I received Surface 3 with keyboard/pen bundle on May 5th, probably the last UPS drop of the day after 7 pm, needless to say it was a long day of anticipation. I have been busy installing and playing with the device since then. After about two months, so far I’m very pleased with it.
Is it perfect? No, certainly not. But there are a lot of things to like.
- Processing speed: it’s definitely fast enough for day to day usage, I did not feel it’s taking unreasonable amount of time to perform installations of software or running them, i.e., Office 2013, a few games like Warcraft 3 and Torchlight 2. I also intend to install Visual Studio 2015 when the final release comes out.
- Form factor: I feel it’s on the larger side of what I would like a tablet to be, but not too big. I’m certainly glad it’s not bigger and confirmed my decision of not getting a Surface Pro 3 (due to size and fan). It’s a bit thicker than I’d like, because I’m used to iPad Air, but did not make me feel it’s a problem. I wonder whether the extra thickness is due to the kick stand and full size USB port.
- Weight: Again it’s a bit more than iPad Air, more like the iPad 2 I gave to my parent.
- Keyboard: I like it. I don’t think there would be a problem to type on it for hours.
- Pen: I love it. It’s accurate and responsive.
One Note with the Surface Pen is a very nice combo. I already wrote some notes in it and they look as good as my bad handwriting could be. I installed a 64 GB microSD card (128 GB microSD does not work reliably), but the read/write speed is slower than I expected. But the 128 GB internal SSD is performing faster than I expected, at least from reading other reviews.
For those who are interested in the drive performance, here are some data points.