Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i3 £514.99 @ expansys +3% cashback from Quidco
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i3 £514.99 @ expansys +3% cashback from Quidco

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Found 21st Jun 2015
Please note: This is the EU version, supplied with an EU plug and a UK AC adapter.

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Nice, really want one, mainly for the game streaming from the xbox one, waiting for news on the surface 4 still tho grrr

just bought a surface pro 2 a couple of days ago, didn't think the 3 was worth ~£200 more for similar spec, may regret it if the sp4 is a big jump

for info I got sp2 i5 8gb ram, 256gb for £605 from marketplace, just for comparison. not saying this is a bad deal either as this is a current model

Pro 3 has better screen and lighter.

64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for data. With just one USB port it's a nightmare to use. And this space will slowly shrink with every update or app installed.
128GB is absolute minimum for this type of device.

Great price but, yeah I think 128GB minimum is needed. I've got a Surface Pro 2 with 128GB storage and I'm constantly running out of space and have to make sure I delete files as soon as I'm finished with them and I've got a 64GB microSD card for videos and music which is also pretty much full. -Then again I did go from a laptop with a 1TB hard drive :S.

Original Poster

It all depends what you are going to use it for. 64gb + SD card is more than enough for what I will need. Of course, if I had more money to spare I would go for a higher spec tablet (don't need a laptop)

Gonna wait till SP4 then hope higher spec SP3s drop to a reasonable price. But having said that if Microsoft come with Intel's Core M and maybe 14" I may just go all in.

I'm not convinced Core M would be best move for SP4. Yes it's cooler and more efficient but less power. Fingers crossed for Skylake.

enigmatik33

I'm not convinced Core M would be best move for SP4. Yes it's cooler and … I'm not convinced Core M would be best move for SP4. Yes it's cooler and more efficient but less power. Fingers crossed for Skylake.



They should offer high speed powerful ones for power users who don't care so much about battery life, and then a power efficient one for mobile users who require a longer juice up time, keep everyone happy.

Regards
Flea

Fleabum

They should offer high speed powerful ones for power users who don't care … They should offer high speed powerful ones for power users who don't care so much about battery life, and then a power efficient one for mobile users who require a longer juice up time, keep everyone happy.RegardsFlea




Good idea

All the best & well wishes
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Benjammin316

It really, really depends on what you're using this for regarding storage space. I used to have a 64GB one and had zero issues with storage space, but it was only used for browsing, skype, office and the odd retro game.

It'll cost a bit more, but you can easily buy a SD card and install things to it. The effort is tiny. It's not as fast as a SSD, but you'll just have to keep that in mind when you decide what you put on it.

I had *way* more than 10GB free with only minor tweaks.

My dad now has the tablet as I upgraded, and he's had no issues since having it. The space 'issue' just depends on how you use the device.

great device - with kayboard can replace laptop

HaraldBB

64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for … 64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for data. With just one USB port it's a nightmare to use. And this space will slowly shrink with every update or app installed.128GB is absolute minimum for this type of device.



whilst i do agree dont forget you have a micro sd card

I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface for years now since they came out and decided to take the plunge.... worst thing I've ever bought. It's built well but the software is awful, it's a glorified tablet with hard no apps.
Wish I'd of got an iPad now, i used to have an iPad 3 few years ago and was constantly on it, with the surface I only use it to browse the and check emails on it, oh and play Cut the Rope 2, lol.

ashuk

I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface … I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface for years now since they came out and decided to take the plunge.... worst thing I've ever bought. It's built well but the software is awful, it's a glorified tablet with hard no apps. Wish I'd of got an iPad now, i used to have an iPad 3 few years ago and was constantly on it, with the surface I only use it to browse the and check emails on it, oh and play Cut the Rope 2, lol.



I have a feeling you know what you're talking about.

ashuk

I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface … I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface for years now since they came out and decided to take the plunge.... worst thing I've ever bought. It's built well but the software is awful, it's a glorified tablet with hard no apps. Wish I'd of got an iPad now, i used to have an iPad 3 few years ago and was constantly on it, with the surface I only use it to browse the and check emails on it, oh and play Cut the Rope 2, lol.



I'm confused... How can it have no apps? It's a surface pro which runs full windows 8.1, think you missed something as that sounds like windows rt which is dead... That only has modern ui apps which is lacking.

Trick is to press the windows key and then tap 'desktop' then it acts exactly like a windows laptop or desktop PC... Hardly a glorified tablet if you actually have the pro.

