to get a job with Microsoft.

    • Sachin

      I was also hoping to buy it for my college but sadly it starts at $799 to $1949 and base model is just 64GB. 🙁

      • Sean Cua

        it has an sd card slot though. or micro sd not so sure but it has one.

      • Hyr3m

        and USB ports…

  • Linton Findlay

    the surface is a tablet though, it should be compared with the ipad air

    • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

      a tablet that can be used as a laptop replacement 🙂 with an ipad you can’t replace your laptop

      • Dean Johnson

        Why not? I use my iPad for pretty much everything

      • Kurt

        Hook up an external hard drive to your iPad. Tell me how that worked out for you.

      • Dean Johnson

        Maybe not directly, but there are plenty of ways to add storage to your iPad. There’s always a way if you want to 😉

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s besides the point and Apple doesn’t make it easy. As much as a fanboy as I am, clearly anyone that isn’t blind can see that the Surface Pro 3 is a fully fledged computer that is way out of the iPads league. Although this is to be expected considering the iPad is designed for consumers and the Surface Pro 3 is designed for the proffessional market. Anyone with half a brain can see that it’s better than an iPad though and it will likely remain that way until Apple releases their rumoured iPad Pro (assuming it isn’t just a rumour)…

      • Guest

        Very well said, totally agree! I have been under Apples spell for so many years now and spent untold hundreds in their ecosystem but more and more now I am wondering why I am so loyal and am I missing out! Other products are really pushing boundaries and it seems all Apple products are is over hyped! Ok the apps are awesome but that’s thanks to developers not Apple, and the same apps could be written for any os! I mean, intel core processors, USB3 ports on a tablet, a full OS and not a blown up phone OS! I want these things so bad, and I can sit here wishing Apple would release an iPad as good as this or I can just face facts, pretty soon I’m going to have to jump ship 🙁

        Apple: Pull your socks up and give us what we all want, because it would seem Microsoft already are and your keynotes and your smoke and mirrors and your overhyped products are getting old! Don’t get left behind, work for your crown!

      • Rowan09

        So Apple needs to make a tablet laptop why now? If they make a tablet laptop it will cost the same price as a MacBook Air and Pro.

      • Yup, saving you $850 (no need for iPad, $500, no need for Wacom board, $350)

      • Matt Taylor

        Very well said, totally agree! I have been under Apples spell for so many years now and spent untold hundreds in their ecosystem but more and more I’m wondering why I’m so loyal and am I missing out! Other tablets are really pushing boundaries and it seems all Apple tablets are is over hyped! Ok the apps are awesome but that’s thanks to developers not Apple, and the same apps could be written for any os! I mean, intel core processors, USB3 ports on a tablet, a full OS and not a blown up phone OS! I want these things so bad, and I can sit here wishing Apple would release an iPad as good as this or I can just face facts…

        Apple: Pull your socks up and give us what we all want, because it would seem Microsoft already are and your keynotes and your smoke and mirrors and your overhyped products are getting old! Don’t get left behind, work for your crown!

      • Rigo

        Wireless storage! Yeah I said it.

      • Walcy Carroll

        google kickstarter iStick, there is one work-around option, plus others are available

      • Kurt

        There definitely are ways. Many work really well. I hope one day we will see our iPads be more like win 8 tablets. I love the idea of using a win 8 tablet with my TV or monitor with a keyboard and mouse then go to the living room and use it as a tablet.

      • 空白

        Lol, why would anyone want to?

      • To create a backup of my device without the need for internet, to store/back-up app/program offline installers, to back-up my huge collection of media (1.5TB) which can’t fit on my internal SSD, etc…

      • utsav koju

        ios for ipad and iphone is really premitive in case of multitasking. Even can’t think of easy way to copy and paste the text.

      • Dean Johnson

        1. Hold your finger on the text
        2. Select text you want to copy
        3. Press “copy”
        4. Go to wherever you want to paste the text
        5. Hold your finger on the screen
        6. Press “paste”

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Sorry, not easy enough. Unless I can copy and paste using mind control iOS belongs in the trash.

        /Sarcasm

      • Dean Johnson

        Maybe we should simplify it with a totally functional, very handy and useful heartbeat monitor

      • Dean Johnson

        Nevermind, that’s Samsung. We’re talking about Microsoft right now

      • Jeffrey

        i wish i could give you more ‘like’s’ or ‘thumbs up’ or ‘arrows up’ but sadlyi can only give you one:( love this comment, it’s getting hot for utsav

      • 空白

        *iOS for the iPhone and iPad is really primitive in the case of multitasking. I can’t even think of any easy way to copy and paste.*

      • Linton Findlay

        wouldnt be so sure the only things ive ever missed on my ipad over a computer is SPSS and gaming, but i doubt a surface could run either of them anyway

      • utsav koju

        who said it won’t be able to. Its laptop processor they have used its i’ series processor not the crippled down ARM, itoy and other tablet have used.

