Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Microsoft Surface Go hands on review

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Mandy Jefferson | 11 July, 2018, 04:42

As rumoured, Microsoft has announce a new and cheaper Surface tablet.

First, as a tablet, the Surface Go will square off against Apple's productivity-focused iPad Pro, which starts at $649 for a 10.5-inch model. The only CPU option for the Surface Go is a Pentium Gold 4415Y.

The $399 version features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a commercial version available for $449. As a result, the Surface Go comes with Windows 10, though is locked to "S Mode" out of the box on consumer SKUs, limiting it to use with apps in the Windows Store. But for the general, everyday computer users, which includes students, the Surface Go may have indeed stumbled on the right formula.

Microsoft release a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015, but discontinued the product in 2016. Considering the physical form of the Surface Go first, it is headlined as being the smallest and lightest Surface yet. Microsoft says, however, that it's worked with the chipmaker to "optimize power, performance, and battery", noting that most should get nine hours of battery life from the device. As expected, Surface Go supports Windows Hello for secure sign-in using facial recognition. On paper the Surface Go feels like a reasonably-priced, well-specced tablet, but the messiness of the different RAM configurations and the different flavors of Windows 10 adds a level of confusion that doesn't exist for iPad buyers.

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Like Microsoft's earlier devices, the Surface Go will work with optional keyboards and mouses.

In the coming weeks, Surface Go will be available for pre-order in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and in China with more markets to follow. However, Microsoft's rounded corners and edges on the gadget give it a more informal look when compared to the Surface Pro and Surface Books.

Pricing for the Surface Go starts at $400, but you'll probably also need the keyboard type cover, which starts at $99. Like other devices that come with S mode, such as the Surface Laptop, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free. The Surface will, naturally, be very compatible with Microsoft's Office suite. The cellular version will arrive later this year. The USB-C 3.1 port can be used for charging as well as data transfer. There's nearly a Surface for everyone; ranging from the exquisite and incredibly expensive Microsoft Surface Studio to the luxurious, powerful and portable Surface Laptop, with all sorts of variations in between. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off.

By itself, the new tablet is unlikely to dramatically swing the U.S. K-12 device market for Microsoft, says Ben Davis, a senior analyst at Futuresource. We've played Minecraft on the Surface Go with not a dip in frame rate.

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