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Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: an updated and interesting 2-in-1 tablet


  • Microsoft Surface Go 2 specifications
  • Design and appearance
  • Display and multimedia
  • Removable keyboard
  • Performance and system
  • Autonomy Microsoft Surface Go 2
  • Total
  • Should I buy?
  • Second generation Microsoft Surface Go 2positioned as a multifunctional 2-in-1 device, capable of simultaneously playing the role of a portable tablet and a full-fledged laptop. However, there are several nuances here.

    First, the Type Cover keyboard, whichturns the device into a laptop, is not included in the kit and will cost you about 10 thousand rubles. Second, Windows 10's S-mode isn't nearly as well suited for touchscreens as it is on Android or iPadOS. In addition, the components in Surface Go 2 are not the most powerful, and the performance for a full version of Windows is not enough, so neither OS version is optimal.

    At least there are competitive 2-in-1 solutions on the market with a more powerful processor and larger display. Will the Surface Go 2 compete with the 2020 iPad?

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    Microsoft Surface Go 2 specifications


    10.5-inch PixelSense, 1920 × 1080 resolution


    Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y / Intel Core M3


    Intel UHD Graphics 615


    4/6/8 GB

    Inner memory

    64/128 GB (eMMC / SSD)

    operating system

    Windows 10 in S mode


    8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera with Windows Hello


    Front stereo speakers

    Ports and connectors

    1 × USB-C, Audio Combo Jack, Surface Connect, Surface Type Cover, Micro SSDXC Card Reader.

    Communication and connection

    Intel Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth


    Battery life up to 10 hours

    Size and weight

    245 x 175 x 8.3 mm, 544 grams


    40,000 RUB ($ 570)

    Design and appearance

    Microsoft Surface Go 2 is incredibly lightweightthe device weighs only 544 grams, making it convenient to carry with you. A stand case on the back allows you to place your device on the table and watch Netflix or YouTube while having breakfast.

    The second model has the usual high forSurface quality materials - the case is made of metal, it seems reliable. The stand is also of high quality, so you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping the tablet on the table.

    Power and volume keyslocated on the top side. Pressing requires quite strong, so you cannot accidentally turn off the device. The headphone jack, Surface Connect and USB-C port are on the right, and the Micro SDXC card slot is under the kickstand.

    Display and multimedia

    One of the main advantages of Surface Go 2relative to its predecessor - the display, the diagonal of which has increased from 10 to 10.5 inches. Yes, half an inch hardly makes a huge difference, but the bezels around the panel are smaller, which gives us a more immersive effect.

    The resolution has also changed - from 1800 × 1200 itincreased to 1920 × 1280 pixels, which is great news for everyone who loves to watch videos and movies. The maximum brightness is high, although it may not be enough for a very sunny day. Since this is an IPS matrix, the color reproduction is excellent, they are clear and colorful. The Go 2's display is fine.

    Speakers deliver surprisingly loud and clearsound, making it easy to use the device to listen to music while doing home tasks. There is also an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front camera for online video calls. Two microphones are perfect for talking or recording voice. The sound picture is detailed and clear without any distortion.

    Removable keyboard

    If you have seen any commercials withMicrosoft Surface Go 2, they probably had a Type Cover keyboard case. However, you will have to buy it separately, the accessory costs at least 10 thousand rubles - and if you take the Blue, Red or Platinum version, it will cost 11-12 thousand.

    Yes, Type Cover looks good, high quality, andEasily connects to Surface Go 2 - magnetically attaches to the underside. However, it is not so convenient to type on it. The key travel is quite long - at least for this type of keyboard, although there is no click feedback like on a good laptop.

    Also, the keys seem small andthe layout is tight, which leads to frequent typos. The accessory is not very stable - with each press it starts to wobble from side to side - uncomfortable. Although, of course, this is better than entering text through the touch screen. Type Cover will be a useful addition when you need to quickly jot down a note or make a request to a search engine, but it is not very good for typing large texts and reports.

    However, at least we get a great trackpad - it is soft and pleasant to press, responds surprisingly quickly.

