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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 review - Compact companion with old hardware

Still too expensive. Microsoft keeps the compact Surface Laptop Go, equipping the second generation with Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs. While the performance is sufficient for everyday tasks and the case and display are decent, the price is too high and there is no keyboard illumination.

With the Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft offers a compact entry-level device from the world of Surface laptops, and the second generation receives a faster Core i5 processor of the Intel Tiger Lake generation. However, nothing has changed in the basic design of the laptop. The price of the new Surface Laptop Go 2 officially starts from about 600 Euros (~$602) with the Core i5-1135G7, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128-GB SSD, but this model is currently only available from Microsoft directly.

Our test unit is the most expensive model with an MSRP of 869 Euros (~$872), offering 8 GB of RAM and a 256-GB PCIe SSD. At this point, Microsoft has already lowered the prices, and our model is now available for 679 Euros (~$681) from Microsoft directly.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Processor
Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 - 4.2 GHz, 25 W PL2 / Short Burst, 15 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR4x-4266, dual channel, onboard
Display
12.40 inch 3:2, 1536 x 1024 pixel 149 PPI, capacitive, LP125WX112403, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe, 256 GB 
, 198 GB free
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo audio port, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 278 x 206 ( = 0.63 x 10.94 x 8.11 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 39W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.135 kg ( = 40.04 oz / 2.5 pounds), Power Supply: 209 g ( = 7.37 oz / 0.46 pounds)
Price
869 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.3 %
08/2022
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.1 kg16 mm12.40"1536x1024
87.7 %
05/2021
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.2 kg16 mm13.30"1920x1080
91.1 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
86.3 %
04/2022
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
892 g17.8 mm12.50"1920x1080
84.6 %
10/2020
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.1 kg15.69 mm12.40"1536x1024

Case and Equipment

Microsoft kept the case design of the Surface Laptop Go without making any changes. It continues to be a high-quality product that can easily compete with significantly more expensive competitors. There are also no differences to the more expensive Surface models in this regard. The stability of the metal case (aluminum lid and base unit made of both aluminum and plastic) is very good, only the hinge could have turned out slightly stiffer, since it is unable to prevent some wobbling completely. The maximum opening angle is 135 degrees.

The color of our test unit is called Ice Blue and looks good. Alternatively, Platin, Sage, and Sandstone are also available. We like the visual impression of the compact device with its tapered base unit. Only the display bezels (particularly below the display) look a bit wide. But overall, the Surface Laptop Go 2 remains an attractive device. However, it continues to remain a large disadvantage that it is practically impossible (by design) for the end user to perform any maintenance at all.

Size Comparison

304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs287 mm / 11.3 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 892 g1.967 lbs278 mm / 10.9 inch 206 mm / 8.11 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.1 kg2.5 lbs278.18 mm / 11 inch 205.67 mm / 8.1 inch 15.69 mm / 0.618 inch 1.1 kg2.45 lbs

There are also no changes in the connections, and Microsoft continues to use the impractical Surface Connector. On the other hand, this also allows you to use other accessories. You can also charge the Surface Laptop Go 2 via USB-C, and it is also possible to connect an external monitor that way. While you have to live without Thunderbolt or fast standards, you can benefit from the regular USB-A connection in everyday usage. The webcam is still a 720p sensor, whose quality is hardly convincing.

Left: USB-A 3.2 Gen.1, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1 (charging & DisplayPort ALT mode), 3.5-mm stereo
Left: USB-A 3.2 Gen.1, USB-C 3.2 Gen.1 (charging & DisplayPort ALT mode), 3.5-mm stereo
Right: Surface Connect
Right: Surface Connect