      • Linton Findlay

        processor type doesnt mean anything itil probs be only a dual core 1.5ghz thing, you have to take into account that it doesnt have a very tactile keyboard and the ram, and storage are gonna be garbage too. important unless only you wanna play minecraft and only analyse 2 pieces of data in spss

      • utsav koju

        Its quad core cpu that your mac use not ARM that your itoy uses. It comes with 8gb ram not like your 1gb ram on your toy and its available upto 512gb you can barely imagine on your toy. It is capable of playing any game available for your pc at the moment. Do google before commenting anything crap dude.

      • Jeffrey

        nobody was talking about an iphone or ipad, even microsoft compares it to a macbook air so don’t bother comparing it to an iphone or ipad. also, this thing will definately NOT in a million years EVER run a high end game, it’ll probably lagg on Minecraft. the macbook air definately runs faster and plays games much smoother than the surface. so next time you comment don’t say shit you didn’t think about first

      • utsav koju

        hahaha have you tried to run any games dude. You are just assuming things you haven’t tried yet. PC has lots numbers of games than your mac and here people are comparing surface with thier itoy so i have addressed so. Don’t speak crap without going through every comments. and don’t judge the goods you haven’t even get to play with.

      • 空白

        Have you actually played any real games on the Surface or are you speculating too? Other than Minecraft, lol. Get real.

      • Jeffrey

        For your information I have played with these goods, in fact, I have gamed on a low-end 11 inch Macbook Air from 2011 AND on a mid-range Microsoft Surface 2 and I can tell you now that the 11 inch 2011 Macbook Air would beat the Microsoft Surface 2 ANY day. Maybe YOU are the one who hasn’t even played with these goods;). Also, we weren’t talking about the amout of games available on Windows and OS X, so don’t bother arguing about that. You can install Windows on any Mac within half an hour.

      • 空白

        You should do the same bro, lol. You sound like an idiot right now.

      • 空白

        Idk, because you need more than just a decent CPU for gaming? Not integrated graphics like the Surface has? Do you know how computers work?

      • Welcome to 2013 sir, integrated graphics have be capable of playing games like Battle Field 4 (http://bit ly/RSO7M9) on low settings.

      • 空白

        Lol, yeah. I get that you can play games on low but who does that who doesn’t absolutely have to? Not me, lol. But I’m not a huge PC gamer. If you wanna but a Surface and play on the bare minimum be my guest.

      • The Surface Pro 2 can play on medium settings with it’s Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics…but that’s besides the point; it’s doable.

      • 空白

        I hear you. I’m not trying to knock the surface or anything. I think it’s awesome,(the pro version at least), but I don’t like how people are comparing the device the the iPad. Honestly, besides form factor, they are two very different machines. Though in my opinion I’d if I wanted to spend as much money as I would buying a fully loaded surface I’d buy a fully fledged laptop. PC or Mac for the price. And have a true get things done device that can also game on Ultra. Depending on which route I choose in spending. I appreciate what Microsoft is doing. I think tablets ARE the way of the future… but not yet. As for me, I’ll keep using my iPad for what it’s meant to be: a media consumption device, and leave the heavy lifting for my PC.

  • rockdude094

    Battery life = 5mins
    Just enough to plug your charger in if it gets disconnected

    • Tavish

      If the battery isn’t 8+ hours, I wouldn’t be surprised if this flopped. Battery life is so important if they want people to replace their iPads and MacBooks.

      • rockdude094

        Probably the second most important thing. Usability and practicality comes first to me. I can’t see myself typing a 100 pages essay on a surface.

    • Chindavon

      They should have made the kickstand a kinetic charger so we can see Surface users flap that thing to keep it running.

      • rockdude094

        LOL if I was bill gates is hire you

    • How do you read 9 hours as 5 mins?

  • whodakat

    I love how they compare it to a Macbook Air but then when they weigh it or measure it, they leave off the keyboard cover. Apples to apples (pun intended) please.

    • randomGuy

      they did attach the keyboard cover after introduce it, still lighter than the Macbook Air

    • You obviously didn’t bother watching it to the end…

    • Sean Cua

      they attached the cover and removed the ipad air and the macbook is still heavier.

  • Jason Baroni

    Doesn’t matter. Satya Nadella keeps using Office 365 on his iPad Air.

  • hkgsulphate

    When did they release the Surface Pro 2?

