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Review of the Microsoft Surface Go tablet, a good portable option

Surface go It is a product of Microsoft's wisdom in the field of convertible tablets. A device that, despite its name, is perhapsthe first ?real? tablet of the company, where the others were PC with separate keyboard. It seems a subtle difference, but It is not at all.

Design and features

Surface go

Surface Go is a surface for all purposesWe said it right away and we repeated it. The quality of the construction was not sacrificed in any way.Surface go It's a solid block, with a great quality supportRigid enough, flexible until it almost touches the flat angle; verstil.

Being a surface also means inheriting the defects that this family carries with it. In fact, ports are scarce. Alonea USB-C(without Thunderbolt), which can at least be used to recharge or even as an audio output, although there is also aconnector on one side

Then we have the inevitableSurface connect used for the power supply, which never like in this tablet had to be replaced by another Type-C (with relative power supply). Finally, as always hidden under the stand, we found a slot micro SD.

In itself, this is not the working tablet that we imagine to connect who knows how many other devices. At the same time, Its highly portable nature makes it ideal for interacting with different devices, and having a single useful port in practice is small.

At a certain point, in short, you get used to it, and the frames on such a small device also serve not to sacrifice useful screen space when you have to hold it with both hands.

Keyboard and touchpad

Surface go

The keyboards / covers of a surface have become over time a reference point For this type of accessories. Even in this small model, he sees Microsoft's domain, but there are certain limits that remain.size of all in fact, the keyboard is small and there is nothing Microsoft can do to fix it.

Whoever has big hands and heavy writing is hardly comfortable. The keyboard is also as stiff as it can be, but certainly It is not the same as a traditional laptopAgain, the small size plays its role.

To the touch, the keyboard is really nice and the keys, despite their size, also offer an unexpected response.The backlight is also very well done, and in general there are few critics to do. Better than that, it was very difficult to do, very bad that the "physical limits" play their inevitable role.

The same can be said about the touchpad.Good at everything, but small; and it is clear that it maximizes the available space.

Hardware

Surface go

The hardware of this Surface go It's a bit like what you'll find in amini PCTherefore, it is clear that we are talking about a low-end device, but be careful not to mark it too negatively just for this. There are 3 different SKUs, of which we have tried the following.

  • screen: 10 ? PixelSense 1,800 x 1,200 3: 2 217 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
  • RAM: 8 GB (1,800 MHz)
  • Internal memory: 128 GB SSD
  • Webcam: 1080p 30fps
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports: 1x USB-C (without Thunderbolt), audio connector, microSD, connection surface
  • Weight: 524 grams (tablet) + 244 (keyboard)
  • Operating system: Windows 10 S

The other two available configurations include the addition of the optionLTE(not recommendedif you want a minimum autonomy), or change to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC (not recommendedbecause this type of memory is too slow than the alternative SSD, in addition to the fact that 64 GB of storage are few).

Also note the1080p webcam, which is often not even found in laptops with a cost of thousands of euros. Among other things, we emphasize the presence ofWindows Hello for facial recognition and, consequently, unlock the tablet.

Test measures

MSI PS63 Surface Pro 2017 Minix N42c-4
3DMark 303 (Time Spy) 280 (Time Spy) 127 (Time Spy)
PC Mark 10 1436 2080 1004
Single core GeekBench 2125 4000 1560
Multi-core GeekBench 4150 7840 4500
GeekBench GPU 16,500 20,480 11,400
Reading the glass disk 1,050 MB / s 1,635 MB / s 300 MB / s
Crystal disk writing 128 MB / s 875 MB / s 85 MB / s

It is not easy to find something comparable with Surface go. We have added theSurface Pro 2017, just to compare it with something from the same company. The latter is equipped with a CPU Inteli5-7300U, With 8 GB of RAM.

Leaving aside the value of 3D Mark, which counts very little because neither is even remotely a gamer machine, the different reference points show a certain distance, although the 2017 model we took was certainly not one of the best.