Dower’s Guide to Surface Pro 3 Must-Have Accessories

It’s the holiday season and maybe you’ve just purchased a Surface Pro 3; what next? It’s a wonderful multipurpose device, but even if you picked up a Microsoft Type Keyboard to go along with it, there are some things that you should also get to make it the best productivity tool you can use. I’ve been using my Surface Pro 3 since it came out, and it has now become my primary computer for all my work; which includes video editing, image work and development. Here are some of the accessories I recommend to go along with your Surface Pro 3.

Please note that these recommendations below are not limited to the Surface Pro 3, they will work fine for any Surface Pro tablet.

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Initial Impressions of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

wpid-2014-06-12-21.47.21.jpg.jpegUnlike official tech reviewers and members of the press, I don’t have early access to new and exciting technology. Instead, I need to wait till the consumer masses are allowed to see and touch them at retail outlets. The Surface Pro 3 won’t be available to purchase until June 20, but Microsoft recently put their upcoming tablet on display at their retail stores; and I happened to be near one yesterday.

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Review and Comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

noteproBack in March, Samsung, to my surprise, released a new set of tablets, their Note Pro, and Tab Pro series. These two tablets are unique in the Android realm because they are the first large Android tablets to hit the market. Up till now, all tablets have been chasing the 10″ form factor; essentially chasing the norm that Apple put in place with the iPad. Samsung breaks this trend by releasing a 12.2″ tablet! I was at first skeptical, having only a few months earlier picked up a Note 10.1 2014 edition. But when I saw it in person at Best Buy, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one!

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Checking out the Asus Vivotab Note 8

Asus Vivotab Note 8When I heard about the Asus Vivotab Note 8 from this year’s CES, I was pretty psyched! Not only is the Vivotab Note 8 An 8″ Windows Tablet running full Windows 8.1, it comes with a Wacom Stylus; a feature that sets itself apart from anything else in the 8″ Windows Tablet space. The only problem is the difficulty in getting one.  It seems the tablet is only available from the Microsoft store in limited quantities, when they do get them in, they seem to sell out fast; which hopefully is a good sign. I managed to grab one, and it arrived this past Wednesday, so I’m busy configuring it and giving it a once over. Stay tuned for my full review!

Microsoft Surface Pro – Now the Bad Parts

With all the recent flourishes and praise I’ve been giving the Surface Pro, you might be surprised that now I bring up the things that have annoyed me about the Surface Pro. Indeed, with all that I feel the Surface Pro does right, there are things that it doesn’t. You should read this section if you’re on the fence about buying a Surface Pro, and if you can live with some of these issues and shortcomings.

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Dower’s Surface Pro Setup

I’ve been enjoying my time with my Surface Pro, and I wanted to share with you my setup for working on my Surface Pro. First off, I don’t use the Surface Pro vanilla, I’ve tricked it out with all manner of software and peripherals to make it as useful as possible. I’m taking advantage of all the ports and connectivity the device has to offer. I’ll also give you some of my recommendations for other accessories that you might want to consider if you jump onto the Microsoft bandwagon.

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