Microsoft Goes After the MacBook Air in New Surface Pro 3 Ad(s)

Microsoft is catching some heat today for their new ad comparing the Surface Pro 3 to the MacBook Air. Of course, Microsoft has been doing so since first announcing the Surface Pro 3, and so this ad isn’t anything new. Here’s the ad: Here are two more: In his Computerworld article titled “Surface Pro 3 […]

Surface Pro 3 Special Student Pricing: $649 Core i3 64GB

Microsoft has some very special pricing available for qualified students across a range of products, not the least of which is the Core i3 version of the Surface Pro 3 for $649. This price gets you 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD, the latter of which can be complemented by up to 128GB of […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review Part 2: Executing the Vision

In Part 1 of my impressions of the Surface Pro 3, I waxed philosophical about how well the machine fits within Microsoft’s vision of “one operating system, many devices,” but is it a perfect machine? Of course not. No matter how far technology has progressed in making a machine like the Surface Pro 3 possible, […]

The Surface Pro 3 Does Have an Excellent Screen

DisplayMate, maker of high-end display configuration and calibration tools, periodically provides in-depth evaluations of the quality of the displays used on a variety of mobile devices. I typically agree with their assessments of devices I’ve owned, and I definitely agree with their description of the Surface Pro 3’s screen as excellent: Based on our extensive Lab […]

Samsung and Microsoft Vie for Worst Video

Samsung and Microsoft have both produced promotional videos recently that have caught the Internet’s attention. Unfortunately, both have been for the wrong reasons. First, we have Samsung’s video for the Gear smartwatch, which is an odd combination of high-quality production value with incredibly cheesy content. And, the video manages, in my opinion, to highlight precisely […]

Surface Pro 3 Screen Issues – Yellow Haze

I came across a forum thread at that discusses an issue with some Surface Pro 3 screens, mine included. As user T.J. Godin notes: I remember reading about this issue on the first gen Surface Pro, but I believe history may be repeating itself with the Surface Pro 3. I had my unit for 2 […]

Surface Pro 3 Tip: How to Hibernate and Keep InstantGo (Updated)

Update: I’ve played around a little more with the Surface Pro 3 since writing this post, and I’m not so sure that the machine actually woke up from sleep. Rather, I’ve noticed that the power button is actually very easily depressed, or rather perhaps the amount of time it must be depressed to wake it […]

Belkin Miracast Video Adapter Review (Update: Netgear Review)

I recently gave the Belkin Miracast Video Adapter a try, to evaluate Miracast on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 compared to Chromecast on my Android devices. Unfortunately, configuring and using the Belkin adapter was an exercise in frustration. If I were to go by my experience with it alone, I’d say that Miracast is acceptable as […]

Surface Pro 3 July 2014 Firmware Updates (Update)

Update: Another Surface Pro 3 update was released on 7/16, specifically to address the remaining WiFi issues. I’ve applied the update on my machine, and so far I haven’t had an instance where WiFi was either disconnected or the WiFi adapter was unavailable. So, I’m marking the initial Surface Pro 3 bugs as fixed, and […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review Part 1: Enabling the Vision

I was impressed the first time I put my hands on Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 a few weeks ago. I’ve now been using my own for going on two weeks now, and if anything my original, seemingly hyperbolic statements about the Surface Pro 3 might have been understated. It really is a groundbreaking machine, […]