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Microsoft Surface Go 2 Series

Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTEProcessor: Intel Core m3 m3-8100Y, Intel Kaby Lake Pentium 4425Y
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 615
Display: 10.50 inch
Weight: 0.544kg, 0.553kg, 0.79kg
Price: 500, 800 euro
Average Score: 75.32% - good
Average of 34 scores (from 53 reviews)
price: 57%, performance: 68%, features: 79%, display: 83%
mobility: 80%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: - %

 

Microsoft Surface Go 2 Pentium Gold 4425Y

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Go 2 Pentium Gold 4425YNotebook: Microsoft Surface Go 2 Pentium Gold 4425Y
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Pentium 4425Y
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 615
Display: 10.50 inch, 16:10, 1920 x 1280 pixels
Weight: 0.544kg
Price: 500 euro
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Average Score: 73.67% - average

Average of 21 scores (from 34 reviews)

 

Surface Go 2 Review
Source: Recombu English
Surface Go 2 might be the best-looking small tablet you can buy but it comes with several compromises. If you love the design, you’ll likely make do with the shortcomings but if you chose this device for more practical use then be cautious with the model you choose.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/25/2020
Microsoft Surface Go 2 review : Nailing the convergence
Source: On MSFT English
While Microsoft continues to iterate on its Surface Laptop with varying screen sizes, the Surface Book, Surface Pro, Surface Pro X and now Surface Duo, looking to nail the coveted convergent mobile productivity device, I think they may have stumbled across it already with the Surface Go 2. Perhaps, tossing in an upgrade M3 or AMD’s latest in next year’s model might make it the powerhouse replacement that could be the best of both portability and mobility for the average consumer.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/22/2020
80% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Windows laptops still have the potential to feel clunky, but this is a great buy if you want the familiarity of fully fledged Microsoft Office software. And despite the weak processor, the Surface Go 2 is surprisingly good way to play older games.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/17/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
Source: Tech Advisor English
The new Surface Go is a compelling second-generation device, but question marks remain over its long-term suitability for productivity, particularly on the baseline Intel Pentium Gold model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Surface Go 2 Review: Great mini computer in a tiny niche
Source: Mobile Syrup English
That said, the Surface Go 2 isn’t bad -- it’s just not for me. My concern is that it also doesn’t work for others. The Go 2’s biggest argument is that it runs full Windows, but at this power level I think the benefits of that claim are few. The people who actually need to run full-fledged Windows 10 likely need something more than what the Go 2 offers. And the people who don’t will find lower-cost alternatives powered by Chrome OS, or even Apple’s $429 iPad, more than sufficient.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/03/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%
55% Surface Go 2 review: Limited Appeal
Source: PC World Australia English
The Surface Go 2 addresses one of the original’s biggest issues, an upgrade but that minimalist approach to iteration only draws attention to the ways in which Microsoft's MicroPC has failed to evolve with the times. Where Apple has invested in making the pitch to treat their tablets as real PCs more compelling than ever, the Surface Go 2 settles for a tired refrain. Like the original, the Surface Go 2 is a decent enough first computer but it's not one you'll want to stick with for too long.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 55%
55% Surface Go 2 review: Limited Appeal
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Surface Go 2 addresses one of the original’s biggest issues, an upgrade but that minimalist approach to iteration only draws attention to the ways in which Microsoft's MicroPC has failed to evolve with the times. Where Apple has invested in making the pitch to treat their tablets as real PCs more compelling than ever, the Surface Go 2 settles for a tired refrain. Like the original, the Surface Go 2 is a decent enough first computer but it's not one you'll want to stick with for too long.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 55%
70% Surface Go 2 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Go 2 looks to be a promising device, with clear potential of being one of the best non-Apple tablets on the market. Pair it up with the Type Cover, and it can even offer some of the benefits of a budget ultrabook. But with very minor improvements since the original, it's probably only worth considering for Surface Go newcomers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 finally realizes the promise of the original Surface Go. Its bigger screen, smaller bezels and longer battery life (with an optional performance boost from the Core m3 CPU) add up to a sub-$800 2-in-1 that can handle a lot. Power users may think twice when looking at how it stacks up against the Pro 7 and the iPad Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Lisa Gade reviews the MS Surface Go 2, a 10.5” Windows tablet that’s in many ways a smaller Surface Pro. The Go 2 has a .5” larger display and updated CPU options from the previous version. This small fanless tablet is about the same size as an iPad Pro 11”, and it weighs 1.2 lb. / 544g. Pricing starts at $399 but the $100-$130 Type Cover keyboard and $100 Surface Pen aren’t included. The Windows 10 tablet starts out in S mode but you can switch it to Windows 10 Home mode easily and for free. The base model has a 1.7 GHz Pentium Gold 4425Y and the high end model has a Core m3 and optional 4G LTE. The Pixel Sense IPS display has a 3:2 aspect ratio with touch and N-Trig pen support. The Surface Go 2 has a Surface Connect port compatible with the Surface Dock and Surface Dock 2, a USB-C Gen. 1 port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot under the kickstand.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2020
Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Our rating reflects how we feel about the Microsoft Surface Go 2: polite applause, with reservations. We can’t ignore a relatively low-cost Surface that’s optimized for videoconferencing as well as everyday web and office work. Keep in mind, though, that for $170 more than our review unit, you can buy a 8GB RAM/128GB SSD version of the Surface Pro 7, with a bigger screen and keyboard and a more powerful processor, though without LTE.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2020

