[Review] Microsoft Surface PRO 3 Student Friendly Features

Tablet or laptop?  That is the question.

But before we get to that question, a story.

We knew the day would come when our tween daughter needed her own computer.  That’s exactly why we saved the behemoth PC we had before we switched to laptops.  I dusted it religiously and turned it on regularly to be sure it worked.  We were ready.
Around fourth grade when she came home with a research project on presidents, we flicked on the computer, smiled to ourselves and set her off to do her research.  Yup, we had thought this through perfectly…
Until she decided to run more than one program.  The dinosaur computer was unable to keep up.   A Word document, two Internet Explorer Windows and the machine sounded like it was a 747 about to take off.
Ok, we clearly didn’t plan right.  She has since taken over our laptops and we have constant fights as to who is “working” in the evenings.  It has become clear as she continues through middle school that my tween needs a laptop of her own.
But, as I look ahead, I also realize that she needs a tablet.  Thanks to Microsoft, we have the first generation Surface and it has become my tween’s best friend.  She uses it often to do research, type programs and more. At the end of the day though, it is still a tablet.  It has it’s limits.
So, when Microsoft said they were releasing the Surface PRO 3 which would take the place of the laptop and tablet, I listened.  This just might be the answer this tween parent has been looking for.  Let’s take a look:

New Features of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 that make it Student Friendly

  • Improved processing power
  • Upgraded cameras
  • Wider variety of processors, story and memory configurations to fit people’s needs
  • 0.36 inches thin and weighing only 1.76 points – perfect for carrying around in a backpack
  • 2K Full HD display that is 38 % larger and has 50% more pixels
  • Two times faster Wi-Fi
  • Multi-position, continuous kickstand
  • 9 hours of web-browsing batter life

Durability of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is wrapped in a durable magnesium case and the new type cover clicks in and has a double-fold hinge that magnetically locks in to the display.  It becomes a keyboard with a laptop-like feel.  (I am looking forward to trying this out because one of my biggest complaints about the current Surface is the keyboard.  Because it lays flat, it makes typing slightly uncomfortable and the keys sense touch.  I really like the feel of clicking my keys.)  The keyboard will still act as a screen protector in the Surface Pro 3.

Gaming Capabilities of the Surface Pro 3

While I would be purchasing the Surface Pro 3 for my tween for educational purposes, I know that she and most children her age have other ideas in mind – GAMING.  Tween girls and boys alike have to have their games.  The Surface Pro 3 promises to improve the gaming experience with its 12″ 2160 x 1440 ClearType Full HD color-calibrated display.  It’s lighter, thinner and easier to carry.  What does that mean?  The Surface Pro 3 should satisfy our casual tween gamers.

The Surface Pro 3 also has another interesting feature – the Surface Pen.  The Surface Pen has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity so that it promises to feel like writing with a fountain pen.  As a traditionalist who likes her printed books, newspapers and magazines, I’m really interested in this feature.

For more information on the Surface Pro 3, click here and you can always visit your local Microsoft store to check one out.

While you are here, check out our other Microsoft reviews below:

Microsoft Stores Teach Parents and Tweens

How Microsoft is Solving Your Parenting Tech Problems



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