Microsoft squares up to MacBook with latest Surface Pro

The 12-inch Surface Pro 3 is a tablet and a laptop said to 'serve all purposes'

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Microsoft squares up to MacBook with latest Surface Pro Surface Pro 3 features a ClearType Full HD display, runs Windows 8.1 Pro, comes with Microsoft Office suite and includes the new Surface pen for writing and drawing.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 21, 2014

Microsoft has introduced the Surface Pro 3, which it claims can "replace your laptop".

The latest Surface model, which is described as a tablet and a laptop, comes in three models starting from $799, and features a 12-inch screen, larger than Apple iPad's 9.7-inches and at 7.62mm is 56% thinner than the 17.3mm MacBook Air and 1.6% thicker than the 7.5mm iPad air. 

Weighing 800g, the Surface Pro is 26% lighter than the MacBook Air but at 71% heavier than the iPad Air, the Pro is not the most portable option on the market. 

According to Reuters, at a presentation in New York, Microsoft executives made frequent comparisons with the MacBook Air, making it clear that Apple's lightest laptop, which starts at $899, was the device to beat.

"So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes," said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. "Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop - packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device. You'll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need."

Surface Pro 3 features a ClearType Full HD display, runs Windows 8.1 Pro, comes with Microsoft Office suite and includes the new Surface pen for writing and drawing.  

It also has a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Mini DisplayPort as well as speakers with Dolby Audio enhanced sound.

Boasting up to nine hours of battery life,  the Surface Pro has a click-in keyboard, and a multi-position kickstand that goes from movie mode to working mode and then to writing mode. New Surface accessories like the Surface Pro Type Cover take Surface Pro 3 from a tablet to laptop instantly. 

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