Microsoft Surface 3 64gb £377.10 using code @ Argos online and instore
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Microsoft Surface 3 64gb £377.10 using code @ Argos online and instore

£377.10Argos Deals
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Found 18th Jul 2015
Use code TECH10 to get 10 percent off. Using code you can also get the 128gb model for 450
With the integrated Kickstand, desktop software, touch apps & full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation & practicality. You'll be amazed at all you can achieve with Surface. Includes 1 year of Office 365 Personal (limited time). Pen & keyboard sold separately.

•Model number: 7G5-00002.
•Works like a laptop when you need it. Powered by a fast Intel processor, touch apps and Windows desktop software like iTunes and Photoshop Essentials work seamlessly. Click in a backlit keyboard (sold separately) for a 2 in 1 laptop, to type faster than on-screen and connect easily to your accessories with the full-size USB 3.0 port.
•With a Pen (sold separately) that feels like an actual pen, this is the most natural writing experience on a tablet. With one click of the Pen, a blank sheet is available for notes, even if Surface is asleep. Easily mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps.
•Upgrade for Free to Windows 10 when it's available* and get the best combination of the Windows you know, plus lots of improvements you'll love. *For qualified Windows 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year. More information and additional offer terms available in the coming months. 1 year of Office 365 Personal included.

Display:
•10.8 inch screen.
•Resolution 1920 x 1280 pixels.
•Multi-touch screen.
•Fingerprint resistant coating.

Specifications:
•1.6GHz Intel Atom x7 quad core processor.
•2GB RAM.
•64 GB internal storage.
•Windows 8.1 operating system.

General features:
•Built-in speaker.
•Webcam.
•Wi-Fi enabled.
•Bluetooth - enabling you to easily and wirelessly connect with other bluetooth enabled devices.
•3.5mm stereo headphone jack.
•Microphone.
•microSD memory card slot.
•1 x USB 3.0.


though not guaranteed get TCP 4% from Microsoft Store if you are student, same prices
- splender

99 Comments

Gave some heat but I will say, by the time you have yourself a keyboard and the pen, you're looking at over £500 for an Atom tablet. Compare this to the Miix 3 and you soon begin to wonder if this tablet is actual value for money.

You could buy three Miix for that, too.
Edited by: "Skymonkey" 18th Jul 2015

any decent offers for the pro variant?

candyman86

any decent offers for the pro variant?



I saw a surface pro i3 in my local John Lewis on Weds for £400. Seriously thought of buying and when I went back it had gone. It was a return but with all the warranty etc. Hopefully when Windows 10 comes out you'll see the windows 8.1 tablets drop in price - people don't want the headache of upgrading an 'old' machine.

candyman86

any decent offers for the pro variant?



Quidco just emailed me about £100 cashback on the Pro on the MS Store. Might be worth keeping an eye on the store

candyman86

any decent offers for the pro variant?



Expansys are still the cheapest. £514.99 for the 64GB

Surface 3 will get the free upgrade win Win10.

Pretty good deal here these are expensive bits of kit. With a bit of luck you can pick up the keyboard cheap. They go on offer every so often.

With a Intel Core-M, instead of the Atom x7 (same Core-M as used the new macbook) this could have been a success, instead its compromised/too expensive for what it is. Avoid.

If you want this type of device, (lenovo are better) better to look for a discounted Surface Pro 3. Thurrott.com mentioned an event on Aug 16th as possible launch date for Surface Pro 4 update, but given recent write-downs/losses in mobile hardware by MS, not so sure, probably more Oct. MS seem to be staying in the Surface game, even though Microsoft Lumias/Windows mobile appears all but dead.
Edited by: "tightar5e" 20th Jul 2015

shadow1

with keyboard … with keyboard herehttp://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4085777.htm#pdpFullProductInformation



So £450 with keyboard, plus another £40 for the pen. Still a bit pricey for what you're getting TBH. Pro deals have been posted on here for only a little more. I'd like a Surface 3. I'd happily swap my 1st gun Surface Pro for one. But at this price I can't help but think saving for the Pro 3 makes more sense.

Skymonkey

Gave some heat but I will say, by the time you have yourself a keyboard … Gave some heat but I will say, by the time you have yourself a keyboard and the pen, you're looking at over £500 for an Atom tablet. Compare this to the Miix 3 and you soon begin to wonder if this tablet is actual value for money.You could buy three Miix for that, too.



