Gallery: The Surface Pro 3 is thin and here are the pics to prove it

Microsoft may have created the most over-engineered tablet that we have ever seen. With high-class internals, svelte aesthetics and a screen that is frankly gorgeous, it's hard not to love the Surface Pro 3. While we're not quite ready to publish our review, as we dig into each new feature of the device in detail and test each aspect thoroughly, there is absolutely no argument that this is a beautiful device.

We compared the Pro 3 against the Pro 1, Surface 2, iPad 3, iPhone 5, Lumia Icon, Acer S7 and Macbook Pro Retina to help you get a better look at the tiny profile of the Pro 3. There is no doubt that this device has a timeless modern appeal to it and seeing that the specs are top notch, it should be a machine that lasts as long as any other modern laptop. 

Pro 3 | Pro 1

Pro 3 | Surface 1

Pro 3 | Surface 2

Pro 3 | Lumia Icon

Pro 3 | iPad 3

Pro 3 | Macbook Pro Retina

Pro 3 | Acer S7

Having looked at the pictures, do you see what we mean? Even with the Type Cover on with the laptop comparison shots, the Pro 3 is certainly in the Ultrabook-class when it comes to portability and is noticeably thinner than the Macbook Pro with Retina display. The most astonishing shot, in our opinion, is that the Pro 3 is thinner than the Lumia Icon, a premium smartphone built by the folks of the recently acquired Nokia handset division.

The Pro 3 is a great piece of Microsoft engineering and shows what the company can do when it puts the best of its ability into a single piece of hardware. While our review will dive deeper into the the pros and cons of the Pro 3, know this: it's a rock-solid machine that has been engineered to the highest standards. 

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But will anyone buy it? The only interest seems to be on tech sites. As far as I know the Surface has not been selling and I don't see any reason with Surface 3 for sales to do any better.

The problem is that its not really a laptop and its not really a tablet. Whatever it is 'normal' people don't seem to want or need it. Not when they can get a perfectly good laptop for about 400.00.

You can build the best whatever but if people don't want it and don't buy it then you need to seriously look at what you are doing and why.

I'd wait before buying this because I expect you will be able to get them at bargain basement prices later in the year.

Edited by derekaw, May 24 2014, 4:32am :

derekaw said,
But will anyone buy it? The only interest seems to be on tech sites. As far as I know the Surface has not been selling and I don't see any reason with Surface 3 for sales to do any better.

The problem is that its not really a laptop and its not really a tablet. Whatever it is 'normal' people don't seem to want or need it. Not when they can get a perfectly good laptop for about 400.00.

You can build the best whatever but if people don't want it and don't buy it then you need to seriously look at what you are doing and why.

I'd wait before buying this because I expect you will be able to get them at bargain basement prices later in the year.

There will always a market for cheap crap. Doesn't affect how much I'm going to love owning this machine.

It's thinner than the Lumia Icon. That's just sad, man. The Icon is beautiful but Nokia really needs to stop settling when putting out flasgships (unless it's a camera hump, I don't mind camera humps)

My current Windows tablet is thinner than this and it has no fans at all. It uses a Y series Core-i5. (HP x2)

Great how thin Surface Pro 3 is, but 12" tablet is still too big for most people.

Intel with Microsoft fanless made this the thinnest. The best part is MS not even a hardware company like Apple or Samsung.

Niavlys77 said,
It's not fanless. Why do people keep thinking it's fanless?

Panay said during MS event for Surface Pro said (I added some of my own word but the idea are similar):
Fanless mean thin
Fanless mean quiet
Fanless mean cool CPU.

Is Surface Pro fanless?

I guess that would confuse some people...but of course the point he was trying to get across (and which was obvious to most after seeing the picture of the fan inside plus his talk about it) is that it doesn't *have to be* fanless in order to be thin, quiet, and cool.

And I don't know if that was a question directed at me, but no, none of the Surface Pros are fanless. The WinRT Surfaces are though.

All of the devices being compared aren't even "thin" by today's standards. However, Microsoft did a good job slimming it down.

It is amazingly thin! I want one of these so bad for work. Wish they would have released their Touch UI for Office :(. I'm waiting for that before I start nagging my boss for one.

Touch Office is supposed to be out at the end of summer... which is when the Core i3 and Core i7 models are supposed to ship (only the Core i5 models are shipping next month). So it may all come together for you!

I am quite keen on one, however I don't like how heavy it is. My iPad 3 feels overly heavy compared to more modern tablets (especially the air) and at 652g is a lightweight compared to this.

