Microsoft Surface Go (4415Y, 4GB) 10 Inch Convertible Laptop Review

Today, I am going to revisit the Microsoft Surface Go and for this case we are going to see its 4GB and 64GB EMMC variant here. I have checked the SSD and 8GB model few weeks back and I think the performance is not disappointed although for a multimedia consumption, I still recommend you to pick of iPad 2018. Yeah, while the Surface performs such a really good job in our productivity, its overall bad screen really keeps us on getting our maximum experience. Comparing to Surface Pro, the screen featured here looks so different and washed at all. I am not only the one who said the case as many reviewers critic the same area here.

The 4GB model is available for under 400 dollars and means 150 dollars less expensive than the 8GB model. 4GB RAM is pretty much dependable for any job you want, but I really want to see how good the storage is considering EMMC is quite slow than SSD. With the same processor featured inside, let’s see how it works for satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Look Impression

The Go look and design is really being typical of Surface where you can expect of some good build quality inside and overall neat premium experience. Here, they even fit the same kick stand found on its expensive brother and very adjustable for getting a different viewing angle depending on your needs. Keep in mind, you are going to use it a lot in tablet mode and having this feature is making my worried is gone here. Overall, I am pretty happy with its design and build moreover with magnesium material they pick which feels pretty premium here. I just hope the bezel surrounds the panel is much thinner as you should notice the black border surrounded the corner very easily.

Like always, Microsoft sells the keyboard and accessories separately in good price here. The stylus pen and the type cover keyboard are sold for around 100 to 150 dollars depending on what kind of design or model you pick here. It means, the 400 dollars is not the only budget you will spend here as there is no way to buy a Windows tablet without any keyboard. You at least have to spend for 400 dollars for having a fully Windows experience here. At the same case, users can pick of Lenovo Flex 6 or Yoga 730 in slightly expensive price, but have more good things to expect.

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Display and Audio

Microsoft Surface Go 4GB The 10 inch display looks overall good, but when you compare it to iPad screen then you should easily notice the iPad looks slightly better at this case. I have tried to measure the screen color production and brightness and basically getting of 80 % SRGB in color accuracy and having 415 nits in brightness. The brightness distribution is overall bright, but the color accuracy needs some improvement to beat of Apple at this case. If Microsoft wants to seriously compete with lots of Android tablet and Apple at this market, then they have to do something better here.

As for the audio support, the speaker’s clarity is relatively standard especially in max volume. As soon as I put of my song into the maximum volume, I soon notice the distorted sounds coming from the speaker. The same case always happened in any type of song as soon as you put the volume into 80 percent. Well, this case is also happened in lot of usual tablet and not being a big problem. Just make sure to wear of headphone as you will get of better quality there. Microsoft never markets this feature as the selling point, so I have no complaint at all here.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:51:09

Microsoft Surface Go 10 Inch TabletMain Specs
CPUIntel Pentium 4415Y Dual Core 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size10 Inch 1800 x 1200
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 64GB EMMC

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Software and Hardware

One thing that makes the Go is better than ipad or lots of Android tablet outside there is the operating system. Inside, Microsoft puts of Windows 10 Pro edition which I am pretty sure would offer of more productivity to your hands with all of its impressive application support. I am also so happy to find there is almost no bloatware inside although I find some apps are not very usable. Just delete any of them from the Control Panel as you only have of around 45 GB free storage to use and that is not included of making a Windows update.

As for the hardware, the Intel Pentium 4415Y is powered entire system and manages to deliver some performance for light and medium activities. There are dual core processors inside and clocked at 1.6 GHz clock. In term of performance, we will get of similar power and power consumption like Intel Core I3 from 7th generation. I heard of Microsoft decides to put of ARM processor, but then Intel takes over at the end. The performance is okay here and I have tried to edit of some photos in Photoshop and I guess the performance is just good enough for any standard usage.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:51:09
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Final Thought

The Surface Go 2018 is neither to be disappointing or considered as really good choice to pick considering the tablet features lots of good things and also bad things. While the design and battery life are promising, the performance and display quality could be better. The price just makes impossible for Microsoft to bring everything into the lower price and as the result they have to make some adjustment to the quality. For a multimedia and entertainment purposes, I still recommend you to pick of iPad or Android tablet, but users who have of productivity in mind would might to consider of this Surface as their main consideration. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it.

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