Microsoft's new Surface Go offers true portable Windows 10 paired with exceptionally impressive performance
With more and more transiting from desktop computers towards tablets, manufacturers the world over are scrambling to create a viable offering that gives both the portability of a tablet and the power of the PC laptop.
Microsoft’s Surface Go - the follow-up to the Surface 3 - cleverly adapts to that need by offering the combination of both.
As designers of the first 2-in-1 device of its kind, the US computer giant has led the way in these products, and this updated version is no different.
The device comes with a 10-inch display and magnetic ‘type cover’ keyboard that folds up neatly to fit in the palm of your hand. At 521 grams, it’s similar in weight to Apple iPad’s 469 grams.
It’s hard to escape comparing it to the iPad. Surface Go as a tablet is quite similar in looks, with the black bezel (edges of the screen) and silver-back. Hopefully Microsoft’s next version will follow the mobile trends and make the screen bigger and better.
Moving from tablet mode to laptop is relatively simple – switches over seamlessly when you attach the magnetic type cover. The kickstand at the rear of the device works really well - easy to adjust to get at the right height for whatever environment you’re in, including an airplane tray in economy. Having tested on board a recent flight, the laptop mode works really well, with no drop in typing speed on a keyboard that’s quite tight, but fine once you adjust.
The only minor criticism is that it doesn’t work so well if you try to use the kickstand to type on your lap, as journalists tend to do when at events.
The accompanying mouse and charger are the only other add-ons to worry about when it comes to carrying it around, but the trackpad and decent battery life make it fully portable for work or travel. The added cable for USB charging means there’s always options when it comes to keeping the battery topped up.
Microsoft’s official guide says the Surface Go is capable of delivering up to nine hours of battery life in one charge, and on daily use it came fairly close to that. Depending on use, it’s capable of delivering up to seven hours.
When it comes to connections, the Surface Pro is limited to a single USB-C 3.1 port and a headphone jack. If you need the extra ports that you find on a laptop, the Surface Dock is available to buy, which includes USB, HDMI and Ethernet connections.
If you’re looking for a laptop on-the-go that offers enough speed to operate emails, word docs and browse the internet, the Surface Go is an impressive option and affordable too, from AED1,699 in the UAE.