In terms of the WLAN module, Microsoft continues to use the AX201 card from Intel. It supports Wi-Fi-6 networks and reaches very high and stable transfer rates in the test with our Asus reference router. We did not encounter any problems with it in our testing period. Bluetooth 5.1 is also supported.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1223 (898min - 1430max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=324)
1161 MBit/s ∼95%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1107 (539min - 1219max) MBit/s ∼91%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (180 - 1602, n=64, last 2 years)
1060 MBit/s ∼87%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
940 (858min - 985max) MBit/s ∼77%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
552 (257min - 620max) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 receive AX12
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1492 (1304min - 1621max) MBit/s ∼100%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1460 (1361min - 1505max) MBit/s ∼98%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1374 (1205min - 1438max) MBit/s ∼92%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=324)
1261 MBit/s ∼85%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (182 - 1690, n=64, last 2 years)
1141 MBit/s ∼76%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
672 (614min - 682max) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1598 (1412min, 1423.6P1 - 1690max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (745 - 1715, n=32)
1322 MBit/s ∼83% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 1745, n=13, last 2 years)
1315 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1588 (1481min, 1488.54P1 - 1635max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (390 - 1734, n=37)
1477 MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (353 - 1749, n=13, last 2 years)
1412 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø1588 (1481-1635)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø1598 (1412-1690)
ColorChecker
8.6 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
9 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5: 7.65 ∆E min: 0.84 - max: 13.71 ∆E

Input Devices - Microsoft does without a keyboard illumination

The keyboard of the Surface Laptop Go 2 delivers a good typing experience, also allowing you to type even longer texts without any problems. As already in the case, there are are no noticeable differences to the more expensive Surface laptops here. However, what you will notice is the lack of a keyboard illumination, which represents a clear negative point considering the original MSRP.

The ClickPad works flawlessly, and in contrast to many other laptops, the clicking sounds are also not too loud. Alternatively, you can also use the capacitive touchscreen for inputs, which also works without any problems.

Input devices
Input devices

Display - Surface Laptop Go with 3:2 IPS touchscreen

The 12.4-inch display with the 3:2 format offers some advantages in productivity, since you have more vertical space to work with. However, those who like to watch movies or series have to live with some larger black bars on top and bottom, compared to 16:9 or 16:10 displays. The resolution of the IPS panel continues to be a relatively low 1,536 x 1,024 pixels (148 DPI), but the subjective image impression is still okay in terms of the image sharpness. Thanks to a brightness sensor, the brightness of the panel can be adjusted automatically.

In our measurements with the professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2), the average brightness is 400 cd/m², which is about 50 cd/m² brighter than the predecessor, even though the same panel is used. On the other hand, the black value and resulting contrast ratio turn out worse, and the new Surface Laptop Go 2 barely misses a contrast of 1000:1. At brightness levels of 50% or lower, we measure PWM flickering at a frequency of 9.7 kHz, but this should not lead to any problems. The response times are inconspicuous, and the viewing angles of the IPS panel are also good.

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
No visible light halos
No visible light halos
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
402
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LP125WX112403
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 409 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 400.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 406 cd/m²
Contrast: 990:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2, calibrated: 1.3
ΔE Greyscale 1.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
65% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
93.8% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
63.6% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.29
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
LP125WX112403, IPS, 1536x1024, 12.40
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Sharp SHP14AE, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Chi Mei N125HCG-GQ1, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.50
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
LG Philips LP125WX112403, IPS, 1536x1024, 12.40
Display
4%
31%
6%
1%
Display P3 Coverage
63.6
66.3
4%
98.6
55%
67.6
6%
64.4
1%
sRGB Coverage
93.8
97.1
4%
100
7%
99.2
6%
94.6
1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
65
67.1
3%
85.9
32%
69.4
7%
65.7
1%
Response Times
-44%
380%
-55%
43%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 ?(20.9, 18.1)
55 ?(25, 30)
-41%
31 ?(14, 17)
21%
60 ?(28.8, 31.2)
-54%
34.8 ?(19.6, 15.2)
11%
Response Time Black / White *
26.9 ?(16, 10.9)
27 ?(10, 17)
-0%
26.1 ?(14.9, 11.2)
3%
41.6 ?(19.6, 22)
-55%
29.2 ?(17.2, 12)
-9%
PWM Frequency
9700 ?(50)
996 ?(20)
-90%
118000 ?(49, 155)
1116%
21930 ?(51)
126%
Screen
-12%
7%
23%
5%
Brightness middle
406
486
20%
417
3%
384.8
-5%
354.3
-13%
Brightness
401
446
11%
395
-1%
361
-10%
353
-12%
Brightness Distribution
95
77
-19%
91
-4%
90
-5%
95
0%
Black Level *
0.41
0.4
2%
0.39
5%
0.18
56%
0.29
29%
Contrast
990
1215
23%
1069
8%
2138
116%
1222
23%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.8
2.54
-41%
1.12
38%
1.54
14%
1.41
22%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.3
4.34
-32%
2.71
18%
2.95
11%
2.96
10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.3
1.04
20%
0.77
41%
0.96
26%
1.44
-11%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.2
2.34
-95%
1.7
-42%
1.2
-0%
1.2
-0%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.28 96%
2207 0%
2.1 105%
2.26 97%
CCT
6662 98%
6864 95%
6870 95%
6419 101%
6600 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
60.2
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
94.4
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -15%
139% / 87%
-9% / 8%
16% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

