Mon. May 29th, 2023
Microsoft Surface 3

Recently I found myself needing a new tablet as I would be loosing my Android tablet.  It had been very good to me, but it just never seemed to have completely filled all my requirements.  So I sat down and tried to really examine what I needed and what direction I should go in.  Having used an iPad before I knew that was not the answer I was seeking. So I came up with the following list of what I needed:


  1. Lightweight and Portable
  2. Network Connectivity from anywhere
  3. HDMI / DVI / VGA output
  4. Be able to substitute for my desktop
  5. Capable of  most presentation and video formats
  6. Shell access

My answer came in the form of the Microsoft Surface 3 from AT&T.  It provided me with 4G access, extremely lightweight, portable, run Windows Desktop Apps, Open Office / Microsoft Office supported, and with the Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Addition it would provide a Linux Shell.  I knew I would need to look at few other accessories to really make it the device I wanted.


For starters the Surface didn’t have the video outputs I wanted on it’s own.  So I choose the Avotch Mini Display Adapter with provided HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs form the Mini Display port of the Microsoft Surface.  This solved one problem, and it was a bonus that one accessory solved all thee output formats, instead of needing to buy 3 different accessories.


Having used a stylus for years with my android tablet, I was really feeling the need to get one for the surface.  It provides me with the handwriting, and more importantly the drawing capability that I desired.  In addition one click and it opens up Microsoft Onenote on a new document.  This is great to create diagrams or plans on quickly and easily.  With the different tips that come with it, you can pick which works best for you.


Now one thing is still missing and that is a keyboard.  Yes I could have used a Bluetooth keyboard, ones in the past never felt right when I used them.  While at the AT&T store I had a chance to try out a Microsoft Surface Type Cover and it felt like I was using a regular keyboard.  It didn’t take long for me to make the decision to get a Microsoft Surface 3 Type Cover.  I have found it extremely comfortable and the fact it attaches/detaches so easily makes it so nice.


Last thing, was to protect my investment.  I have a 4 year old, and have been known to drop things.  So I always look for a good case to protect my tablets.  I had to do some hunting but that is when I found the UAG Microsoft Surface 3 Case.  Now after having it a week, I find it extremely comfortable to hold my tablet, the fact it integrates with the Microsoft Surface 3 Type Cover, causing not additional work to attach or detach it.  In fact the Type Cover is used as part of the protection with the case.


Overall I would highly recommend these tools.  I have all of them and use them with my surface all the time. On these items I give them 5 out of 5 Yoda’s!


By Jeffery Miller

I am known for being able to quickly decipher difficult problems to assist development teams in producing a solution. I have been called upon to be the Team Lead for multiple large-scale projects. I have a keen interest in learning new technologies, always ready for a new challenge.

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