Silence is Golden
No fan! I want to see how well the Surface 3 performs for one application where silence is golden: audio recording. I found that the original Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 were all fine for audio recording using high-end external microphones and USB interfaces, but for critical recordings you can’t have even the whisper quiet fan of the Surface Pro units in the background.
Aspect Ratio 3:2 and 200 pixels.
Surface 3 will have the same as 3:2 aspect ratio as Surface Pro 3 and for the 1 0.8” inch screen the resolution: 1920 x 1280 should be a good fit. The Surface 2 was 1920 x 1080 so we’ll be getting another 200 pixels of usable screen height. That’s more reading and writing without scrolling. This is a much more natural aspect ratio when working in portrait mode. It’s much more like working on paper. The comparison to paper may not seem relevant but it makes a difference when reading documents (and sheet music). I noticed a huge jump in my productivity with the 3:2 aspect ratio and I’m very happy to see this in the Surface 3.
I was concerned about the 3-position kickstand compared to the continuously variable kickstand of the Surface Pro 3 but from the pictures that I’ve seen it looks like the lowest position will work fine for using the Pen – and that’s very important to me.
That also looks like the angle that I use when I’m doing presentations on a podium. I think that’s going to work just fine.
More ideas about how I work with the Surface Pro 3 and how the Surface 3 might have a bearing on that over the next few days.
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