The color accuracy is already very good in the state of delivery, and the display also has no color tint. With our own calibration (profile available for your free download from the link above), the deviations can even be lowered slightly further, although this isn't really necessary. Unfortunately, the panel doesn't cover even the small sRGB color space completely.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 10.9 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.9 ms rise
↘ 18.1 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 9700 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 9700 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 9700 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19566 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM 60% brightness
PWM 60% brightness
PWM 50% brightness
PWM 50% brightness
PWM 40% brightness
PWM 40% brightness
PWM 30% brightness
PWM 30% brightness
PWM 20% brightness
PWM 20% brightness
PWM 10% brightness
PWM 10% brightness
PWM 0% brightness
PWM 0% brightness

Outdoors, you will always struggle with the reflections from the touchscreen, and you should try to avoid having direct light sources behind you.

In the sun
In the sun

Performance - Intel Tiger Lake Core i5

All models of the Surface Laptop Go 2 are equipped with the Intel Core i5-1135G7. The only differences are in the working memory and SSD capacity. Considering usability in future years, we wouldn't recommend the basic model with only 4 GB of RAM. The working memory is soldered in and cannot be upgraded.

 
 

Test Conditions

Microsoft does not implement any additional performance profiles. For the following benchmarks and measurements, we used the Best Performance Windows mode. However, particularly for simple tasks, you can also keep the Recommended preset without any concerns, since the performance is at a fairly low level overall and the fans will then remain slightly more quiet (but more on this later).

Processor - Core i5-1135G7

The Core i5-1135G7 is a quad-core chip from Intel's old Tiger Lake generation, so it isn't really current anymore. In addition, Microsoft is fairly conservative in terms of the TDP limits, since the chip is allowed to consume a maximum of 25 watts, before it quickly levels out at 15 watts. Correspondingly, the processor performance isn't particularly good either. Although there is an advantage of about 30% compared to the processor, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is still not suited for demanding tasks. But at least, the performance isn't further reduced in battery operation. For additional CPU benchmarks, we refer you to our technology section.

Cinebench R15 Multi Constant Load Test

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5 Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø530 (512.05-672.11)
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø650 (584.31-733.42)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1; Rosetta 2: Ø843 (817.01-1020.12)
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P Intel Core i5-1155G7: Ø835 (713.48-858.35)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5 Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø470 (466.1-527.11)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry -1!
Apple M1
80.1 pt ∼80%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
76.5 pt ∼77%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
73.4 pt ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
 
