Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review Rundown
Microsoft | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft's budget laptop. Available from just $550, the 12.4-inch laptop from Microsoft looks to take on the best Chromebooks, and even some of the best budget Windows laptops. With some streamlined component configurations, the new Surface L laptop will appeal to sensible buyers who need a sensible workhorse for light computing tasks.
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 Arstechnica have found the following[***]:
The Surface Laptop Go is the latest model in Microsoft's line of Windows PCs. There are three configurations available, with a big divide between the entry-level model and the two higher-priced options. Like other Surface laptops, this panel has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which makes it physically taller than typical 16:9 notebook displays. There's no way to sign in to the Surface L laptop through Windows Hello facial recognition.
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is a very good laptop. It handled hours of work in Google Docs and marathon sessions of Baldur's Gate 3. But the performance is not the fastest you can get in a laptop at this price. This isn't the laptop I'm going to recommend to friends who want to get a lot of work done.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The new $550 Surface Laptop Go might look like a smaller version of the 13-inch Surface L laptop, but as soon as I lifted it out of the box, it felt very different. The top lid and keyboard shine bright with a familiar aluminum finish, but the rest of the laptop doesn't. Under the hood, though, the laptop packs a lot of value and power with its quad-core 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
With temptingly low prices and a design not too far off the premium Surface Laptop 3, the Go is a laptop that sets the standards by which all future mid-range ultraportables are set to be judged. Microsoft has taken the manufacturing expertise it has developed over the years from building its Surface series of devices and introduced it to a lower price point. It has an excellent 12.4in 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense touchscreen (the same size and shape as the display on the Surface Pro 7) and a slim, well-built body that wouldn't be out of place in a laptop priced at £1,000 more.
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Microsoft breaks from the premium-only strategy employed by Apple to bring consumers a more affordable option. The Surface Laptop Go is, without question, among the best-looking laptops in this price range. The keyboard is not backlit, but when you consider our $900 config, it should be a given.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's Surface Laptop design translates well to the new 12.4-inch form factor. The metal chassis feels just as good here as it does on the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models. This is probably the most luxurious and high quality laptop you can get for under $600 USD.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The $549.99 Surface Laptop Go will appeal to price-sensitive buyers. It's a classic clamshell model like the Surface Laptops, but smaller and cheaper. The only potential downside is its relatively low native resolution of 1,536 by 1,024 pixels.
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
At $899, the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop Go bobs up to the very top of the “budget” category. The $699 Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD (which we haven't tested) appears to offer the most value. Microsoft is offering overlapping configurations of the Surface L laptop for consumers, education, and business.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Surface Laptop Go is a traditional clamshell device pitched as an affordable alternative to the flagship Surface L laptop. Microsoft has managed to fit a full-size keyboard into a device that's under 11 inches wide. It's not quite as good as the Surface Book 3, but you have to consider that this device costs less than half the price in many cases. Battery life is around average among the laptops I tested, although it's highly unlikely you'll be staying on one task for the whole day.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is made for a wide audience with modest needs. It's got such a nice feel that I don't feel irked it's not an all-aluminum chassis. The 12.4-inch touchscreen display provided snappy reaction times to my taps and swipes.
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
At just 2.5 pounds, the Surface Laptop Go is plenty portable. Unlike the lid, the keyboard deck is also made of aluminum, but the bottom of the laptop is made of plastic. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1, no matter which configuration you choose.
- 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Goldilocks and the three SKUs. Arstechnica. 07 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Is Trying. Gizmodo. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: A sensible compromise. Digitaltrends. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Split personality. Expertreviews. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Laptopmag. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: An Overpriced Netbook. Notebookcheck. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review. Pcmag. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 8. ^ Surface Laptop Go review: Microsoft delivers a decent budget PC. Pcworld. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Techadvisor. 21 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Tomsguide. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 11. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: Economy of Scale. Tomshardware. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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