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Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface 3…Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface 3 adapted to surf the internet?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Surface 3 from Microsoft seems to be.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13.5 inches size. It Surface 3 comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The processor chosen for this model is a Core i5-7200U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Microsoft offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
For hard drive sizing, Microsoft decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Microsoft comes with this Surface 3 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 10 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Surface 3 for videos?
This Surface 3 is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13.5, in 2256×1504, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.3 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Surface 3. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface 3. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
This Surface 3, equipped with a processor Core i5-7200U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. Indeed, it Surface 3 has only 1 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.Microsoft promises 10hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
The Surface 3 to use while travelling.
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. So we put this test to the Surface 3. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 13.5 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
This Surface 3 is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
The manufacturer offers the processor Core i5-7200U on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 10 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 13.5 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 1 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
The Surface 3 for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Surface 3, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-7200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface 3 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 10 hours of autonomy available. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface 3 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this Surface 3, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
With this Surface 3 product, Microsoftoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
The Surface 3 for online or local games.
With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. Microsoft has installed the components that make it a formidable tool for gaming, with fluidity of the image and excellent display speed.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 2256×1504, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The graphics Intel HD Graphics 620 card and processor Core i5-7200U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Core i5-7200U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Surface 3 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.3 Kg.
An excellent autonomy of 10 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 10 hours. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
Surface 3 for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 1.3 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This Surface 3 has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In short, the Surface 3 is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about the Surface 3 ?
All in all, this laptop is among the best, whatever you use it for. It performs well in almost everything, the Surface 3 remains reasonable in terms of price.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– listening to music and watching videos
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games