64.5 pt ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD -2!
Intel Core i5-1135G7
62.3 pt ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
58 pt ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5 -2!
Intel Core i5-1035G1
43.2 pt ∼43%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7409 (6401.39min - 7409.31max) Points ∼100% +88%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (965 - 14917, n=98, last 2 years)
6622 Points ∼89% +68%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
5612 (5453.54min - 5611.63max) Points ∼76% +42%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5447 (4192.8min - 5447.26max) Points ∼74% +38%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (2786 - 6136, n=51)
4706 Points ∼64% +19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3948 Points ∼53%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1496 Points ∼100% +14%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
1419 Points ∼95% +8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (409 - 1796, n=96, last 2 years)
1377 Points ∼92% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1062 - 1373, n=49)
1321 Points ∼88% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1316 Points ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1308 Points ∼87% -1%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 5762, n=99, last 2 years)
2543 Points ∼100% +67%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
2173 Points ∼85% +43%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1863 Points ∼73% +23%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1863 Points ∼73% +23%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=58)
1819 Points ∼72% +20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1519 Points ∼60%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1178 Points ∼46% -22%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
550 Points ∼100% +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (159 - 701, n=100, last 2 years)
521 Points ∼95% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (375 - 527, n=58)
507 Points ∼92% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
506 Points ∼92%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
504 Points ∼92% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
413 Points ∼75% -18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
401 Points ∼73% -21%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Subnotebook
  (223 - 2166, n=106, last 2 years)
1137 Points ∼100% +69%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1020 (817min - 1020max) Points ∼90% +52%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
858 (713.48min - 858.35max) Points ∼75% +28%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 941, n=61)
790 Points ∼69% +18%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
733 (584.31min - 733.42max) Points ∼64% +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
672 (512.05min - 672.11max) Points ∼59%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
527 (466.1min - 527.11max) Points ∼46% -22%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
210 Points ∼100% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
208 Points ∼99% +7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 263, n=96, last 2 years)
202 Points ∼96% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (141.4 - 205, n=57)
194.3 Points ∼93% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
193.7 Points ∼92%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
161 Points ∼77% -17%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
944 Seconds * ∼100% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
840 Seconds * ∼89%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
710 Seconds * ∼75% +15%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=56)
663 Seconds * ∼70% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
630 Seconds * ∼67% +25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (253 - 2583, n=97, last 2 years)
589 Seconds * ∼62% +30%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
540 Seconds * ∼57% +36%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
34614 MIPS ∼100% +90%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5832 - 54374, n=94, last 2 years)
29341 MIPS ∼85% +61%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
24992 MIPS ∼72% +37%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
24447 MIPS ∼71% +34%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=58)
21371 MIPS ∼62% +17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
18197 MIPS ∼53%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
13715 MIPS ∼40% -25%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
5441 MIPS ∼100% +19%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
4949 MIPS ∼91% +8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2145 - 5833, n=94, last 2 years)
4786 MIPS ∼88% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4921, n=58)
4677 MIPS ∼86% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4586 MIPS ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4579 MIPS ∼84% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3932 MIPS ∼72% -14%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7578 Points ∼100% +77%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1024 - 11434, n=91, last 2 years)
6123 Points ∼81% +43%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
5654 Points ∼75% +32%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5233 Points ∼69% +22%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3475 - 5472, n=54)
4666 Points ∼62% +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4274 Points ∼56%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3522 Points ∼46% -18%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1727 Points ∼100% +28%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
1473 Points ∼85% +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1937, n=91, last 2 years)
1422 Points ∼82% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1147 - 1428, n=54)
1374 Points ∼80% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1360 Points ∼79% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1348 Points ∼78%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1144 Points ∼66% -15%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1.02 - 14.8, n=89, last 2 years)
7.88 fps ∼100% +60%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
7.49 fps ∼95% +52%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=53)
5.91 fps ∼75% +20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4.94 fps ∼63%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3.89 fps ∼49% -21%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
64.5 s * ∼100% -12%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
58.8 s * ∼91% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (40.1 - 157, n=93, last 2 years)
58.2 s * ∼90% -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
57.8 s * ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (44.2 - 62.9, n=56)
52.8 s * ∼82% +9%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
52.7 s * ∼82% +9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
12.88 s * ∼20% +78%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.743 sec * ∼100% -14%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
0.732 sec * ∼99% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.653 sec * ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.651 sec * ∼88% -0%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.727, n=55)
0.642 sec * ∼86% +2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.4587 - 1.649, n=93, last 2 years)
0.633 sec * ∼85% +3%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7
0.615 sec * ∼83% +6%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
672 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
86.5 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
193.7 Points
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Performance Rating
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
95.4 pt ∼95%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
90.7 pt ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
 
