Microsoft’s new release, the entry-level Surface Go 2, launched on May 6. The Surface Go 2 is nearly identical to its predecessor. Until you turn it on and see the trimmed-down bezels surrounding its 10.5-inch screen. It’s amazing what a little tweak can do. There’s no other tablet PC this size that does this much. Assuming you want a 10.5-inch tablet PC that supports inking, has excellent audio, a fully-articulating kickstand, microSD expansion, optional LTE, Windows Hello, all in a package that weighs just 1.2lbs. The Microsoft Surface Go 2 is an incredible machine, ideal for students, professionals, business use, and journalists.
With the Core m3 processor, the new release Surface Go 2 feels like a real PC. With nearly double the performance and no loss on battery life, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is even more capable than before. Toss in thinner bezels and a rich set of features, and there’s still nothing else like Surface Go 2. The Surface Go 2 is a 2-in-1 tablet PC that can be described as a mini-Surface Pro. Everything about this new release from Microsoft is premium, including its fully articulating kickstand.
The Surface Go 2 has two processor options. There’s the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y from Buydig.com, a small bump from the previous Pentium Gold 4415Y in the original Surface Go. It’s 100Hz faster and uses UHD Graphics 615 (instead of HD Graphics 615). The Pentium Gold 4425Y is found in the $399 and $549 models of Surface Go 2. However, the Intel Core m3-8100Y is a different story. While this processor is a few years old, it offers a substantive jump in performance with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and of course price. Microsoft is also launching the Surface Go 2 with optional 4G LTE, which includes both a physical nano-SIM and electronic SIM capability. The Surface Go 2 with LTE is only in the top-of-the-line model with 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and Core m3 for $729 from Buydig.com.
One notable change that applies to all Surface Go 2 editions is the larger display. Microsoft thinned the gargantuan bezels from Surface Go, and the result not only looks better, but the display’s size has grown from 10-inch (1800 x 1200) to 10.5-inch (1920×1280). The pixels-per-inch also modestly increased from 216 PPI to 220 PPI.
The Surface keyboard now comes right up to the bottom of the display. Inking has not changed between Surface Go and Surface Go 2. Both the regular Surface Pen and the new Surface Slim Pen work with the same 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt support, and Bluetooth.
Microsoft is emphasizing the cameras on the Surface Go 2 for a good reason. While nothing has changed between the previous generation and this one, the Surface Go 2’s 5MP front-facing camera is the same one found in the Surface Book 3. It’s likely the best front-facing built-in web camera on any laptop. That front-facing camera is also Windows Hello compatible, letting you log in to Windows 10 with just your face. It’s fast, reliable, and another premium feature that you won’t find in any laptop for this price. Due to workers and students needing to work from home, Surface Go 2 is an ideal teleconferencing companion with the new, dual “Studio” microphones that deliver excellent audio fidelity. The speakers are first-rate as well. They’re stereo, front-facing and nearly invisible.
There’s no other tablet PC this size that does this much. Surface Go 2 is fun, agile, and now a capable PC that benefits anyone who needs a tiny “real” computer.