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My Surface PRO 3 'Must Have' Accessories List

Saturday, September 20, 2014

An interesting comparison betwwen i5 and i7

The title explains it all

Link to source article.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The SP3 "issues", the truth behind the claims

The Hyper-V and Connected Standby: You can't have both at the same time. The workaround is here:
According to some sources the Hyper-V team is aware of this situation an presumable working in a fix.
WLAN and Sleep Mode or Connected Standby. Most of the problems have been fixed by Microsoft updates. Still unresolved the case of rooters like the Airport Extreme that share the same SSID in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and the Limited connector error that appears on those devices with Hyper-V enabled. The workaround for both cases are described in these two pages:

Heavy heat of SP3. For me, the SP3 i5 4Gb that I own is performing at the temperature that I was expecting from this processor. The so called "throttling" issue, most of those reporting the issue are gamers pushing the limits of these machines. I would say that an enterprise user, 95% of them, will not be affected by this "issue".  New potential owners should understand the machine limitations and understand the challenges that having a body design like the one in the Surface PRO 3 represent.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How others use the Pro 3

It's always interesting to see how others use any specific product, but here we talk mostly about computers and accessories.  So I invite you to check this thread where proud SP3 owners show and talk about how they use the Surface Pro 3 daily.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Airport Extreme Workaround for SP3 owners

Some of the users that have Wifi issues they either own an Airport Extreme router or a router that's using the same SSID for the 2.4 Ghz and the 5 Ghz bands. Recently one of this users posted this picture to illustrate the speed difference between his MacBook and the Surface Pro 3.

I asked him to change the SSID to a different one and post the same picture.

A noticeable improvement in both devices.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Configure OneNote to save battery

OneNote runs some background tasks that could impact negatively in the battery life of your tablet So it's important to configure it to avoid this.

Troubleshooting the indexing option

There are many users complaining about high CPU use even when they are not doing anything. Most of the time this is caused by the Indexing of files. I have seen many "power users" recommending to disable this option and that's a real bad idea. Instead of that, here is a very good article that explains how to troubleshoot this functionality.

Monday, September 01, 2014

How to disable Connected Standby

This is a question many time asked by SP3 owners that want full access to Power Plans. Before I show how to do it I should add that  tweaking the Power Plans may have a negative impact in the battery life.  In another hand Connected Standby is one of the best features added to this  device. It's the feature that allows you to still receive emails and other services while the SP3 is in Standby.

To disable Connected Standby you should open the Registry and change it:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\CsEnabled (From 1 to 0)
If your want to revert it back then just change the value to 1. After each change you need to restart the Surface Pro 3.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Windows Journal

Windows Journal is a legacy application released in 2002 when the first version of XP for Tablet PC was released. Since them it has been present in all the newest Windows releases. So why I'm mentioning now? Well, because no everybody knows that it supports ink (handwriting).

A simple and easy to use little application forgotten on time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FYY Ultra Slim Smart Cover Stand Case

If you are looking for a good case to protect your Surface Pro 3 and are not a heavy touch keyboard user then this is the perfect case. You can still using the keyboard without removing it from the case and even carry the device around with the keyboard covering the display and the case front cover in the back of the tablet but you wont be able to close the case with the touch keyboard connected. I'm a heavy Tablet user that writes all my documents, emails, etc, using the pen so for me this case is the perfect match to my habits. The product quality is good. The package mentioned a loop for the pen but I could not find any, that's the main reason why I'm not giving the 5 stars.

This is the 3rd case I have tested and so for my preferred and the price that I paid including shipping was less than $10! They are on sale for $2.99 (regular price $39.99)