    • Jonathan

      Oct 22 2013
      Google (Bing gave the best search for it though) search: Surface Pro 2 release date

  • Jonathan

    If this is Hackintosh-able, I’m sold.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      OS X has terrible touch screen support relying solely on third party utilities and drivers. Hackintoshing it would probably provide nothing more than an evening of entertainment before you decided to wipe it and reinstall Winblows…

      • Jonathan

        lol, I’d keep windows on it. I may not even want it has a touch screen for the mac. Just a mac and windows in one, cheaper too. Kinda.

  • Julio Montes

    I thought they began selling in June.

  • utsav koju

    why these so called apple fanboy are so biased over surface. Remember Surface is a full fledge computer on the go. Not like your itoy. It comes at the price of your ipad with full fledge functionality of your mac.

    • Dan

      I agree. I have an iPad at home and I like it fir what it is. I’m the first to admit that when it comes to productivity, a laptop or PC/Mac has it beat 100%.

    • 空白

      I think the surface is awesome. And I agree with you that you can’t really compare the two. We’re talking about two different categories. They just look and work the same. (From a usability stand point) But the surface is lacking in some aspects. And honestly I’d rather buy a MacBook Pro with the money I’d spent on the Surface. I use my iPad for normal stuff like web, music, and mail.

  • Jeffrey

    i think that microsoft forgot about the difference between a tablet and a laptop, also, the prices are comparable and i’d rather want a macbook than a surface 3…

  • iDude

    Probably made of light components too. Whole casing appears to be plastic-ish… i wouldn’t be suprised if i find cotton inside it :/

    • Jeffrey

      LOL, i agree that the device sucks but i held a surface 2 and it’s actually made of aluminum, not really thick aluminum but it’s ok… macbook air is way better quality though.

      • Vitaliy Anonymous

        Well, a bit better than aluminum. It is a magnesium alloy, which is more durable than aluminum.

      • Jeffrey

        oh lol, didn’t know that, didn’t even google it:P

  • At

    So $928 with a keyboard, i3, 64 gig. MacBook Air 13″, 128gig, i5 $909,
    $949 depending where you get it from. And if you really need windows, dual boot with windows 7!

    • Jeffrey

      exactly! also, this is a damn tablet not a laptop so they shouldnt even compare these devices

      • Sean Cua

        it is a laptop and a tablet, damn whoever said that the surface pro isnt a laptop?

      • Jeffrey

        the surface pro is NOT a damn laptop! thats like saying the ipad is a laptop when you attach a keyboard case to it! just no

      • “thats like saying the ipad is a laptop when you attach a keyboard case to it”

        Yes it is, just a bastardize laptop like Chromebooks; you can use it on your lap for certain computing needs. Is it that tough for you to comprehend?

      • Jeffrey

        no it isn’t-_- you cant just turn a tablet into a laptop by attaching a keyboard to it. are you also going to say that if you attach a keyboard to an iphone it turns into a laptop? because you can use it on your lap for certain computing needs! right?

      • “no it isn’t-_- you cant just turn a tablet into a laptop by attaching a keyboard to it.”

        Remain in denial all you want, take the red pill when you’re ready. It fits the conventional definition of a Laptop:

        “A computer that is portable and suitable for use while traveling.”

        “are you also going to say that if you attach a keyboard to an iphone it turns into a laptop? because you can use it on your lap for certain computing needs! right?”

        Yes I’m going to say that, it’ll just be a tiny-screen bastardized Laptop, which ain’t practical…

      • Sean Cua

        That is one stupid comment. An iPad can’t do everything a laptop can, but a Surface Pro attached with a keyboard is a laptop and it can do all the things a normal laptop can. That is why they are comparing it to the macbook. Technically speaking the surface pro’s processor is using x86 architecture which all laptops and computers are using whilst the iPad is using armm architecture. Seriously, you are wrong and please research about it before you keep being stubborn and say that you are right.

      • Jeffrey

        so? you’re saying that the definition of a laptop/pc is something that runs on x86? again, you’re f*cking stupid. you see, i didn’t research that you are stupid, but i know you are, not everything has to be proven by research;)

    • Chindavon

      But, but, you get to swipe the screen with your fingers!

  • utsav koju

    People here at idownloadblog are likes sheeps. They just think ipad, iphone and macs are great because everyone are saying so. Gush. Apple is not a great company not any more.

    • euthenia

      same goes to microsoft. ain’t great since very long ago too. yippiee. btw, we think it’s great because we used it and compared it and not just based on what other people are saying about it.

      • utsav koju

        surface 3 is not released yet and you people are really great, really advance ;). Have apple created time machine for you guys 😛

      • euthenia

        I hope Microsoft able to invent basic brain function support for you as you aren’t able to comprehend the points made in a statement.

