Microsoft is getting back into the cheaper tablet game today with the new Surface Go, a smaller, less powerful take on the popular Surface Pro device. Open too many visually demanding applications, or launch too many browser tabs at once, and it will slow down. It's exactly the same deal as the larger Surface Pro Type Cover, but sized for the Go. It shines in any of these on-the-go circumstances, so if you find yourself hopping from meeting to meeting and spending a lot of time away from your desk, this may be a great partner. As you strike the keys, however, they produce a noticeably hollow, woodblock sound. The trackpad is actually larger than the trackpad on the current Type Cover for the Surface Pro. Nearly 10 hours isn't super-long battery life many ultraportables can hack that , but it is a lot of time away from the charger for a system that stresses mobility.
Google's Chromebook laptops dominate that market, supplying almost 60% of all devices in the classroom, according to a 2017 report from research firm. Resolution can make a difference in text size, but you can also adjust Windows' font scaling as needed. It bears a 1,800-by-1,200-pixel native resolution, which works out to a 3:2 aspect ratio and 217 pixels per inch. The Surface Go is about the size of a composition notebook and runs Windows 10 S software. With 4,096 levels of sensitivity and low latency, it feels like you're using real paper and real ink.
You can stand the tablet from almost vertical to just about flat down to 165 degrees. And what better way to get the most from your new baby Surface than with some tip-top accessories. The Type Cover grips the Go tablet using the same double hinge of past Surfaces, plus what appears to be an even stronger magnetic connection at the edge. And it's strong enough for a detachable design, given that, in most cases, the only place the battery can live is behind the screen. As a point of comparison for the design, it feels a bit like holding a squarer in its size and build. I found the audio surprisingly balanced, though unsurprisingly lacking in low-end bass. Waterfield Surface Sleeve Waterfield Designs make some great looking, highly durable bags and cases for many devices, and the Surface Go joins the already well supported Surface lineup.
The standard wireless connectivity is the expected Wi-Fi here, 802. In less specialized use, I found the Surface Go pleasant to tote. The Surface Go is, like the Surface Pro, just a Windows tablet at heart, with optional accessories such as a keyboard cover turning it into a laptop, if you like. Many 2-in-1 alternatives include the keyboard in the cost, so make sure to factor that in when shopping for the Surface Go. Connected, portable power Surface Go packs the performance and compact versatility you need for everyday productivity into the lightest Surface ever.
Your Surface Go will be protected by soft and cushioning neoprene, with either a ballistic nylon or waxed canvas shell. Still, it's a very handy feature to have, and simpler tasks and display operations operate just fine. It's available in Alcantara, too, if you wish in three colors or the regular black model. Most of what's familiar about the Pro is here its design cues, sharp touch display, and built-in kickstand , just with more modest internal components. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors. With any detachable, that is the price you pay for full detachability. So, in short, you will get a full version of Windows 10 in either buying scenario.
If you are going to make the jump and purchase a keyboard, Microsoft offers a few options. The bezels do provide a place to hold the tablet and allow for a wider keyboard attachment, but they also make it look much more dated compared to the latest versions of the iPad. But our Surface Go review will walk you through the Surface Go hardware, the Type Cover, and the new Mobile Mouse—then tell you how it all works in practice, both as a pure tablet and as a productivity device. Caveats like its operating system—Windows 10 in S Mode—and its low-end processor may give you pause. Power seekers, though, looking for a main-squeeze detachable 2-in-1 should continue to look at the Editors' Choice-winning first. That's not unique to the Surface Go, however, as a 10-inch screen is a 10-inch screen.
It's not the first Windows 10 tablet, by any means, but it does come off as one of the nicest and most fully featured. Over the years, Microsoft's Surface line has inspired a host of imitators in the market. Traveling presenters, for one, may appreciate the small size of the Surface Go, because it could be an excellent traveling companion for giving big-screen presentations. From the materials to the kickstand, the Go feels, looks, and functions like its larger sibling, whose positive traits are well known. The keys are visibly smaller compared to their counterparts on other Surface keyboards—notably the Enter key, plus the relatively tiny function keys. This works well on a desk or table, as the smaller size of the tablet proper doesn't make any part of the setup process more difficult.
Despite the fact that the Go's compact chassis doesn't leave much room for a beefy battery, the Surface Go lasted for a very respectable 9 hours and 56 minutes 9:56 on our video-playback rundown test. No can do—note the difference in the width between the small pegs that marry the keyboard with the tablet. But it ran fine for web browsing, word processing, and light multitasking in my experience. This, alas, is usual practice for the Surface tablets. It is available in silver, red, and blue color options to match the keyboard cover and pen. But with the Go, Microsoft implicitly asks a question: Do you really need a Type Cover? It's functional, but the keys, while they remain island-style with spaces between, are themselves small since the whole layout has to fit in a narrower device.