Surface Pro 3 Review

1。

NOTESWITHTHEPEN

UsingtheSP3withOneNotehasbeenthebestthingIveeverdonefromanorganizationalpointofview。

Icantakenotesusingakeyboardorwithapen。

Icanorganizemynotesbyweek,dayandyear。

AndthebestpartformeiseverythingIaddtoOneNoteissearchableeventhehand-writtennotesusingthepen。

InolongerhaveyellowlegalpadsthatIhavetoshufflethroughtofindsomething。

Ihaveanote-takingsystemthathaschangedmyday-to-dayworkflow。

2。

THE$100,000NOTE

Expandingonthefirstpoint,thisismygo-tostoryonthebenefitsofthepenandOneNote。

ItookaphonecallfromaprospectivecompanythatwasinterestedinsendingoutRFPs。

Duringthephonecall,IscreencapturedtheirwebsiteandtheirLinkedInprofiles,addedthemtomyOneNoteandtookabunchofnoteswiththepen。

Duringthecall,hehadmentionedaspecificgoalthreedifferenttimes,soIusedthepentooltohighlightthehandwrittennoteinyellow。

Sixweekslater,IreceivedtheRFPbymailandstartedtocraftmyreply。

AsIwasgettingreadytosend,IwentbacktoOneNoteandusedthesearchfunctiontopullthatnotebackup。

IhadforgottenaboutthephraseIhadhighlighted。

Iusedthephraseinmycoverletterandsentitoff。

Welandedtheaccountandinthefollow-upitwasmentionedthatweweretheonlypitchthatreferencedthatphraseandtheworktobedonearoundit。

Thatwasamajorfactoringettingthenewbusinessanditneverwouldhavehappenedusinglegalpads。

3。

WORKTORELAX

ImaNetflix,HuluandAmazonPrimefan。

ButIvealwayshadaniPadformoviesandplayingandmylaptopforwork。

ItsbeenapaintohavemultipledevicestocarrywithmefortripsandsuchbutIvetriedtheiPadforbusinessanditjustdidntwork。

AndwatchingmoviesandTVonthelaptopleftsomethingtobedesired。

Now,withthedetachablekeyboard,Icanswitchfromlaptoptotabletwithaclickandhaveallthebenefitsofatabletwhenitstimetorelax。

Thescreensizeandresolutionisamazingandthekickstandisgenius。

Itmakesforanamazingdevicetowinddownwithwhichisimportantwhenyouvehadoneof“thosedays”attheoffice。

4。

REMOTEPRESENTATIONS

UsingtheSP3forpresentationshasreallycreatedawoweffectthatwasmissingwhenIusedtraditionallaptops。

Andwhenyourelookingtostandoutandmakeanimpressionduringapresentation,anythingthathelpsyoustandoutandgetnoticedcangoalongway。

IusethepenwithPowerPointpresentationsandamabletocirclepointsofinterest,highlightwordsanddrawinfrontoftheaudience。

ThisisespeciallykeyiftherearepointsresonatingwithyouraudiencethatIwanttoemphasize。

Asmuchasyoucanprepare,youneverknowwhatonethingisgoingtomakethedifferenceinaroomandhavingtheabilitytocustomizetheimpactinthemomentwithapentoolisfantastic。

5。

MARKUPPRESENTATIONSPDF’s

Mybusinessisadvertisingandalongwithcreatingwebsitesandprintwork,wemanagealotofbudgets。

Havingtheabilitytousethepentomarkupdraftsofwebsiteinterfacesandprintpiecesandsharethemviaemailhashelpedmebemoreproductivewithprojectmanagement。

Havingtheabilitytoopenaspreadsheetandmakepennotesaddsavisualaidtotheemaildiscussions。

Circling,highlightingandaddingcolorandnotescreatesamorepowerfulwaytoaskquestionsandgetworkdone。

Afewrecommendations:

1。

TheonlythingIvebeendisappointedwithisthetouchpad。

ComingfromaMac,Iwasusedtousingthelaptopwithoutamouseanddoingverycomplexwork。

OntheSP3,thetouchpadisnotasresponsiveasmouse,butwithamousetheSP3becamemyfriendagain。

Becauseofthesmallmenus,havingthedetaileddexterityofamousehelpsalot。

AndIfoundaskinnymousethatlaysflatwhennotinusesoitpackswellanddoesntaddmuchbulkatall。

Iwouldhighlyrecommendgettingabluetoothmousetomakethemostofyourexperience。

2。

Dontpaymorefortheaddedstoragespaceusethecloud。

MicrosofthasacloudstoragesystemcalledOneDrivewhichIfindtobeincrediblyuseful。

IhavefoundthatfilesaddedtoOneDriveareaccessiblealmostinstantly,whichisnotthecasewithDropboxorsomeothercloudstoragetools。

UsingOneDrivehasenabledmetokeepmyclientfiles,proposalsanddocumentsoffmycomputerwithoutneedingtobuyexternaldrivesoroccupytheUSBport。

Tome,payingmoreforanSP3withaddedstoragespacewasntworththemoney。

Notonlyaremyfilesavailablefromanydevice(iPhoneincluded)butImnotdecreasingthespeedoftheSP3byboggingitdownwithstuff。

3。

IdontusetheMicrosoftmailorcalendarfeaturesasIfindthemlimited。

IuseGmailandGooglecalendarsoIcaneasilyviewandsynchalldataacrossanydeviceImon。