If you think you're Better off with an iPad then clearly you don't need the ability to run full windows applications so it doesnt suit your needs, best bet is get an android tablet or iPad .

hicks12

I'm confused... How can it have no apps? It's a surface pro which runs … I'm confused... How can it have no apps? It's a surface pro which runs full windows 8.1, think you missed something as that sounds like windows rt which is dead... That only has modern ui apps which is lacking.Trick is to press the windows key and then tap 'desktop' then it acts exactly like a windows laptop or desktop PC... Hardly a glorified tablet if you actually have the pro.If you think you're Better off with an iPad then clearly you don't need the ability to run full windows applications so it doesnt suit your needs, best bet is get an android tablet or iPad .



But what full Windows applications do I want to run on it? Office 2013? I'll save that for my laptop.
If you don't believe me get one and you'll understand what I'm on about. It's pretty much useless for my needs.

bigpapa

I have a feeling you know what you're talking about.



Seeing as tho I'm an IT Project Manager and also a PC user for the past 15 years then pretty much yes, but I guess you have a surface and know more than me, just please disregard my comment and buy one so you can see for yourself instead of guessing. I never understand why people are so Windows/Mac, iPhone/Andriod, iPad/Surface biased without actually trying one.

ashuk

But what full Windows applications do I want to run on it? Office 2013? … But what full Windows applications do I want to run on it? Office 2013? I'll save that for my laptop. If you don't believe me get one and you'll understand what I'm on about. It's pretty much useless for my needs.


If it's the Surface Pro 3 that you've got, then you'd also know that it's supposed to replace your laptop altogether.
I had an iPad, Android phone and laptop. My laptop didn't get touched because I used my iPad. As soon as I got it, I stopped using my iPad, except for checking my email - but then I found a great Android app which rivals the iOS mail client so I no longer used it for that and sold the iPad. I also no longer had a use for my laptop. I really only used it if I needed a proper keyboard or to use Photoshop. I can now do that on the Surface, so have also sold my laptop.
I do admittedly use it mostly as a laptop, although also as a tablet occasionally with the various apps available on the store. The selection of apps available, is better now than it was when I first got it, but loved it then anyway. Also admittedly I think if I had a Pro 3, I don't know how much I would then use it as a tablet due to it's bigger form factor, as the Surface 2 is a nice size for use as a tablet. Although I'd love to upgrade. I'm the sort of person who switches devices a lot and gets bored easily so the Surface Pro is imo a very good device as I still praise it.

I'm not an IT Project Manager but, my dads built computers for the past 20 years and is very IT focused which clearly rubbed off on me and I've owned iPads (Air and Mini and older), several Android tablets and phones, Macbooks, laptops etc etc. Only thing I can't add to my device resume is anything Blackberry lol.

I bought an i5 128gb pro3 and im using it far more than I used my laptop. The whole pen thing is fantastic especially with staffpad and sketchbook. All my windows apps run on it. It fits on my music stand to play from and magazines are just right on it. It was a lot of money but really happy with it. I personally found the ipad didn't satisfy anything I needed it for. It was only about 85% there on pretty much everything.

I would like to get one of these but if Apple ever release the iPad Pro I'd defiantly rather that.

If they had any brains they'd be discounting these now trying to build a client base before the iPad pro comes out.

ashuk

But what full Windows applications do I want to run on it? Office 2013? … But what full Windows applications do I want to run on it? Office 2013? I'll save that for my laptop. If you don't believe me get one and you'll understand what I'm on about. It's pretty much useless for my needs.




What are your 'needs'? Im not saying the Surface Pro suits everyone but right now you sound rather 'ignorant' in your own purchase! The Surface pro DOES replace your laptop, I dont know what spec laptop you own but for most work the surface pro should replace it really until you need a larger screen.

Thanks for stating your job role, not sure how it helps though... I am a software developer and I can do everything on the Surface Pro that I would on my laptop, I can run many virtual machines alongside my IDE to write code and I just use Putty to SSH into servers. What apps are you actually expecting here? Apps you use on your laptop will work the same on the surface pro and really you should install them and use them as normal.

If the only 'windows' app you use is office then I would say you bought the wrong product as this device does almost everything rather than just note taking, you should have stuck with your laptop or just got a basic tablet to type notes, pretty sure an IT Project manager would actually need more tools though so I dont know.

Its a great piece of kit but clearly not for you as you arent willing to use it properly :D.

HaraldBB

64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for … 64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for data. With just one USB port it's a nightmare to use. And this space will slowly shrink with every update or app installed.128GB is absolute minimum for this type of device.




I have this i3 and it does me just fine - plenty installed and still got 15GB free.

Get a 4 port USB 3.0 adapter from Amazon for a tenner or so if you need to plug loads of things in at the same time.

Also put a fast (80mb/s read/write) microSD in and all works well.

Don't be so melodramatic!

500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat laptop is cheaper and faster... Microsoft is a monster that should not be supported.

