How Much Disk Space Does Surface Pro 3 Use Out Of The Box And Other Questions Answered

Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week at a press event. We have covered lots of information on the device, I’m sure you still might have lots of unanswered questions about the device. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the device. For example, a 64 GB Surface Pro 3 unit has more than 36 GB of available disk space, Windows scales up by the factor of 1.5 on Surface Pro 3’s 3:2 screen for better experience  and more.

What’s the display resolution on the Surface Pro 3?

The native resolution is 2160×1440. That’s a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the width is exactly enough to allow you to snap three apps at equal widths, side by side, in Windows 8.1.

Because of the screen size, Windows scales the display by a factor of 1.5, which makes the effective resolution on the device itself a very sharp 1440×960. If you plug an external monitor in using the mini-Display Port adaptor, you can drive a 4K display.

How much disk space does Surface Pro 3 use out of the box?

The documentation for the Surface Pro 3 still includes a disclaimer: “System software uses significant storage space…” The new model is much less greedy than its predecessor, however. The two Recovery partitions on the original Surface Pro, running Windows 8, take up 600 MB and 7.81 GB, respectively. On the Surface Pro 3, with the Spring 2014 Windows 8.1 Update preinstalled, the corresponding Recovery partitions are only 350 MB and 4.98 GB. That’s a net increase of more than 3 GB of free space just from the Recovery partitions.

According to the spec sheets, a 64 GB Surface Pro 3 has more than 36 GB of available disk space; for the 128, 256, and 512 GB configurations, the corresponding amounts are 96, 211, and 450 GB, respectively.

Read the complete Q&A list from ZDNet here.

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