74.4 pt ∼74%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
64 pt ∼64%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
8007 KRay/s ∼100% +50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 14130, n=86, last 2 years)
7196 KRay/s ∼90% +35%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (4313 - 7952, n=41)
6436 KRay/s ∼80% +20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
5346 KRay/s ∼67%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5668 - 89691, n=86, last 2 years)
36434 Points ∼100% +62%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
32838 Points ∼90% +46%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (19402 - 32283, n=41)
26915 Points ∼74% +20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
22472 Points ∼62%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2183 MB/s ∼100% +50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (355 - 3077, n=86, last 2 years)
1830 MB/s ∼84% +25%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1316 - 2172, n=41)
1829 MB/s ∼84% +25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1460 MB/s ∼67%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Average of class Subnotebook
  (15447 - 101910, n=86, last 2 years)
59848 Points ∼100% +53%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
52181 Points ∼87% +34%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (39000 - 46951, n=41)
45681 Points ∼76% +17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
39000 Points ∼65%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1078 - 13309, n=86, last 2 years)
5970 Points ∼100% +64%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
4997 Points ∼84% +37%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3497 - 4445, n=41)
4213 Points ∼71% +16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
3635 Points ∼61%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3056 - 49277, n=86, last 2 years)
20379 Points ∼100% +49%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
19716 Points ∼97% +44%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (12569 - 19635, n=41)
16280 Points ∼80% +19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
13695 Points ∼67%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
76781 MB/s ∼100% +165%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (28988 - 67969, n=41)
58430 MB/s ∼76% +102%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (638 - 121917, n=86, last 2 years)
54539 MB/s ∼71% +88%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
28988 MB/s ∼38%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Average of class Subnotebook
  (117 - 962, n=87, last 2 years)
443 MB/s ∼100% +57%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
425 MB/s ∼96% +50%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (265 - 373, n=47)
285 MB/s ∼64% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
283 MB/s ∼64%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
4211 KRay/s ∼100% +50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (204 - 7412, n=86, last 2 years)
3865 KRay/s ∼92% +38%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (2226 - 4291, n=41)
3422 KRay/s ∼81% +22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2807 KRay/s ∼67%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
39951 MPixel/s ∼100% +20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
33194 MPixel/s ∼83%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6569 - 48416, n=86, last 2 years)
28295 MPixel/s ∼71% -15%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (9004 - 45366, n=41)
22998 MPixel/s ∼58% -31%

System Performance

In practice, the impression of the performance is decent, and thanks to the SSD, there are no problems with longer load times or stutters in everyday operation. However, our test unit is usually surpassed by the competitors in the benchmarks. But for regular tasks such as text input, surfing the Internet, and streaming videos, the performance is easily sufficient.

PCMark 10 / Score
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1155G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
5136 Points ∼100% +17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1671 - 6623, n=90, last 2 years)
5024 Points ∼98% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4692 Points ∼91% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (4026 - 4952, n=49)
4606 Points ∼90% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4384 Points ∼85%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3474 Points ∼68% -21%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1155G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
10354 Points ∼100% +15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4599 - 10836, n=90, last 2 years)
9539 Points ∼92% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
9514 Points ∼92% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (8149 - 9917, n=49)
9326 Points ∼90% +4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
8995 Points ∼87%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
7975 Points ∼77% -11%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2813 - 9852, n=90, last 2 years)
7024 Points ∼100% +13%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1155G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
6622 Points ∼94% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
6265 Points ∼89% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (5040 - 6611, n=49)
6217 Points ∼89% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
6213 Points ∼88%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4872 Points ∼69% -22%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1155G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
5364 Points ∼100% +31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (973 - 8855, n=90, last 2 years)
5209 Points ∼97% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4703 Points ∼88% +15%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3548 - 5255, n=49)
4585 Points ∼85% +12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4093 Points ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
2930 Points ∼55% -28%
CrossMark / Overall
Average of class Subnotebook
  (718 - 1811, n=40, last 2 years)
1396 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1355 Points ∼97% +17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1154 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1058 - 1293, n=7)
1144 Points ∼82% -1%
CrossMark / Productivity
Average of class Subnotebook
  (685 - 1755, n=40, last 2 years)
1385 Points ∼100% +17%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1274 Points ∼92% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1148 - 1332, n=7)
1215 Points ∼88% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1180 Points ∼85%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1593 Points ∼100% +35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (776 - 1928, n=40, last 2 years)
1474 Points ∼93% +25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1177 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (895 - 1263, n=7)
1100 Points ∼69% -7%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Average of class Subnotebook
  (652 - 1815, n=40, last 2 years)
1233 Points ∼100% +22%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (923 - 1275, n=7)
1085 Points ∼88% +7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1014 Points ∼82%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1004 Points ∼81% -1%
PCMark 10 Score
4384 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
63230 MB/s ∼100% +19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
53093 MB/s ∼84%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12783 - 73486, n=86, last 2 years)
47692 MB/s ∼75% -10%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (17443 - 63889, n=41)
36411 MB/s ∼58% -31%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
59710 MB/s ∼100% +10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
54405 MB/s ∼91%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10258 - 73719, n=86, last 2 years)
49627 MB/s ∼83% -9%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (19716 - 63705, n=41)
40587 MB/s ∼68% -25%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
66893 MB/s ∼100% +15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
58060 MB/s ∼87%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10533 - 68247, n=86, last 2 years)
49453 MB/s ∼74% -15%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (18722 - 66778, n=41)
41308 MB/s ∼62% -29%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
98.6 ns * ∼100%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Core i5-1155G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
95 ns * ∼96% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (18.8 - 126.5, n=82, last 2 years)
91.9 ns * ∼93% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (68.3 - 107, n=47)
71 ns * ∼72% +28%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latencies

