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Microsoft's new Surface tablet really could replace your laptop

Microsoft's new Surface tablet really could replace your laptop
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Could this be the beginning of the end for traditional laptops and desktops? Microsoft seems to think so. And I think you will agree.

I've told you before that you don't need a computer to do what you want online; you can do everything you want to do with a tablet! They really are that powerful.

Meet the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft.

Starting at $799 (pre-order), the tablet will be available for pre-order tomorrow and is looking to replace laptops as we know them.

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen, built in kickstand, and includes a stylus pen. Its display resolution is 2,160 x 1,440, which is much higher than the 1080 standard HD display.

There are three versions of the tablet, one runs on an Intel Core i3, one on an Intel Core i5, and one on an Intel Core i7. The prices are $999, $1,299 and $1,949 respectively.

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With that in mind, during its release announcement, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was placed on a scale next to the MacBook Air.

Why? To prove it weighs less than the MacBook Air at just 800 grams, or 1.77 pounds. I can remember carrying around a laptop that weighed close to 20 pounds. Oh, those were the days - not.

Now, back to the Surface Pro 3 functioning like a traditional laptop.

The Surface Pro 3 can be hooked up to a docking station fairly easily. So you can use a keyboard pad, a mouse, a stylus pen, or your fingers to control the gadget.  These options are great for a program like Photoshop, which has been optimized for the tablet.

And speaking of the track pad, Microsoft has improved that too. The track pad is now 68 percent larger and has more traction for easier use. The track pad connects via magnets to the front of the tablet.

Any other improvements? The speakers are 40 percent louder, there's a fun split-screen feature, and, if your tablet is turned off, all you need to do is click the stylus pen and voila, the tablet magically turns on. That's slick!

How does the Surface Pro 3 compare to the rest of the tablets on the market? Gosh knows there are a slew!

To make comparing tablets super easy, I put together a reference chart. Click here to use my handy tablet comparison chart now.

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