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Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review Rundown

MicrosoftPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Go 2 Tablet
Neoscore* 73%
  • Slim bezels and better performance than the original Surface
  • Long battery life
  • USB-C port, headphone jack, and MicroSD card slot
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Type Cover feels cramped
  • Keyboard feels cramped

Summary

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 offers better computing performance, a larger display, and longer battery life than the original. At its best, with an 8th-gen Intel Core m3 under the hood, it is comparable to the Surface Pro 3 from 2014.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is the latest in a long line of Microsoft's attempts to make a small Surface device. Like the original, the Go 2 includes a USB-C port, a Surface Connect dock, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. The Go 2's portability is what differentiates itself from the Surface Pro and allows it to compete with the iPad.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and thin bezels
  • Long-lasting Surface Pen
Cons[**]
  • Windows 10 in S Mode is a bit clunky

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Microsoft expanded the Surface Go 2's display to 10.5 inches, up from 10 inches. With the kickstand extended, the tablet can be propped up or converted into a laptop. The keyboard is 9.4 inches across from key to key compared with 10.8 inches on the Surface Pro 7's keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Premium and portable design
  • Slim bezels
  • Strong performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard feels cramped
  • Type Cover keyboard feels cramped

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Microsoft updated its compact convertible and now uses a slightly faster processor as well as a bigger screen in the familiar chassis. We review the convertible in combination with the keyboard, which is a protective cover at the same time. Microsoft did not change the chassis of the Surface Go 2, but the device looks more modern thanks to the larger screen and slimmer bezels.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast IPS screen
  • Long battery life
  • USB-C with DisplayPort Alt mode
  • Good keyboard option
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of warranty
  • Only 12 months of warranty

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is a worthy competitor to both conventional laptops and the Apple iPad. It has a slightly larger display than the first-generation Surface Go but nearly identical overall dimensions. To use it as replacement for a laptop, you'll need to splurge on an expansion dock.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • More versatile than an iPad
  • Long battery life than the original Surface Go
  • Compatible with a variety of accessories and peripherals
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB-C port

pcworld[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
Microsoft will sell the Surface Go 2 in both consumer and commercial editions. While the $400 price of the entry-level model is tempting, resist. The minimum configuration should be the $550 (8GB RAM/128GB SSD) model. The Surface devices offer the best integrated, user-facing cameras I've ever used.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 4K display
  • Slim bezels
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Somewhat expensive

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is among the smallest devices capable of running a full version of Windows 10. With the official Type Cover and wireless mouse, it does a good job of simulating a laptop experience. Despite a few modifications to make it suited to touch input, Windows 10 is without doubt a desktop operating system at its core. Paired with a touchscreen and the Surface Pen, the Go 2 offers lots of flexibility when it comes to input methods.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent performance for the price
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is Microsoft's new affordable Windows 10 tablet. At $399/£399/AU$547, the entry-level model is aimed at people who liked the look of the Surface Pro 7, but couldn't afford (or justify) its high asking price. You can get configurations with a bit more powerful spec (such as 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage), which certainly helps, but no Surface Go2 configuration is ever going to break any records when it comes to performance. Once you start upping the specifications, the Surface Go two starts to become more expensive – and thus less competitive.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as its predecessor

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is easy to fall in love with but hard to live with. The small tablet has updates in it that go a long way toward addressing the problems with the original Surface Go. The screen is bigger, and there's an option for a faster processor, both of which make this a better computer.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard has a bit too much flex
  • Only 8GB of RAM

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is an impressive low-cost machine for those working on the go. Its 10.5-inch PixelSense display is a notable upgrade from the Surface Go's 1800 x 1200 10-inch panel. The tablet is equipped with the Intel Core m3-8100Y and 8GB of RAM that's rated for 64% higher CPU performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, colorful 10.5-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre webcam

tomshardware[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is Microsoft's second attempt at a 2-in-1 tablet. The hinge is sturdy and feels reliable, but this design is better on a desk than on your lap. The 10.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 resolution display uses Microsoft's proprietary PixelSense technology.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, light design
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in stylus
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the original Surface Go

references

  1. 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: The awkward teenager. Digitaltrends. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Laptopmag. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: Compact Convertible gets a bigger screen. Notebookcheck. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review. Pcmag. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU. Pcworld. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Techadvisor. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Techradar. 08 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: don’t push it. Theverge. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Tomsguide. 03 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: One Small Step. Tomshardware. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  12. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  13. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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