Foreign Reviews

Microsoft Surface Go 2 Wieder hängen geblieben
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/09/2020
87% Microsoft Surface Go 2 mehr Display für das preisgünstige Windows-Tablet
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 91% features: 86% display: 85% mobility: 88%
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Das beste Windows-Tablet mit 10 Zoll
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2020
90% Das perfekte OneNote Tablet
Source: Tablet Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/15/2020
Rating: Total score: 90%
Microsofts Nicht-iPad
Source: Spiegel Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2020
Erste Eindrücke zum neuen Tablet von Microsoft
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/22/2020
100% Surface Go 2, la mejor experiencia en un tablet con Windows
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
Microsoft Surface Go 2 64 GB. Pros y contras (425 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice display; high autonomy; video output. Negative: Only 64GB ROM; high accessories price; weak processor; poor connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/23/2020
Microsoft Surface Go 2 64 GB. Pros y contras (425 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Stylish design; nice display; high autonomy; nice video output. Negative: Weak hardware; high accessories price; weak connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/09/2020
75% Microsoft Surface Go 2 Recensione: Tablet O Notebook?
Source: Everyeye.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%
79% Recensione Microsoft Surface Go 2
Source: Smart World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 50% features: 70% display: 85% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 75%
70% Surface Go 2: chi troppo vuole, nulla stringe
Source: Saggiamente Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/21/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Surface Go 2: display più grande, ma il prezzo rimane alto | Recensione
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Big screen; excellent cameras; great built quality. Negative: High price; not included accessories.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2020
Microsoft Surface Go 2: ricetta vincente non si cambia
Source: Quotidiano Hardware Upgrade Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; nice performance.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2020
70% Microsoft Surface Go 2 – Leuke tablet-pc, weinig vernieuwing
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
75% Review: Microsoft Surface Go 2, hybride tablet voor onderweg
Source: Techzine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Test de la Microsoft Surface Go 2 : une entrée de gamme de plus en plus séduisante
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
77% [Recenzja] Microsoft Surface Go 2 – kiedy nie trzeba być „naj”
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
74% Recenze Microsoft Surface Go 2: víc než jen obyčejný tablet
Source: Smartmania.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 48% features: 81% mobility: 71% workmanship: 92%
Surface Go 2 ra mắt: Giá từ 399 USD, màn hình 10.5 inch, cấu hình nâng cấp
Source: Genk VN→EN
Positive: Good price; big screen; powerful hardware; nice display; high autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/07/2020
67% Microsoft Surface Go 2 [TEST]: En overfladisk Windows-oplevelse
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/07/2020
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 67%
50% Microsoft Surface Go 2 + Surface Go Type Cover
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 50%
68% Microsofts Surface Go 2 fyller en nisch, men för vem är den nischen?
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2020
Rating: Total score: 68%

