Chrome Show: Surface Pro 3 doesn’t make for a good Chrome tablet (yet)


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Running Chrome(s goog) in desktop mode on a Windows(s msft) 8.1 device typically brings a Chrome OS-like experience. That’s not yet the case with Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3; the touchpoints are off, possibly because of the unique 2160 x 1440 display resolution of Microsoft’s laptop / tablet. But there is other good Chrome OS hardware available now and coming soon as we discuss on this week’s Chrome Show podcast.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

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Surface Pro 3 as a “Chrome tablet”? Not just yet.

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Stephen Adams

Chrome looks like utter crap on the Surface Pro 3. Might make me an IE11 user.

Kevin C. Tofel

Not this week, Joe. I’ve been traveling and (as you’ll hear on the show if you didn’t already), I’m super sick. Something had to give. Now I’ll have added pressure to come up with a killer app/extension next week! ;)


OK, I haven’t listened yet. Will do so now :-)


Yeah, there is some nasty spring flu going around, working from home today myself (ha, what’s a sick day?). Rest up and get better.

John Gibson

I suspect the Surface may suffer from the same problems as any other Windows PC when it comes to Chrome and that is that Google is either incapable of creating a decent high DPI experience on Windows or simply doesn’t care about user experience. My guess is that it’s the latter but the end result is that Chrome is an awful experience when using high DPI.


Yeah, tried to run it on a Surface Pro and it was god awful. Google also started using their own UI elements like taskbar and scroll bars, made it even worse. There is come commands you can enter to change the size of the UI elements but then you have to manually change them anytime you switch instead of just using the Windows DPI settings.

I like Chrome but of late they are really pushing me into a IE only user.

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