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Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y
Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y (Surface Go 2 Series)
Processor
Intel Core m3-8100Y 2 x 1.1 - 3.4 GHz, Amber Lake-Y
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
10.5 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1280 pixel 220 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Storage
128GB SSD
Connections
1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, NFC, Sensors: Light sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, USB-C with DisplayPort
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 245 x 175 ( = 0.33 x 9.65 x 6.89 in)
Battery
Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo
Weight
790 g ( = 27.87 oz / 1.74 pounds), Power Supply: 154 g ( = 5.43 oz / 0.34 pounds)
Price
800 Euro

 

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Average Score: 78.78% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 14 reviews)

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Go 2, m3-8100Y

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

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

Comment

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.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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


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.


10.5":

This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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


0.79 kg:

This weight is typical for small tablets.


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).


78.78%: 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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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2020-06- 7)