Microsoft Surface Go 2, Slim, Trim, But is it Worth it?
In recent years, Technologies have advanced to an unprecedented level. What we thought was not possible might just be within our reach. Similarly, We had never thought a tablet would be able to run full-blown windows. Microsoft surprised their consumers when they released their first Surface Go. A compact device that can run Windows as the base operating system. We have laptops but keeping that aside for a moment.
The first Surface Go was well received. A tab operating on windows, and the user can do all the work and activities that he does on his computer in a small tablet. It was a change of pace. In a field dominated by laptops, comes a tablet and manages to win the hearts of a lot of people by providing the same functionality as those laptops at a relatively cheaper price.
So as it goes, anything successful must have a sort of sequel. Since Surface Go did well above expectations, Microsoft was bound to release its successor. Enter Microsoft Surface Go 2.
A 2 in 1 device
The Surface Go 2 improves on a lot of aspects that its predecessor lacked. From Bigger Screen to Wi-Fi functionality, the available features are better compared to the Surface Go. The same can be said for the specs of the tablet/laptop. It has better components and chips installed.
The Surface Go 2 comes with a 10.5-inch PixelSense 1920 x 1280 resolution panel. Compared to the Surface Go’s 10 inches 1800 x 1200 pixels, it is an upgrade. Now for the actual display, how is the display? Well, the display doesn’t disappoint either. It produces accurate colors and brightness, not to mention the vividness. Though it tends to pick up any ambient lights and reflection if shown in the video.
As for the design of the screen, It has the screen rivaling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6. With smaller bezels compared to the predecessor, the display looks bigger than what it is. And with a slim body, one can easily slip it in a tight spaced bag or similar item. Not to mention its touchscreen feature. Since it’s a tablet it’s got to have one right?
Okay, let’s be real. We know the Surface Go 2 is not made for heavy workloads. It is a portable 2 in 1 tablet/laptop made to carry out little tasks and such. You won’t be able to game on it and you definitely won’t be able to develop one either. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad system. For what it does, it does it to its best.
The Surface Go 2 comes with two processor variants. Intel Core m3-8100Y and Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y. It is recommended to buy Core m3 version rather than the Pentium version. But, Compared to its predecessor, it has a relatively better processor and two processor variants none the less. Both of the processors are 2 cores and 4 threads processors.
Another component that affects performance is the Memory. Surface Go 2 comes with 2 memory variants as well, 4GB and 8GB. Since it is built for light work, memory won’t be an issue. But it all depends on the user’s preferences, whether he wants the 4GB version or 8GB version. If one multi-tasks, then maybe you ought to go for the 8GB version.
Storage-wise, It comes with 64GB eMMC, 128GB SSD, 256 SSD (Business). Since it has an SSD, windows will undoubtedly run smoothly. But, based on the user preferences, the storage variants depends on how much they stack files.
As for the Graphics, Surface Go 2 comes with Intel UHD Graphics 615 integrated Graphics. For laptop built for light task and such, it’s a good addition.
Ports and Design
Since it’s a compact laptop/tablet, the inclusion of many ports is not possible. But the new Surface Go 2 does come with few ports. Firstly, it has USB Type-C Cable for charging and transferring data. It also comes with a headphone jack, thank god Microsoft hasn’t ditched it so far. The power and volume buttons rest at the top left of the device and you can find a Card Reader slot at the left of the device. Sadly the Surface Go 2 doesn’t include USB Type-A.
As for the overall design of the Surface, like its predecessor, it has a kickstand to hold the Surface in place that goes from 0 to a 135 degree real quick. Seriously, It can go flat to the ground to straight up and you don’t need to hassle with it.
If you are worried about the weight of the Surface Go 2, you shouldn’t be as the new Surface Go 2 weighs in 0.567 kg (1.25lbs) and measures in at 0.3 inches. It is relatively lighter compared to the Surface Pro 7. As for the chassis, it comes with a silver magnesium body and a reflective Microsoft logo on the rear. For someone who finds the stock design boring, there are covers available in the market.
The new Surface comes equipped with 2 cameras. The front camera is 5 MP and records video at 1080p. Don’t underestimate the 5 MP camera as it outdoes most laptop’s cameras. Most cameras in Laptop come with 0.8 MP to 1.2 MP which generates blurry and illusion type images, but with Surface Go 2 your beard will be visible clearly and with a crisp image.
As for the rear camera, it comes with 8 MP with the capability of recording video 1080p. The front camera is not to mention better. It captures video in better resolution than the front camera and can take crispier photos.
The new Surface Go 2 fixes one of the major issue that lingered in the Surface Go which was the battery. The original Surface Go didn’t have enough juice to keep running for a long time. So to prevent the Surface Go 2 from dying rather quickly, they have included a better battery than its predecessor.
It comes stacked with 27Wh Battery which offers the users with 11 hours and 39 minutes of non-stop run time. The brightness and running multiple applications and tabs might drain the battery life little quicker but, with runtime like that users don’t have to worry about charging for a while.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home ( S mode) Windows 10 Pro (Business)|
|Processor||Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y|
Intel Core m3-8100Y
|Memory||4 GB/8 GB|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 615|
|Storage||64 GB/ 128 GB/ 256 GB (Business)|
|Display||10.5 inches, 1920 x 1280 pixels|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, eSIM,|
|Front Camera||5 MP, 1080p|
|Rear Camera||8 MP, 1080p|
|Price||Pentium, 4 GB/ 64 GB – Rs.60,000 (Expected)|
Pentium, 8 GB/ 128 GB – Rs.85,000 (Expected)
Core m3, 8 GB/ 128 GB – Rs.100,000 (Expected)
Core m3, 8 GB / 128 GB + LTE – Rs.115,000 (Expected)
The price listed above might change as it is listed as expected as it is converted directly from USD.
Is it Worth it?
For people who are not restricted by a budget limit, go wild. But, for people who are restricted by numbers, we recommend that you wait a while. It is a tablet with a touchscreen feature running on Windows OS. So, to operate windows mouse and a keyboard are very important, so for those who were wondering does the keyboard and trackpad/mouse come with the Surface Go 2, Unfortunately not. The keyboard with a trackpad is sold separately at around 120 USD. Along with the cost of the device itself, it’s like adding fuel to the fire.
If you are an artist and would like to draw on the Surface Go 2 or just simply want to take notes then there is an option for a stylus pen. But, similarly to the keyboard, the stylus pen as well is sold separately.
So, We recommend that you wait a bit. Sale is the best time to grab it as the price of the Surface Go 2 drops as we have seen with the original Surface Go. Along with the price of the accessories, the total expenditure might be equivalent to the original price the Surface Go 2 Launched with.
If you want more information regarding this product, then you can head straight to Microsoft’s page through this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/business/surface-go-2
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