Microsoft Sur­face Go: This af­ford­able lit­tle Win­dows 10 S tablet is a PC when you need it

Don’t be turned off by Win­dows 10 S and the Pen­tium chip in­side it. We were pleas­antly sur­prised by how well the Sur­face Go works, save for the key­board.

PCWorld (USA) - - Reviews & Ratings - BY MARK HACHMAN

Microsoft’s 10-inch, $399 Sur­face Go tablet is a de­par­ture from the com­pany’s Sur­face tra­di­tion, which put forth ex­pen­sive, am­bi­tious de­signs to break trail for the rest of the PC in­dus­try. Now, the Sur­face Go’s de­cid­edly main­stream price should ap­peal to busi­ness­peo­ple on the go as well as con­sumers con­sid­er­ing an

Ap­ple ipad or An­droid tablet.

Caveats like its op­er­at­ing sys­tem— Win­dows 10 in S Mode—and its low-end pro­ces­sor may give you pause. And the op­tional but cramped Type Cover some­what

off­sets the Sur­face Go’s convenience. But our Sur­face Go re­view will walk you through the Sur­face Go hard­ware, the Type Cover, and the new Mo­bile Mouse—then tell you how it all works in prac­tice, both as a pure tablet and as a pro­duc­tiv­ity de­vice. Fi­nally, we’ll talk about the Sur­face Go’s per­for­mance, and how it com­pares to PCS and other tablets both un­der Win­dows 10 in S Mode and Win­dows 10 Home.

BA­SIC SPECS

Dis­play: 10-inch (1800x1200) IPS tech­nol­ogy, 217 PPI, 3:2 ra­tio, 10-point touch

Pro­ces­sor: In­tel 1.6GHZ Pen­tium 4415Y ( go.pc­world.com/p445) (Kaby Lake)

Graph­ics: In­tel HD 615 (in­te­grated)

Mem­ory: 4GB/8GB (8GB as tested)

Stor­age: 64GB EMMC/128GB SSD (128GB as tested). A com­mer­cial model with 256GB SSD is planned.

Ports: 1 USB-C, 1 Sur­face Con­nec­tor, mi­crosd, head­phone jack

Wire­less: 802.11 a/b/ g/n/ac Wi-fi, LTE later in 2018

Cam­eras: 5MP front (Win­dows Hello-ca­pa­ble), 8MP rear (with aut­o­fo­cus)

Bat­tery: 27Wh

Op­er­at­ing sys­tem: Win­dows 10 Home in S

Mode (Win­dows 10 Pro for com­mer­cial model)

Di­men­sions: 9.6x6.9x0.33 inches

Weights: 1.14 pounds (tablet), 1.68 pounds (tablet plus key­board), 1.98 pounds (tablet, key­board and charger), as mea­sured

Op­tional Ac­ces­sories: Type Cover key­board: $99 (black) or $129 (bur­gundy, cobalt, plat­inum); Sur­face Mo­bile Mouse: $39; Sur­face Pen: $99

Price: 4GB RAM/64GB stor­age: $399 ( go.pc­world.com/go4g); 8GB RAM/128GB: $549 ( go.pc­world.com/nwsg, via the Microsoft Store). Costco of­fers its own bun­dle ( go.pc­world.com/ccbd) with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a Type Cover for $550.

OUT OF THE BOX

Out of the box, the Sur­face Go feels light and sturdy, if a tiny bit chunky. Microsoft’s hard­ware gu­rus crafted the Sur­face Go out of

What nor­mally would be a USB-A slot on the side of a Sur­face has been re­placed by a USB-C con­nec­tor.

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