TiscaliSurvivor

500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat … 500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat laptop is cheaper and faster... Microsoft is a monster that should not be supported.



LMAO, and that makes Apple, what?
Edited by: "meherenow" 21st Jun 2015

514 bones for an i3 laptop that has its keyboard missing.

Bear in mind expansys use imported stock (which is why it's cheap) so you may find it has different plugs. Know from experience.

TiscaliSurvivor

500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat … 500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat laptop is cheaper and faster... Microsoft is a monster that should not be supported.



So what are you running on your Dell laptop?

think i'll buy one of these when
A) Windows 10 comes out
B) They realise the Pro 4 s this drops by about another 100 quid

HaraldBB

64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for … 64GB of storage is way insufficient. It will leave only around 10GB for data. With just one USB port it's a nightmare to use. And this space will slowly shrink with every update or app installed.128GB is absolute minimum for this type of device.

TiscaliSurvivor

500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat … 500 quid for a thin i3 tablet??? An Ipad PLUS a decent dell full fat laptop is cheaper and faster... Microsoft is a monster that should not be supported.


Couldn't agree more, clearly they have very little idea about what they are talking about. Installed a 64gb card on mine and is brilliant, i3 chip is fine for my needs and didn't need the jump in cost for the next model up.


Don't be so stupid.

Edited by: "WBRacing" 21st Jun 2015

WBRacing

Couldn't agree more, clearly they have very little idea about what they … Couldn't agree more, clearly they have very little idea about what they are talking about. Installed a 64gb card on mine and is brilliant, i3 chip is fine for my needs and didn't need the jump in cost for the next model up.



Agreed. I have a 128gb Surface Pro 2 and I have plenty of space left. Clearly everyone who needs more than 64 or 128gb doesn't know what they're talking about.

http://i.imgur.com/wjdeYrP.jpg

Plenty of space.
Edited by: "revzman" 21st Jun 2015

ashuk

I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface … I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface for years now since they came out and decided to take the plunge.... worst thing I've ever bought. It's built well but the software is awful, it's a glorified tablet with hard no apps. Wish I'd of got an iPad now, i used to have an iPad 3 few years ago and was constantly on it, with the surface I only use it to browse the and check emails on it, oh and play Cut the Rope 2, lol.



what a nonsensical comment... 'no apps'? it has every software program available for windows (literally 100,000s). 'software is awful'? it's windows and windows applications, used by 80-90% of computer users in the world.

the surface has a number of flaws, and you're entitled to your opinion - but your reasoning is frankly ridiculous

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longback2

for info I got sp2 i5 8gb ram, 256gb for £605 from marketplace, just for … for info I got sp2 i5 8gb ram, 256gb for £605 from marketplace, just for comparison. not saying this is a bad deal either as this is a current model



How are you finding the device so far?

I'm normally a Mac user and have recently bought a Surface Pro, and it's made my i7 Macbook Pro redundant as a portable device. I still use it at home, but the Surface Pro, does everything that the Macbook does (I use mainly Adobe apps and graphics & animation software that are available on both platforms) and is a fraction of the weight. The screen is great, the pressure sensitivity is amazing, and I really don't understand why every artist and illustrator doesn't ditch the Macbook and Wacom tablet in favour of this. Manga Studio 5 EX on a Surface Pro is absolutely fantastic and does pretty much everything that I need- I only use Photoshop CC on it now for a few specific functions. It won't replace a 22" Cintiq, but it really isn't that far off for a fraction of the price. If you're a creative doing visual work in Adobe IIlustrator or whatever just buy one, you won't regret it.

revzman

Agreed. I have a 128gb Surface Pro 2 and I have plenty of space left. … Agreed. I have a 128gb Surface Pro 2 and I have plenty of space left. Clearly everyone who needs more than 64 or 128gb doesn't know what they're talking about.Plenty of space.



Not entirely sure what point you are trying to make there.

My point is that if it doesn't have enough space then use the sdcard expansion, which I see you are not. The result is lots more space. People moaning that 64gb isn't enough either don't know, or are conveniently choosing to ignore the expandability of the surface.

ashuk

I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface … I've got this exact same spec with the keyboard cover, I wanted a surface for years now since they came out and decided to take the plunge.... worst thing I've ever bought. It's built well but the software is awful, it's a glorified tablet with hard no apps. Wish I'd of got an iPad now, i used to have an iPad 3 few years ago and was constantly on it, with the surface I only use it to browse the and check emails on it, oh and play Cut the Rope 2, lol.



Sounds like you need a toy, not a tool. I suggest you buy an iPad, their built for tools who like toys.

Regards
Flea

daBluone

So what are you running on your Dell laptop?


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