Microsoft's Surface tablets are company's first attempt at integrating its own Windows software within hardware that it has designed itself. The move was seen as a risky one and the first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets were not well received.
The Surface RT was a flop that caused Microsoft to take a US$900 million write-down and offer massive discounts in a bid to clear inventory. And while we thought the Surface Pro was a good alternative to existing ultra-portable notebooks, it was unpopular with consumers, presumably because of the confusion between it and the Surface RT.
Since then, Microsoft has taken steps to simplify and reposition its Surface offerings and to also improve on their usability and capabilities. And just earlier in May this year, we had the chance to get a hands-on with their latest Surface tablet, the Surface Pro 3.
Based on our extensive hands-on session, the Surface Pro 3 looks as if it has the best chance of succeeding. This can be attributed to its new design and hardware. The changes are slight, but this is a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. The little changes add up to have a profound overall impact on how the Surface Pro 3 works and as we have mentioned in our hands-on, the Surface Pro 3 looks mighty promising.
Here with us now is a proper review unit of the Surface Pro 3, which helped us spend more time with it and more importantly, put it through our benchmarks to see just how well it performs. So here it goes.