Living day-to-day with the Microsoft’s hybrid laptop replacement
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Safe to say, I’m a massive tech fan so I was thrilled to be given a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 running the new Windows 10 – now suitably armed for my rugby journey over the course of the World Cup! It looked sleek as I pulled it out of the box and the set-up was straightforward. After dipping into the Windows App store and downloading my critical array of social media apps, I was soon keeping up-to-date with all the Rugby World Cup news.
During the week, I work in London so I’ve started using the Surface Pro 3 on my morning commute. It travels well and is much lighter than any laptops I’ve previously owned. The screen was pin sharp for catching up on the latest match video highlights and the audio top-notch for listening to my guilty pleasure, the Rugby World podcast. The Surface is definitely designed for people on the move and I found it light enough to lug around in my bag. It doesn’t feel like it needs to be sitting on a table or desk all day. At its heart, it’s a mobile device.
In the office, it’s very satisfying being able to use both touchscreen and a mouse. Working in design mode, I found unclipping the keyboard really great to look at detailed layouts up close. It feels like a genuine replacement for a laptop because it’s such an adaptable hybrid.
Window’s 10 Live Tiles allow you to see emails growing in your inbox rather than you having to open up a separate app – snapping the keyboard on to fire out a few emails quickly was also a big plus. And if you just want to immerse yourself in Word or Excel it’s easy enough to flip up the kickstand – simple.
I do however like to keep a cheeky eye on Facebook or the match live updates while I’m working so Snap Assist was brilliant, I get to see two apps side by side on a split screen which is really handy.
I also like how the Action Centre gives you notifications, whether it’s messages on social media popping up or reminders you’ve set for the next kick-off. The accompanying Surface pen also has some innovative features – if you click the top of the pen, up pops OneNote, so you can take down reminders in seconds. It’s the attention to detail I loved.
At home I did find myself asking Cortana more and more questions. It’s a virtual assistant, so when you say, ‘hey Cortana’, you can ask any question you want; if you want to locate documents, find the best training advice or keep up with the latest rugby news there’s no need to even start typing.
I browsed the web using Microsoft Edge, which was pretty cool because you can take notes on pages or highlight the latest World Cup player ratings, which I’ve never seen before. I’m also a big gamer and love how Windows 10 integrates with Xbox Live to help me share my Rugby World Cup 2015 achievements with my mates.
Whatever I was doing and however many apps I was running, there was never any lag, so you could see the raw power of the device. It all adds up to be a great productivity device that ticked all the boxes. I’m dreading the day I have to give it back!