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Surface 3 review: This is the one worth recommending, though it’s no bargain

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At a Glance
  • Microsoft Surface 3

    PCWorld Rating

    Think of the Surface 3 as a smaller, cheaper Surface Pro 3, with slightly disappointing battery life but surprisingly good performance.

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Think of the Surface 3 as a smaller, cheaper Surface Pro 3, with slightly disappointing battery life but surprisingly good performance.

    Pros

    • Intel Atom processor performs better than expected
    • One year of Office 365 Personal included
    • Goodbye, Windows RT. Hello, Windows 8.1 (and 10!)

    Cons

    • $499 advertised price is currently just for the tablet
    • Battery life is actually less than the Surface Pro 3
    • Limited to Microsoft Office, Web browsing, some basic games and apps

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