 

Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y

Microsoft has recently launched a plethora of new devices in their Surface line-up, including the Surface Go 2, the Surface Book 3, the Surface Headphones 2 and the Surface Earbuds. The 10.5-inch Surface Go 2 is Microsoft’s second iteration of a Windows 10 detachable computer. With a sleek magnesium design, the device definitely gives the regular feel that one would expect from the premium Surface line. It has been equipped with a USB Type-C port, a MicroSD reader, a headphone jack, a Surface Type Cover port and a Surface Connect port for accessories. There is also an option of adding up to 1 TB of storage instantly through a MicroSD.

The top of the device has been equipped with the power button and audio level control buttons. Apart from that, the Surface Go 2 has a built-in kickstand to prop up the device, as well as an optional Type Cover Alcantara keyboard that easily connects to the device. The model is obviously slimmer with a larger display compared to the last generation. In a nutshell, the design of the device definitely gives a premium feel while remaining sleek for great portability.

As far as the display is concerned, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 has a 1920 x 1280 resolution, which equates to 220 PPI with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There is definitely an improvement from the last-gen Surface Go, which came with a 1800x1200 resolution and a PPI of 217. However, the display of the Surface Go 2 is lagging a little behind its competitors such as the Apple iPad and iPad Air with a 264 PPI display. Still, the display on this device is crisp, responsive and bright. The overall brightness hits 408 nits. The panel is great for viewing videos and images as well.

In terms of performance, the Surface Go 2 has been equipped with the Intel M3-81007 CPU along with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There are also other versions of the Surface Go 2 for lower prices with an Intel Premium Gold 4425Y CPU and either 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for users to choose from.

As for its battery, this model has a battery life that offers 10 hours of video playback time, which is definitely better than the 9 hours offered by the original Surface Go. This device offers a lot for several hours of video streaming and to keep one’s work going on throughout the day with ease. In this time of work and school taking place at home, the Surface Go 2’s dual Studio microphones and 5-megapixel front and rear facing cameras are real added values for consumers. Overall, it is a great device to explore compared to the previous generation of the Surface Go.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100YNotebook: Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y
Processor: Intel Core m3 m3-8100Y
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 615
Display: 10.50 inch, 16:10, 1920 x 1280 pixels
Weight: 0.79kg
Price: 800 euro
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Average Score: 77.83% - good

