Want to play with the Surface Pro 3? Best Buy now has them out on display too

 

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 Best Buy to get hands-on time with the device too.

Microsoft posted up on its Surface blog today that as of June 8th, Best Buy stores also have the Pro 3 out for display. Of course, if you live close to a Microsoft store, you can head on over there too.

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.

Source: Microsoft

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Eff Best Buy. They don't deserve to get anything, useless employees, serving more than one master. Eff them to infinity!

go before they drain out and the BB employees don't bother to re-charge them, have them working or otherwise have any inclination to sell them. You'll probably see them being used to support an ipad poster the way they run that place.

neonspark said,
go before they drain out and the BB employees don't bother to re-charge them, have them working or otherwise have any inclination to sell them. You'll probably see them being used to support an ipad poster the way they run that place.

You do know this is why Microsoft partnered with Best Buy to create the store within a store to correct this behavior.

SP3 Running fine in my local Best Buy with the new charging cable attached.

With the pen? I'll check again but 2 or 3 weeks ago i went there to try the pen and it was not possible.

I don't want to try the pen in OneNote. I want to try it in something like Photoshop or Krita.

Surface is always displayed with the keyboard attached giving the impression to new buyers not familiar with the the product that it is just some kind of new laptop.

I say display it as a tablet first so customers pick it up and play with it.

Sales staff can then introduce the keyboard type cover and kick stand and close the sale!

I had a chance to mess with the SP3 yesterday at the Microsoft Store. I was incredibly pleased with how light it was. The screen was beautiful too. It can be held with one hand easier than the SP1.

I tried one this weekend. amazingly thin and light compared to SP2 which they had next to it. However I think MSFT should release a core M model next year once they are available even if core M won't have the same performance as core i. Surface pro 3 still a bit heavy portrait style because it is so much bigger.

Same here. Lacks an i7 proc, but you can get it with LTE. However I don't think it is nearly as nicely built at the Pro 3 and it weighs more with or without the keyboard. Of course that keyboard also has an extra battery.

IMO HP could have a real winner with this this format if they just cleaned it up a bit.

disclosure: I'm an HP employee..

-adrian- said,
it also lacks a proper screen :)

That would be part of the "cleaning up" I mentioned.. It's a great form factor but HP is still running with the herd in these devices. PPS needs to step up and put out at least one incredible product that distinguishes itself. Maybe bring this form factor to the Elite line..

Sgt Beavis said,
Same here. Lacks an i7 proc, but you can get it with LTE. However I don't think it is nearly as nicely built at the Pro 3 and it weighs more with or without the keyboard. Of course that keyboard also has an extra battery.

IMO HP could have a real winner with this this format if they just cleaned it up a bit.

disclosure: I'm an HP employee..

I dunno... I hear what you are saying and the potential is there but... there is more to it I think. I tried. I really did...

I bought one of the 13 inch convertible Pavilion PCs a few months ago, at Microsoft store. Brought it home and after about a day, it turns out that if I hold it like a tablet with one hand, it bluescreens, memory basically disconnects. So I took it back. After 2 more days, I noticed that that one every so often just throws me into the "unable to find a bootable drive" error (black looking screen like BIOS).

(shrug!) took it back and did not get another...

Totally understand man.. They've gotta win me over too.. kinda ticks me off because I've seen what they are capable of.. and it's a lot..

On the flipside of your experience, I've had a couple of HP products (purchased on my dime) that have been flawless. The Elite 180t desktop I have is now three year old and never given me an issue. I do caveat that comment with the fact that I have upgraded the HDD to and SDD and upped the memory to 24GB.

At the same time, i've got a Slate 7 that I only give to my two year old when he is misbehaving.

Then there is my company issued laptop, an Elitebook 8440p, that has been flawless with one exception (an HDD crash after three years). It is now almost four years old and I'm finally getting it refreshed for a zBook workstation laptop..

glen8 said,
does anyone know the specs for the disk subsystem? I'd expect M.2 speeds for the price

I saw somewhere ~550 reads / ~250 writes.

seeprime said,

How fast can you type?

eh? write speed is especially important on a surface considering the amount of windows update you have to install (and re-install if you factory reset)