Get your hands on a Surface Pro 3 starting today at any Microsoft store

If you have been enjoying our in-depth posts about the Surface Pro 3 but still don’t want to wait until June 20th to get your hands on your very own Pro 3, you can now head to your local Microsoft store to get some hands on time.

Microsoft said that on June 6th the devices would show up at its retail locations and that day is finally here.

We also know that this tablet has a premium price, starting at $799 and jumps all the way to $1949 if you top out the specs. For that amount of cash, we can’t blame you if you want to hold the device in your hand before swiping the credit card.

While the device does come with a pen, it does not come with the a keyboard cover. So, if you plan on buying the Pro 3, we do highly recommend that you buy the Type cover 3 at $129.99. Sure, it is expensive but the added functionality is worth the price and it makes the Pro 3 feel more like an ultrabook than a tablet.

If you are going to get the Type cover with your Pro 3, the red version of the product can be purchased only at a Microsoft store and the navy blue color is exclusive to Best Buy.

While the Pro 3 certainly fills a need for someone who doesn’t want to carry a laptop and a tablet, we know it's not a device for every consumer. With that being said, we have enjoyed our time with our Pro 3 and our upcoming review will reflect highly of Microsoft’s third generation device.

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just came from there. im left unimpressed. I thought it was bigger but its not. only thing that I loved about it is that its light as hell. Its not huge like they say, its pretty small. but I preordered one anyway. without keyboard though. I want to see all colors and see what matches.

Antoine Prince said,
just came from there. im left unimpressed. I thought it was bigger but its not. only thing that I loved about it is that its light as hell. Its not huge like they say, its pretty small. but I preordered one anyway. without keyboard though. I want to see all colors and see what matches.

I'm not sure what you saw but it absolutely is bigger. The funny thing is that it doesn't FEEL bigger. I laid my RT down next to it and it's just a hair thinner. In fact, it's exactly the same thickness as Surface 2. I had a hard time feeling the difference in weight holding my RT in one hand and the SP3 in the other. I KNOW it's heavier, but it's REALLY hard to tell. And the additional size makes it SEEM lighter.

It's a head-shaker kind of device. Knowing what else is out there, and knowing what came before, it makes you think "how the hell did they do that?".

The stand is way stiffer than I expected, and works VERY well. The pen is pretty amazing as well, but you've already read that before.

The only thing that disappointed me was the speakers. I tried some of the built-in media player tracks (Xbox Music wouldn't log in) and I could barely hear it in the mall store. Not exactly a scientific test, but not the best first impression for what is supposed to be "much louder".

Still, I came away VERY impressed. I'm almost certainly going to get at least the $799 I3 to replace my RT which currently does 90+ % of what I need on a day to day basis. And if I have a few more good months, the 256GB 8GB I5 will probably make the cut.

Checked out the S3 today. Its so light at least to me like magazine light. I still would like ability to turn off windows key but using it at the MS store I put my whole hand on it and it did not go off once. Pressure sensors nice. Will be getting the i5 128 gig.

I'll pass on this device untill they make one that will do everything a Tablet can do, like the kinetic sensors that know when you flip the screen or allow you to play a game by tilting it.

David40 said,
I'll pass on this device untill they make one that will do everything a Tablet can do, like the kinetic sensors that know when you flip the screen or allow you to play a game by tilting it.

Erm it's had "the usuals" since the first version.

David40 said,
I'll pass on this device untill they make one that will do everything a Tablet can do, like the kinetic sensors that know when you flip the screen or allow you to play a game by tilting it.

you mean gyro? because that is all most tables have and surface has this.


Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Magnetometer

David40 said,
I'll pass on this device untill they make one that will do everything a Tablet can do, like the kinetic sensors that know when you flip the screen or allow you to play a game by tilting it.

I'm sorry. But, whaaa..?

It's a Microsoft signature device, which does not include any "extras" that other OEM's (HP, Toshiba, etc.) typically add.

awesome. that's what I was hoping to hear! thanks

I didn't want some stupid 'Staples' app to be on that start screen then propagate itself to my other Windows 8 devices.

