Surface Pro 2 vs. Surface Pro 3 – Which Handset is Excellent for Business?

The Surface Pro 3 comes with enhanced differences over the Surface Pro 2 tablet released last year.

Regardless, Microsoft plans to keep both the tablets in the market simultaneously as competing handsets. However, which handset to choose would be a question to ponder upon for the potential buyer.

The Surface Pro 2 tablet from Microsoft has the reputation of being a powerful handset coming in an astounding design. For those who were looking forward to owning a powerful and portable tablet would certainly consider the tablet. Regardless, the high price of the tablet makes the potential buyer search for their dream tablet elsewhere.

However, the Surface Pro 3 tablet is designed for a specific user, who craves for power, enclosed in a light and thin design. Similar to its predecessor, the tablet does not come cheap. The additional cost of keyboard cover and Office may burn a hole in your pocket.

Regardless, the Pro 3 stands to be a superior device. Whether different users having different requirements would convincingly make a case for Surface Pro 2 tablet, let us find out.

Design and Build

Microsoft has laid down a parameter for hardware excellence with the design of both Pro 2 and Pro 3 handsets. They may not be the lightest and thinnest tablets presently available in the market. Regardless, none stands to match the combination of portability and power of the Surface Pro tablets.

The Pro 3 is lighter, thinner and larger than the Surface Pro 2 tablet. The predecessor, Pro 2 measures 10.81 inches x 6.81 inches x 0.56 inches and weighs approximately 2 pounds, without the pen and the Touch Cover keyboard. The Pro 2 appears more solid than the 11.5 inches x 7.93 inches x 0.36 inches measurement of the Pro 3 tablet. The Pro 3 weighs 1.76 pounds, which is less than its predecessor. However, both handsets come in magnesium chassis, which aptly handles daily wear and tear amazingly well.


The Pro 2 comes with two-stop kickstand for both lap and tabletop usage. However, the Pro 3 tablet comes with multiple kickstand options. The Pro appears to be more stable than the Pro 2, due to its state of the art Surface Pro Type Cover and additional attachments.


The Wacom pen technology, equipped in the Pro 2 Pen is entirely different from the N-Trig tech offered in the Pro 3 tablet. This may be the deciding factor for most digital artists before purchasing either of the two tablets.

Microsoft claims the Pro 3 pen to be well equipped with its N-Trig technology, offering more accuracy than the Wacom technology of the Pro 2 pen.


The Pro 2 comprises of fourth-gen Core i5 processor, clocked at 1.9GHz along with Turbo Boost up to 2.5GHz. The Pro 3 also comprises of HD 4400 Intel graphic processor coupled with a RAM of 4GB and 8GB. On the other hand, the Pro 3 offers various configurations ranging from Core i3 handset with a RAM of 4GB to Core i7 variant coupled with a RAM of 8GB.


Overall, the Surface pro 3 proves to be a better device for most users. However, the Pro 2 cannot be considered a slump as compared to the other available tablets in the market.


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