Buzz.ie’s road-test review of Microsoft’s new entry-level 2-in-1, Surface Go
I reviewed Surface Go with a sense of excitement, as I’m a huge fan of all of the Microsoft Surface family of machines.
You can read my Surface Laptop review here.
My Surface Book 2 is the standard by which I measure all other Windows 10 laptops that I review for Buzz.ie.
It’s so powerful and so versatile. But while I bring it on all my press outings, I occasionally wish I had an option that was a little more lightweight and compact.
That’s where Surface Go slots in. I’m one of the target market (that also includes students) for the newest member of the Surface family.
The small and light, elegantly designed, device looks like a smaller Surface Pro. it has a 10in screen and the usual excellent kickstand.
For consuming media, the display and audio provided enjoyable experiences. The display is bright and colour-rich, and movies and images look fantastic on it.
As a working machine, I was pleasantly surprised at how effective Surface Go was.
The Intel Pentium Gold processor is not as powerful as the Core chipsets in most laptops. However, it can handle standard browser-based workloads.
The breezes through the suite of Office 365 apps with ease.
And you can run several tabs-worth of projects, websites and media players simultaneously with no lag or crashing.
You’ll need to buy a Type Cover separately. It’s got a full sized keyboard and a glass trackpad.
The keys are tightly spaced but I never felt cramped when typing.
If you like using a stylus, you won’t be disappointed. Using Microsoft’s outstanding Surface Pen which is incredibly precise nad just like using a real pen or pencil.
Battery life is excellent. I consistently got eight hours use from one charge.
Surface Go refuels using the usual proprietary Microsoft connector. But it can also power up using the USB-C port.
With the latter, I found a charging plug with 30w/45w output was needed. These can be purchased easily.
There is also a micro-SD slot that’s really handy for extra storage or transferring photos, audio or documents.
The version I reviewed is the one I would recommend — 128GB storage and 8GB RAM. There is a less expensive model with 64GB/4GB.
And while the model I tested was running Windows 10 Pro, the model aimed at students comes with Windows S pre-installed.
This is so the machine will run more efficiently and securely — but it can only install apps from the Windows Store. You can change over to Windows 10 Pro quickly though.
On the whole, the Surface Go is a gorgeous and recommended 2-in-1 laptop/tablet. It delivers an excellent Windows 10 experience and ticks all the boxes it was meant to.
Microsoft Surface Go costs €459 or €619. Surface Go Type Cover costs €99/€129 extra. Surface Pen costs €114.99
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