New Surface Go is perfect for all your daily tasks, giving you laptop performance, tablet portability, and a stunning touchscreen with the power of Windows 10 Home in S mode.¹ The Surface Go might appear underpowered at first glance, but in reality it’s a versatile, portable device.
It can handle light gaming, word processing, video streaming, and web browsing, and its 10-inch frame sports a gorgeous touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1,800 x 1,200 resolution.New Surface Go is perfect for all your daily tasks, giving you laptop performance, tablet portability, and a stunning touchscreen with the power of Windows 10 Home in S mode.
The Surface Go configuration we reviewed costs $549 (£509, AU$839), and it’s the most decked out version of the tablet that Microsoft offers. Meanwhile, the starting model goes for $399 (£379, AU$599), with 64GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of memory, while the rest of the specs remain the same.
At first glance, the 1.15-pound (0.52kg) Surface Go appears simply to be the Surface Pro shrunken down by 2.3 inches on the diagonal, and that’s largely true – excellent kickstand and all. However, Microsoft clearly put some design effort into this version, opening it up to a larger audience, specifically students.
The first major hint toward the Surface Go’s intended audience is the rather prominent rounding of the edges and angles that Microsoft has applied to the device. Microsoft’s display game continues to be top notch on the Surface Go.
At 1,800 x 1,200 pixels, it’s not the sharpest 10-inch tablet display by a long shot, with the latest iPad coming in at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.Regardless, the Surface Go display is just gorgeous in everyday use. The display is incredibly color-accurate, and movies and images look fantastic on it. Of course, that 3:2 aspect ratio is great for work and web browsing, but gives full-screen, 16:9 videos the shaft with lots of wasted space.
Microsoft still managed to cram a USB-C port and microSD card reader into the smaller Surface Go, neither of which the latest iPad has. Otherwise, typing on the Surface Go is much more comfortable than on other 10-inch devices, which should be lauded.