Many of us want to keep something similar to an iPad, yet when we check the price for Apple’s product, it goes beyond our expectations. If you are not much of a fan of purchasing a laptop falling in the four digital categories and yet want a sleek laptop design that does wonders the same way as an Apple product, look no further than Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. With an aluminium back and a keyboard deck, Microsoft Surface Go Laptop Go is one of the machines which goes beyond expectations. It is one of the best laptops imitating as the powerhouse of multitasking & performance.
After all, if you realize that this Surface Go laptop imitates Apple’s Macbook products, it must pack some punch which, although it doesn’t lie in the four-digit category, has all the exciting features. There are two variants of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go available.
1) Costs $899 with ci5 1035G1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD.
2) Costs $699 with ci5 1035G1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD.
As far as the design is concerned, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is slightly on the lower side from the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go’s preceding design. The upper deck comprises aluminium, whereas the undercarriage contains a polycarbonate composite resin system, which also includes glass fibre and offers a much sleeker eco-friendly touch. The Surface Go laptop variant has a much more excellent feel, and with an all-aluminium chassis, this particular design goes well beyond the Surface Laptop 3.
The weight of the product is approximately 2.5 lbs. And for the thickness, it doesn’t go anything beyond the Asus Zenbook 13 UX325EA. Weighing at 2.5 lbs, the laptop weighs slightly more than the Google Pixelbook Go. The Surface Laptop Go supports both USB-A and USB-C ports. It has a 3.5 mm headphone, which is available on the left side of the laptop. You can also find the Surface Connector port on the right side of the laptop.
Since the Pixelbook Go features dual USB-C ports and the ZenBook offers a selection of different ports, including a single Type-A port lacking a headphone jack, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go brings both the ports and a headphone jack in a single machine.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go has a screen size of 1536 x 1024 and has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Subbed as the Full-HD resolution at 148 PPI, it may not be as clear and in-depth as the 166 PPI of the Pixelbook or Zenbook, but it still does the job pretty well. You can tell the difference in sharpness only if you choose to squint your eyes and look with a deep focus. However, the difference isn’t quite noticeable when you are watching it from a normal view distance. It will look just the same.
Considering the color calibration, according to Klein K10-A colorimeter, the Surface Laptop Go gives a better result producing 103% of the sRGB spectrum, which is better than the 91% color spectrum of the normal mainstream laptops. However, when the display is compared with the Zenbook 13 (108%) or the Pixelbook Go (108%), it still weighs slightly on the lower side. The Surface Go has a low brightness capping around 319nits, which isn’t quite as bright as 370nits or 368nits of the other two machines. The reaction time on taps is fairly better than many other versions.
The sound quality which the speaker on your Surface Laptop Go emits is pretty remarkable. The vocals from the speakers are also satisfactory. You can easily listen to the riffs, drums, and synths just accurately. As far as the bass goes, it produces a satisfactory bass so overall, the sound quality is satisfactory. If you are sitting in a medium-sized room, and you turn up the volume on your Surface Laptop, it’s enough for a person sitting in the next room to listen to what you’re listening to.
When it comes to multitasking, Surface Go does a fair job. You can open multiple tabs on a single screen simultaneously and perform different tasks without breaking a sweat. In short, the core i5 10th generation chipset coupled with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD does a satisfactory job when it comes to performance. When the performance was measured on Geekbench 5, the overall performance benchmark displayed 3,117, which is relatively lower than some of the mainstream notebooks available in the market. The average notebook has a benchmark rating of 3,662.
On the other hand, the more expensive Zenbook 13 displayed a better landing score of 5,084.
If you’re a workaholic and would prefer to spend a lot of time on the Surface Go laptop, this is not the best option. According to Microsoft, you get a good 13 hours of battery life on the Surface Go. In contrast, according to a review covered tom’s guide, the average battery life found as per their personal experience capped around 7 hours and 13 minutes. Normal mainstream laptops falling in the same category can easily give up to 8 hours and more.
Comparatively, the ASUS Zenbook has an average time of 13 hours, whereas the Google Pixel Go extends to as much as up to 11.5 hours.
Another point of interest for most individuals is how fast does the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go heat up. When you watch a 15 minute of Full HD video on the Surface Laptop Go, it was found out that the Laptop Go device started feeling a bit warm. As per the heat gun readings performed by Tom’s guide, it averaged around (96 and 116 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively). However, the touchpad remained cool.
So that’s just about it, for Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. I hope you found this article informative, and I believe you may have learned a great deal about the new Surface Go Laptop.
Are you planning to purchase the new Laptop Surface Go? My verdict is that you opt-in for it only if your budget is a bit on the low-side. Otherwise, you should go for the better options available in the market. There’s the Zenbook and Pixelbook which does the job more profoundly.