In our standardized latency test (surfing the Internet, playing YouTube 4K videos, CPU load), our test unit with its current BIOS version shows some slight limitations and is therefore not optimally suited for using real-time audio applications.

LatencyMon overview
LatencyMon overview
LatencyMon drivers
LatencyMon drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1224.3 μs * ∼100%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1155G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
868 μs * ∼71% +29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
530 μs * ∼43% +57%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
12.3 μs * ∼1% +99%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

Microsoft uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD from Toshiba with a storage capacity of 256 GB, of which only 198 GB are still available to the user after starting it for the first time. The transfer rates are sufficient. However, the user cannot replace the SSD, since the case cannot be opened. You can find additional SSD benchmarks here.

Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2339.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1580.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 357.81 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 322.18 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 57.18 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 131.35 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 344.91 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 688.55 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
97.2 pt ∼97%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
55 pt ∼55%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
48.8 pt ∼49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
40.9 pt ∼41%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
 
30.1 pt ∼30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
28.1 pt ∼28%
DiskSpd
seq read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4027 (2994.41min - 4027.16max) MB/s ∼100% +132%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 4315, n=92, last 2 years)
2159 MB/s ∼54% +25%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2040 (2028.5min - 2040.32max) MB/s ∼51% +18%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1733 (1685.29min - 1733.41max) MB/s ∼43%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (947 - 1770, n=8)
1531 MB/s ∼38% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
973 (832.58min - 972.6max) MB/s ∼24% -44%
seq write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
3415 (3262.96min - 3414.79max) MB/s ∼100% +166%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (62.6 - 4326, n=93, last 2 years)
2070 MB/s ∼61% +61%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1283 (1167.69min - 1283.04max) MB/s ∼38%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1148 (1138.36min - 1147.77max) MB/s ∼34% -11%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (311 - 1390, n=8)
1090 MB/s ∼32% -15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
650 (625.17min - 649.95max) MB/s ∼19% -49%
seq q8 t1 read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
6727 (5857.11min - 6727.42max) MB/s ∼100% +187%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (436 - 6905, n=91, last 2 years)
3627 MB/s ∼54% +55%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
3539 (3191.24min - 3538.73max) MB/s ∼53% +51%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2347 (2059.33min - 2347.42max) MB/s ∼35%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (1769 - 2407, n=8)
2253 MB/s ∼33% -4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
1905 (1447.5min - 1905.47max) MB/s ∼28% -19%
seq q8 t1 write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
4358 (4315.13min - 4358.09max) MB/s ∼100% +177%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (60 - 5156, n=92, last 2 years)
2612 MB/s ∼60% +66%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1575 (1464.65min - 1574.75max) MB/s ∼36%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (215 - 1588, n=8)
1202 MB/s ∼28% -24%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1146 (1005.79min - 1146.32max) MB/s ∼26% -27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
796 (698.28min - 795.57max) MB/s ∼18% -49%
4k q1 t1 read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
92.9 (91.63min - 92.87max) MB/s ∼100% +70%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12.6 - 141.9, n=92, last 2 years)
55.8 MB/s ∼60% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
54.7 (53.72min - 54.65max) MB/s ∼59%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (40.2 - 55.7, n=8)
48.3 MB/s ∼52% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
38.6 (38.35min - 38.57max) MB/s ∼42% -29%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
37.6 (37.47min - 37.63max) MB/s ∼40% -31%
4k q1 t1 write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
241 (236.8min - 240.93max) MB/s ∼100% +85%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 333, n=92, last 2 years)
152.4 MB/s ∼63% +17%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
131 (129.69min - 130.52max) MB/s ∼54% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
130.5 (125.43min - 130.5max) MB/s ∼54%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (31.3 - 139, n=8)
98.7 MB/s ∼41% -24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
89 (88.35min - 88.96max) MB/s ∼37% -32%
4k q32 t16 read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2837 (2817.58min - 2836.71max) MB/s ∼100% +330%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (102 - 3484, n=92, last 2 years)
1135 MB/s ∼40% +72%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (459 - 872, n=8)
664 MB/s ∼23% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
660 (650.99min - 659.77max) MB/s ∼23%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
633 (611.31min - 633.18max) MB/s ∼22% -4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
408 (402.61min - 407.79max) MB/s ∼14% -38%
