I needed a small desktop computer in a hurry. For $6 extra, Amazon shipped me the NUC and all the needed accessories (SSD,WiFi card,memory,power cord,USB drive,VGA and audio breakout adapter) the same day. A few hours later, I had my new computer and installed Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (just download image file from the web). It was up and running in no time, and for a surprisingly small amount of money I had a perfect replacement for an aging computer that had started to die.
Performance is perfectly adequate for desktop use. In fact, it is orders of magnitude faster than the hardware that it replaces. After power-up it boots all the way to the desktop in just a few seconds. That’s probably mainly thanks to the SSD. Desktop visual effects work fine, the Google Chrome browser is nice and speedy, Libre Office works fine, and all the onboard devices and all my attached USB devices were recognized without any extra drivers needed.
Buying and installing a new computer has never been so easy, affordable, and fun. And I still can’t get over the fact that I had a new working computer on my desk within a few hours of placing the order. Of course, if I needed a computer for serious gaming or other CPU or graphics intensive activities, I’d look somewhere else. But for my use case, I am happy with the small form factor, the inaudible cooling noise, and the amazingly low price.
My only gripe is that the power supply is external. But that seems pretty common for small computers these days. It makes for a bit of clutter under the desk though. And I also wouldn’t have minded extra USB ports and/or a built-in SD card reader. But fortunately, those are always easy to add externally. The NUC won’t replace the beefy dual Xeon server any time soon, but that one is installed in a rack somewhere with other computer equipment, where it is free to make lots of noise and heat — something that I don’t want under my desk.
Great product thoroughly satisfied
I bought these for my 2 year old son. I love the design and characters on them. The only problem I had is that they run a little small. I had never bought underwear for him so I assumed he would wear the same size as his pants. Maybe I’m wrong. I washed them before he wore them so they might have shrunk a bit. My son wears 2t pants so that’s the size I got. They are so tiny and the waist strap is too tight and left marks. I recently bought him some toddler underwear from a department store and got a size 4t this time and they fit perfect. My recommendation would be to order a size or to bigger. I would order these again but a bigger size.
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I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a hybrid device. Ever since the announcement of the original Surface Pro, the gadget geek in me salivated at the idea of having a single device that could capably perform both tablet and laptop duties. I have been heavily tempted to dive in and buy many such devices over the last couple of years, including various versions of the Asus Transformer line, the Lenovo Yoga Pros, and of course, the original Surface Pro and Pro 2. Ultimately though, there was always something (or many things) holding me back. For me, pretty much every hybrid device I considered has had one or more compromises that were deal-breakers for me – poor battery life, lack of processing power, too thick, display too small or low resolution, cheap build quality / aesthetics, or some questionable form factor issues. I suspect that many of you out there who are similarly interested in a hybrid but have not yet made a purchase have had similar thoughts.
When the Surface Pro 3 was announced, in my opinion, it seemed like all of those concerns had been addressed. Fully adjustable kickstand, thin, manageable weight, respectable battery life, great display, real power – I knew shortly after reading the reviews that this was indeed going to be my first hybrid device.
Like many, for the last few years my gadget inventory comprised of a smartphone, tablet and a laptop. Of course, the phone is pretty much non-negotiable, but prior to the SP3, I ran around with an iPad 3rd Gen and a Vaio Z128GG. I wanted to share my experience as someone who’s replaced their tablet and laptop with a Surface Pro 3 for those of you who are wondering if they could do the same.
For some context, I work in IT and would fall into the “power user” category. I use my laptop for things like remote desktop, server / infrastructure administration, functionality testing, document creation, photo editing, browsing, and of course emails. I also used it regularly for viewing / streaming media, and while on trips, occasionally used it for some lightweight gaming. I used my iPad for many of the same things, though perhaps in different proportions. It’s primary uses were browsing, emails, media duties, and casual gaming, but it was also partnered with a Bluetooth keyboard case and on many, many occasions, usually when my laptop had run out of juice, it stepped up to perform some reasonably serious work too. The SP3 would need to do all of this for me, and hopefully do it as well as the two devices it was replacing, or better.
