Mi­crosoft Sur­face Go 2

Is Mi­crosoft’s sec­ond at­tempt at a price con­scious ul­tra-por­ta­ble 2-in-1 a Go-er?

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“While this model only of­fers Wi-Fi net­work­ing and doesn’t carry a heap of stor­age space, the Sur­face Go 2 does fea­ture a Mi­croSD card ex­pan­sion slot, to al­low you to add cost ef­fec­tive stor­age as you see fit. ”

The most af­ford­able Sur­face Go 2 you can grab lo­cally starts at $598, and comes with an In­tel Pen­tium 4425Y pro­ces­sor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on­board stor­age, which is an of­fer­ing that se­ri­ously com­petes with some of the best Chromebook­s avail­able. While this model doesn’t carry a heap of stor­age space, the Sur­face Go 2 does fea­ture a Mi­croSD card slot.

The next tier up dou­bles the RAM and stor­age al­lo­ca­tions for a to­tal of $879. This clearly moves the de­vice out of the bud­get Chrome­book space when you add the $199 Sur­face Key­board, but we’d rec­om­mend con­sid­er­ing it if you in­tend to up­date to Win­dows 10 Home from the s stock Win­dows 10 S OS.

The Sur­face Go 2 has a big­ger 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 (3:2) Pix­elSense dis­play that is re­ally vi­brant for a bud­get screen, even though it only man­ages a peak bright­ness of 280nits. In Geek­bench 4 per­for­mance was around 35 per­cent lower than we saw on a Samsung Galaxy Book S us­ing a Snap­dragon 8xc pro­ces­sor, which makes sense when you con­sider the 8xc is in­tended to be the mo­bile ar­chi­tec­ture equiv­a­lent of a 10th-gen In­tel Core i5.

It’s hard to imag­ine a use case for this de­vice with­out the need for the Sur­face Go Sig­na­ture Type Cover, so you’ll have to plan for that ex­tra $199.95 out­lay, but the typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is good and the track­pad is silky and gen­er­ously sized.

The 26.8Wh bat­tery lasts five hours and five min­utes in PCMark 8 Home bat­tery and around eight hours in 1080p me­dia play­back.

A pow­er­ful, af­ford­able and light­weight com­put­ing de­vice that’s per­fect for stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als that only need light doc­u­ment pro­cess­ing and web brows­ing.

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