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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

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
  • Beautiful 3:2 aspect ratio display
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Good battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

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.

Rundown

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Attractive design
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Surface Connect port
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

gizmodo[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 1536 by 1024 display
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and trackpad
Cons[**]
  • Not the fastest laptop on the market

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 12.4-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, well-built chassis
  • Beautiful 3:2 aspect ratio display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, attractive design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Bright, vivid display
Cons[**]
  • Subpar performance
  • Keyboard isn't backlit

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek metal chassis
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent battery life
  • Good performance for its size and weight
Cons[**]
  • Dim display with poor color space coverage
  • Key feedback could be firmer
  • Thick bezels

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish, lightweight design
  • Decent battery life
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
Cons[**]
  • Screen is a bit grainy
  • Only one USB Type-C port

pcworld[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Below-average 1080p display

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the Surface Laptop 3

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Slim bezels
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Short battery life
  • Display could be brighter

tomshardware[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard isn't upgradeable

references

  1. 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Goldilocks and the three SKUs. Arstechnica. 07 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Is Trying. Gizmodo. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: A sensible compromise. Digitaltrends. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review: Split personality. Expertreviews. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Laptopmag. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: An Overpriced Netbook. Notebookcheck. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review. Pcmag. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Surface Laptop Go review: Microsoft delivers a decent budget PC. Pcworld. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Techadvisor. 21 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review. Tomsguide. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: Economy of Scale. Tomshardware. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. *. 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.
  13. **. 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.
  14. ***. 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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