Microsoft Surface Go: Portable, not powerful

By Daniel Howley Yahoo!Tech |August 08,2018 - 10:06 PM

MICROSOFT’S Surface line of products has been a continuous bright spot for the company ever since it transitioned from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

The Surface 3 and Surface Pro were fantastic tablet-laptop hybrids, and the Surface Laptop is a sleek notebook. Meanwhile, the Surface Book is an impressive powerhouse of a PC.

But Microsoft’s offerings weren’t inexpensive. Until now, that is. Meet the Surface Go, a $399, 10-inch version of the Surface tablet that’s meant to be your, well, on-the-go machine.

Commuting to work? Taking a flight? Heading to class? This is the hybrid Microsoft believes can take on Apple’s iPad Pro and Google’s various Chromebooks.

And it does so admirably. The Surface Go can run a full desktop version of Windows 10 and offers the kind of fit and finish you’d expect from a Surface device.

But the Surface Go isn’t perfect. Its keyboard is a bit too cramped for my liking, and if you want to do anything that requires serious performance, you’re out of luck.

Microsoft’s Surface Go is a pint-sized computer for working on the, well, go. But don’t expect it to replace your full-size PC.

The mini Surface

Microsoft’s Surface division makes some of the best products ever to sport the company’s logo.

The brand’s trademark austere design, Alcantara soft-touch keyboards and, of course, the built-in kickstand for its 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrids, make for some attractive and useful devices. And all of that is present in the Surface Go.

There are a handful of notable differences. The edges of the Go are just a touch more rounded than those found on the Surface Pro.

There’s also, mercifully, a USB C port. The Surface Pro still comes with a full-size USB port, which, at this point, is blasphemous. Especially, when you’re buying a device that starts at $799.

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