Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was named as the Stuff Magazine’s Gadget of the year. Surface Pro 3 won this award by competing against Apple iPhone 6, LG G3, Sony PS4, Xbox One, Galaxy Note 4, Moto 360 and more.
In 2014, Microsoft cracked the hybrid conundrum and set a new trend
If you’d told us back in January that Microsoft would win our 2014 Gadget of the Year award, we’d have replied, “What, is it releasing the Xbox Two already?” Microsoft hadn’t been known for creating the best gadgets in the world and nothing would have made us think that, after 11 months had elapsed, it would be.
With the Surface Pro 3, everything has changed. This device is a great tablet. It’s a great laptop. It isn’t a compromise, and that’s thanks to some impressive design and engineering ingenuity.
The way the pliable-but-sturdy hinge works is utterly pleasing and ergonomic. The Intel Haswell internals are as powerful as those of many desktop computers, despite the fact the Surface isn’t much heftier than most large tablets. The Type keyboard actually allows you to type. You can do casual sofa surfing with the Pro 3, and you can also log in to a remote server and do your annual accounts.
If reports of an iPad Pro are to be believed, Apple’s seen the Surface Pro 3 template and wants a piece of the action. Who can blame it? A device that threatens to eat its laptop lunch before tucking into its tablet dessert needs to be competed with. Which means that, following the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft isn’t just a maker of great gadgets – it’s a trend-setter.
That’s got to be the story of the year.
Microsoft Xbox One was one of the runner up of this competition.
Microsoft’s heavyweight next-gen console packs plenty of graphical grunt, plus the eye-bogglingly accurate Kinect sensor. The Kinect’s tracking abilities proved too much for some, with some users’ complaints that it was too intrusive forcing Microsoft to make it an optional extra rather than a mandatory part of the Xbox One experience.
A bold move, but it’s paid off; with the Xbox One closing the gap on its PS4 rival. With the arrival of the big guns in the form of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (and next year’s Halo 5), the Xbox One is set to grow and grow.
You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store from the links below.
|Surface Pro 3||Estimated retail price (USD)|
|Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM||$799|
|Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM||$999|
|Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM||$1,299|
|Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM||$1,549|
|Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM||$1,949|