Items tagged with Surface Pro

If you’re a victim of severe battery drain on the Surface Pro 3 tablet, we’ve got some good news for you today -- a fix has been released for customers. Interestingly, Microsoft says that the battery drain only affected a “limited number” of Surface Pro 3 devices. In short, the battery’s full charge capacity was being reported incorrectly to the operating system, which lead to Surface Pro 3 devices failing while on battery power. “Think of this like a fuel gauge in a car, where the car looks to the fuel gauge to determine how much to fill the tank,” writes Microsoft while describing the problem.... Read more...
It’s no secret that the traditional [slate] tablet market has taken a nosedive in recent years. We’ve seen market leader Apple report declining sales for the past two years, with iPad sales falling 25 percent year-over-year during the company’s fiscal Q1 — and if Apple is seeing a slide in tablet sales, the rest of the industry is surely seeing similar trends. Well, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide tablet market took a 13.7 percent hit in sales during Q4 2015. Total quarterly tablet sales came in at 65.9 million, while full calendar year sales tallied 206.8 million... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets way back in early October, however, those clamoring to purchase the most expensive SKUs have been left holding on to their credit cards in disappointment. Well, the wait is over, and Microsoft has announced that range-topping SKUs of both tablets are available to purchase in the United States and Canada. For those that need a refresher, the Surface Book is a 13.5-inch (3000x2000) convertible tablet that doubles as a notebook with its included keyboard dock/base. The Surface Pro 4, the successor to the Surface Pro 3, is a 12.3-inch (2736x1824)... Read more...
Microsoft has officially revealed its Surface Pro power cord replacement program a day earlier than originally reported. We first brought you news of the recall yesterday, when Microsoft confirmed that power cords shipped with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets could overheat if “wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time.” The program, which is currently available to Surface Pro customers in the United States and Canada, covers Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 sold prior to March 15, 2015. Tablets sold after that point are not affected by... Read more...
If you have a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, then you need to listen very carefully. Microsoft is about to launch a voluntary recall campaign for the power cords used on its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets due to overheating concerns. News of the recall was first brought to light by a European publication, and Microsoft later confirmed the news to the well-respected “Redmond Watcher” Mary Jo Foley. In a statement, Microsoft provided the following preliminary information on the recall: As a result of damage caused by AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched... Read more...
Two years removed from taking a $900 million write-off related to unsold Surface RT tablets, Microsoft is tapping OEMs to sell its Surface Pro line. Specifically, Dell and Hewlett-Packard will carry Surface Pro tablets as part of Microsoft's new Surface Enterprise Initiative. Dell will be the first to start selling Surface Pro tablets with Windows 10 and Surface Pro accessories. Sales will kick off next month in the United States and Canada through Dell's North America commercial sales organization and later in the year through its website. This will expand to 28 other markets in early 2016. "Business... Read more...
Microsoft is building a slick new keyboard cover for its Surface Pro tablet. The new keyboard prototype has an e-ink strip above the function keys, giving users a second touchscreen for launching apps, writing notes, or even drawing images. The DisplayCover is still a prototype, but as you can see in the video below, Microsoft has already built in a ton of functionality. Microsoft built the prototype for a Surface Pro 2. It has a resolution of 1280 x 305 pixels, extending the Surface Pro 2’s display by about 8 percent. The idea is that an extra display, even a small one like the DisplayCover, can... Read more...
You can take the first step to getting your hands on Microsoft’s hot new 10.8-inch Surface 3 today by placing a preorder. The Surface Pro 3’s smaller sibling has been popping up at online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and – of course – the Microsoft Store. Microsoft is calling the Surface 3 the “Perfect productivity device for school, home, and on the go.”Microsoft is gunning for a broader slice of the tablet audience with the $499.99 Surface 3, which is smaller than the Surface Pro 3 and doesn’t have quite the same performance. Still, the tablet’s hardware looks pretty good on paper: a 1920x1280... Read more...
Early last week, Microsoft unveiled the third iteration of its Surface Pro tablet, the aptly named Surface Pro 3. Unlike previous revisions to the product, the new Surface Pro 3 can be considered a major overhaul. Not only does the new device feature more powerful internal components and offer a handful of new features, but its form factor is a complete departure from the previous version, thanks to its screen’s 3:2 aspect ratio. The Surface Pro 3 does leverage many of the same industrial design queues as its older siblings, so there’s no mistaking it for anything but a Microsoft Surface.... Read more...
Early last week, Microsoft unveiled the third iteration of its Surface Pro tablet, the aptly named Surface Pro 3. Unlike previous revisions to the product, the new Surface Pro 3 can be considered a major overhaul. Not only does the new device feature more powerful internal components and offer a handful of new features, but its form factor is a complete departure from the previous version, thanks to its screen’s 3:2 aspect ratio. The Surface Pro 3 does leverage many of the same industrial design queues as its older siblings, so there’s no mistaking it for anything but a Microsoft... Read more...
We've made our feelings about Windows RT known, but here's something that may signal Microsoft's "coming to Earth" moment when it comes to tablets in general. After hacking $150 from the price of the Surface RT, and then confessing in its most recent quarterly earnings that it would be taking a charge that was greater than what it spent in advertising, now the company is slashing $100 from the price of the Surface Pro. It could just be temporary, but a company usually doesn't initiate a price drop unless sales are lagging or a new model is en route (or both). Microsoft is learning just how difficult... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft's Surface debuted to tepid reviews and weak sales figures, analysts and pundits have wondered just how well -- or poorly -- the tablet was selling in the market place. From the beginning, Surface was a tough sell -- Microsoft did next to nothing to explain how it differed from a conventional x86-based PC. Returns were reportedly quite high from irate buyers who took the tablet home and discovered, to their chagrin, that while it had a desktop, said desktop was useless for launching software. So what's the final figure? $853 million. That works out to about $1.7 million tablets... Read more...
Guess what, U.S. and Canada? Today's the day. If you've been waiting for that magical, all-in-one tablet device that's capable of running a full, untainted version of Windows, you can finally make your own dreams come true. Microsoft's Surface Pro, not to be confused with the slimmer, lighter, but less capable Surface RT, went on sale today in the United States and Canada. Shipping in 64GB and 128GB editions, the Windows 8-powered device starts at $899. While it's looking like initial volumes were light, it seems to be sold out in Microsoft's online store as well as at Staples, and many Best Buy... Read more...
Today is the official release date of the Surface Pro, and as such, Microsoft has updated its flagship tablet's product page (or Ultrabook in tablet trim, if you prefer to think of it that way). There are two models to choose from, a 64GB SKU starting at $899 and a 128GB version (currently sold out) starting at $999. There are a bunch of accessories and add-ons available, including Touch Covers ($120), Limited Edition Touch Covers ($130), and a Type Cover ($130). A side story that's been garnering a lot of attention is the amount of available storage space allotted to Surface Pro owners. The web... Read more...
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