The new Microsoft Surface Go is the perfect size for informal coffee shop computing.
It has a stylish design, clean sound and a camera to match, but the performance isn’t great, but it works.
Just a glance
Microsoft Surface Go, it’s 1.15 pounds, it’s very portable, it has curved edges now,
so it feels more tablet-like. It’s a 10 inch display, so quite a small device.
the first windows 10 tablet that we saw years ago with the launch windows 8.
There were eight inch and there were 10 inch tablets and then they gravitated towards the 12 inch and bigger size because those are more usable for an all-around computer.
I would say clearly this is not this design to be your only computer unless school is buying it, and Microsoft is trying to fight Chromebooks and iPad in the school, in which case it could be good for the kids.
this thing starts at $400 and i don’t think that base configuration is where you want to spend the money though, they have a mid tier one, 550 quite a bit more.
but you’re getting double the RAM double the storage but significantly faster storage. That is the model that I think
most people should pick up if you can afford that price.
- Excellent design
- Surprisingly powerful graphics
- Decent price
- Great screen and speakers
- The accessories are not included yet
- Less powerful than iPad
- The screen could be sharper
- Windows desktop mode feels cramped
|CPU||1.6GHz Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (dual-core, 2MB cache)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 615|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)|
|Screen||10-inch, 1,800 x 1,200 (217 ppi; 3:2 aspect ratio) PixelSense touch display|
|Ports||1 x USB-C 3.1, MicroSDXC card reader, Surface Connect port, headset jack|
|Connectivity||IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1; LTE optional|
|Cameras||5MP (1080p video) front-facing webcam, rear-facing autofocus camera|
|Weight||1.15 pounds (0.52kg)|
|Size||9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches (245 x 175 x 8.3mm; W x D x H)|
Design and Display
Microsoft Surface Go built quality is great, it’s a surface product,
it has a magnesium enclosure fit and finish on this is really well done.
The top surface has these new rounded edges and it actually makes the device a lot more comfortable to hold, not that the original products are uncomfortable.
but this small detail just makes it that much more ergonomic and that much more inviting to use.
It’s a nice touch and I think Microsoft should put this kind of rounded edges on all of their products, because it does make a difference.
The screen of Microsoft Surface Go is a 10 inch screen, i thought I’d be a little bit small for what i do,
but it actually isn’t noticeably smaller compared to like a 12 or 13 inch screen.
but it doesn’t feel particularly cramped, it’s still a very usable surface area.
The Surface Go has bezels around that screen though are thick.
now visually it’s not attractive right having thick bezels like this doesn’t look good.
but when you’re actually using it, you won’t notice it you’ll be focused on your content.
it’s just that when this device is off or it’s just sitting there and you’re kind of examining it visually the bezels are thick.
The panel itself is nice, its sharp great colours and brightness and hitting a price point like this with this kind of screen could not have been easy.
like we see four hundred dollar devices out there that have terrible screens, this thing looks really good.
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Microsoft Surface Go has a pen support as usual and feels relatively lag free to me,
and this surface area feels reasonably sized for people that want to use it for any kind of digital creative work.
Now on the side are two speakers and they sound really good for this kind of device size, nice body to the sound,
Excellent stereo separation just from the positioning and you just get really clean audio that gets to a decent volume.
you also get a killer webcam, $400 gets your webcam of this quality, it’s actually one of the best cams I’ve seen on any laptop period.
but when you compare this webcam to something like a 12-inch MacBook, it just blows your mind.
if you can stick a webcam like this into a $400 device, there’s no excuse for other people, they should be using really good webcams and no one else is doing it.
Keyboard and Trackpad
Microsoft Surface Go is not complete without the keyboard,
and the keyboard is a hundred bucks, which is crazy expensive if you think about it, that’s like the base model, that’s 20% of the cost.
when it’s connected up and it connects magnetically, it’s an awesome productivity device.
I was concerned that this keyboard would be really small and cramped and just kind of weird, because it’s a lot smaller than the regular service devices.
but it’s not cramped, it’s excellent, it does take a little bit of time to get used to it, but it’s a really comfortable keyboard.
The trackpad feels good, it’s a surface product, so tracking is accurate and gestures work nicely.
but the pad is a little small, maybe it’s a visual thing, i just wish there’s a little bit more surface area to this trackpad.
Microsoft Surface Go battery life is also pretty good getting around seven hours of battery like.
and to charge it you can either use the included surface connect adapter, or you can use the USBC port.
I really wish that the included adapter was USB C but its surface connection because well.
The surface Go has a good performance, it’s not amazing,
it’s a Pentium Gold chip and most productivity stuff like emails web browsing
or any kind of work-related stuff runs really smoothly on this.
so the drive feeds on the mid-tier model actually really good fast read speed,
but on the slower drive of the base model, the whole system is gonna feel a bit more sluggish.
and that reason alone makes it worth it to upgrade to the mid-tier model.
In terms of gaming performance, i was actually surprised by this, you’re not gonna be able to play some killer triple-a titles, but light games are pretty good on this thing.
if you want to pick it up for some casual light games , it’ll do the trick. Microsoft Surface Go is still a surface through and through.
so if they’re issues you had with surface products in the past, you may have those same issues with this one.
like if you need more ports , there’s still only one port , it’s using PC this year, but it’s still only one port.
if you don’t like the kickstand on your lap like it’s not an ideal situation for lap use, but it doesn’t reasonably.
Microsoft Surface Go is a very convenient device, there is a focus on tablets with smaller productivity,
and Microsoft has finally installed the concept of a smaller Surface device.
Surface Go has a stylish design and great sound, but it’s not perfect, but it does get the job done nonetheless.