I can believe that. And for the same money you can have a second-hand Surface Pro 3 with keyboard, paid £450 for mine.

The problem with all other 'similar' tablets (e.g. Dell Venue 11 Pro, Lenovo Miix 3, Linx 10, etc.) is they have similar-ish specs and hardware on paper but all have compromises which brings me back to the Surface Pro 3 again; if you've tried them all you'll see what I mean.

I installed windows 10 on this yesterday works a treat.

Use my Pro 3 daily and apart from the scaling issues (which I'm hoping will be sorted with Windows 10) I've had no complaints. I can see the Surface 3 being just a tad small and underpowered for certain people, but it's perfectly adequate for the rest. Great devices that truly are underappreciated in my opinion.

satchef1

Expansys are still the cheapest. £514.99 for the 64GB


Is this the same as the one on MS store for £639?

I have the Surface 3 128GB and would highly recommend it. Fantastic piece of hardware and will be upgrading it to Win10 when available.

The Miix3 is obviously great value for money, but the build quality doesn't come close to that of the Surface tablets. They're very solid.

incredible productivity potential packed into such a portable form factor.

well worth the money based just on how much you can get done on the go - which is literally everything you can do on your home PC.
Edited by: "elbs" 18th Jul 2015

If you're going to buy a keyboard for this thing, why wouldn't you just get a laptop instead? So you don't need to balance it in the right position not to fall over while you're typing

I love how people still think these are expensive, considering iPad prices and people think they are good value for money!

I personally feel these are quite cheap for what they are, you can spend £200 and get a lovely 2 in 1 pc, or you can spend double and get a premium one!

Got the Thinkpad 8 from expansys a couple of weeks ago, was only 8.3 inches, but at £239 you get a 1.59 GHz Quad Core Processor, 4gb ram and 128gb memory and a LTE modem, added a £13 1byone keyboard for convenience when its need and it'd become a perfect laptop replacement for casual use and also when you're out and but lately it's become my daily driver as it has all the full windows programs I need.

EDIT: I'd have gone for a Surface Pro 3 but am waiting for the Pro 4 then I'll get rid of them all.
Edited by: "PittancePincher" 18th Jul 2015

As

Skymonkey

Gave some heat but I will say, by the time you have yourself a keyboard … Gave some heat but I will say, by the time you have yourself a keyboard and the pen, you're looking at over £500 for an Atom tablet. Compare this to the Miix 3 and you soon begin to wonder if this tablet is actual value for money.You could buy three Miix for that, too.


Depends on your primary use for it. As far as I can see, the Miiix 3 has 32GB primary storage which is pretty poor on a Windows 8 device. Even adding a fast micro-sd card device (which are still relatively slow) is a compromise, not to mention the rather limited 2GB RAM. If you just want to use it as a tablet/media consumption device, the Miix is ok, but if you want something that can perform as both laptop and tablet, with the lightweight/size aspect of the latter, the Surface 3 with 4GB ram and 128GB storage is perfect (I use mine for processing images, watching videos, accessing email, editing Word and Visio documents and VPN access into customer sites while I'm travelling).

The only caveat is the battery life - with my old Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, I could easily watch movies for an entire 10hr flight on it, no chance of that on the Surface - I'd say 6-7 hours is more realistic with it set to low power mode and the screen dimmed. Then again, NotebookCheck review showed 5h 53m for the wifi test on the Miix 3 and 7h 8m for the S3 so neither are particularly great for long periods on battery.
Edited by: "mproudfoot" 18th Jul 2015

Not all Atoms are created equally the Surface 3 is significantly more powerful (and well built) than the £100-£200 Windows tablets, and (so long as you don't game outside of 'app' games) can legitimately replace a desktop pc for most people. I don't even think the price is expensive when you consider what you're getting in the form factor (you don't require a type cover any more than an iPad does (esp. once you upgrade to Windows 10 with it's proper Tablet mode).

satchef1

Expansys are still the cheapest. £514.99 for the 64GB



​import unit though

Silly question- how do we get the 10% off in store?

only issue I find with the pro 3 is web Pages can be fiddly to navigate especially with drop down boxes as due to the resolution they can be incredibly small and you end uP pressing the wrong thing. other than that it's excellent

Silly question- how do we get the 10% off in store?

redflash

Not all Atoms are created equally the Surface 3 is significantly more … Not all Atoms are created equally the Surface 3 is significantly more powerful (and well built) than the £100-£200 Windows tablets, and (so long as you don't game outside of 'app' games) can legitimately replace a desktop pc for most people. I don't even think the price is expensive when you consider what you're getting in the form factor (you don't require a type cover any more than an iPad does (esp. once you upgrade to Windows 10 with it's proper Tablet mode).