    Performance and system

    Microsoft says Surface Go 2 is up 64%more powerful than its predecessor, thanks to the new 8th Gen Intel Core M3 processor. However, to get the variant with the fastest chipset, you will have to pay more.

    Yes, you can buy the entry-level model withprocessor Intel Pentium Gold 422Y, which is much cheaper, but it will be noticeable in operation. Of course, the Core M3 is also not powerful enough to rival today's ultrabooks. However, Microsoft is positioning the Go 2 primarily as a tablet, so its main competitor is more likely an iPad than any Dell XPS 13.

    From this point of view, Surface performanceGo 2 looks perfectly fine, especially in S mode in Windows 10. It is enabled on the device by default and even with a weak processor provides decent performance. However, it also has disadvantages.

    S-mode is only compatible with applicationsapproved by Microsoft - that is, while you don't have any problems with Spotify, YouTube or Instagram, many third-party programs from the Internet are prohibited from installing. Moreover, Microsoft does not allow us to install competing software like Google Chrome, so we have to use Explorer to surf the web.

    Fortunately, full Windows can be installed.10, which already allows Surface Go 2 to be used like a regular laptop without any restrictions. True, this OS assembly is not optimized for tablets, so navigating the interface will be inconvenient, and performance will plummet. Even switching between two tabs on the browser will take place with a delay, which is unacceptable for constant use.

    Perhaps the Intel Core M3 will cope with the fullWindows 10 is better, but the fact remains. The entry-level model can only perform well in S-mode, so you have to put up with a limited number of applications. The interface in this mode is also not the most convenient, the same Android OS or iPadOS for touch navigation is much better adapted.

    In terms of connectivity, the Surface Go 2 has twooption. First: Wi-Fi, although there is no support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard. Second: LTE, but it is only available on assembly with Core M3, and for this money you can already buy an excellent ultrabook.

    Autonomy Microsoft Surface Go 2

    Yes, even if the Surface Go 2 is not the highestperformance, but the battery is definitely okay here. With a display brightness of 50%, the tablet will work for more than 9 hours in active mode. That's roughly the same results as the iPad 7, Microsoft's main 2-in-1 competitor.

    However, builds with more powerful processors are not as durable, so you will also have to choose either high speed or battery life.


    Microsoft's Surface Go 2 tablet aims to bea device that performs all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, although in both cases and to the fullest, it fails to do so. Windows 10 operating system in S-mode is nowhere near as convenient as Android or iPadOS, so navigation here is not the best for a tablet.

    If you install a full-fledged Windows 10, the devicestarts to slow down a lot, especially with an entry-level processor. Even basic tasks become almost impossible to accomplish. Of course, you can spend money and buy a model with a more powerful chipset, but the price in this case will be closer to modern ultrabooks, and it is not clear why we need Go 2.

    Nevertheless, this device has advantages. It looks good, and as a tablet it will suit anyone who prefers an OS from Microsoft over Apple.

    Should I buy?

    For watching TV shows, surfing the web, and using social media, the Surface Go 2 is quite good. It is practically unsuitable for work tasks and writing large texts.

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    Peacock Pandora Peacocks' middle name is Pandora.Not because it is dangerous, like a mythological box, but because of a passion for learning the new and the unknown. There is no topic that she could not reveal, even if it brings disappointment. Why is she at TehnObzor? Here is the answer ... "I have been interested not only in technology and gadgets since childhood, but also in how they change people, their way of life or interpersonal relationships." Improved tablet 2-in-1 Design and ergonomics 97/100 Display and multimedia 95/100 Keyboard and input devices 92/100 Connectors and ports 90/100 Performance 87/100 Connectivity and connections 94/100 Battery life 94/100 Total 92.7 Surface The Go 2 strives to be a device that fulfills all the functions of a tablet and a laptop, although it fails to fully do so. Advantages and disadvantages Improved design Thinner screen bezels Bright and colorful display Good battery life Excellent microphones and webcams Poor touch interface Poor performance of the base model Windows 10 S mode has many limitations Type Cover is expensive and does not replace the keyboard 100%