Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: specs and price

Microsoft Surface Go 2
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Microsoft Surface Go 2

Why is Microsoft Surface Go 2 better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    1920 x 1280pxvs2MP
  • RAM
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    8GBvs2.2GB
  • Pixel density
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    220ppivs213.29ppi
  • Screen size
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    10.5"vs9.28"
  • Internal storage
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    128GBvs51.47GB
  • Thickness
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    8.3mmvs9.15mm
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    8MPvs6.01MP
  • Megapixels (front camera)
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    5MPvs2.58MP

Price comparison

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Buy used:

$679.00

ProductStorePrice
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonNEW Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch...NEW Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
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$409.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD Full HD(19...Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD Full HD(1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
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$299.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold...Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB) (Renewed)
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$488.97
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go LTE KFY-00001-10 In...Microsoft Surface Go LTE KFY-00001-10 Inch - Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
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$838.88
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Amazon(Renewed) Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4...(Renewed) Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional
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$485.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Amazon(Renewed) Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pe...(Renewed) Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 4GB RAM, 64GB)
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$317.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go 10’’ 2 in 1 Touchsc...Microsoft Surface Go 10’’ 2 in 1 Touchscreen 1800x1200 PixelSense Display Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Facial Recognition Windows Ink, 4GB ram, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 S Mode (Renewed)
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$409.91
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, ...Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) Bundle with Black Type Cover and Surface Pro Pen
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$799.00
Microsoft Surface Go 2 aliexpressultra slim backlit Keyboard for Microsof...ultra slim backlit Keyboard for Microsoft surface Pro 6 2018 Pro 5 2017 Bluetooth Keyboard for Surface go 2 Pro 3 Pro 4 keypad
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$32.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 walmartMicrosoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Intel Penti...Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Intel Pentium Gold 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Platinum + Surface Pen Charcoal + Microsoft 365 Personal 1 Year Subscription For 1 User
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$599.00

Design

1.weight

553g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

8.3mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.Stylus included
Microsoft Surface Go 2
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
4.height

175mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.width

245mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

Display

1.resolution

1920 x 1280px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.pixel density

220ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.screen size

10.5"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has an IPS screen
Microsoft Surface Go 2
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
6.LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixels
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The device has an LCD display with 3 subpixels per pixel, resulting in sharp and crisp images. Pixels in some displays (like AMOLED) share one subpixel to preserve space. This can result in a less crisp, slightly blurred image.

Performance

1.CPU speed
The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.RAM

8GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.has an external memory slot
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
4.internal storage

128GB

The internal storage, also called read-only memory (ROM), refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.Supports 64-bit
Microsoft Surface Go 2
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
6.semiconductor size
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

8MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

5MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
Microsoft Surface Go 2
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a CMOS sensor
Microsoft Surface Go 2
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
6.has a built-in HDR mode
Microsoft Surface Go 2
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Microsoft Surface Go 2
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.number of microphones

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Microsoft Surface Go 2
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

Battery

1.Battery life

10h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.has a battery level indicator
Microsoft Surface Go 2
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has wireless charging
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
5.has a removable battery
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.has an HDMI output
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Microsoft Surface Go 2
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
3.Supports widgets
Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Windows 10)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
4.has NFC
Microsoft Surface Go 2
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
5.is a multi-user system
Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Windows 10)
A multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
6.The browser has word wrap
Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Windows 10)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.

Miscellaneous

1.warranty period

1

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
2.Has sleep-and-charge USB ports
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Sleep-and-charge USB ports can charge electronic devices when the laptop is in sleep mode, hibernate mode, or even switched off.
3.uses multithreading
Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core m3-7Y30)
Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.
4.RJ45 ports

0

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.
5.mini DisplayPort outputs

0

Allows you to connect to a display using mini-DisplayPort.
6.DisplayPort outputs

0

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

Price comparison

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Buy used:

$679.00

ProductStorePrice
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonNEW Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch...NEW Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
Amazon logo
$409.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD Full HD(19...Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD Full HD(1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
Amazon logo
$299.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold...Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB) (Renewed)
Amazon logo
$488.97
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go LTE KFY-00001-10 In...Microsoft Surface Go LTE KFY-00001-10 Inch - Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
Amazon logo
$838.88
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Amazon(Renewed) Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4...(Renewed) Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional
Amazon logo
$485.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Amazon(Renewed) Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pe...(Renewed) Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 4GB RAM, 64GB)
Amazon logo
$317.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Go 10’’ 2 in 1 Touchsc...Microsoft Surface Go 10’’ 2 in 1 Touchscreen 1800x1200 PixelSense Display Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Facial Recognition Windows Ink, 4GB ram, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 S Mode (Renewed)
Amazon logo
$409.91
Microsoft Surface Go 2 AmazonMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, ...Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) Bundle with Black Type Cover and Surface Pro Pen
Amazon logo
$799.00
Microsoft Surface Go 2 aliexpressultra slim backlit Keyboard for Microsof...ultra slim backlit Keyboard for Microsoft surface Pro 6 2018 Pro 5 2017 Bluetooth Keyboard for Surface go 2 Pro 3 Pro 4 keypad
aliexpress logo
$32.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 walmartMicrosoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Intel Penti...Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Intel Pentium Gold 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Platinum + Surface Pen Charcoal + Microsoft 365 Personal 1 Year Subscription For 1 User
walmart logo
$599.00

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