That said this does appear more of a laptop replacement, designed to be used on the lap rather than in the hands, in which case it is comparitively light as a feather.

DeltaXray said,
I am quite keen on one, however I don't like how heavy it is. My iPad 3 feels overly heavy compared to more modern tablets (especially the air) and at 652g is a lightweight compared to this.

That said this does appear more of a laptop replacement, designed to be used on the lap rather than in the hands, in which case it is comparitively light as a feather.

You can't compare this to an iPad. iPad is just a big phone. This is a miniature computer.

Imagine if Microsoft made an actual 13.3 or 14" ultrabook with the same tech they have now, yoga styled... that would have killed anything on a market today. I'm still thinking whether the 12" is big enough for me to replace my laptop fully, especially since I use my device on my lap alot

The point of this device is to say "stop using laptops; this is a better form factor". So it really does kill anything on the market today.

12" with the 4:3 screen and pretty high res is the best size for most situations, for a one device to do everything it's the sensible choice anyway. If your laptop is on your lap I really don't see you needing a bigger screen unless you have old eyes.

People certainly aren't going to stop using laptops, it's simply not a device for everyone. For many, such as myself, it will be great. I plan on getting an i7 and making it my desktop replacement, laptop, and tablet. I rarely use laptops on my lap and my current Surface has been sufficient for when I've had to.

I think an ultrathin, Yoga-type device so it can be used as any other Surface but also like a traditional laptop for those who need it, would be a great addition.

Surface (10" Windows RT tablet)
Surface Mini (8" Windows RT tablet)
Surface Pro (12" Windows 8 Pro convertable)
Surface Flip (13"+ Windows 8 Pro convertible)

If it's ultrabook it should be compared with MacBook Air.
Even so it's a nice piece of hardware very competitive the main problem is and was the software.
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.
It's looking good I like what I see.

grik said,
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.

That's the best part, it doesn't need a new OS. There's already the Modern stuff for tablet apps, it still runs the millions of desktop programs that people use daily (some of which even take touch into account), hell toss on BlueStacks and you can even run Android apps. It's got all the bases covered and then some.

grik said,
If it's ultrabook it should be compared with MacBook Air.
Even so it's a nice piece of hardware very competitive the main problem is and was the software.
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.
It's looking good I like what I see.

Yeah man they gotta compare it to the MacBook Air! Great article but we gotta see this one guys, it's the main competitor really... would also like to see it again iPhone's just on a personal basis :)

grik said,
Even so it's a nice piece of hardware very competitive the main problem is and was the software.
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.

The OS is the best part of it.. the fact that 8.1 update 1 essentially changes things based on whether you're currently using touch or a mouse is incredible. Even on my original Surface Pro, it's completely seamless.

Plus, as mentioned by Max, there's the Modern style apps which there are tons of by now - and then there are the millions of x86 / x64 applications you can still use on the desktop. Both of these types off apps play well enough for either touch or mouse, but both are just a bit better for one or the other. They've literally given the best of both worlds.

grik said,
If it's ultrabook it should be compared with MacBook Air.
Even so it's a nice piece of hardware very competitive the main problem is and was the software.
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.
It's looking good I like what I see.

They did compare it to the mac air in its announcement. It was thicker and heavier which is probably why it wasn't compared here.

grik said,
If it's ultrabook it should be compared with MacBook Air.
Even so it's a nice piece of hardware very competitive the main problem is and was the software.
Ambiguous device isn't a laptop isn't a tablet it's somewhere in between and that's the main problem.
I expect a new OS for MS to compete with the rest.
It's looking good I like what I see.

It is a matter of personal preferences: I always considered a Tablet, specifically a Tablet PC, an evolution of the laptop concept; in other words a device able to do what a laptop does plus other, additional, features.

The more I read about it the better it gets.. think it's about time to retire my laptop and tablets, for my uses anyway this thing renders them pointless. Glad I waited on the Pro 2.

I tried the Surface Pro 2 out at the Microsoft store w the pen and it was amazing. Seriously, I want to sell my MacBook and my Ativ laptop for it. Pro 3 is probably gonna be even more epic. It just sucks its expensive, and no I need i5 baseeee.

suprNOVA said,
I tried the Surface Pro 2 out at the Microsoft store w the pen and it was amazing. Seriously, I want to sell my MacBook and my Ativ laptop for it. Pro 3 is probably gonna be even more epic. It just sucks its expensive, and no I need i5 baseeee.

I sold my MacBook Pro when I bought my Surface Pro 2. Now I might have to sell the 2 to get the 3!