For few months we have heard the rumors that Microsoft will announce the cheaper version of Surface. Unfortunately, both of users and reviewers do not really know what kind of specification they put here until earlier last month, Microsoft finally announce the device into public. The manufacture names it as “Go” and means they really want the users take it as not just a conventional laptop, but feels more like a portable tablet. In term of pricing, the laptop starts for under 400 dollars and goes around 600 dollars depending on what kind of models you have here.
For this review, I got the higher end unit powered Intel Pentium Gold processor, 128GB Flash Memory, and 8GB RAM. The specification is covered is quite high end while the base version might feature the same processor, but the storage is reduced to only 32GB EMMC and coming with 4GB RAM. The 4GB memory is fine, but 32GB slower EMMC is something tough to depend here. If you are seriously want to buy this tablet, and then I suggest you to take the 128GB model for future proof purposes. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it goes for its affordable price tag.
Design and Connectivity
If you are familiar with Surface Pro, then you are going to get similar thing but in smaller size. Yeah only have of 10 inches display and considered as quite smaller for a laptop. The tablet feels nice and strong in my hands and I think the durability is never being a big problem here. The back and front cover material are great and better they are never easily being a fingerprint magnet. The front side will just empty with its screen while the on the back, you are able to see its kickstand which adjustable to a great degree. They take this feature from its older sibling and works really great in my opinion.
Unfortunately, there is one thing I do not really like about its design. For some reasons, the bezel surrounded the display is quite thick. If you get used with iPad 2018, then you should see a big difference here. In good way, it gives of a better handling when you hold it with single hand, but I really hope the bezel is slightly thinner to make it appeal as more modern. In term of connectivity, there are only two ports available included the one for charging the battery and the second one is USB type-C for plugging your mouse or transferring your data.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
For a budget device, Microsoft puts a very decent display in my opinion here. The 10 inch IPS panel features a really high resolution at 1800 x 1200 and works very great in 3:2 aspects. For using it almost two weeks, I found the screen is bright and crisp enough. I have tried to edit some of my photo here and it looks crisp enough and showing good amount of detail. The stylus pen is sold separately for 100 dollars which seems to be pricy, but any stylus pen works fine here and buying the alternative one with cheaper price is recommended here.
As for the input, we are given a type cover keyboard which looks nice here. Keep in mind, the keyboard is also sold separately in some models. Right here, the keyboard features a good amount distant keys and for a good thing coming with backlit support. Typing feels comfortable and natural, but it takes time to get used with its small key especially when you move from bigger laptop. For this case, buying the keyboard is recommended as the tablet itself feels useless without of it. Thankfully, there is so much alternative found in Amazon with good price here. Just make sure to find one of them with a touchpad included, and then you should be okay here.
|Microsoft Surface Go 10 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Dual Core 4415Y 1.6 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||10.1 Inch IPS|
|OS||Windows 10 S|
|Memory||8GB DDR Memory|
|Storage||128GB Flash Memory|
Performance and Battery
This is the first time I am seeing of Intel Pentium 4415Y as many manufactures decide to leave this processor and moving into 8th generation CPU. First, I do not really expect such a good performance from it considering this is a very low power processor with 6 TDP watts. In reality, the power produced itself is great as long as what you do here is included something light like editing document and browsing. Editing photo is still possible, but never meant truly for professional usage. As comparison, I think the processor is comparable with Core I3 from Kaby Lake R generation, so the performance is never being a problem here.
The 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD are considerably as fast and making the booting process and opening apps feel faster. One left thing I want to properly check here is the battery life. Surface is well known for its long lasting battery life and the similar case is happened. Thanks to low power consumption, the battery manages to last for 8 to 9 hours. I have tested it by browsing through the internet and editing some document for nonstop. Keep in mind, the result is very depending on your activities, but 8 hours is a good standard here.back to menu ↑
The Surface Go is a very ideal device for users who look for Microsoft convertible system, but coming with low budget. Yeah, the Go is very affordable with around 400 dollars price tag, but firstly you must need to accept that you must spend more your money here since they sell the accessories separately for a good price. The system is meant for budget users, but never really meant to be a really affordable option. For alternative, we have of Lenovo Miix 520 12 series that introduced with similar pricing, but coming with better specification. Once again, the choice is yours so feel free to take any consideration about it.