Microsoft Surface Go 2: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● May 13, 2020
  • Are you thinking of buying a Microsoft Surface Go 2? Here are some of the Microsoft Surface Go 2 pros and cons for you to consider before buying one

Microsoft recently announced the Microsoft Go 2 — which is a success to the first-generation Microsoft Go released in late 2018. The Microsoft Go series of devices are known for working well as secondary devices and can be considered convertibles as a laptop or tablet. And it has a low starting price of $399 (more on that below).

Here is a video demo of the Surface Go 2:

Pro: Low Price Of $399

As mentioned earlier, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is priced at $399. However, the $399 model does not include a keyboard.

Pro: Solid Design

The Surface Go 2 has a premium shiny design featuring a silver aluminum chassis. The physical buttons include a volume rocker and a power button on the edge of the device.

Pro: Increase In Screen Size

Microsoft upgraded the size from 10 inches on the Surface Go to 10.5 inches on the Surface Go 2. While an 0.5-inch difference does not seem like a lot, it could make all the difference if you are using it for productivity purposes for hours at a time.

The bezels have been made thinner to accommodate the larger screen. Thinner bezels are welcomed on every device in my opinion.

Pro: Kickstand On The Rear

The Surface Go 2 still has the signature kickstand on the rear. So you do not have to get a keyboard case to have the device stand up. And the kickstand rotates 165 degrees. This can come in handy while you are watching videos.

Pro: New Signature Type Cover Colors

The Signature Type Cover is now available in several new colors. The new colors include Platinum, Poppy Red, and Ice Blue. I’m a fan of the Alcantara fabric, which feels gentle on your palms while typing.

Pro: 10 Hour Battery Life

The Surface Go 2 has longer battery life. Microsoft pointed out that the Surface Go 2 lasts 10 hours on a charge based on a mixture of active use and modern standby.

Pro: High-Quality Cameras/Windows Hello

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 has a high-quality 5-megapixel front-facing camera. And on the back is an 8-megapixel rear camera.

Plus the Microsoft Surface Go 2 comes with the Windows Hello facial recognition system for logging into Windows 10.

Pro: Dual Studio Mics

For those of you who use the Surface Go 2 for video conferences or voice recording, you will likely be pleased to hear that it comes with dual studio mics.

Con: Base Version Lacks Bells And Whistles

If you want to buy a keyboard separately, then it will cost you between $99 and $129. And if you are using the Surface Go 2 for productivity purposes, then you would most likely want to have a keyboard.

And the base level Microsoft Go uses the Intel Pentium 4425Y rather than an eight-generation Intel Core processor.

The Surface Go 2 models that have the Intel Core M3 start at $630. The bump in price also increases the RAM from 4GB to 8GB and the storage from 64GB to 128GB.

Now LTE is an option also. The LTE model is priced at $730.

Con: Only One USB-C Port

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 has a USB-C port, a microSD slot, a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer laptops and tablets are moving more towards USB-C ports so it would have been better if Microsoft had more USB-C ports rather than retaining the Surface Connect port.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Microsoft Surface Go 2 has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4 out of 5. The score would have been higher if there were more notable upgrades in the Surface Go 2. The upgrades are basically a few minor hardware bumps rather than anything groundbreaking. 

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