Surface Pro 3 vs ElitePad 1000 head-to-head review

Which Windows 8 tablet is the best?

Display & Pen input

Sub-10in devices such as the iPad mini and Nexus 7 have become popular, but for optimal productivity larger screens are favoured.

Microsoft has opted for a 12in display with a unique 3:2 ratio, so the Pro 3 has the dimension of an A43 diary/notebook.

Pen input is available on both the Pro 3 and ElitePad 1000. HP and Microsoft have crafted metallic pens to give them the look and weight of a traditional writing implement.

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The pens each support 256 points of pressure and require a AAA battery. Microsoft's pen is supplied in the box, whereas HP sells it separately.

Microsoft has the edge as it has designed the pen on the Surface Pro 3 to sync with its OneNote application. Pressing the button on top of the pen opens up OneNote so you can start jotting notes straight away. Click the pen again and it will save the note and open up a new page. By giving the pen lid a double tap, you can print screen the page and then annotate it.

This is an excellent implementation, which works even when the device is locked and in sleep mode. So, for example, if you were in a meeting or lecture and suddenly wanted to jot something interesting it's possible to do so just like you had a piece of paper in front of you.

Winner: Surface Pro 3. The display is brighter with more vibrant colours and the pen implementation is the best we've seen on a tablet.

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