Featured Guest
John Simek

John W. Simek is vice president of the digital forensics and security firm Sensei Enterprises. He is a nationally...

Your Hosts
Sharon D. Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson is president of the digital forensics, information technology, and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. In addition to...

Jim Calloway

Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program, Jim Calloway is a recognized speaker on legal technology issues,...

Episode Notes

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has been released and, according to these lawyers, it finally lives up to the standards of a laptop. It is lighter and more mobile than even the lightest laptop, which makes it better for travel. However, this tablet can download the software and applications that many lawyers use in business like Acrobat, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, while also supporting multiple users. The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recently and has put it through the test of whether this tablet can actually replace the laptop she uses for her business.

In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway invite Nelson’s business partner, husband, and technology expert John Simek on to analyze the statistics of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and assess for whom it can replace a laptop computer. The beneficial features of the tablet include:

  • Bluetooth
  • USB Port
  • Solid State Hard Disk
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Hard Wire Capability
  • 12” Screen
  • 2160×1440 Resolution
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • Headphone Jack
  • Mini Display Port for Additional Monitors
  • Kickstand
  • Front and Rear Cameras
  • Multiple Processor Options

Nelson found that these features made this tablet work for her as a laptop replacement. She found the i7 Processor particularly nice since lawyers often have little patience with a slow computer. However, this isn’t an advertisement for the Surface Pro 3, so Simek pointed out some downsides to the product. Purchasers should expect to pay laptop prices (instead of tablet prices) ranging from $799 to $1949, not including necessary accessories like the keyboard, which will cost an additional $199. The battery life ranges from 8 to 9 hours, relative to the iPad which consistently lasts 10 hours. Also, the Surface Pro 3 can’t sit atop a lap; it needs a hard surface to work with the kickstand. Despite the downfalls, however, Simek and Nelson have agreed that this tablet can replace a laptop, at least in their legal practice.

John Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, holds many digital forensics and IT certifications, and is the co-host of Legal Talk Network’s Digital Detectives podcast. Simek is the co-author of 12 books with two more slated to come out next year and a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit where he talks about IT, information security, and digital forensics.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Serve Now.

Brought to You by
Newsletter

Notify me when there’s a new episode!

Episode Details
Published: December 11, 2014
Podcast: The Digital Edge
Category: Best Legal Practices , Practice Management
Podcast
The Digital Edge
The Digital Edge

The Digital Edge, hosted by Sharon D. Nelson and Jim Calloway, covers the latest technology news, tips, and tools.

Listen & Subscribe
Recent Episodes
11/12/19
‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2019

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway share their list of must-have tech toys for 2019!

10/16/19
What Lawyers Need to Know to Succeed in the Marketplace

Katy Goshtasbi shares strategies for clearly defining your values in order to effectively grow your brand.

09/27/19
Cybersecurity Basics for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

John Simek offers essential cybersecurity tips for solo and small firm lawyers.

08/27/19
The ”Big Ideas” of Law Practice – and Emerging Practice Areas

Lance Johnson, contributing features editor of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine, gives an overview of recent articles in the magazine’s Big Ideas Issue.

07/25/19
Building a Cutting Edge Virtual Law Firm

Brooke Moore discusses the benefits of moving to a virtual law practice and shares useful tactics for setting up a web-based firm.

06/27/19
Digital Detoxing for Lawyers

Roberta Tepper talks about digital addiction for lawyers and gives a step-by-step process of how legal professions can reduce their time when using their...