4k q32 t16 write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1995 (1949.88min - 1995.26max) MB/s ∼100% +462%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (42.7 - 2554, n=92, last 2 years)
815 MB/s ∼41% +130%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
402 (398.76min - 402.14max) MB/s ∼20% +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
355 (303.76min - 354.58max) MB/s ∼18%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (173 - 385, n=8)
314 MB/s ∼16% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
264 (245.36min - 264.37max) MB/s ∼13% -26%
AS SSD
Score Total
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
7113 Points ∼100% +197%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (545 - 8363, n=90, last 2 years)
3727 Points ∼52% +55%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
3573 Points ∼50% +49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2398 Points ∼34%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (1714 - 2826, n=10)
2197 Points ∼31% -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
1458 Points ∼20% -39%
Score Read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2948 Points ∼100% +206%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (179 - 3512, n=90, last 2 years)
1399 Points ∼47% +45%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1360 Points ∼46% +41%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (833 - 1288, n=10)
1088 Points ∼37% +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
964 Points ∼33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
656 Points ∼22% -32%
Score Write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2758 Points ∼100% +181%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (251 - 3765, n=90, last 2 years)
1657 Points ∼60% +69%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1567 Points ∼57% +59%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
983 Points ∼36%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (267 - 983, n=10)
592 Points ∼21% -40%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
498 Points ∼18% -49%
Seq Read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
5546 MB/s ∼100% +186%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (426 - 5546, n=90, last 2 years)
2804 MB/s ∼51% +44%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2629 MB/s ∼47% +35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1942 MB/s ∼35%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (1423 - 1972, n=10)
1752 MB/s ∼32% -10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
1347 MB/s ∼24% -31%
Seq Write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
3332 MB/s ∼100% +329%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (114 - 3955, n=90, last 2 years)
1678 MB/s ∼50% +116%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1270 MB/s ∼38% +63%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
777 MB/s ∼23%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (324 - 1130, n=10)
720 MB/s ∼22% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
491 MB/s ∼15% -37%
4K Read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
84.8 MB/s ∼100% +55%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
65.2 MB/s ∼77% +19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8.95 - 84.8, n=90, last 2 years)
54.7 MB/s ∼65% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
54.67 MB/s ∼64%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (37.3 - 56.7, n=10)
47.3 MB/s ∼56% -13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
38.08 MB/s ∼45% -30%
4K Write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
215.1 MB/s ∼100% +30%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
182.5 MB/s ∼85% +10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
165.43 MB/s ∼77%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (48 - 294, n=90, last 2 years)
155.9 MB/s ∼72% -6%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (74.8 - 176.4, n=10)
118.6 MB/s ∼55% -28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
98.2 MB/s ∼46% -41%
4K-64 Read
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2310 MB/s ∼100% +223%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (122.9 - 2938, n=90, last 2 years)
1064 MB/s ∼46% +49%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1032 MB/s ∼45% +44%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (585 - 1048, n=10)
866 MB/s ∼37% +21%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
715.5 MB/s ∼31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
483.1 MB/s ∼21% -32%
4K-64 Write
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2210 MB/s ∼100% +199%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (125.7 - 3196, n=90, last 2 years)
1333 MB/s ∼60% +80%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1257 MB/s ∼57% +70%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
739.5 MB/s ∼33%
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (107.3 - 740, n=10)
402 MB/s ∼18% -46%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
350.9 MB/s ∼16% -53%
Access Time Read
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (0.036 - 0.172, n=10)
0.1034 ms * ∼100% -152%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.021 - 0.5, n=89, last 2 years)
0.07302 ms * ∼71% -78%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
0.07 ms * ∼68% -71%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
0.057 ms * ∼55% -39%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
0.041 ms * ∼40%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
0.035 ms * ∼34% +15%
Access Time Write
Average Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
  (0.156 - 0.619, n=10)
0.3076 ms * ∼100% -80%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
0.171 ms * ∼56%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
0.105 ms * ∼34% +39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.013 - 0.703, n=90, last 2 years)
0.06602 ms * ∼21% +61%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
0.06 ms * ∼20% +65%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
0.023 ms * ∼7% +87%

