Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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  1. Jamison Cush

    Jamison Cush TechnologyGuide Editor Staff Member

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  2. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    All you really needed here were parts from two threads:

    Improvements of the SP3 over the SP2:
    • 20% more battery life ("over 9 hours")
    • 10% faster (assuming SP3 i7 vs. SP2 i5)
    • 100% shinier (now silver)
    • A lot thinner
    • A bit lighter
    • Bigger screen, higher resolution, new aspect ratio of 3:2 ("15:10" )
    • More kickstand angles, out to 150deg (friction based)
    • New magnetic charging connector shape (image tracked down by jhoff)
    • Optional Type Covers with bigger trackpad and double magnet for improved stability
    • Combined power/docking port, so USB no longer obstructed when docked

    and the mostly tongue-in-cheek counter arguments:


    Reasons to stick with the SP2
    • You'll take a major financial hit trying to sell the SP2
    • You'd have to buy all those accessories again
    • You'd have to set up all you software from scratch
    • The i5 SP3 has the same chip as your SP2
    • The larger screen of the SP3 is just plain unwieldy
    • The screen aspect ratio leaves black bars on your legally obtained movies
    • With the type cover attached the SP3 is only marginally lighter
    • You can't even get a power cover for it
    • You can't even get a touch cover for it
    • The new kickstand doesn't switch angles as quickly as on the SP2
    • It seems to be running hotter than the SP2
    • The pen loop is even worse than the magnetic pen clip
    • The new pen has hover lag
    • The new pen exhibits rapid nib wear
    • The new pen requires a battery
    • The new pen is more expensive than the SP2 pen
    • The palm rejection is worse due to smaller hover distance
    • The new windows button placement interferes with right-handed inking
    • If you hang in there you can wait for the SP4 with Broadwell
     
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  3. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    To me, the decision comes down to screen size. While a 12-inch display has advantages, there are drawbacks as well. Most notably, the larger screen means Surface Pro 3 is going to be more unwieldy to carry around than smaller tablets.

    Price is also an issue, now that Microsoft has lowered the cost of the Surface Pro 2.
     
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  4. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I'm really curious about this. Since it's actually lighter than the SP2 I'm not sure if the size is going to have any drawbacks walking around with it. Using the device as a tablet though might be a different story. Looking forward to this weekend when reviews from fellow addicts are slated to come in.
     
  5. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...the larger screen means Surface Pro 3 is going to be more unwieldy to carry around than smaller tablets...>>

    ...Is a pad of paper unwieldy to carry? Because that's the size that we are talking about.
     
  6. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    As Microsoft pointed out:

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    I haven't had a chance to try the SP3 out for myself (Jamison has been using ours.) Maybe I'm letting my thoughts on other 12-inch tablets color my opinion of the SP3.
     
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  7. Malamasala

    Malamasala Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I don't know. Microsoft's own store is only selling Surface Pro 3, so to me it seems like they really don't want to sell any more Pro 2 and hope it gets replaced.

    That or they just want to wait a while before selling cheap Pro 2s, since it could kill their Pro 3 market.
     
  8. jnjroach

    jnjroach Surface MVP Super Moderator

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    The Surface Pro 2 it's discontinued, when the stock it's depleted they are gone... Microsoft Stores may have a few in stock and the same goes for Best Buy.

    Officially the current line up is the SP3 and the Surface 2. Everything else is EOL.
     
  9. rirawin

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    Must mean my Sp2 is a future collector's item:)
     
  10. arlenan

    arlenan Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I looked at the pro2 in CA before buying and returning a larger Vaio pen tablet and finally settling on the 8gb helix. The pro2 was too small for me. I would love a larger Microsoft tablet, but no Wacom drivers are a no-go. If the next tablet after the pro3 goes back to Wacom and keep the size l will consider it.
     
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