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New Surface Pro 3 video and blog make up a new word: 'Lapability'

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Microsoft continues to promote its Surface Pro 3 12-inch tablet with both a new blog post and video that also brings us a new word in the English language: "Lapability"

In this case, "lapability" references the fact that Microsoft's newest hardware device has a built-in kickstand that can be used in many different positions and angles, versus just the one on the Surface RT and Surface Pro and the two angles available on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.

Microsoft says:

Surface Pro 3 features a 'continuous' kickstand that uses friction to easily adjust to any angle up to 150 degrees. This obviously allows for a lot of viewing angles on tables and desks of different heights, but it also allows the kickstand to accommodate a lot of different lap positions. A relatively narrow angle is great for a flat lap, while sitting on a couch with legs up on a coffee table is easy with a much wider angle.

If you bought a Surface Pro 3 unit earlier this month, do you like that the kickstand can be used in several different positions?

Source: Microsoft

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New Surface Pro 3 video and blog make up a new word: 'Lapability'

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To achieve that level of display and camera quality, coupled with decent processing power, RAM and battery life the price is justified. But if value occasional gaming over portability, you can find much much better laptops for cheaper prices.

A small ultrabook, and that comes with a free keyboard ;)

 

Seriously, the Pro 3 would be hard to resist if it included the keyboard. Its kind of silly that it doesnt come with it, considering they market it as a replacement for the tablet and laptop. Its not a replacement for a laptop as you buy it, you have to buy add ons (keyboard) to make it work as a laptop.

Let us know which ultrabook is as thin, light, has a digitizer layer and pen, kickstand and 3:2 ratio high resolution screen so we can do a comparison.

That's avoiding the point. It doesn't come with a keyboard. Without the keyboard, it's ONLY a tablet, not a laptop.

But the surface pro 3 is the bet product to come out since sliced bread. Don't get me wrong there.

You can use any of the wireless or wired keyboards available for windows. There are plenty of desktops that are sold with an optional keyboard.Does that mean the desktop is not a desktop?

They are all computers. The desktop is a desktop. The surface pro 3 is a tablet. They will have virtual keyboards on screen.

But this question isn't about a desktop. It is about a tablet that doesn't have a keyboard, but claims it can replace a laptop. Can you buy a laptop without a keyboard?

I can't understand why some of you guys just don't get it. It's the tablet that CAN replace your laptop. It does that by,adding the OPTIONAL keyboard. You have to buy a keyboard for a dumbass iPad,yet no one complains. Hell you have any buy everything from dongles and connectors,to a gazillion apps and a decent case to TRY to make it useful. Take away the apps and what do you get? Please answer that! By the time you pay for,and continuously pay for those types of things,you're way pass the little $130 for a (Specifically made) for Surface keyboard. Not some clunky 3rd party keyboard. You want more than a childish tablet? Buy the SP3. You want a laptop replacement? Buy the Surface Pro 3 plus keyboard and there you go. Power user? But the SP3 and dock station,add your monitors and not you have ONE device to replace your laptop,your tablet and desktop all for less than the MacBook. Especially less than the combo that Microsoft refers to of a laptop and tablet. It's $130. You pay more for all the apps you need for an iPad. Sheesh.. Oh and please answer my questions. Thanks.

Take away the apps from an ipad? You get a screen. No one cares if a keyboard is not included because it didn't start as a productivity workhorse. But Idc about an iPad. And I don't care if I have to pay for the keyboard on a surface 2, or surface pro 3. I'm just taking the side of the people who think it should be included, because it definitely makes a lot more sense to include it. If you believe otherwise, why does it make sense to buy it separately?

Although I must add, Microsoft did the best job advertising the surface pro 3 without the keyboard. I know Microsoft does not want to give away a free keyboard, and I can also understand why.
But in the end, people expect a keyboard to be included.

