Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a very effective laptop replacement, but it's relatively expensive. If you like the Surface approach to 2-in-1 tablets but don't need the same level of grunt, the newly-announced Surface 3 might do the trick. Here's what it will cost in Australia.
Compared to its Pro sibling, the Surface 3 has a slightly smaller screen (10.8 inches), a quad-core Intel Atom processor and a less versatile kickstand (with three default positions rather than the "infinite" options offered by the Pro). It also uses a micro-USB charger and has a one-year subscription to Office 365 included.
The basic 64GB SSD/2GB RAM model sells for $699, while a 128GB SSD/4GB RAM version will cost $839. Both those models will go on sale on May 5 (you can already pre-order at Microsoft's online store). Later this year Microsoft will introduce a version with a SIM slot for LTE connections; that will cost $839 for the 64GB version and $979 for the 128GB.
Hit Luke's post on Gizmodo for the full specs and more details.
Microsoft Surface 3: A Smaller, Lighter, Better Surface [Gizmodo Australia]