* ... smaller is better

Constant Performance Reading: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5: Ø2383 (2230.32-2415.3)

Graphics Card

GPU-Z Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80 EUs)
GPU-Z Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80 EUs)

The integrated graphics card is the well-known Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 80 EUs, which also continues to be used in the current Alder Lake processors. As long as you don't have any exaggerated expectations on the gaming performance, the iGPU also strikes a very good figure in everyday operation. It can even handle playing high-resolution videos without any problems, but due to the low display resolution, even 1080p videos cannot be played in their native resolution.

But if you still want to play some games, we recommend older titles, which will then also run acceptably in low resolutions and at lowered detail settings (for example, DOTA 2). In addition, the GPU will also remain stable, since the Surface Laptop Go 2 even passes the demanding Time Spy stress test at 99.7% without any trouble. There are also no performance limitations in battery operation. You can find additional GPU benchmarks in our technology section.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1155G7
99.5 pt ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD -1!
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
94.9 pt ∼95%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
92.5 pt ∼93%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
77.1 pt ∼77%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
69.7 pt ∼70%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
35.8 pt ∼36%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (583 - 16904, n=87, last 2 years)
6083 Points ∼100% +46%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5978 Points ∼98% +44%
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1155G7
5962 Points ∼98% +43%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (2246 - 6120, n=76)
5097 Points ∼84% +22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4162 Points ∼68%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2280 Points ∼37% -45%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1155G7
28952 Points ∼100% +39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3441 - 65911, n=72, last 2 years)
24744 Points ∼85% +19%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (6361 - 30894, n=68)
21209 Points ∼73% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
20851 Points ∼72%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
11894 Points ∼41% -43%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1155G7
4847 Points ∼100% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4705 Points ∼97% +35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (436 - 12349, n=93, last 2 years)
4424 Points ∼91% +27%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1560 - 4847, n=78)
3656 Points ∼75% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3474 Points ∼72%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1713 Points ∼35% -51%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
VAIO SX12 VJS124X1011P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1155G7
1511 Points ∼100% +50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (116 - 4773, n=91, last 2 years)
1410 Points ∼93% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9305 Core i5 FHD
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1351 Points ∼89% +34%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1511, n=76)
1146 Points ∼76% +14%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Core i5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1008 Points ∼67%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
440 Points ∼29% -56%
3DMark 11 Performance
4589 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15140 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3226 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1131 points
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The Witcher 3 (2015) 43 35
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 77.1 70.4 41.1 36.1
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 30.7 14 8.19
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 19.5 25.4 26.4

Emissions and Power Management

Noise Emissions

In everyday operation, the fan often remains very quiet, only turning on occasionally. However, under heavier load, the fan is definitely noticeable with its fairly high-frequency noise and its level of almost 42 dB(A) in the extreme case. Considering the low performance level, we find this noise level also too loud overall. Here, you should stick with the Recommended power mode, since we are then only able to measure a maximum noise level of almost 37 dB(A) even during the stress test. We do not notice any other electronic noises (such as coil whine) during our test.

Noise Level

Idle
24.3 / 24.3 / 24.3 dB(A)
Load
33.1 / 41.8 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
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