Average of 12 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

100% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: Same size, bigger ambition
Source: It Pro English
Even if it’s no powerhouse, the Surface Go 2 sets a new standard for cheap Windows 2-in-1s. By tweaking and improving the already-accomplished Surface Go, without unduly jacking up the price, it’s even more successful at replicating the qualities of recent Surface Pro devices - even outdoing the current-gen Surface Pro 7 on battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
Source: Slashgear English
All that said, my perennial frustration with the Surface Go 2 arrived entirely because I’d start to mistake it for an everyday notebook. Then, though, you run into the constraints of its processor and the shortcomings of its keyboard. The knowledge of just how much you’d have to pay for that experience was never far behind.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/25/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Surface Go 2 Honest Review - Why I almost threw it out..
Source: Max Tech English
Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is a great budget tablet with a few really impressive features and specs for a low price of $400. However, there are a couple of huge issues that stop us from recommending it to our viewers.. I explain why in this review.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/24/2020
80% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
Source: Laptop Mag English
With long battery life, thin bezels and decent performance, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor, but don’t expect a miracle from this $399 tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: Don’T Push It
Source: The Verge English
When Microsoft first announced the Surface Go back in 2018, it talked a lot about how transformative it could be to have a full Windows experience on such a small, portable device. As an avowed lover of tiny computers, I buy into that claim more than most. But even I have to ask myself if the trade-offs are worth it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% Microsoft Surface Go 2
Source: PC Mag English
The markedly improved Microsoft Surface Go 2 offers better computing performance, a larger display, and longer battery life than the original, making it a solid work-from-home (and idle-time) companion among Windows tablets.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/12/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU
Source: PC World English
The Surface Go 2 debuts at an uncertain time. When everyone is sheltering in place, an ultramobile tablet for travelers isn’t especially valuable. On the other hand, students attending classes online could use a relatively low-cost Surface that’s optimized for videoconferencing as well as everyday web and office work.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: The awkward teenager
Source: Digital Trends English
The Surface Go 2 is a device I want to love. In many ways, it’s the 2-in-1 I’ve always wanted. If it ran the right software, had a more comfortable keyboard and thinner bezels, and delivered better battery life, I might consider trading in both a tablet and a laptop to live the single device life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/11/2020
79% Surface Go 2 review: Microsoft's tiny PC is only a tiny bit better
Source: Engadget English
The Surface Go 2 offers some slight improvements over the original: A larger screen and a faster CPU option. But the $400 model isn’t much different, and all of the upgrades and accessories add up quickly.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2020
Rating: Total score: 79%
Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: Microsoft's tiny PC grows up… sort of
Source: Engadget English
The Core M3 CPU is nice, but the $400 model disappoints.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2020
Surface Go from Microsoft comes back for round 2, starting at $399`
Source: CNet English
Plus, if we get lucky and our long stay in quarantine-land starts to come to an end, the first thing people will want to do is take their PCs and go work in the park, in coffee shops, on planes and anywhere but at home. The new Surface Go 2 looks like a potentially good way to do that, which I will confirm once I get a chance to fully test the hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/06/2020

Foreign Reviews

83% Microsoft Surface Go 2, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 83%
67% Microsoft Surface Go 2
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2020
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 60%
75% Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: o companheiro ideal!
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/20/2020
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 50% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Microsoft Surface Go 2: ricetta vincente non si cambia
Source: Quotidiano Hardware Upgrade Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; nice performance.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2020
80% [Test] Microsoft Surface Go 2 : une valeur sûre à petit prix
Source: Journal du Geek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/11/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Đánh Giá Microsoft Surface Go 2: Nhìn Là Yêu Ngay Nhưng Sống Cùng Thì...
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2020
Rating: Total score: 75%
Surface Go 2
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Positive: Elegant design; great built quality; nice display; support both dual SIM and microSD card reader; USB-C. Negative: Average performance; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/15/2020

 

Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTE

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTENotebook: Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTE
Processor: Intel Core m3 m3-8100Y
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 615
Display: 10.50 inch, 3:2, 1920 x 1280 pixels
Weight: 0.553kg
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Average Score: 80% - good

Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

Foreign Reviews

80% Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTE
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Comment

Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

Intel UHD Graphics 615: Integrated graphics card in some Amber Lake Y-series processors (5 Watt TDP) with 24 EUs (GT2) and no dedicated graphics memory. Clocks with up to 1000 MHz depending on the CPU Model.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Kaby Lake:

Pentium 4425Y: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for tablets and fanless notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.7 GHz (fixed, no Turbo Boost) with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter and is manufactured in a 14 nm process.

Intel Core m3:

m3-8100Y: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for tablets and fanless notebooks based on the Amber Lake architecture which is basically a Kaby Lake chip produced in the  improved 14nm+ process (no 14nm++) with higher clock speeds and 5 Watt TDP. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.1-3.4 GHz with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.544 kg:

This is pretty heavy for a smartphone. Usually, small tablets weigh as much.

0.79 kg:

This weight is typical for small tablets.


75.32%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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