First Look: Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is available now.

I am excited to have my hands on the new Surface Go 2. It’s the mid-level version: Intel Pentium 4425Y processor; 8GB of RAM; and a 128GB SSD. It sells for $549.99. It’s important to note that the Surface Go 2 starts at $399.99, but that’s just for a Surface Go with the absolute minimal.

I wanted to test the Surface Go 2 that has an Intel Core M3 processor. However, I’ll have to wait for now. In the mean time, here are some of my observations about the mid-level Surface Go 2.

The Surface Go 2 has an improved screen.

  • The bezels have been trimmed down to allow for a 10.5-inch screen rather than a 10-inch one. While they are still larger than the average 2020 tablet or laptop, they look great and allow your fingers to hold the device in tablet mode without accidentally touching the screen.
  • The bezels are smaller than they are on the Surface Pro 7.
  • It was easy to get out of Windows 10 (S mode) and load the regular version of Windows 10.
  • The updated Pentium processor makes things speed up a little more, but the laptop is still slow.
  • I was able to run Photoshop and even use the “Liquify” filter. It took a little bit of time, but it worked.
  • The 10.5-inch 1980 x 1220 pixel resolution screen (220 PPI) is improved from the previous version. There is a bigger contrast ratio and the colors come to life more.
  • The screen is very good but still not as good as the Retina screen on the iPad Pro.
  • The reviews that criticized the speakers are incorrect. While there isn’t much bass in the sound, the speakers still sound wide and distant, even though they’re less than a foot away from each other. For a device this size, they are fine.
  • The miniature Type Cover is still a little too cramped but not so much that it’s a deal breaker.
  • Inking with the Surface Pen has greatly improved on the Surface Go 2. It doesn’t feel as natural as it does on the Surface Pro 7, but you can draw and write without worrying about extensive pen jitter.
  • The battery life is good but not great.
I’ll do a full review after using the Surface Go 2 more extensively. For now, it makes a great secondary device. For most, the Surface Go 2 cannot be your main computer. And that’s fine; it wasn’t designed to be. 

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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