Well by you "taking sides".. It warranted my reply. No cares about whether or not the iPad comes with a keyboard because they are too brainwashed to see or know anything better. "why does it make sense to buy it separately?" "I know Microsoft does not want to give away a free keyboard, and I can also understand why." Whatever your reasoning is,is probably the same or at least part of what I think the reason is. But to put it out there. They put a great deal of time and money into not only the Surface,but,also the keyboard. The Surface itself justifies a higher price because what it does,however they are probably trying to balance it all. Adding the keyboard would add additional logistics to the retailers equation,you also run the risks of having say too many Cyan bundles,and not enough Pink or whatever. By making it separate to purchase,instead of someone not getting it because the color they want isn't in stock,they could get it and get the keyboard later. Also they had bundles for the original Surface Pro (So I've heard),and that didn't work out. Plus they are a for profit company that's always giving away a shit load if free stuff anyway. Anymore than any similar manufacturer that I can think of. People don't take all of that into account. There more that I can add,but that would require more typing. Hopefully you and others who read get the point. It's still a good value without the keyboard being included. Besides if they did include it and the bundle was $130 more to cover the cost,people would still complain. Price it including the keyboard at it's current price.. People will complain. It's a case of "You're damned if you do.. You're damned if you don't".

Oh I completely understand, you do bring valid points. Don't get me wrong. And like I said before, I would be glad to pay; however, I won't stop believing that it makes better sense to buy both together at the same price. Or even.. Only 50 dollars more?

Although the point about the colors.. Makes me wonder.. In this case, it is better to sell separately.

To tell you the truth,I can't currently afford it if they offered it for $300 less including the keyboard lol.. I have shelled out enough on devices lol.. But it would be perfect,or as close as perfect can get for my line of work. However my industry has sadly been formed into iSheeps.. *sign*

Eww.. That's what I'm afraid of when I graduate and possibly find a good job at a good company.. Will they force me to use iOS?

If Microsoft bundles the keyboard with sp3, users who do not want the keyboard will be unhappy. That's not a perfect keyboard and many third party keyboards give much better typing experience at much cheaper prices even wirelessly. So why should Microsoft confine users to their not so good to type keyboard covers?

Lol you're not confined. The keyboard would just come with it only; by all means, buy a different if the one given isn't your cup of tea. Win win.

True.. But that would just defeat the purpose. $799 with the keyboard included. $929 once you buy another keyboard color. You could just pay the same $929 the way it is now,and get the keyboard you want from the get go.

I have to disagree. The ball point pen was the best product since sliced bread therefore the Surface pro 3 is better than the ball point pen.

Can you eat the ball point pen and come out of that ordeal okay? No? I didn't think so. Sliced bread wins.

How does a small ultrabook come with a free keyboard? Pretty sure all hardware attached to it contributes to the price.

True...and I am a gamer...but with a busy lifestyle and family, I find that gaming on my Surface Pro 3 isn't so bad...you sacrifice some FPS but every game I've thrown at it has worked. Heat is the only problem...the fans run the entire time during desktop games...

Thought I'd point out the quality of teh camera isn't all that great. However, this is a tablet and teh camera just needs to be good enough to do video chat.

Why? can't understand why some of you guys just don't get it. It's the tablet that CAN replace your laptop. It does that by,adding the OPTIONAL keyboard. You have to buy a keyboard for a dumbass iPad,yet no one complains. Hell you have any buy everything from dongles and connectors,to a gazillion apps and a decent case to TRY to make it useful. Take away the apps and what do you get? Please answer that! By the time you pay for,and continuously pay for those types of things,you're way pass the little $130 for a (Specifically made) for Surface keyboard. Not some clunky 3rd party keyboard. You want more than a childish tablet? Buy the SP3. You want a laptop replacement? Buy the Surface Pro 3 plus keyboard and there you go. Power user? But the SP3 and dock station,add your monitors and not you have ONE device to replace your laptop,your tablet and desktop all for less than the MacBook. Especially less than the combo that Microsoft refers to of a laptop and tablet. It's $130. You pay more for all the apps you need for an iPad. Sheesh.. Oh and please answer my questions. Thanks.

I don't need a keyboard other than at my desk and then I'll plug in a full size keyboard and mouse with my monitors. It has a touch screen keyboard for when it is used as a tablet. Also the keyboards come in colors! It would be a nightmare keeping track of the SKUs.

