Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Surface 3 the right choice for surfing the internet?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Surface 3 from Microsoft seems to be.
With a 13.5 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Surface 3 is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Core i5-7200U, is a rational choice. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Microsoft offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 10 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Microsoft is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Is Surface 3 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
This Surface 3 is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13.5 inches, it has a resolution format 2256×1504. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.3 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface 3 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Microsoft is primarily intended for film lovers the Surface 3. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface 3. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
The processor installed on this model is a Core i5-7200U sufficient one for audio and video. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 620, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. For the Surface 3 has only 1 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.On thisSurface 3, Microsoft indicates 10 hours of autonomy, a better performance than the competition. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
The Surface 3 to use while travelling.
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. With this in mind, we tested the Surface 3. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
Its weight of 1.3 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 13.5 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Microsoft has decided to provide a touch screen on the Surface 3. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface 3. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
By equipping this model with a processorCore i5-7200U, the manufacturer is on a par with most of its competitors; it is in the average range and it allows a contained power consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
With this laptop and its autonomy of 10 hours, you have in fact one of the best models of the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Microsoft was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Surface 3 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 13.5 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It Surface 3 provides only 1 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
Surface 3 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Surface 3, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-7200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface 3 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
With the Surface 3, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
A quality product, designed by Microsoft with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The Surface 3 for online or local games.
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. Microsoft has installed the components that make it a formidable tool for gaming, with fluidity of the image and excellent display speed.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 2256×1504, that is to say one of the best on the market.
With its graphics Intel HD Graphics 620 card and processor Core i5-7200U, Microsoft has indeed chosen an interesting option. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Core i5-7200U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Microsoft has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Surface 3 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.3 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
It has an autonomy of 10 hours, more than many others.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 10 hours. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
Surface 3 for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface 3 it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 1.3 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface 3. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
Simply put, it’s not Surface 3 the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
In short, is the Surface 3, the right choice ?
This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. And it’s all at an affordable price – Surface 3 from Microsoft.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– listening to music and watching videos
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games