Windows 10: Why I bought a Surface 3

As excited as I am about getting to use the smaller Surface with Windows 10, it's not without concern

After thinking long and hard about the Surface 3 from Microsoft, I bought one that is on the way. I've played with the Surface 3 a few times and like the small form factor which I require in a tablet. What pushed me over the edge is that Microsoft is now selling the Surface 3 with Windows 10 installed.

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That's important for me as I want to use the official version of Windows 10. I installed the technical preview early on but couldn't get a feel for how the final version would work and quickly stopped playing with it. For the most part I like what I've read about Windows 10 and want to experience it for myself.

I bought a Surface 3 with 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage. I believe Windows does better with more memory and storage, so I spent the extra $100 for them both. I passed on the LTE version and stuck with Wi-Fi only as the system price of $599 without LTE was already pushing the limit.

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The order also included the Type Cover keyboard and the pen. Those two accessories plus the extra memory pushed the total purchase price to almost $800 so this was not a casual purchase. I will be able to use the system for work so I was able to justify the cost.

As excited as I am about getting to use the Surface 3 and Windows 10, it's not without concern. As a heavy tablet user, I hope the "desktop first" focus of Windows 10 doesn't bother me. My colleague Mary Branscombe found this to be unfortunate and rolled back to Windows 8.1 as a result of this and other changes. Like Branscombe, I rather liked Windows 8.1 and the front and center tablet support. I'll see how it goes when I get my hands on the Surface 3.

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