I had always heard reviews of the Surface Go and after trying the Surface Pro I wanted to give this device a try. Its weight of only 544 grams was very interesting. After testing it for over a month this summer, the analysis is finally here.
Surface Go 2, improve and keep mistakes of the past
The first thing that surprises about the Surface Go 2 are its frames. A half-inch larger screen has been integrated into the same frame. This allows us to take advantage of sufficient but not overwhelming frames.
Design is already a standard at Microsoft. Its base and its connections on the sides as well as the Surface port or its card reader behind the kickstand.
Some of us would like a revolution in the design of the Surface family, but it’s so standard it’ll be hard to see the changes. And with this lack of changes, an error is repeated with Surface Go 2, the version with 64 GB eMMC. Although we haven’t tested it, we know it takes a toll on performance.
Just as other companies are criticized on the storage issue, Microsoft should abandon the racism of low-speed and low-capacity SSDs. The standard should start with 128 GB of SSD.
MICROSOFT SURFACE GO 2 DISPLAY 10.5 inches DIMENSIONS PixelSense 245 x 175.2 x 8.3 mm WEIGHT 544 grams and 553 grams with LTERESOLUTION 1,920 x 1280 pixels with a 3: 2 ratio RAM4 / 8 GB LPPDR3-1866 PROCESSOR Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
Intel Core M3-8100 AND 64/128 GB SSD STORAGE OTHERS Surface Connect, USB Type-C, MicroSDXC, 3.5mm audio jack, 8MP rear camera, 5MPS front camera OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home
A premium screen
If we’re talking about image quality, that’s great. Especially if we take into account the price and the range in which we are. It’s an LCD panel, but it has good viewing angles and an interesting contrast (1500: 1). In the past we have seen issues with light leaks although during the time we were testing it the operation was exceptional.
Like any PixelSense panel, and more on a tablet, it has multi-touch control. The response is exceptional and is only slightly diminished by the Corning Gorilla Glass protection which causes great reflections.
Portability and autonomy for the whole day
The best thing about this Surface Go 2 is without a doubt its weight. Having a full Windows 10 computer weighing almost a pound is amazing. It offers us real portability with the robustness offered by its magnesium body.
If to that we add incredible autonomy, we have the perfect result. We can take it anywhere, if there are no restrictions of course, and it will keep our pace of life. The device has a 26.8 Wh battery which is capable of delivering a very good figure of actual usage.
Microsoft claims we have over 10 hours of battery life, but of course we already know these numbers are generally very bullish. But in this case, for office use it takes about seven hours while for watching videos we would go up to eight and a half hours.
The advantage is that this Surface Go 2 can be charged via Surface Connect or via the USB-C port. This way and with the proliferation of USB-C, we can charge it even if we forget the charger.
Excellent connectivity and few ports
Connectivity has improved, and a lot, in Surface Go 2. Remember that in the past Microsoft bet on a Marvell Avastar WiFi chip. It now incorporates a Qualcomm X16 chip which allows us to take advantage of WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
The issue of ports is not new, but it should be mentioned. Microsoft could have included another USB-C port by having a smaller size and providing us with more connectivity. However, they decided to bet only on one of them.
More than sufficient performance, at least with the Core M3
It should be noted that in the tests we did with the Surface Go 2, it worked really well. As you can see in the video, it performed top in all tests and lived up to expectations.
Photo editing and the whole office space work very well as you would expect from a team of these features. However, these tests are carried out with the equipment of the best specifications. Its operation should be tested with the Pentium Gold and its 4 GB of RAM.
Microsoft has improved the Surface Go. But there is still room for improvement. They should improve the tech section and eliminate the eMMC once and for all. The key elements prevail and finding a 10.5 ″ screen we love to see its reduced frames.
We might appreciate another USB-C port and nothing else. Microsoft has refined its concept, and based on this, we can only hope that 128GB of storage will be standardized in the next edition.
It’s hard to find a 10-inch device with this weight and technical specifications. The Redmonds are reviving the tablet market, but there is still a lot of work to be done.