Which Surface Should I Buy?

Which Surface Should I Buy?

With all of the options Microsoft has made available for Surface tablets, you might be asking yourself “which Surface should I buy?”

Who can blame you? There are already 5 options for the Surface Pro 3 and soon to be 4 options for the Surface 3, let alone all of the previous versions and the new Surface Pro 4 on the horizon.

To make things worse, most reviews and articles about the choices tend to discuss technical specifications and enough geek-speak to make your eyes bleed.

Why can’t someone come up with a simple flowchart to help non-techies choose which Surface is right for them?

Which New Surface Should I Buy: Flowchart

So I did just that. If you click on the graphic below, you’ll get a full-sized flowchart (WARNING: IT’S HUGE) guiding you through simple questions to help you decide which Surface is right for you. It is based on how you’ll use it, whether or not you need LTE, and whether or not you have to have the latest and greatest new toy…

Which Surface Should I Choose Infographic

Be aware that no simple flowchart (unless it’s too complicated to follow) can answer every question you may have. This one is no exception.

However, this will give you a recommendation on which Surface tablet to buy. If nothing else, it should provide you with a starting point to ask more relevant questions.

If you would like to share it or use it somewhere else, feel free. Just make sure to leave the Love My Surface logo intact and give me a link back.



  • Any idea as to the release date of the Surface 3 LTE version? I saw a while ago on the Microsoft Store website that it was late June, now there is no definitive date. I am waiting for the LTE version.

    • We are too. Joanna really likes her LTE Surface 2 and can’t wait on the Surface 3 version.

      Unfortunately, we don’t have a clue. We’ve heard nothing about it.

      • What are the tradeoffs between late built in versus wireless tethering to phone? seems one requires another monthly bill and the other requires more demands on another battery

        • I do a Park and Ride to work each day and having the ability to just pull out the surface and use it vs. Setting up my phone to act as a hotspot, has its advantages.

        • You pretty much got it. If you get an LTE Surface, that’s extra cost but, if you tether your phone, you chew through it’s battery.

  • Hi guys,

    I’ve started editing videos on my Surface Pro 3, 8GB i7 256GB. It’s struggling with the preview window (canvas), and the fan runs at full, but renders great! Is it healthy to continue editing videos (home videos) on my Surface Pro 3? Will I eventually kill it?


    • Technically, it will eventually kill it but, not the way you think. The computer itself will be fine but, the extra heat will shorten the lifespan of the battery.

      You don’t have to worry about it for a while but, depending on how often you render, it could shave a few months off the life of the Surface in a couple of years.

      It’s up to you to decide if that’s a problem.

  • I would love to be able to read your flow chart, but with the color that it is and the white, tiny printing, it is impossible!

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