I picked up a Surface 3 Pro over the weekend. If you want to read a *very* thorough review of the Surface 3, take a look at Corey Roth’s (@coreyroth) excellent write-up Complete Surface Pro 3 Review – 3 days later.
I went with the I5 256Gb model (just as Corey did), as it has 8Gb of RAM and will be able to run pretty much anything I need.
Since I can install just about anything that I use on my “real” laptop, I think it will be an excellent travel machine. My go-to apps are things like SharePoint Designer 2007-2010-2013, Office, Sublime Text, and a number of applications (not apps) that help me with the little chores in design and such. I’m cautiously optimistic about this machine. I also have a Surface 2 RT, and I just couldn’t get it’s form factor into the rotation between my monster laptop and my iPhone. I’m really going to try to do it with my Surface 3. I use exactly zero “modern” apps on my Surface 2 RT, and I can’t see that changing, except maybe to watch movies with Netflix in hotel rooms.
I connected the Surface 3 to my home office display rig (all via a single USB connection) and everything fired up great after a few minutes of installing drivers and screen flickers.
So I’m thinking of travelling *only* with my Surface 3. My work laptop is a hefty 10.5lb ASUS. I love it, but it’s a bit excessive. My next travel fun is to Australia and New Zealand for the highly popular Australia SharePoint Conference (#AUSPC) and New Zealand SharePoint Conference (#NZSPC) conferences. I hope if you’re reading from Down Under that I’ll see you there!
I think that presenting and demoing will work great from the Surface, as all the slides and demos are cloud-based at this point. Can anyone think of any reason I’d have difficulties?
I’ve picked up two accessories from Amazon that I think are required for successful travelling with the Surface 3:
Cable Matters Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt™ Port Compatible) to HDMI/DVI/VGA Male to Female 3-in-1 Adapter in Black
[3 Ports USB 3.0 + 1 Adapter ethernet] Unitek 3 Ports USB 3.0 Bus-Powered Hub with RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Converter LAN Wired Network Adapter for Laptops, Ultrabooks and Tablet PCs with USB Ports, Compatible with Windows XP/7/8, Mac OS-X, Linux
so I should be good for USB, Ethernet, and projector connections. Can anyone think of anything I’m missing?