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DisplayMate: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 features an excellent top tier display

By Shawn Knight ยท 21 replies
Aug 1, 2014
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  1. One of the key elements of a great mobile device is a top performing display and according to the experts over at DisplayMate, the Surface Pro 3 is worthy of such honor.

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  2. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    If I was a suspicious person I would question why there have been so many positive reviews of the Surface Pro 3 appearing at the moment! Are these paid for reviews?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I think the price is pretty high. Sure it does more than an iPad, but it <mostly> doesn't outperform a MBA and is on a similar price level (or more expensive). I would seriously consider getting one if it wasn't so expensive.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    Surfaces 1-2-3 went through the generations of "bad"->"mediocre"->"good". If they keep the momentum, Surface 4 may be an "excellent" product. And better support for high DPI will be one important step forward to make that happen.
  5. ...and the fact that perhaps, just maybe, this tablet from Microsoft is the real deal and exactly as good as everyone claims it to be, didn't factor into your equations? Or is it just because this is a product from Microsoft, and they are bound to eternally make bad products that sell for more than your average content consumer tablet does? Good thing you covered yourself by saying, "If I was a suspicious person", because only suspicious people make assumptions now don't they?
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  6. I agree. I am very tempted to get this generation Surface Pro, but with the progress they have made, and coupled with the fact that they are almost at the perfect slate, makes we want to hold out for the Surface Pro 4. If they manage to make the leap they managed from SP2 to SP3, then the SP4 will basically be the tablet to rule them all, especially since Intel's next gen 14nm Broadwell processors will be available allowing for the first time full fan less and thinner designs. So bring on the i7 Broadwell quad core, 2k or 4k display Surface Pro 4. The price will probably be high, but to squeeze all that power into such a portable form factor, and still have the capacity to perform as a full laptop replacement will make it worth it, at least in my opinion.
  7. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    The fact that you have posted as guest makes me suspicious you are an employee of MS :)
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    Yeah, I suppose next you'll be in a TV commercial dancing on a desk top over it.....
  9. I'm posting as a guest... And I agree that are just some clueless troll...
  10. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I'm sure that sentence did make sense to you however it did not to me!
  11. That's no way to treat guest. Where are your manners? Besides, guest bad like no very great right.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    Guest make big large progress! Yesterday no can able make wurd spell "troll". Now guest are one! :p
  13. pmcardle

    pmcardle TS Booster Posts: 117   +22

    Typical MS hater comment.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    You don't know me, you only think you do. Either that, or you like to say things that aren't clever, but mistakenly believe they are.

    I have 7 Windows computers, have never gone near an Apple product, nor do I ever intend to.

    With that out of the way, I'm not about to accept every turd M$ drops on me, wrap it in gold leaf, sit it on an altar and call it, "manna from heaven".

    Sunday is a day to recover from Saturday, nothing more. So, they'll be no worship of anything M$, Apple, either of the annoying Steves, God or anything else done with it.

    As near as I can tell, "Surface Tablets", are another chapter in the saga of M$' paid public beta tests.(*) They release them sequentially to the sole end of determining public stupidity. This with respect to how much any given fool will pay for any given lack of capability. When that fails, the next release does more, and costs less. And so on, and so forth. So, now we're at iteration 3, and people are still complaining it costs too much, and does too little. How about the first crop of fools who were parted with their money? "How do they feel about this"?

    In any case, while I don't hate M$ in general, that Surface commercial I posted was a complete abomination. And I feel it appropriate as light entertainment / wake up call, for those drooling over M$, "next big thing".

    In any case, here's something just for you:[​IMG]

    Little Nipper waiting for "his master's voice".

    In its day, it spoke to corporate devotion, as it should for you now.:p

    (*)Some others have been, Windows ME, Vista, Windows 8.0. And I don't know who the hell made those keyboard/mouse USB to PS-2 adapters for the big "M", but everyone I've ever had has failed.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2014
  15. So basically you have just described every product released from every company in the history of product releases? You know, cars, appliances, gadgets, etc.? Unless you know of a company that releases the perfect product first time, always at extreme levels of affordability, and never needing to update it as we would all consider it a timeless classic which shall still be used in its current form 10 years from now, right? OR am I misreading your comment somehow?
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    No, but your interpretation of it is infused with a grandiose sense of omniscience. Or a "gross overvaluation of your insight", if you will.

    My impression of the Surface series is this; the technology was available at the time of the first Surface release, to deliver it in essentially the same form as it exists now. For less money. I think they held back in a valiant but misguided attempt to use Apple's snob appeal marketing methodology.