With the background out of the way, here’s my take on how the SP3 is. I own the i7 256GB model.
– As a laptop (with a Type Cover of course):
Wonderful. It does everything mentioned above so very well, and against my old laptop, it does it faster, while looking better, and lasting longer. I loved my Vaio’s keyboard and was worried that the type cover was going to irk me in some way, but to be honest I’m just as fast typing on this thing as I am on any other keyboard I’ve used regularly. In terms of portability, I think it’s an absolute winner. I carry it around tucked underarm like a folio, bare or in a slipcase if I’m going outdoors. So light! Using it on a desk is much the same as a conventional laptop, so I have no complaints. Using it on my lap, there is some slight mental adjustment necessary, but again, in my opinion, it works very, very well. I quickly became accustomed to adjusting the kickstand (vs standard clamshell mechanics) and have found that I can use it in all the same varied positions I used my laptop, with the added bonus of no longer ever feeling any device heat on my legs.
I use a 3-port USB 3.0 hub with built-in Ethernet port when I need to hook up to multiple devices or to a wired network, but most of the time, the single USB 3.0 port does just fine.
– As a tablet:
For the most part, great. Once you’ve learned to make use of the touch gestures, you can get around as fast on this thing as on any other touch device, and of course the raw power means you’re rarely, if ever, left waiting for the OS / UI to catch up. We all had to do at least some learning / retraining in order to make the best use of iOS and Android devices – the same is true here. For most use cases, I prefer tablets in portrait mode, but for the SP3 this preference is much more heavily emphasized. For short periods, I find it manageable to hold with one hand in portrait, or rest it on my forearm like a clipboard. For longer usage, I find it best to rest its base on my lap or torso. For extended media viewing, the kickstand really shines. I’m just surprised a kickstand of some sort isn’t built into more tablets, but kudos to Microsoft for really nailing its execution with this fully adjustable version. The hinge feels solid and well engineered.
As a guy with average sized hands, I find it perfectly serviceable as a tablet. I’m not really bothered by the weight, but the 12″ size does mean you have to put more consideration into how you wield it than you would with a 7-10″ tablet.
For most touch-based tablet usage, other than email and browsing (which are well served by the inbuilt mail client and IE11) you will want to use a touch-optimised app from the App Store. I have found that most things I would like my tablet to do are catered for. Newsreaders, eBooks / eMagazines, media streaming, Netflix, Youtube – all have good options available.
The forward-facing stereo speakers are of good quality for a portable device, achieving more than sufficient volume without distorting. I’m sure there are louder speakers out there, but since the SP3’s fire directly at you, I find dialogue in videos easy to pick up, even with some light background noise. If your head is positioned front and center, left /right stereo effects are also readily identifiable, which is nice for some games. Of course, their small size means real bass is off the cards, but the headphone jack works just fine, as does pairing it with a Bluetooth speaker, both options which I use regularly with no issue.
– Thoughts on the pen:
I use it occasionally, most often as an aid to precise navigation, or when I’ve just cleaned my screen and don’t want to gunk it up too quickly with fingerprints. I’ve also tried using it for text input, and though my handwriting isn’t the best, I think it does a good job of recognizing what I’m trying to input – certainly much better than my current and previous Galaxy Note devices. That said, it’s still slower and error-prone for me than using the on-screen keyboard, and obviously incomparably slower than touch typing on the keyboard.
Summoning OneNote instantly with the top mounted button comes in handy when you quickly need to scribble something down. I’ve occasionally used OneNote for clipping images and articles, and making quick notes and lists. It does feel quite close to the free-form nature of just having a blank piece of paper to write on, specially with the paper-like dimensions of the SP3. Having it convert the handwriting into digital text is a nifty thing. For some, I could imagine this being very handy.
