The Surface Pro 3 is now on sale

Today is June 20th, or if you live in the land of Microsoft, today is the day that the Surface Pro 3 is finally on sale. After a few weeks of waiting, pre-ordering and software updates, the Pro 3 is now a device that anyone can purchase at their favorite retail outlet.

Up for sale today are two iterations of the Core i5 model, one that costs $999 and comes with 128 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM and the other model costs $1299 and comes with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.

Microsoft is offering free food at Microsoft stores for the launch | Image Credit: Jason Clishe

Microsoft is offering a diverse set of specs for its Pro 3, with everything from an i3 with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $799 to an i7 with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for $1,949. The i3 and i7 models can be pre-ordered now but won't ship until August. It should be noted that all SKUs do not come with the Type Cover 3 that costs $129.99 but we highly recommend that you purchase this accessory.

If you didn't pre-order a Pro 3, you may still be able to pick one up in person at a Microsoft store or Best Buy. Microsoft told us that each store has a different number of available units but that not all units are destined for pre-orders. So, if you are bummed you didn't pre-order, call around, you might be able to find one in stock.

If you are still on the fence about if you should buy a Pro 3, read our review, here.

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The keyboard problem just illustrates the fact the Surface Pro 3 is designed for a niche market. For the rest of us, traditional laptops and desktops will be the better platform. (Now, if MS could develop a UI that is equally, and the keyword is "equally", suitable for all users. Maybe Windows-9?)

TsarNikky said,
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I like having a product that seems as though it was designed for me.
I like being a part of this niche you speak about.

I think I just discovered how iUsers feel.

*sob*

Just picked mine up and on my way home. Too bad its 2 hours away. I did update it in store because I was experiencing the power button issue.

Got a fun day ahead setting it up!

It surprises me a bit why everyone is very fixated at the type cover. I can see the rationale there but there are certainly alternatives to the type cover. For example a wireless bluetooth keyboard. It costs way less and works far better, right?

Define "better".

While an external BT keyboard might provide a larger key travel (hence feeling better for some) - what is definitely NOT better about it is that it is then a separate thing one needs to carry around and set up. And then what about a pointing device? For the most seamless experience, I don't see an alternative to type cover.

Think of an apple wireless keyboard. For me it is more solid a piece of keyboard. My time with it (connected to imac on my desk or ipad on the plane tray table) is perfect. maybe the lack of backlit keys is a problem but I'll be good with it. lugging around with it and setting up is a breeze too.

I don't need a trackpad (in table mode) when I'm with a touchscreen device and a digital pen. I don't need a trackpad (in desktop mode) when I'm able to grab a decent mouse.

But above all I confess I've (certainly) not get my hands on an SP3 so all above is still pictures in my mind. But they seem to be reasonablly rendered pictures imo.

Alansweeney said,
Think of an apple wireless keyboard. For me it is more solid a piece of keyboard. My time with it (connected to imac on my desk or ipad on the plane tray table) is perfect. maybe the lack of backlit keys is a problem but I'll be good with it. lugging around with it and setting up is a breeze too.

I don't need a trackpad (in table mode) when I'm with a touchscreen device and a digital pen. I don't need a trackpad (in desktop mode) when I'm able to grab a decent mouse.

But above all I confess I've (certainly) not get my hands on an SP3 so all above is still pictures in my mind. But they seem to be reasonablly rendered pictures imo.

If I had one (and I really want one), I'd get the touch keyboard cover for it and also have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse for it at like a "docking station" at home and at work.

Shadrack said,

I'd get the touch keyboard cover for it and also have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse for it at like a "docking station" at home and at work.

I'm afraid you can't get a touch cover as they've killed it this time. Only type cover available.