Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review

Surface Laptop Go joined me in the woods last week. It stayed in my bag for a few days and walked 20 miles over footpaths and bridges of questionable integrity.

Without a doubt, light. It's a lot easier than the MacBook Air I packed this trip for, with 2.45 to 2.8 pounds of Apple device. It doesn't sound like a tone, but when you give eight hours up and down the mountains, every bit of pound makes a huge difference to your lower back. And while (sadly) I don’t go up every day, wrapping a heavy laptop can cause damage over time.

Screen brightness, on the other hand, is lacking. No wonder, in fact, with a low-power, low-cost device. It will do the job indoors, but combined with a bright screen finish, it is very difficult to see anything on the screen outside, or in very high light. That is probably not a violation of the agreement for many, but it sounds like one of the many corners the company has decided on in an effort to reduce costs.

At its heart, Laptop Go is a case study in duplicate engineering laptop budget. It is a product of the expandable focus of the Surface line. When Microsoft attempts to show what its software can do to premium, custom-built hardware, the product has changed in many different areas.

The company’s efforts to attract art professionals away from Apple are met with its testing of budget devices. Laptop Go falls in the middle of the latest phase. Following the Go lines, the device seeks to answer the question of whether the hardware that we have spent years developing across the Surface line can be applied to the budget device.

It is an understandable effort - and commendable in the past. Delivering a real laptop experience at a low rock price to win. Well, there's a lot to argue with here. First of all, lowering the price is a matter of deciding what sacrifices you are willing to make. Then there is the fact that many companies have already put a lot of work into building hardware for Chrome OS and Windows 10 S.

When Microsoft launched the final version a few years ago, it did just that on the Surface Laptop. It was an unusual decision: to offer its competitor Chromebook in the form of a device starting at $ 999. It took a few years, but the company eventually had the right app prices for the app, starting at $ 549.

Laptop Go is a good looking, budget-friendly laptop. It is very smooth and sits well next to other members of the Surface family. The top case and keyboard are made of aluminum. That is combined with a polycarbonate composite resin that feels plastic well to the touch. For the first time in a while, the keys are a little softer / gummy which I like and it will take a while to get used to - but it definitely hits typing in most of the keyboard cases.

The state of the harbor is mixed. I'd like Microsoft to choose to insert both the USB-A and C port, connecting the line between compatibility and retrieval and blocking the future. Or for now, I think it's the safest bet to travel on most USB-C ports. The other side of the sport is only one port: the Surface dock connector. The company no doubt maintains a connection to keep the product working with existing accessories, but time feels like you should be wasting it by allowing USB charging.

Inside, things are kind of a mixed bag, too. The 10th-gen Intel Core i5 chip comes naturally. That's kind of installing a $ 550 laptop. But the basic model is automatic in 4GB of RAM and 128GB. You will want to improve on that - and that is where you start to lose the budget.

Our review unit had 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage - not bad. But that will set you back $ 900. Suddenly you see how quickly you have left the cheap laptop space. Fingerprint sensor is also included only as part of the $ 699 upwards upgrade. And, surprisingly, one piece of glowing keyboard - albeit around the border. The release of a reversible keyboard is seen as a rare precaution here.

All told, Laptop Go is not the first bad attempt to offer a real budget. As I said with the original Surface Laptop, I recommend upgrading to get out Windows 10 S when you get the device for most users. But other than that the system works well as a second lightweight device, which looks good. But if you are in a hurry to find such a thing, it may pay off to see what Microsoft can do with the device a second time around.


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