Last month, we learned that Microsoft is preparing a “popular” Surface laptop with a 12.5-inch screen. The official announcement was not long in coming. The novelty is called the Surface Laptop Go and is the entry ticket to Microsoft’s mobile world. In the US, the Surface Laptop Go starts at $ 549. That is, the novelty is clearly aiming at competitors for Chromebooks. But, by analogy with the $ 399 Surface Go 2 tablet, in the case of the Surface Laptop Go, you had to pay for the low price with features.
In terms of design, body materials, and build quality, the Surface Laptop Go matches premium Surface laptops. The novelty stands out for its more compact dimensions, as the name suggests, and more modest characteristics, as already mentioned above.
The Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch display, while the Surface Laptop 3 uses a 13.5-inch display. The resolution is the same – 1536 × 1024 pixels. On the one hand, this is more than the standard 720p HD format thanks to the 3: 2 ratio. On the other hand, the Surface Go 2’s 10.5-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels.
The Surface Laptop Go weighs just 1.11 kg, making it the lightest in the Surface range. Moreover, the new product is lighter than the Apple MacBook Air, as well as most Chromebooks and Windows models in this price segment. Despite its compact size, Surface Laptop Go has a full-size keyboard with 1.3mm key travel and a large Windows Precision trackpad.
It is based on a fairly productive Intel Core 10th generation – Core i5-1035G1 (4 cores / 8 threads, 1.0 / 3.6 GHz). Yes, many manufacturers are already installing the latest 11th generation Core (Tiger Lake) with might and main, but in the same basic Surface Go, the “atomic” Intel Pentium Gold is generally used.
The base Surface Laptop Go comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. And this is perhaps the most disappointing thing about the Surface Laptop Go. For example, an Acer Aspire 3 on the same processor with a 15-inch 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD costs $ 549. The Surface Laptop Go with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD costs $ 699, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD configuration is $ 899.
The set of ports on the Surface Laptop Go is also quite modest: there is one USB-C and USB-A, 3.5 mm each, and the proprietary Surface Connect for charging and connecting accessories. The laptop is equipped with a 720p webcam, but does not support Windows Hello biometric face authentication. There is a fingerprint scanner built into the power button, but only in more expensive versions.
The rest can be noted support for Wi-Fi 6 and support for fast charging (80% per hour). There are three colors to choose from: blue, platinum and yellow. Pre-orders have already started and sales will begin on October 13th.
At the same time, Microsoft has expanded its Surface line of accessories with new products. New arrivals include the $ 69.99 Designer Compact Keyboard, the $ 24.99 Microsoft Number Pad, and the $ 69.99 4K Wireless Display Adapter for streaming video from Windows devices to larger displays.
Source: The Verge