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Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability

Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability (Source: iFixit)
Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability (Source: iFixit)
Microsoft has been avoiding giving away the battery capacity of the new Surface Go and now we can see why. The small 26 Wh battery of the Surface Go has us wary about battery life as this is almost half the capacity of last year's Surface Pro.

The Surface family of Windows tablets is notorious for being difficult to service with questionable quality control in some cases. The latest 10-inch Surface Go does nothing to buck the trend and it even cuts some corners in order to reach the lucrative $399 starting price point.

According to a teardown by iFixit, the Surface Go carries a very small 26.12 Wh internal battery compared to the 45 Wh and 33 Wh batteries of the Surface Pro 5 and 2018 Apple iPad, respectively. Thus, it's unlikely that the Surface Go can actually last for the full 9 hours of runtime that Microsoft is claiming on its product page. Unless, of course, you plan to idle on desktop at the lowest brightness setting possible.

Aside from the battery, the source has noted that the Surface Go continues the brazen use of adhesives instead of screws not unlike its older siblings. The result is yet another Surface tablet that is user-unfriendly for servicing or repairs, which is something HP has been capitalizing on for its Elite x2 series of competing Windows tablets. A final "Repairability Score" of just 1 out of 10 was awarded to the Surface Go. In other words, be prepared to replace the entire tablet if even a single module or part becomes faulty.

(Source: iFixit)
(Source: iFixit)

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08- 5 (Update: 2018-08- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.