Unfortunately, I’m no artist, so my thoughts on those kinds of pen usage scenarios are of very limited value. I did play around with some sketching and painting apps; it seemed responsive and accurate to me. The pressure sensitivity was demonstrably in effect, though if it’s good enough to satisfy skilled digital artists, I can’t really say.
Lastly, I’ve used the pen to play games like Sudoku and the NY Times crossword app. These two are examples of where I thought things were a measurable improvement over more conventionally available input. It just felt more natural and satisfying.
– What needs work:
Microsoft claim 9 hours of battery life, and I think in some light usage scenarios (particularly limited WiFi use & low screen brightness), 9 hours is quite possible, but with my usage, which is probably more typical, I’ve found it’s really more like 5-7 hours. The device’s self generated battery report estimates that I’m getting 5 hours 58 minutes on average. This has never been a problem for me since I can always get to a power point before that time is up, but I think that it’s worth mentioning.
After 2 months of use, I do believe that 12″ 3:2 aspect ratio is great for a hybrid, however anything they can do to make it even lighter and thinner will make it that much easier to use as a tablet. This seems a little greedy, because the device is already amazingly thin and light for what’s under the hood, but I suspect the next gen Surface Pro powered by Broadwell is very likely to make this happen.
The device can and will throttle its speed down if pushed too hard, and when this happens the device does get very warm in one corner (top right in landscape, the side away from your desk / lap). I never found it unpleasantly hot to touch though, and I only ever experienced this when attempting to play full-blown games on the device (FIFA 15, Civ 5, NFS: Hot Pursuit). It runs all App Store-based games beautifully, but for everything else (from Steam / Origin etc), settings will need to be turned right down, and even then only older or less demanding games will really be playable. Making this matter somewhat worse, using the current display driver, reducing the game resolution to anything below native will result in letterboxing. It would be great if could make the display scale to fullscreen (while maintaining aspect ratio), but so far I’ve not been able to find a way to do that. Playing a game in a tiny box in the middle of the screen is a waste when you have 12 inches of screen real estate available.
EDIT: As was helpfully pointed out in the comments, a current workaround to avoid letterboxing in games is to manually lower the resolution in Windows before starting your game, then resetting to native resolution afterwards. Hopefully they’ll fix the driver to prevent the need to do this eventually though. It really shouldn’t be necessary.
For games apps (as in, games bought from the App Store), the situation is still a fair way behind iOS and Android. I’ve found it much harder to find interesting, high-quality touch-based games on the Windows App Store than I did on my iPad, or even on my Galaxy Note 3. If that’s mostly what you want from your tablet, the SP3 and Windows tablets in general are probably not your best bet, and I would suggest this probably isn’t the right device for you anyway. On the other hand, no other tablet can serve up full blown games like Civ 5, so you take the good with the bad in this regard.
For me, the good far, far outweighs the bad when it comes to the SP3, and I love mine. It’s not perfect (I’m not sure any device is), and if I could give it 4.5 stars here, I would, but it’s certainly closer to 5 in my opinion than it is to 4, given what’s out there right now and how happy I am with it. I think after 3 iterations, Microsoft are finally onto a winner. I have no doubt the SP4 will be even better, and for those of you who regularly can’t make it to a power outlet for more than 6 hours at a time, it might be worth waiting for the next model or looking elsewhere, but after 2 months of ownership, I have no regrets with my purchase.
Hope this has been helpful for those of you who have this device on your shortlist. Good luck with your purchase decision!
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Just a nice shamrock Zippo. The Shamrock is very much textured and not a decal. But it is smooth and should not catch or grab in your pocket! The picture doesnât do it justice!
This Device never received any update from Samsung. It is a shame that you spend a lot money for what suppose to be a premium tablet and, come to find out that, there is update for the product ever. Shame on Samsung. This would have been a 5 star if, there were updates
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GOOD quality kit to start with if i were to do more sleeving i would choose better tools tho the tools are a bit weak and flimsy but everything else was great!
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