Microsoft Surface 3 review – 3 months with the base model


  1. FYI

    July 21, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Uh, never use chrome browser, problem solves.

    Even SP3 series cannot hold this ram,process eating monster.

  2. Douglas Black

    July 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hi FYI,

    I have also tried Waterfox and Edge. The limitations are similar, though Edge is probably the best as it’s the most lightweight. I’m considering trying Win 10 32-bit once it’s released and will see if that makes it more functional.

  3. Joao

    August 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Charges via Micro-USB, not mini-usb, right? The typical android has a micro-usb connector.

    • Douglas Black

      September 6, 2015 at 5:57 am

      Dear Joao,

      You are correct. I meant micro-usb. :)

  4. Rene' Baatenburg

    January 2, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    As an older, not too savy computer user, I found the Surface 3 to be a pain in the neck. The Surface is a neat little beauty but after using it for only 2 months I want to return it. I can’t tell you how many times the wifi just disappeared! It would work fine at night, but the next morning it would be gone. And was told there were no wireless networks available to choose from. The sound also disappeared!? The Best Buy Geek Squad guy had a hard time figuring it out. When checking on my history, it told me there was nothing in my history. The keys don’t feel “deep” enough and find it hard to type. It would switch from keypad typing to screen typing without me changing it. And could NOT get it to switch back. Mr. Geek Squad did fix these problems for me. But he had to do a fair amount of dancing on screen to do so. I could not have done the same. I have used PC’s and Macbook in the past and have never run into these frustrations
    Again, I am not too savy with computers. But I will now have to deal with the bald spots on my head from pulling my hair out.
    Seriously, I was very excited about the Surface 3 but it is lucky I didn’t snap it in half over my knee.
    Thanks! Really appreciate the info you provide.

  5. Christie

    November 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Found the Surface 3 new for $230, but it's the 2gb Ram & 32 go storage. I got it for my daughter to do her homework. Should this be sufficient? Could I put a larger SDcard in it for storage?

    • Douglas Black

      November 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      It's funny, I actually picked up the 4/64 model yesterday for about 400 to give it another shot. I think with Windows 10 and 4gb it's a lot different from the 2gb model.

      You can expand the storage but micro sd will not be as fast and the 2 gb of ram will be limiting. Windows 10 will leave her with less than 8GB of free space. With 2GB ram she'll be stuck with one app at a time, so research will be tedious.

      I would highly recommend getting a 4 GB ram model used off eBay if you didn't already get the 2 GB.

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