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December 13, 2014

Surface Pro 3

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The time has finally come in our opinion where technology has advanced far enough along for us to feel confident in having one computer to accomplish all of our goals in a versatile way weather we are at our home, office, or local coffee shop. The common thought or response we typically get from people after reading our above comment is: “We use a laptop! Those have been around for 20 years and a laptop is not new ground breaking technology!” Well yes. That answer is correct — people have been traveling around using a laptop in many different ways. What we are trying to convey is that the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not an ordinary laptop and has many differentiating factors by itself compared to many other OEM’s and when you start adding all the accessories to it, the device blossoms into something that is a game changer for many people who take productivity seriously.

Surface Pro 3 (Office)Another tidbit we want to divulge before proceeding is that our article is not like the other million articles published about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. We are not going to regurgitate the specs, screen resolution, pen, keyboard, etc. We are going to share the reason why we purchased it and how it solved several interesting problems.

Surface Pro 3 (Conference Room)Our situation may be similar to yours in regards to how we use the computer. We have a home office, a corporate office, and we take field trips to the city and attend meetings at coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Essentially we own 3 computers; a home desktop, office desktop, and a laptop for the field trips. The home & office computers are great as they connect to 2-3 screens, wireless keyboard & mouse, and have the right amount of horsepower to keep up with the workload. The laptop is ok too as the screen is nice (Not touch) and has respectable horsepower and peripherals to connect devices as well. The problem with this setup is data becomes scattered across all of the computers even if you have cloud storage and more importantly you have to pay for 3 computers and all the software upgrades and maintenance that come along with owning them.

Surface Pro 3 (Home Office)What we did is ditched the 2 desktops and laptop and replaced it with a 1 Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I bet you didn’t see that one coming (ha!).  We purchased two docks, two video adapters (These enabled multi-monitor support) and now our problem is solved. Ok, we purchased several other accessories that enhanced our experience. The thing is we can take our Surface with us wherever we go, and once we get home or to the office we simply plop the device into the dock, and we are back to the original highly productive workspace environment we experienced when owning the desktops.

Overall our choice to completely change our environment and purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will save us money and make us more productive. The other neat thing we figured out is the Surface remembers your display settings. For example, if you have (3) 26” monitors at the office and (2) 28” inch monitors at home the Surface will remember when you plop it into the dock. Additionally, if everyone has this setup it doesn’t matter which office you work in anymore…Only if everyone had a Surface dock we could plop into and get to work done the world would be a more productive place!

SHOPPING LIST:

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Starting @ $799)
http://www.microsoft.com/surface

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Extended Service Plan ($149.00)
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Microsoft-Complete-Warranty-Protection-for-Surface/productID.274920000?WT.mc_id=surface_RTM_microsoftcomplete

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station ($149.00)
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/accessories/pro3-docking-station

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Keyboard a.k.a Type Cover ($129.99)
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/accessories/surface-pro-typecover

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter ($39.99)
Note: This is useful to connect your Surface to your TV in the conference room.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Mini-DisplayPort-HD-AV-Adapter/productID.291878400?WT.mc_id=FY13WinHH

Incipio Leather Portfolio Case ($39.99)
http://www.incipio.com/cases/tablet-cases/microsoft-surface-cases-sleeves/microsoft-surface-pro-3-cases-sleeves-covers/roosevelt-slim-folio-microsoft-surface-pro-3.html

StartTech Multi-Monitor Display Hub ($144.99):
Note: If you have 3 monitors, make sure they support Display Port and you have 3 display port cables.
http://www.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/Mini-DisplayPort-Triple-Head-DisplayPort-Multi-Monitor-MST-Hub~MSTMDP123DP

Thank you for reading our article. If you have any questions please email support@digux.com and we will be happy to engage in the conversation with you.


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