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How did the tech press react to the Surface Pro 3?
Microsoft had a full house for its launch of the Surface Pro 3 in New York City last month. In the interim, they've gotten plenty of attention from a tech press that is understandably skeptical after the Surface line's sputtering start.
For this post, I'm reprising a format I used two years ago after the original Surface launch event. I've picked out a dozen reviews of the Surface Pro 3 from reviewers at top tech sites. (I didn't include my own review here but encourage you to read it after flipping through this summary.)
The range of opinions among those reviewers is impressive, from enthusiastic recommendation ("Consider it Liked, Favorited, +1'ed and Pinned") to flat-out rejection ("I’m sorry to say that I can’t recommend it").
For each review, I've included a screenshot, usually with a highlighted snippet of text from the first page, plus a link that includes the review's full title. That's followed by an excerpt from the review, and finally by my summary.
For those that didn’t follow our WWDC 2014 live blog, around an hour before the event Anand handed me the Surface Pro 3 review unit to write the text portion of that article. While I’ve used a Surface Pro 2 before, this was my first encounter with the Surface Pro 3, and I decided to try and use it for the liveblog.
In short, it was surprisingly usable, although there are a few caveats. These issues basically come down to a lack of polish, as I encountered some strange bugs throughout the day as I tried to write things down.
One month after the launch event, AnandTech has yet to publish a full review. Until they do, this short and casual post gets top billing as the most recent review. It's a surprisingly even-handed and calm account, with a generally approving tone, based on a few hours' use in a somewhat chaotic environment. The benchmark charts and deep dissection you might normally associate with an AnandTech story are in a separate preview by Anand Lal Shimpi.