      • Mohammed

        First of all this is an apple news blog.
        So u should expect that fro the visiters
        Secondly :do u really think that this surface will sell?
        Its gonna end up like every other surface,greatly reviewed ,poorly soled.

      • Hyr3m

        Poorly soled ? It’s not a pair of shoes you know…

    • 空白

      GTFO

  • euthenia

    microsoft is trying to attract productivity (business) users which i think they did great with surface pro 3. but how many users actually use tablet for productivity purpose? mostly uses it for web browsing and entertainment. yes it’s lighter than macbook air 13″ but it’s heck lot heavier than ipad or other android tablets.

    • utsav koju

      I would rather define surface to be tablet cum laptop. You can use it either to replace your ipad or be productive as your mac book. It’s a all in one gadget. Its a complete pc.

      • Hyr3m

        “productive as your mac book” I love oxymorons 😀

  • Al

    “96 percent of users with an iPad have a laptop”

    Microsoft is really looking toward the future. I hope Apple is aware that having separate categories with the iPad & Macbook is not going to hold up for too long.

    I have an iPad… I would want it to be as powerful as the MacBook eventually, but I’m sure Apple do not want to take sales away from the MacBook… but I believe Microsoft is ahead of the curve.

    Only problem Microsoft have is not getting much developer support.

    • Rowan09

      The problem with making an iPad a full laptop is the screen is too small. There’s a reason why laptops are 13″ and above. The Surface is not the first tablet or touch screen laptop, Sony did it with the UX Vaio, I had one but the Pro is far more advance. For the price Microsoft is selling the Pro its just ridiculous. People are accustomed to Windows PCs being cheap and now they will need to retrain people on the benefits of paying so much for a Windows laptop. Companies usually have specific programs, so you won’t need a full fledge laptop to get the work done. Ths Surface Pro will flop like the others, it’s just too expensive for a Windows laptop.

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      As a Windows RT/8/Phone app developer myself, I have to say that Microsoft had really outdone themselves in terms of development. What they did, was allow us to create an app for the Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox all in one SDK. I sincerely hope that it will result in much more apps in the stores.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Yay! Apple vs Microsoft. I hope this really pumps out great products from both of them. The surface pro 3 looks pretty slick. I’m fine with my macbook pro though 😉

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Has iDownloadblog look changed?
    I can feel the difference.. Did anyone noticed?

    • Jeffrey

      nope, what changed?

  • Godsitsj

    Stupid Microsoft thinks people are gonna buy their shit for that price… and that’s only the basic model. Ha, comon, stick to making cheap crap, apple rules the top end of the market.

  • Rigo

    that’s like comparing apples to oranges, why don’t they add the keyboard weight.

  • Yujin

    Try using this on your lap…. Then see if you still like it.

    Of course if you want a “laptop” with 64gb for the price of a MacBook Air then go for it. It is your money. Lol

  • Jerry Cox

    This is the market that Microsoft should have targeted all together. It is not a iPad and shouldn’t be compared to one. It is truly a computer; a better laptop (especially now with bigger screen and sexy “stylus”.)

  • Mohammed

    It will be years until people realize the power of this device (Surface 3).
    And by that time apple ,google and samsung will release their own so called (pc replacement ) thing.
    Do u really think that ur precious MIcroSoft can even have a chance against those 3?if u have half a brain ur answer will be similar to his answer.
    So go suck microsft’s d**k somewhere else. Sad guy.

    • Way the go playing the bait-switch game asinine fantard. Point was he’s comparing the price of a 3-in-1 device to a mono device…

      • Mohammed

        I know that i am the one who started the argumnent .
        But i think there is no point in arguing anymore.
        Only time will tell which one of us is true.

  • Joonyaboy

    I wanted to like this but I just used a Surface 2 for a weekend and I hated every moment of it (and I happily use an XP machine at work).

    I’m great with my iPad Air and Macbook retina.

    • Guest

      Ok Jony Ive…

  • klouud

    Awesome! The only problem is: it runs windows.

  • Matthew Tanous

    how about some actual HHD space that can be used…

  • Sharon Nathaniel

    Personally I would like to keep tablet as a tablet and a laptop as a laptop. And please don’t compare it with macbook air, air is a marvellous LAPTOP.

  • Jeffrey

    That is one stupid comment. Do you think an android tablet is a pc when you attach a keyboard to it? because android runs on pc’s as well. if ios was installable on a pc, would the ipad be a pc too then? you are freaking stupid, you are judging what a pc is and what not based on the OS. f*cking stupid