Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability
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.
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