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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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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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 Finally Arrives – My Initial Impressions!

Microsoft’s Surface Pro made it’s world wide debut this past Saturday, and the launch was rather disappointing. The problem wasn’t so much the product, but more with the way the launch was executed, shipments were slow to arrive and Microsoft didn’t allow for pre-orders on their website; in contrast with their Surface RT launch back in November. Needless to say, my hopes of getting in over the weekend were dashed, with retailers like Best Buy and Staples not having much stock. My wife was lucky enough to get a pre-order in on Friday at Best Buy, but that didn’t materialize until yesterday afternoon.

I was on my way home from work when my wife sent me a text message saying I could drive down to Best Buy to pick up my Surface Pro, and immediately changed course to do so. The pick up was uneventful, and once home I was able to film my unboxing video, and did a quick physical comparison to my Surface RT.

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Microsoft Surface – My Weekend Experience

FedEx delivered my Microsoft Surface RT right on time this past Friday at 10:30am, and as soon I was able to make it home from work at lunch I unwrapped it and began playing with it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited to about a new device… I’m can’t exactly explain why I was so excited about the Surface RT, but I think much of the excitement was the prospect of a really new device. Windows RT is different enough from the glut of Android offerings and the iPad to really get me excited. I pre-ordered the 64GB edition that came with the Touch Cover, but I knew that I would be trying to do more typing on it, so I order the Type Cover… If anything, it’ll give me more to talk about. So, now that I’ve spent some time with it, what are my thoughts?

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Boxwave Keyboard Buddy Case Backlit Ed for the iPhone4/4S Review

I’ve been using computers for a long time, since the early 80’s and I was an early adopter of the cell phone, when both phones and computers were in their own separate realms. When I made the move to smartphones, I always had a keyboard handy, and I never got the hang on texting using only the number pad – actually I loathed the idea. When the iPhones made their appearance I was skeptical of the on-screen keyboard, having experienced the horrible excuses for on-screen keyboards of the Palm Pilots and Windows CE devices. Apples’s execution was far better, but typing on a virtual keyboard was a tough transition for me. These days, I’ve gained a level of proficiency in tap typing, but if it wasn’t for the autocorrect I’d sound like an absolute imbecile. Sometimes though, I long for a nice physical keyboard to use on my iPhone4, and something that wasn’t a separate accessory that I had to pack and unpack. Lucky for me, I discovered Boxwave’s Keyboard Buddy Case.

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