Take the skateboard wheels and strong superglue with you to the store and look at those demo surfaces... Take one out and glue the wheels on the surface and skate it around the store.. :laugh:

Anxiously awaiting the awesomeness that is inbound on June 20th. Will definitely check it out in the store soon.

I would need to drive for like 10 hours to try one. It is a joke considering i live in the 7th largest city in canada.

Thoughtful said,
I thought BestBuy stores were also going to have display units. - Though I can't find where I read that right now.

Yes Best Buy have display units but you can't try the pen anyway not here. I'm really interested in the surface pro but i really wanted to try the pen before i buy one. I went to best buy but i could not try the pen with a good drawing software.

Closer than what I get from the middle of nowhere!

LaP said,

Yes Best Buy have display units but you can't try the pen anyway not here. I'm really interested in the surface pro but i really wanted to try the pen before i buy one. I went to best buy but i could not try the pen with a good drawing software.

Better kick-stand. Faster. Better battery life. Much thinner. Much lighter. MUCH better screen. Better pen support and features. Runs cooler. More productive size. Better speakers/sound.

pmbAustin said,
Better kick-stand. Faster. Better battery life. Much thinner. Much lighter. MUCH better screen. Better pen support and features. Runs cooler. More productive size. Better speakers/sound.

Good summary!

pmbAustin said,
Better kick-stand. Faster. Better battery life. Much thinner. Much lighter. MUCH better screen. Better pen support and features. Runs cooler. More productive size. Better speakers/sound.

Also Charging port is supposed to be thunderbolt (but needs dock for this).

duddit2 said,

Also Charging port is supposed to be thunderbolt (but needs dock for this).

Just to expand on that. Thunderbolt carries the PCIe bus along with display port. Meaning single connector super fast low latency and zero CPU demand access to multiple things plugged into your dock (raid disk storage, external gpu, displays etc)

duddit2 said,

Also Charging port is supposed to be thunderbolt (but needs dock for this).

MSFT never confirmed this. This came from an AMA where somebody asked about TB and MSFT told them to look at the power connector. However that is a proprietary connector which implies it could with some adapter support TB. however TB support has gone downhill will USB 3. and its variants being far more popular and MSFT went with DP 1.2 for video.

IMO TB = firewire. never going to make it to the mainsream.

neonspark said,

MSFT never confirmed this. This came from an AMA where somebody asked about TB and MSFT told them to look at the power connector. However that is a proprietary connector which implies it could with some adapter support TB. however TB support has gone downhill will USB 3. and its variants being far more popular and MSFT went with DP 1.2 for video.

IMO TB = firewire. never going to make it to the mainsream.

Please stop comparing tb to USB. Tb carries the PCIe bus and is a far better interface for docking stations and much more. Sure USB wins for printers and single hard disks and peripherals but it simply can't do what tb can. They can and should both co exist for their own reasons.

I really want external gpu, raid array support and multiple monitors and with single connector tb can handle this (more tb 2.0).

duddit2 said,

Please stop comparing tb to USB. Tb carries the PCIe bus and is a far better interface for docking stations and much more. Sure USB wins for printers and single hard disks and peripherals but it simply can't do what tb can. They can and should both co exist for their own reasons.

I really want external gpu, raid array support and multiple monitors and with single connector tb can handle this (more tb 2.0).

TB had a lot of potential but nobody cared in the end. you see some niche uses but realistically USB 3.0 is what the industry settled on for peripherals, including data, and for video we have HDMI and DP 1.2, which supports daisy chaining like TB but it isn't tied to proprietary fees.

quite simply TB is DOA.

neonspark said,

TB had a lot of potential but nobody cared in the end. you see some niche uses but realistically USB 3.0 is what the industry settled on for peripherals, including data, and for video we have HDMI and DP 1.2, which supports daisy chaining like TB but it isn't tied to proprietary fees.

quite simply TB is DOA.

I fully disagree with you there. Both will exist as both have their own markets and functions, there is some overlap for sure but for people that need performance out of external storage, external gpu, and simply don't want the CPU overhead of USB TB is there and is amazingly faster with lower latency (its extending the PCIe bus outside the unit).

Really really curious to see more with this device!!! But I am wondering if it is worth spending the $$ to upgrade over my original Surface Pro. Ahhhhhhhhh, decisions!!!