Look what arrived today – the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i7 512GB 8GB RAM, with Docking Station and backlit Type Cover. My new laptop / desktop / tablet.
It was only a few days ago that I upgraded my seven year old iMac to windows 10 and after being super impressed with the latest operating system from Microsoft, I decided it was time for an upgrade.
Possible replacements were…
I had contemplated another Apple iMac having been thoroughly impressed with the device and its compact nature, given I had been running Windows 7 on it (Yes, I can’t stand OSX) and that it has been running 24/7/365 days for the last 7 years. I’ve never switched the PC off, instead locked it when not in use. This I believe is how a computer should be run (on forever).
The iMac 27″ 5K retina display model is very nice, but at a very steep price. I thought long and hard how I would be able to justify the money spent on such a beast but in the end couldn’t. The lack of touch screen was a minor irritation considering I knew I would install Windows onto it at some point.
The Dell XPS 27 was another possibility. I liked that it had a touch screen, but had read mixed reviews about the device, too few USB 3.0 ports on the back and the general connectivity options.
I had looked at the Surface Pro 3 in the shop when it was first released and wasn’t impressed with it running Windows 8. Having used Windows with a start menu forever, it seemed wrong to not have one, that is until Windows 10 came the other day and suddenly I saw the SP3 in a different light. I was sold immediately. Windows 10 and the Surface are meant for each other.
Here are the advantages for me; Place it into the docking station, add a large flat screen and a nice keyboard/mouse and you have the perfect desktop solution with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini display port, audio and a 1 gigabit Ethernet port; Un-dock and instantly it is a light, portable laptop which can be used anywhere, even in the dark, because the Type Cover have backlit keys; Remove the type cover or fold it back, switch to tablet mode, pull out the pen and it instantly turns into the perfect tablet. It can be laid flat on or folded out on it’s stand. It was a no brainer! 🙂