Why Type Cover 3 Was Not Bundled With SP3 And More Questions Answered, Summary Of Surface Pro 3 AmA On Reddit – Part 1

Microsoft Surface team along with Panos Panay today did a Reddit AmA answering user questions. Here is a summary of the answers from the team.

How much display resolution can Surface Pro 3 mini display port drive?

Hi, this is Pete from the Surface Team. The mDP port on the device can drive a 4K display – this is true for the i7, i5, and i3 – while still running the Surface Pro 3 display.

Why Surface Pro 3, not some other tablet or laptop?

Great question- high level, our statement says it all. It is the tablet that can replace the laptop. This is the one product you need to do it all. It acts as a tablet, and can be used as a laptop. It is great in both scenarios. There is no product out there that compares. Too many times folks are stuck in the middle, have to carry two devices, or don’t want to lug around the weight.

Gesture support in Touch Pad of Type Cover in Surface Pro 3?

Thx for asking JJohnson1701, yes the track pad supports both edge gestures and two finger gestures for scrolling and zooming.

Will there be much of a battery trade off for performance in the i7 SP3? Also, what is the overall performance gain for the i7 version over the i5?

The battery performance is the same across the i3, i5, and i7. The i7 will see benchmark scores appx. 15-20% better than the SP3 i5.

Does the omission of a non-Pro Surface during last week’s presentation mean the end of the product and Windows RT?

Windows on ARM continues to be an important part of the Windows strategy. The Surface 2 (which runs Windows RT) is a great choice for both play and getting work done. Windows on ARM got even better with recent additions including third-party MDM, workplace join and Outlook, which is preinstalled along with the other Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), with the Windows RT 8.1 update.

What happened to Blades concept?

As for any additional covers, you’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂

About the materials used in Type Cover,

We have done a ton of research and design work in the new Type Covers. All materials have improved. We have a team that focusses on materials design exclusively. The whole construction of the Type Cover is redesigned to be more robust and more productive

About the new Touch Pad,

A couple of things that we have done with the new TypeCover. 60%+ larger trackpad area, embedded glass beads for smoother feel, and a mechanical button…provides greatly improved feel. Trackpad also support Precision Track Pad features with Windows to support gestures including; Edgy, Pan, & Pinch/Zoom.

Top button in Surface Pen configurable?

Glad to hear you love the new pen! With regards to OneNote metro — we are making it configurable to launch the classic desktop for users who want that experience. With regards to general configurability of the top buton — at this point, we are not planning to make it generally configurable. Eraser on the top button — great feedback.

Connected Standby on Surface Pro 2?

the Pro2 was not designed for Connected Standby. Pro3 is :-).

Lack of compatible accessories for Surface Pro 3?

We’re working with a bunch of partners to get great accessories out there. you’ll see cases more quickly than other things, but you’ll see mounts, protective cases, etc.

Reviews have been relatively consistent that while the new type cover for the SP3 is an improvement in almost every way compared to the original, it still doesn’t compared to refined options like what you find on a MBA in terms of “lapability”, keyboard feel and trackpad performance.

The double-fold hinge with magnetic stability on the Surface Pro 3 Type Cover, coupled with the multi-position kickstand make for a great ‘lapable’ solution. Go and try it our for yourself. 🙂

Why Surface Pro 3 was not bundled with Type Cover 3?

When we first launched Surface, we sold it only in a bundle format. the top feedback we got was that people loved the color covers and wanted full choice (but stores wouldn’t sell all color bundles) and some people definitely wanted to buy without cover.

What about the Charge cycles of batteries in Surface devices?

The batteries on our Surface products are designed with some of the highest charge cycles for consumer electronic devices. This means that the battery can get charged daily (5 days a week) for over 4.5 years and still maintain 80% capacity.

Is there an accessory certification program for the Surface?

there is! 🙂 Here’s the link: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/accessories/partner-sign-up

You can read Part – 2 of this series from the below link,

How Long Does It Take To Fully Charge SP3 And More Questions Answered, Summary Of Surface Pro 3 AmA On Reddit – Part 2

Pre-order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today.