Surface Laptop Go – test

We check out the latest model in the Microsoft Surface family. Is the Surface Laptop Go a piece of hardware that works well for work and study?

Microsoft’s line of laptops is an evanescence on the market – these are devices meant to prove that Windows laptops can look as good as Apple-branded laptops. The latest model in the Surface family, the Laptop Go, is supposed to be a fusion of the best features of the Surface Go family (review of the latest Go 2) with Surface Laptop. What is the result of such a combination?

Appearance and performance

It should be made clear right from the start – Laptop Go looks really great. The case and performance of the entire computer stands at a high level. Microsoft decided to fuse aluminum (lid and frame surrounding the keyboard) with polycarbonate material (bottom). The applied solution looks very elegant, additionally guaranteeing a very reasonable weight (1.11 kg).

The overall dimensions of the computer are 1.57 cm (height) by 27.8 cm (width) by 20.6 cm (depth). The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio – an unusual approach for laptops, but the end result is very interesting. Why go. The Surface Laptop Go is simply compact, yet comfortable to use. It will easily fit on a desk next to a second computer and monitor. The island keyboard is well shaped, typing on it is a pleasure. Just like using the touchpad. Unfortunately, the keys are not backlit.

Microsoft’s computer has – just like MacBooks – few ports. On the left side we find one USB 3.0 port, one USB-C port and a headphone port. The remaining connector on the right is the multifunctional Surface Connect. So you can’t do without adapters and/or a travel hub if you want more ports and VGA out.

The laptop’s cover can be opened and closed with one hand – the computer doesn’t even move. When closed, the device looks very stylish, with Microsoft’s minimalist logo on the case.

Like the MacBook, the Surface has a few impracticalities, but it makes up for them in looks and performance culture.

Specifications and work culture

The aforementioned 3:2 aspect ratio screen is 12.45 inches and has a resolution of 1536 by 1024 pixels (148 ppi). The screen is touchscreen and the screen matrix type is glossy. We didn’t make a mistake in the specifications – it’s not a full HD screen. Is that a problem? It depends. Certainly, after turning it on for the first time, a skilled eye will notice the differences, but you can quickly get used to it. The lower resolution has a positive effect on battery life, and the different aspect ratio of the screen is some explanation for this and not another standard. It’s up to the user to decide if they really need Full HD.

The image quality offered by the screen is good, the colors are natural and the viewing angle is quite good. In conclusion, a solid screen, although on the market of course we can find better proposals, but not in such proportions and at such a size of the computer.

The model we tested had the specification of Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB LPDDR4x and 256GB SSD. You can still find a model with 128GB RAM on the market – still a good deal. The Go laptop has Intel UHD Graphics, Wi-Fi with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax and Bluetooth 5.1.

What does this configuration offer? During our testing, we worked on the Laptop Go, used the Internet, watched videos, and made video calls. It’s not a computer for gaming or video editing – although both activities are not alien to it. It is, above all, a device to study and work – and it fulfills these tasks flawlessly, if only we know what we need.

Speaking of video calling, it’s worth mentioning the built-in 720p HD camera and studio microphones – the Laptop Go will really come in handy for the next “calls” that are now an integral part of our work lives. Video calls with family and friends are also a natural environment for the Laptop Go.

During our tests, we did not have any problems with the system or the operation of the computer. The computer uses the Windows 10S version, but we can (irrevocably) switch to the standard Windows 10 version at any time.

Battery and working time

In the package with the computer we will find a charger, thanks to which after about 50 minutes of charging the battery will be about 60 percent charged – for laptops in this segment, this is a successful achievement. Microsoft says about 13 hours of work without charging, but the real result with real use, in our opinion, is about 8 hours. Very decent.

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