What a beautiful piece of engineering. It really feels like the kind of gear Captain Kirk would use on the Enterprise. But its not powerful enough as a laptop for some applications I need. And its too expensive as a tablet for me personally.

the people that get it will be pioneers.

As a guy, I have stopped using laptops on the lap a long time ago... Lapability, is not an issue that Microsoft should be focused on... Unless you really want a lower sperm count... Although, this study is not definitive, why risk it ? Airplanes have tray tables and so do coffee shops... As for trains and buses, you could purchase a fan cooled laptop tray that is portable enough to fit in your computer bag/book bag... Or just buy a Windows phone that allows you to integrate with Office if you must edit/create on the way to work ! As for keyboards, any one that works with Windows will do if you don't want to purchase the type cover for $129... Then Onn makes one(wireless USB) that is small and light for about $20...I would argue that the surface needs a 4in1 USB adapter anyway, which can also be got for $20 for a decent one

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/28/us-laptop-sperm-idUSTRE7AR2FO2...

I want to disagree with you, but damn it I can't. So I will agree with you.

What makes it too pricey original comment-er?

That's the new "if it had, then I would" statement. "If it included a keyboard, I would jump on it".
If and when that happens it will undoubtedly be some other "if it" statement.

In the UK, the SP3+keyboard is pretty much the same price as a 13" Macbook Pro with the same CPU, Memory and SSD.

And everyone says Macs are overpriced, so it figures that...

Yep... In Australia they're $200-300 more than the US. The i5 256gb is around $1500 (IIRC). Add on the keyboard and we're at top-end ultrabook pricing. I'd buy it if it was $1150 total (with kb). I can only get the i3 64gb at that price (with kb)

I hate people who makes up words. I hate them with a passion. If this starts to be a thing like "ultrabooks" and "phablets" then I'm gonna start shooting people.

To any artists with a SP3; how does the kickstand bear up against your weight when drawing or painting?

Too Pricey, just too much, would rather buy Food & give it to poor than buying unreal expensive shit like these, these are LAVISH expenses.. Meh -_-

You shouldnt be on a site like this then that focuses on luxury devices like smartphones, try the dumbphone websites.....

Either you are a saint or are full of it. I'm guessing the latter. All electronics are luxury items. You don't need them to survive. You buy them for convenience. These gadget can be too expensive for some. That doesn't make it overpriced. There was a lot of work put in to develop these devices and it isn't cheap to setup an assembly line to actually make them. A company wants to recoup those costs. Usually as the volume goes up, the prices comes down. However, don't expect a high quality device like this to come down to a price of a cheaply made, plastic, android tablet.

Now start advertising the Lumia 930 and WP8.1!!!! The general public knows surface but not windows phone or Lumia....its sad

I had a dream last night that my surface 2 was upgraded by Microsoft into a surface pro 3. They said that they have been taking the data from my surface 2, and decided that I was the biggest enthusiast and advocate for the surface, so they felt that I should be upgraded in order to thank my for the love I have for their products. What a good dream. Lol. I think it means that I should switch to a surface pro 3.

Lol it's be awesome for everyone. Actually.. If Microsoft would consider switching my surface 2 for a pro 3, and I pay the difference, I would gladly do it.

So, it is actually (for me) more comfortable to use than the people in the video made it seem. They both looked awkward and somewhat uncomfortable. I personally don't think this video/commercial does the product justice.

I bought one and absolutely love it. The kickstand creates a whole range of useful positions, it's just as great on the sofa as at the desk.

i still think ppl were brave to put a roasting hot laptop on their lap that can potentially make them "impotent" back in the day...

They've been using "lapability" since the SP3 launch, maybe earlier, and the Surface 2 only has one instance position.

That word isn't new, far from it. I know a place where lapability is why you go in the first place. And the more you spend, the more lapable she is. :)

I think that, a year ago, the price would be justified but, today, it really isn't. Now, I know I am comparing the price of the 11 inch MacBook to a 12 inch Surface but there's a reason Apple reduced its prices on the Air and it was precisely because it wanted to undercut the Surface Pro. Before, it was only a 100 more when you bought the whole package with a keyboard and, now, the difference is 200, which is a bit more than I'd like. If Microsoft can either reduce prices by 100 or include the keyboard for free - or even just offer it at a reduced price as part of a bundle - things would be much more balanced. You don't go fighting the king with a higher price. If only they'd used the Xbox strategy...