Still a mistake not to fit the Surface 3 with a Core-M, Atom X7 misses out of some chip virtualisation technology, its a cost fudge by MS, over technical design.

Also, its likely the reason for lack of compatibility of the Surface 3 with Windows 10 (currently) is that Intel's priority in terms of driver development for Windows 10 has been getting drivers ready for its flagship Core-M, over other (Atom) chips.
So the choice of the lesser Atom X7 Processor has come back to hit MS squarely in the marketing face.

Buy a Surface 3 now, you won't reliably be able to install Windows 10 at launch, due to lack of Intel drivers.
(NB. Surface 3 Pro is fine)
Yep, may change - but thats how it is currently, some reports it may work now, but for a good while, this has been the situation.
More info here:
answers.microsoft.com/en-…to/


Edited by: "tightar5e" 18th Jul 2015

Original Poster

adam2484

Silly question- how do we get the 10% off in store?


Quote code TECH10 at till

Skymonkey

I saw a surface pro i3 in my local John Lewis on Weds for £400. … I saw a surface pro i3 in my local John Lewis on Weds for £400. Seriously thought of buying and when I went back it had gone. It was a return but with all the warranty etc. Hopefully when Windows 10 comes out you'll see the windows 8.1 tablets drop in price - people don't want the headache of upgrading an 'old' machine.


Why would everyone would want to upgrade Windows 8 to 10, many are fine with XP, they shouldn't but they do, Vista and Windows 7.

djames108

only issue I find with the pro 3 is web Pages can be fiddly to navigate … only issue I find with the pro 3 is web Pages can be fiddly to navigate especially with drop down boxes as due to the resolution they can be incredibly small and you end uP pressing the wrong thing. other than that it's excellent


This should improve in Windows 10, has better low level support in the OS for image/desktop/app rescaling on high resolution displays such as the Surface Pro 3.

Edited by: "tightar5e" 18th Jul 2015

tightar5e

Still a mistake not to fit the Surface 3 with a Core-M, Atom X7 misses … Still a mistake not to fit the Surface 3 with a Core-M, Atom X7 misses out of some chip virtualisation technology, its a cost fudge by MS, over technical design.Also, its likely the reason for lack of compatibility of the Surface 3 with Windows 10 (currently) is that Intel's priority in terms of driver development for Windows 10 has been getting drivers ready for its flagship Core-M, over other (Atom) chips.So the choice of the lesser Atom X7 Processor has come back to hit MS squarely in the marketing face.Buy a Surface 3 now, you won't reliably be able to install Windows 10 at launch, due to lack of Intel drivers. (NB. Surface 3 Pro is fine)Yep, may change - but thats how it is currently, some reports it may work now, but for a good while, this has been the situation.More info here:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/stuck-on-surface-logo-boot-screen-upgrading-to/



I agree I too would have liked to see a Core-M in it but of all the Core-M products I've seen tend to be more expensive than the £400-£500 of the Surface 3, and my main point was that the Atom in this is not the same as what's in the cheaper tablets.
I think there is a couple things they can improve upon for the Surface 4, the CPU if they can get a Core-M in for the same price then yes, and also the microUSB port used for charging (that is also a proper USB port with an OTG cable) should really be a USB Type-C port and I'd like to see both USB 3.x which the CPUs next year should support because I think (the Core-Ms and this Atom) they only support one at the moment.
Edited by: "redflash" 18th Jul 2015

Original Poster

redflash

I agree I too would have liked to see a Core-M in it but of all the … I agree I too would have liked to see a Core-M in it but of all the Core-M products I've seen tend to be more expensive than the £400-£500 of the Surface 3, and my main point was that the Atom in this is not the same as what's in the cheaper tablets. I think there is a couple things they can improve upon for the Surface 4, the CPU if they can get a Core-M in for the same price then yes, and also the microUSB port used for charging (that is also a proper USB port with an OTG cable) should really be a USB Type-C port and I'd like to see both USB 3.x which the CPUs next year should support because I think (the Core-Ms and this Atom) they only support one at the moment.


