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Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review Rundown

MicrosoftPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Slim bezels and better performance than the original Surface
  • Long battery life
  • USB-C port, headphone jack, and MicroSD card slot
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons**
  • 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

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a fantastic little Windows tablet for entertainment and light workloads. The range offers a very affordable entry point into Microsoft's Surface line-up. However, the costs quickly add up once you add the keyboard cover and Office software. By the time you've added an accessory or two to your purchase, the tablet could cost close to $1,000 at the high-end.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Good value for money
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what you get

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is nearly 50% faster than its predecessor in benchmarks. Apps load more quickly, multitasking is smoother, and hitting the performance ceiling is much more difficult. This is the version most people will likely purchase, and that's a problem. It has less headroom for multitasking, especially if you intend to hook up an external monitor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Great keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • Mediocre battery life

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 runs on the purest version of Windows. It's a great option if you want a Windows 10 tablet for basic tasks and consuming content. If you can stretch the budget, the Surface Pro 7 gets you 10th Gen Intel CPUs, a larger display and a more comfortable keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Fantastic IR camera
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Middling performance
  • Lack of third-party apps

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The display has grown from 10 to 10.5 inches and the resolution is also a bit higher. 1920 x 1280 pixels (3:2 aspect ratio) create a very sharp picture on the small screen. The processor is sufficient for simple tasks right now, but there is not much headroom for the upcoming years.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS screen
  • Good battery life
  • Decent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre graphics performance
  • No SD card reader

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is an eminently satisfying tablet. It's not as powerful as a comparably priced conventional laptop, but it's far more versatile. In several key areas, it also has a leg up on its chief competitor, the Apple iPad. While it may not be unequivocally better than the iPad, it trounces midrange tablets.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a cooling fan
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

t3[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows designed to run faster than normal. It is not a particularly powerful device, and downloads take longer than you're used to. The basic version starts at £399 and comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y dual-core processor. Pay out £529 and you can double the RAM to 8GB and storage to 128GB.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent audio quality
Cons[**]
  • Limited connectivity
  • Not particularly powerful

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
At £399 it's by far the cheapest Surface PC, but at this price performance is severely compromised. As such I'd recommend stepping up to a Core M3 model, although you'll pay at least £619 for the privilege. Microsoft doesn't quote a specific battery capacity for the Surface Go 2, although it advertises ‘up to 10 hours of typical device usage'
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim and light
  • Strong performance
  • Decent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Windows 10 in S mode

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
As a tablet, the aspect ratio feels quite normal, though in laptop mode you'll likely notice the difference. Windows 10 S Mode is more useful than it used to be – as there's a better selection of apps available on the Microsoft Store. There are still noticeable absences from the store, however, which means you may want to switch from S Mode to full Windows 10. With 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, Windows 10 and its built-in apps ran fine.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Windows 10 S Mode is more useful

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
There are two versions of the Surface Go 2: the base model and the upgraded spec model that I am reviewing. The base model comes with a pokey Pentium Gold processor, even pokier eMMC storage (64GB of it), and a mere 4GB of RAM. If you know the limits, you will have a good experience with the Go 2 — but only for five or, at most, six hours.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Slim bezels
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 finally realizes the promise of the original Surface Go. Its bigger screen, smaller bezels and longer battery life add up to a 2-in-1 that can handle a lot. If you want the real Windows 10 experience, you'll want to turn off S Mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels
  • Long battery life
  • Dolby Audio Premium
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

tomshardware[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface lineup has among the cleanest start menus that you'll see on a Windows 10 device. The Go 2 has smaller bezels, longer battery life and an option with LTE Advanced support at launch. As far as build quality and the display go, this is the most premium budget machine around.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Good performance
Cons[**]
  • No keyboard
  • No LTE support

wired[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The Surface Go 2 is capable of some tablet-like behavior, but leans toward the laptop end of the spectrum. The Type Cover will set you back $129 and, if you plan to do anything more than browsing the web and watching movies, it is a must-have. Windows in S-mode attempts to impose some restrictions you'll see in app stores on other platforms to Windows.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in USB Type Cover
Cons[**]
  • Type Cover is a little small

References

1. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: Small but mighty. androidauthority. 2021-07-18 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: The awkward teenager. digitaltrends. 2020-05-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. laptopmag. 2020-05-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: Compact Convertible gets a bigger screen. notebookcheck. 2020-12-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review. pcmag. 2020-05-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. techadvisor. 2020-06-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. techradar. 2020-06-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: don’t push it. theverge. 2020-05-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 review. tomsguide. 2021-02-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: One Small Step. tomshardware. 2020-05-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Review: Microsoft Surface Go 2. wired. 2020-06-18 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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