Microsoft Tablets Compared

Microsoft Tablets Timeline

For many years Microsoft seemed to be sleepwalking, releasing a bunch of weak, tonedeaf products, with only a few successes here and there.

Their attempts to reinvent themselves were sometimes embarrassing, and the contrast with the vibrant, game-changing efforts from Apple and Samsung was stark. But slowly, almost imperceptably, the lumbering giant turned things around, so that by the end of 2015 Microsoft was once again a thought leader and other companies were scrambling to keep up.

Nowhere was this rebirth more noticeable than in the tablet PC sector, where the Surface range blazed trails.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)
  • Surface Pro 4 powers through everything you need to do, while being lighter than ever before
  • The 12.3 PixelSense screen has extremely high contrast and low glare so you can work through the day without straining your eyes
  • keyboard is not included and needed to be purchased separately
  • Features an Intel Core i5 6th Gen (Skylake) Core,Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Ships in Consumer packaging

Improvements in almost all areas make this the best Surface ever and one of the best tablets money can buy. Critics call it a ‘laptop killer’, an ‘iPad killer’, among other superlatives. Check our review on this link.

Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft Surface 3 10.8in Touchscreen 4 GB Memory 128 GB SSD WiFi + 4G LTE Tablet Bundle GL4-00009 (Tablet + Type Cover) (Renewed)
  • Intel Atom x7-z8700 (1. 60 GHz); 10. 8in 1920 x 1280
  • 4 GB memory 128 GB SSD
  • Front-facing camera 3. 5 MP; rear camera
  • Windows 10 Pro; Wi-Fi + 4G; silver

Critics loved the premium feel of this device and praised its storage capacity. The balance between cost and functionality was spot on. Users seeking a complete laptop replacement needed a Pro model.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
  • Enjoy a natural writing experience, with a pen that feels like an actual pen. With Surface Pen, you can quickly jot down notes in OneNote, even while surface is locked see using surface Pen for more info.

The tablet PC that made everyone sit up and take notice. This device was one of the most influential since the original iPad – think of all the tablets that were announced after the Pro 3 and consider which features were inspired by the Microsoft’s vision.

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2 RT Tablet 64GB (Renewed) with keyboard
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 Processor; Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0 LE
  • 10.6-Inch ClearType Full HD Touchscreen Display
  • Windows RT 8.1. Please check manufacturer's website for troubleshooting steps.

By this point, great hardware was expected from the range and there was more focus on software. Hence, criticisms of the Surface 2 focused on the poor range of Apps in the Windows Store and lack of support for traditional Windows software.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (128GB, Haswell i5 Processor, 10.6in Full HD Display, Windows 10 Pro, Dark Titanium) (Renewed)
  • 4GB RAM Memory, 128GB Flash Memory (expandable via microSD card slot).
  • Windows 10 Pro, WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual Webcams, 1 x USB 3.0, Mini Display Port Output.
  • Intel 4th Generation (Haswell) Core i5 Processor.
  • 10.6-inch 10-point multi-touch ClearType Full HD Display (1920 x 1080).
  • This CertifiedRefurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with a relevant charger, a minimum 90-day warrantty, and may arrive in a generic box. Item does not include a stylus. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer CertifiedRefurbished products on Amazon.com.

A huge step forward in quality, the Surface Pro 2 fixed flaws such as battery life, RAM, and storage while keeping everything that was good about the original Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pro

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) - Newest Version and Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover - Black
  • A best-in-class laptop with the versatility of a studio and tablet.
  • More power - now with the new 8th Generation Intel Core Processor.
  • Ultra-slim and light, starting at just 1.7 pounds.
  • All-day battery life, with up to 13.5 hours of video playback.
  • Surface Pro Type Cover has a new improved design with slightly spread out keys for a more familiar and efficient typing experience that feels like a traditional laptop; The two button trackpad is now larger for precision control and navigation

A light tablet giving most of the power of a full Windows 8 laptop (Flash? Yes. Photoshop? Yes.), the Pro was criticised for its abysmal battery life. Most reviewers understood that comprimises had been made and were forgiving – what was included in the package was actually pretty impressive.

Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT 32GB (Renewed)
  • Windows RT OS, Quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU. Display: 10.6 ClearType HD, 1366x768 pixels, 16:9 widescreen, 5 point multi touch.
  • 2GB internal memory, 32 GB hard drive capacity
  • Full size USB 2.0, microSDXC card reader, Headphone jack, and HD Video Out
  • 24W power supply included
  • Front facing camera for video chats and Skype, Rear facing camera for snapping photos

This ran Windows RT, a modified version of Windows 8. Sales were below expectations and reviews were mixed. Some reviewers raved over the hardware while others said it paled in comparison to the iPad.