@Anonymous1a: Hmmm.. Again. I can't understand why some of you guys just don't get it. It's the tablet that CAN replace your laptop. It does that by,adding the OPTIONAL keyboard. You have to buy a keyboard for a dumbass iPad,yet no one complains. Hell you have any buy everything from dongles and connectors,to a gazillion apps and a decent case to TRY to make it useful. Take away the apps and what do you get? Please answer that! By the time you pay for,and continuously pay for those types of things,you're way pass the little $130 for a (Specifically made) for Surface keyboard. Not some clunky 3rd party keyboard. You want more than a childish tablet? Buy the SP3. You want a laptop replacement? Buy the Surface Pro 3 plus keyboard and there you go. Power user? But the SP3 and dock station,add your monitors and not you have ONE device to replace your laptop,your tablet and desktop all for less than the MacBook. Especially less than the combo that Microsoft refers to of a laptop and tablet. It's $130. You pay more for all the apps you need for an iPad. Sheesh.. Oh and please answer my questions. Thanks.

Honestly, in my opinion (and maybe I'm crazy... Lol), but if your already in the $1000 price bracket, a $130 attachment to create the "complete solution" shouldn't be a problem. Considering iPads which lack this level of usability are going for near $1000 (for cellular versions). Including a keyboard isn't necessary, nor do I feel that it's something MS should do. Would it be nice if they did? Of course, but to say something like, "I'd buy one if the keyboard was included"... is hilarious. Like that $130 is what put you over the edge. How about you continue to save and come back when your ready. Lol. As for lapability (funny auto correct didn't try and correct that word) I find the new kickstand amazing, its adjustability and usage make the SP3 that more enjoyable. Personally, I'm never going back to a traditional laptop. After the SP1 I was already on board and ready for the future of computing. The versatility is too much to ignore when compared to comparable laptops/ultrabooks.

Americans are butchering the beautiful language once again to the point that it's beyond any capable recognition.  What else is new? 

Love my SP3. The only complaint I have so far is when you have the keyboard attached and also (magnetically) to the edge of screen, its hard to use your fingers to tap or select anything along the bottom edge of the screen.

Thanks Richard. I really appreciate the feedback of those who are actually using the sp3. I'm very interested in what "real world" advantages (or disadvantages) daily users are finding with the sp3.

Love kickstand, I just hate when people think the sp3 should be cheaper, what other device of this magnitude is cheap, if its apple its ok,

If it were Apple, we wouldn't even be discussing price, only features... I guess a huge number of PC users are way too used to rock bottom prices and bargains on everything. It still surprises me when people ask for the keyboard as part of the SP3 package at the SAME price point. Why should it be included?? What device gives you a better deal out there, all features taken into account??

I have the SP3 and love it. At this point my laptop seems so 1990's.
I'm still getting used to some of the tricks of switching between the desktop screen and touch screen but am extremely pleased by this machine.
I agree with the comment about the keyboard being to close to the bottom of the screen. Tough to touch icons.
This is my first SP. The kickstands ability to move so much was a big factor in my purchase. Works terrific.

IMO, the whole 'lapability' issue was just a straw man argument (albeit an affective one).

Microsoft is trying to usher in an era of tablet computing. Tablet computing does not happen on the lap the way that laptop computing does. So the argument 'it doesn't work on my lap' is just a way for detractors to point to the uncomfortable space that calls for a change in behavior by a user.

The Type Cover is a transitional accessory. It helps bridge the gap between old habits and new. The Surfaces are not being dropped into a vacuum the way that iPad's were. Nearly the entirety of modern hardware is compatible with the Surface line either directly (ports) or indirectly (hubs).

Whether or not the Surface has 'lapability' or it comes with the type cover are moot points. The Surface was designed to fit into as many user scenarios as possible. Including the type cover would be tantamount to stating that it was intended to be used with a type cover when it was designed to be far more versatile .