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Best Laptop 2016 – 10 best laptops right now


Surface 3

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Surface 3

Originally reviewed by Andy Vandervell 05 May 2015

Affordable Windows hybrid with excellent battery life

Key features:
  • 10.8-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 display
  • microSD card slot
  • Nine-hour battery life
  • Free Office 365 subscription
The Surface 3 is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its slightly older brother, the Surface Pro 3, but similarly great to use. It even fares better than the Pro in a way – its friendlier dimensions make you want to carry it around with you and use it a lot more.
Its 10.8-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 IPS display is sharp and bright, with punchy colours and impressive contrast. Because of its 3:2 aspect ratio, it’s as good for watching TV shows and movies as it is for working on, and the kickstand offer three viewing angles that work well for a variety of situations.

While it’s not as powerful as the Pro, it’s still good enough for everyday office work. However, some rival devices, including the slightly pricier Zenbook UX305, are significantly quicker. Still, battery life is good, with the Surface 3 able to go for around nine hours between charges.

Microsoft brings a few tasty extras to the table too. A one-year subscription to Office 365 comes as a handy freebie, and you can get your hands on the Surface Pen and keyboard cover for a little more cash.

Price: £499

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