Anyone that follows my Twitter knows that I love my Surface Pro 3. It doesn’t check all the boxes for me, but it checks enough of them. It’s small, light and has an amazing screen. The only gripe I have with it is the kickstand/keyboard. It’s a little flimsy for my tastes, but that’s part of what makes it so portable. With the introduction of a sub $350 iPad, Microsoft had to do something to take advantage of that market. Enter the Surface Go.
The Quick and Dirty on the Surface Go
Microsoft is marketing this as the thinnest and lightest Surface device yet, and they’re not lying. The Surface Go is 8.3mm thick/thin and weighs 1.15lbs. For reference, the feather-light MacBook weighs in at 2.03lbs and that iPad I mentioned earlier? 1.03 or 1.05lbs. I know technically the Surface is a tablet, but it is running Windows S so it is technically a full-fledged OS as opposed to iOS which, while robust, just isn’t a full OS. The rest of the specs are just as impressive though.
- 10″ 1800 x 1200 Display
- Pentium® Gold Processor 4415Y
- TPM 2.0 – This is important if you want to use BitLocker to encrypt your hard drive
1 x USB-C
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
microSDXC card reader
- 1080p 5.0MP front-facing camera
- 1080p 8.0MP rear-facing camera
- Intel® HD Graphics 615
The only thing I don’t like is the Processor. I understand why they did what they did, I would have just liked to have seen a Core i3 at least. Although I know that would have jacked up the price.
Overall, I think this device should do well. It hits a market that I would think likes the design of the Surface but can’t see themselves spending quite that much money on a tablet/laptop hybrid. I would really like to see exactly what this little guy can handle. Part of what makes the iPad such an attractive option is their App Store. While the Microsoft app store is leaps and bounds better than what it was, it’s still just not very good.
I love my Surface Pro and I want to like the Surface Go. The main question I have is will it be able to keep up with what I would throw at it? Or, will it end up being not much more than a media consumption device? If it’s the former, this could be an absolutely amazing device. If it’s the latter? There are definitely cheaper options.
Would you purchase a Surface Go (Pre-order here)? Or would you save some change and get a new iPad? Or possibly save even more and grab a Chromebook? Let us know in the comments!