    And for all intents and purposes, the "dancing dumbbells" ad campaign's only point, was to wear out the mute and channel changing buttons on everybody's TV remote trying to get away from it. It was just hopelessly hokey bandwagon propaganda that, (IMHO), only served to alienate the very people it was pandering to.

    (I think I read here, that M$ was using the same ad agency as Apple. If that's true, it was a really dumb decision. M$ shooting itself in the foot, as it were)

    Windows 8 was a massive conceit on the part of M$ in general, and Steve Ballmer in particular. It went over like a lead balloon.

    FWIW, cars aren't always "updated" because it's "necessary". They're updated to appeal to driver's of the previous model year's vanity. "How long are we going to keep this wreck of a car, honey?, It's almost 2 years old? Look how much shinier the new model is, darling.

    It's easy to get 10 years out of today's automobiles. Just change the oil once in a while, and don't hit a bridge abutment going 90... Is the new one faster, sure, maybe a little. However, either one is likely fast enough to get your license suspended. And either one will, "serve the purpose". It just might not impress the high maintenance bimbo you're trying to pick up with it.

    If you want instant classics, here's three. The 1963 Corvette "Stingray" split window coupe. The original switch model, "Mister Coffee" (*). And last but not least, The Fender "Stratocaster".

    If you're one of those, "I gotta be the 1st kid on the block to have a Surface", God bless you, and be quiet while he, (or perhaps she), is doing it.

    I do freely admit that the first free standing DVD recorders weren't "instant classics". They were a $1000.00 IQ test on the part of Pioneer (and I believe others), to try and recoup their R & D costs from vain customers with more money that brains.

    All your attempts at "sweeping generalities" aside, what I posted was essentially targeted at the M$ products I mentioned.

    (*) In the case of the simple on/off mechanical Mr. Coffee, it's been going strong for decades, and it's still more reliable and cheaper than the digital control nonsense they'd prefer you buy.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  17. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    So anyone who writes something good about a Microsoft product=Shill
    Anyone that writes something good about Apple or Google= Professional
    Microsoft could find the cure for cancer, yet asshats still will see something negative in it

    Coming from a guy who still types M$ for Microsoft. Hey do you got any BSOD jokes from last decade?
  18. Thank you everyone for a very entertaining Monday morning!
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    I never actually seen a BSOD, even on my 10 YO eMachines. I wouldn't know what to do if I did...:confused: I guess you might say, I'd be, "BeeSOD mah self with grief and confusion, Miss Scarlet". If I could have worked, "I dontz knows nufin' 'bout Burfin no baby Surface tablets, Missy Scarlet", into the discussion, trust me, I would have.

    (Those lines are from more than five decade ago. Have ur (*) grand mum explain them to you).

    In any event I still use "M$", because if I used "MS" people might think I'm talking about the terrible disease, "multiple sclerosis". I'm certainly not about to type, "Micro Sawfft": Hey wait, I can't even spell it....:oops: Well, it's also because I know it pisses off the new crop of juvenile delinquent / know-it-alls in residence.

    Now, why don't you run along along and buy a Surface Pro and iPad both today. That'll teach that mean old grouchy stick in the mud cranky, how liberal and how progressive you are!

    (*) Notice the progressive spelling of, "your" I used! I think I might be coming around! ;)
  20. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,686   +350

    I like the sad smiley they put in the Windows 8 BSOD screen...

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,154   +394

    We got a Surface 3 Pro at my work and it is pretty nice I gotta say. I'm not a M$ fan by any stretch of the imagination, but having a full blown PC in that tablet is very beneficial to those who can use it. The display is indeed great, but Windows still doesn't scale the interface well so that high res can be an eye strainer too. The display does need to be brighter as well, it must be said. All in all though the tablet is a nice package. Windows 8.1 still isn't my favorite though.
    captaincranky likes this.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,496   +2,294

    It has to be said that 90% of these new LED "wonder monitors", aren't bright enough either. There's no, "battery life" excuse either, they plug right into the wall.

    Even @ the (alleged) 270 nits my 23" Dell IPS CCFL puts out, you can't get a decent bright white, and that's with the brill pegged.
    They should have Steve Ballmer mooning you on the Windows 8 BSOD. He's earned the right!:eek::oops:

    I expect if you turned him sideways he'd look like a, "sad smiley". Hey wait, I might be on to something here....:cool:
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014

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