The second iteration of the entry-level tablet/laptop, Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a super Windows 10 device
Microsoft Surface Go 2 has a thin and light build, which makes it ultra-portable, along with a premium-looking design.
It’s technically more capable than an iPad — as it can run full desktop programs as well as apps — and it’s certainly more versatile than a standard laptop.
But Windows Store carries only a limited range of touchscreen-optimised apps compared to Apple’s App Store.
But it does come with a handy built-in kickstand that is hugely beneficial.
It’s also got a 5MP full HD webcam that’s superior to what you get on many laptops.
And its facial recognition software means you get one of the best Microsoft features, Windows Hello, which wakes a Surface device instantly.
One area in which the entry level iPad is far superior is the screen.
Surface Go has a bezel-free 10.5in display which is 1920×1080 resolution and has a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch.
It’s decent but its lacking a little in sharpness or definition.
Performance is as you might expect for a device at this price point. For carrying out basic everyday computing tasks on the go, it’s a perfectly competent machine.
And battery life is excellent. You will get up to 12 hours from a single charge, depending obviously on what programs and apps you are running.
Connectivity options are minimal but sufficient. You get a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microSD card reader along with Microsoft’s Surface connect port for the proprietary charger.
My review model came with a magnetically-attached Type Cover keyboard accessory that has an Alcantara soft-touch fabric that makes typing a more comfortable.
Bear in mind the most affordable entry level model is low on storage. This would not impact me as I have a Microsoft 365 account which comes with 1TB of online storage.
But you might need to assess your needs and choose a more expensive model with more storage, which bumps the price up by almost €200.
The Surface Go 2 was never going to blow me away in terms of speed or power, but if you need a lightweight portable machine, perhaps as a second device, it really is a super computer for basic everyday tasks.
How much does Microsoft Surface Go 2 cost?
Surface Go 2 costs from €469 (for 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y dual-core processor) or €639 for 8GB/128GB) Type Cover costs €126.90.
What are the key specs of Microsoft Surface Go 2?
Dimensions: 245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm
Processor: 1.7GHz Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y (dual-core, 2MB Cache)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615 (integrated)
RAM: 4GB/ 8GB
Screen: 10.5in PixelSense, 1,920 x 1,280 resolution
Storage: 64GB/128GB SSD
Ports: USB-C, combi audio jack, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port, microSSDXC card reader
Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth
Front Camera: 5MP 1080p Windows Hello
Rear camera: 8MP 1080p