Surface 3 Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by yuki, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. djas

    djas Graffiti User

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    :oops: no love for the S3 anymore :(. Seems like the GB10/12 is hot now. I'll keep using the S3 till it can't go no more. No reason to 'upgrade' for me.
     
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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    After a few days of use, things have gotten a little better. It could be a little more fluid, and battery life is 90% of what it was on previous builds, but really enjoying the new features.
     
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    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    Creators Update?
     
  4. bloodycape

    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    Yes, I got it early on my S3, and this morning(well overnight) on the work desktop. The desktop isn't on the insider program and my S3 is just on the release preview builds.
     
  5. alaskajoel

    alaskajoel Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Those two reasons are specifically why I prefer the Surface 3 over the Pro3/4 (both of which I own or have owned).

    During normal use, I have never experienced an uncomfortably warm back on the Surface 3 and I hate fan noise. Admittedly, I use it for light office tasks only. It's much easier for me to handle with one hand than the pro line and that's why I love it. I can walk around with it cradled in my arm like a clipboard and write without my arm getting tired. The only time I remember it getting uncomfortably warm was when doing the anniversary update or syncing several GB via OneDrive.

    My biggest complaint is pretty minor but the charger that comes with the device is rubbish. It takes forever to get a 100% charge from a depleted battery and it will lose charge slowly if it's plugged in and I am using it. I have a different charger that works better, but it's still slow.

    If you plan on this being more of a primary device for you, @Bronsky is probably a better person to ask. I literally use this only for taking notes, doing email and editing other office documents.
     
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    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    Just as another data point, I have never felt my fanless Surface Pro 4 m3 get uncomfortably hot. I had owned the Surface 3, and my Surface 3 did get somewhat hotter at times than my Surface Pro 4 m3.
     
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  7. SAM 2013

    SAM 2013 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    No, this computer will be for out in the field...dirt, dust,heat, etc
    That is one reason I am interested in this model is no vent\fan.

    I have a Surface Pro 3 for heavy lifting.
    My 8" Asus Note 8 is getting too smal for me to see.

    I need a less expensive tablet for writing notes, sketching,
    diagramming, etc outside away from a desk.
    If it gets dropped, damaged, or destroyed $300 is less than a
    $1000 Surface Pro

    How much time does a charge last you on average?
    When you say it charges slowly, how slowly?

    Thank you
    (Anyone is welcome to reply along with AlaskaJoel)
     
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    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    I owned the Surface 3. It takes 5-5.5 hours to charge.
     
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    SAM 2013 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    YIKES!
    Will a higher watt/amp charger speed this up or will it damage the computer?
    Was this from 0% or something really low?
     
  10. sonichedgehog360

    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    Yes, this is down around 0-5%. I remember reading in the forums here how someone once experimented and found that the Dell Venue 11 Pro charger can go faster. However, that charger sends a higher voltage whenever it detects a device pulling a high amperage. Since the Surface 3's own charger isn't designed with higher voltages (>5 V), this could very well damage the Surface 3's electrical system and/or battery. Otherwise, I have tried various 3 A / 24 W Quick Charge 3.0 chargers and have seen zero improvement in the charge times.

    [​IMG]

    Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9219/the-surface-3-review/8
     
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