Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 Microsoft Surface Tablets and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tech Radar, Digital Trends, Alphr, The Verge, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Laptop Magazine, Tech Spot, Engadget, PC Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Microsoft Surface Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Microsoft Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.9
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.6
646 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
An inexpensive tablet that can be used as bedside tablet for reading, gaming and other activities.
- BestReviews
Surface 3 is the most portable Surface device yet. It's every bit as premium to touch as the Surface Pro 3 while being both slimmer and lighter. It's also easier to use on your lap due to its weight and slips into a bag for transportation with less fuss than ever before.
- Tech Radar
November 15, 2017 | Full review
Sturdy, inviting design. Light for a 2-in-1 PC. Attractive, high-resolution display
- Digital Trends
A new way to interact with the Surface 3 is with a pen. While this has traditionally been part of Microsoft’s Surface Pro offering, the same pen from the Surface Pro 3 now works with this cheaper model. It’s functionally identical, and it’s really accurate and natural to write notes in OneNote, or just draw something in Fresh Paint.
- The Verge
April 14, 2015 | Full review
The new Surface 3 costs less than the Pro version, but trickles down much of the design and materials of its more expensive sibling. This budget model finally runs the full version of Windows.
- CNET
October 27, 2015 | Full review
The versatility of the design means you can enjoy using the Surface 3 in settings where laptops are awkward, and you can even use the on-screen keyboard effectively with the Surface 3 at its shallowest angle.
- Trusted Reviews
August 31, 2016 | Full review
The Surface 3's 10.8-inch display has the high but uncommon resolution of 1920 x 1280p (200 pixels taller than 1080p) and provided colorful, sharp images in our tests.
- Laptop Magazine
Immensely versatile machine.
- Tech Spot
It's almost as light as an iPad, but it can also run most of the Windows apps you need.
- Engadget
August 2, 2018 | Full review
New Intel Atom x7 processor offers better performance than other Atom-based competitors.
- PC Magazine
April 13, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Many reports of bugs,glitches and hardware failure. The charger apparently cant charge the tablet while in use.
- BestReviews
While typing is a completely subjective experience, I found it difficult to justify the outlay for what is a sub-par accessory.
- Tech Radar
November 15, 2017 | Full review
Feels heavy when used as a tablet, Disappointing performance. Expensive accessories
- Digital Trends
There are negatives to be found, not least the fact that, despite all the tweaks, Windows 8.1 remains a mediocre tablet OS: the app store is an embarrassment, and the interface can feel awkward on a small, high-DPI screen.
- Alphr
While the trackpad has improved, it’s still far too small. I complain about PC trackpads all the time, and I wish Microsoft and other OEMs would take note that they’re simply not doing a good enough job.
- The Verge
April 14, 2015 | Full review
Trading down to a low-power processor means this isn't a full-time PC. The clever keyboard case is still sold separately, and costs a lot compared to the base hardware.
- CNET
October 27, 2015 | Full review
The touchpad, however, is very small and awkward. It’s hard to be precise on such a small pad, and using gestures to scroll up and down pages is hit and miss – Google Chrome was particularly bad for some reason.
- Trusted Reviews
August 31, 2016 | Full review
The keyboard not included.
- Laptop Magazine
Atom is fast enough, but still not really fast.
- Tech Spot
Keyboard and other accessories cost extra.
- Engadget
August 2, 2018 | Full review
Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately.
- PC Magazine
April 13, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Overall Product Rankings

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 5th Gen
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Microsoft Surface Go
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 14
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Microsoft Surface RT
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Microsoft Surface 2
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7

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