April 20, 2015

One of the great things about carrying any Surface tablet is that it can completely replace a laptop. The new Surface 3 is touted to be the thinnest (0.34 inches) and lightest (622g) one yet, and is able to run full Windows and Office seamlessly and without having to worry about the battery life. Oh, and it’s pretty affordable too.

The Surface 3 is powered by the new quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor and has a range of storage and memory configurations, depending on what you’re planning to use it for. Microsoft has even adopted certain features from the Surface Pro 3 into this new tablet, such as the 3:2 aspect ratio for its 10.8-inch ClearType HD display, stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound and magnesium casing. The three-positioned kickstand lets you use the Surface 3 no matter where you are – at a desk, on a couch or even on the bed.

And yes, it has an 8.0-megapixel 1080p rear-facing camera with auto-focus and a 3.5-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera, in case you were wondering. Ports on the edges include a USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD™ card reader, micro USB charging port and a headphone jack.

You’ll be able to upgrade the OS to Windows 10 (currently running on Windows 8.1) for free once it’s out, complete with a one-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365.

Pre-order the Microsoft Surface 3 online or at select retailers including Challenger, Harvey Norman, Newstead. Starts from $748 (accessories sold separately).