I bought a Dell Venue Pro Core M from Dell Outlet a couple months back for 340. It ticks a lot of those boxes, nice beefy Core M and micro USB charging make it a very nice tab. Build quality not as nice as Surface though and its a bit thick and heavy for some. Personally the Surface Pro 2 for me is the real beast. More power than Surface 3 (taking throttling into account) and also a lot beefier than Core M. SP2 can be found cheap second hand at a lot of places (I paid 220 for 128gb from Cash Gen) and the type cover is 30 quid on Amazon
Edit: I forgot to mention. I found hidden on Argos site that they accept Tablets and Mobiles trade in in store for vouchers. No idea if they competitive but worth knowing. I have a tab I am going to take down to see if I can get this Surface at a good price
Edited by: "dkwookies" 18th Jul 2015

Has anyone tried the HP Spectre x360? I've always been wanting the Surface Pro 3 but the price put me off (especially buying the keyboard separately) and then thought about this Surface 3. Not sure what to go for now as the HP Spectre x360 looks interesting as it has a keyboard which looks to be more of a laptop than the Surface. Some recommendations would be appreciated if you tried both to compare them.

Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Tablet for under £350 on eBay:
Intel Core M, 128GB SSD, 4GB, Windows 8 Pro.

Had a play with one of these in Curry's. Very nice device and quite quick but I will never part with more than 300£ for an atom processor on windows. at £250-300 I would get one. As one of the other people mentioned, this should have had the Core M processor. The build quality of these is pretty decent though and they perform very well. For the price I would prefer one of these to an iPad. However, as someone also said, the Lenovo Miix is better value when it's on sale.

Dang, been waiting for a decent deal on the surface 3. Now it's here I'm starting to doubt if it's worth it without the keyboard included.

Edit:

A decent review.

The more I think about it the more I talk myself out of it, have wanted a surface 3 for ages but only 2gb ram, not the 4gb version, not the 128gb version, only 64gb (though microsd kinda solves that) and no keyboard included.

The CPU is probably going to cause lots of issues in terms of gaming and video editing too, which I would like to do, but I'm happy delegating my laptop to those lesser tasks and using the surface for day-to-day stuff. I tried getting my android tablet to replace my day-to-day tasks but it just isn't as efficient at multitasking.

Edit 2: Oh damn it, I bought it anyway. Found a new type cover 3 for £80, so this pretty much works out a surface 3 and typecover for the price of just a surface 3 rrp.

Am sure I can resell this at a similar price if I decide not to keep it.
Edited by: "nascent" 18th Jul 2015

I have the 128Gb version, and its brilliant. Keyboard is very useful but the pen is fairly pointless. Its similar size and weight to an iPad but in a different league for usefulness, the Pro variants are larger and much heavier which makes them less convenient in my opinion but yes they are more powerful. However for most home users its powerful enough to be a laptop/desktop replacement.

stuellis

I have the 128Gb version, and its brilliant. Keyboard is very useful but … I have the 128Gb version, and its brilliant. Keyboard is very useful but the pen is fairly pointless. Its similar size and weight to an iPad but in a different league for usefulness, the Pro variants are larger and much heavier which makes them less convenient in my opinion but yes they are more powerful. However for most home users its powerful enough to be a laptop/desktop replacement.



Forgot to say, I have installed Steam on it and its streams games very well from my gaming PC with a tiny amount of lag. You wouldn't play a FPS but games not based on reaction time are perfectly fine

Original Poster

stuellis

I have the 128Gb version, and its brilliant. Keyboard is very useful but … I have the 128Gb version, and its brilliant. Keyboard is very useful but the pen is fairly pointless. Its similar size and weight to an iPad but in a different league for usefulness, the Pro variants are larger and much heavier which makes them less convenient in my opinion but yes they are more powerful. However for most home users its powerful enough to be a laptop/desktop replacement.


Compared to the SP3 its fanless and usb charging are also important differences. For anyone interested heres a great comparison video:
youtube.com/wat…cFs

dkwookies

Compared to the SP3 its fanless and usb charging are also important … Compared to the SP3 its fanless and usb charging are also important differences. For anyone interested heres a great comparison video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvZy1t8WcFs



Good points. Also the mini USB port for charging works like a normal USB socket with cheap mini USB to standard size adapter so it has effectively 2 USB ports.
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