The Surface Go 2 is more affordable but is it as good as Microsoft’s premium tablets? Find out more in this Microsoft Surface Go 2 review.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 in the test: small but strong
Surface Go 2 is Microsoft’s second-generation entry-level tablet, which is characterized by Surface-level quality, and the overall price/performance ratio is not high. But don’t let it fool you; the cheapest tablet Microsoft still offers a variety of hardware to please the most discerning tablet users. With the built-in Windows 10, this tablet can also use some of the best office and creative tools in the industry.
What you need to know about Microsoft Surface Go 2
Surface Go 2 is the entry point to Microsoft’s updated and accessible Windows tablet product line. The upgrade to the original Surface Go includes a larger screen and a more powerful processing package. For Microsoft Surface Tablet PC, Surface Go 2 is equipped with a sturdy integrated stand. It was released in mid-May 2020 and is available for purchase in the Microsoft Store, Amazon, and many other retail stores. The
Core specification provides a 10.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1280, an aspect ratio of 3:2, and Gorilla Glass 3. Microsoft Surface Go 2 is equipped with Intel Pentium 4425Y dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz or 3.4 GHz… Core m3 8100Y and both include the same Intel UHD Graphics 615, compared with 850 MHz, which provides 900 MHz The clock frequency is slightly higher. Except for the cheapest model, all models are equipped with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SDD instead of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB slower eMMC storage. On the front of the
is a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and on both sides are multiple Windows Hello facial verification cameras, allowing you to unlock the tablet quickly and securely. On the back, there is an 8MP autofocus camera with 1080p video capabilities. Surface Go 2 comes with a 24W Surface Connector charger in the box, but the tablet can also be powered by USB and charged with up to 45W of power through USBC.
Microsoft added Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6, headphone jack, ambient light sensor, microSDXC card reader, two speakers and a microphone, and a USB-C port. The TMP onboard firmware is an essential component and is also provided free of charge. Upgrade to Windows 11. More expensive models include 4G LTE tape for data transmission via physical SIM or eSIM.
Surface Go 2 runs the same as its predecessor in Windows 10 S mode, which restricts downloading applications from the Microsoft Store and using the Edge browser. It can be upgraded to the full version of Windows, although this is a one-time transaction. You can go back, but only by downloading the recovery image and restoring factory settings.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 is only available in platinum. The basic customization options come from the Surface Go keyboard cover. It is available in ice blue, poppy red (pictured), platinum and black, and is priced at $129.99.
What is good?
We tested the 8th generation Intel Core m3 processor, Surface Go 2 variant with 8GB RAM, and demonstrated excellent performance in word processing, multi-table web browsing, etc. The integrated Intel Mobile Graphics supports my external 4K monitor connected via USBC without delay. Very useful for improving the performance of small flat panel displays. It is also powerful enough to run some new games and less demanding old games at a playable frame rate, such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, although it is definitely not a gaming device.
Using facial recognition to unlock the tablet is also very fast. It seems to be more mobile than the first-generation premium Surface Pro X that I have been using for a while. The setup process is simple, and because it is based on infrared depth mapping, it is much safer than the basic face unlocking technology you find on other laptops and smartphones.
Speaking of cameras, the front webcam is very suitable for video calls and so on. It provides a large enough field of view and performs well in bright backlight and HDR environments, so your calls will not be blurred. You will not find all video conferencing applications in the Microsoft Store. See for example zoom. The
Surface Go keyboard cover is a well-thought-out combination of keyboard and keyboard cover, despite its high price. Despite the slim profile, the key travel is acceptable, and the touchpad is responsive. Improve web surfing and document editing, and provide screen protection when carrying a tablet. My only complaint is that the buttons are a bit sticky and noisy. It is definitely not a replacement for a more rugged office keyboard, but it does the job well.