Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review Rundown
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: The awkward teenager. Digitaltrends. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Laptopmag. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: Compact Convertible gets a bigger screen. Notebookcheck. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review. Pcmag. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU. Pcworld. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Techadvisor. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Techradar. 08 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 8. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: don’t push it. Theverge. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. Tomsguide. 03 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: One Small Step. Tomshardware. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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