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Microsoft Surface Go

from  $399+

    Microsoft Surface Go

    from  $399+
    from  $399+
    Surface Go Review: Not quite Microsoft’s iPad killer

    Surface Go Review: Not quite Microsoft’s iPad killer

    Posted   08.04.18
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    82 Engadget Score
    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
    82

    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

    Engadget Review

    The Surface Go is the first Surface that can actually take on the iPad. It's impressively thin and light, while also being a fully-fledged Windows PC. Unfortunately, its slow hardware means you can't stress it too much, and Windows still needs more compelling tablet apps.

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    Pros
    • Incredibly thin and light
    • Gorgeous display
    • Runs Windows apps
    • Great keyboard case
    Cons
    • Keyboard and other accessories cost extra
    • Pentium Gold CPU is slow
    • Not many great Windows tablet apps
    82 Engadget Score
    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
    82

    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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    Score Breakdown

     
    80
    Average Critic Score
     
    80
    CNET
    The new Microsoft Surface Go is the perfect size for casual coffee-shop computing, but getting the full experience quickly drives up the price.
     
    90
    TechRadar
    The Surface Go is a gorgeous machine that brings you an excellent Windows 10 experience in a 10-inch tablet.
     
    80
    TechCrunch
    For Windows devotees looking for something smaller and portable with nice fashion sense, the Go is worth a look. It’s also worth having a look around at the competition. A better deal shouldn’t be too tough to find.
     
    70
    PC Mag
    The well-built Surface Go is the least expensive route into Microsoft's superb Surface tablet line, and the most portable option. Just know that frequent travelers will like it best, and the core processing power is on the light side.
     
    70
    Laptop Magazine
    The Surface Go is very close to an ideal budget tablet and mini laptop in one device, but short battery life holds it back.
     
    60
    CNBC
    You should only buy the Surface Go if you need a Windows 10 computer but think the Surface Pro is too big and expensive. I imagine most people don't fit that profile though. If you need a tablet, go with the iPad. If you need a cheap computer, a Chromebook or cheaper Windows 10 laptop would suit you a lot better.
     
    90
    The Next Web
    The Surface Go justifies its price; there’s simply no other device like it. It’s tiny, feels premium, and – true to the original Surface promise – makes for both a great tablet and laptop. As with any computer, your specific needs will dictate whether it’s a good fit, but its been a long time since I’ve enjoyed reviewing a PC this much. It’s my favorite Surface – and it might just end up being yours too.
     
    100
    Windows Central
    The Surface Go is arguably the most fun Surface created yet. It's adorably small, the performance is excellent, battery life respectable and it's a great inking experience. It's just enjoyable to use. While the tablet experience in Windows 10 is not as good as Windows 8, as a mini-PC this is about as good as you can get and that's pretty darn good.
     
    70
    Wired
    I like using Surface Go a lot. I would have killed for a computer like this when I was in college. I'm so envious of today's students! And I can't stress this enough: Its reduced footprint makes it an ideal size for tossing in a backpack or messenger bag. No, it might not be the best computer for the money, but what it lacks in speeds and feeds it makes up for with pure charm.
     
    90
    Yahoo
    The Surface Go can run a full desktop version of Windows 10 and offers the kind of fit and finish you’d expect from a Surface device. But the Surface Go isn’t perfect. Its keyboard is a bit too cramped for my liking, and if you want to do anything that requires serious performance, you’re out of luck.

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