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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Review: An Overpriced Netbook

Save your money. Are you happy with just 4 GB of soldered RAM and 64 GB of storage? If so, then the $550 USD Surface Laptop Go might be worthwhile. For everyone else, look elsewhere and don't turn back.

Similar to how the Surface Go tablet is the smaller, gimped version of the regular Surface Pro tablet, the Surface Laptop Go is the smaller, gimped version of the regular Surface Laptop 3. Prices start at only $550 USD for configurations with 65 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM, but this can quickly rise to $900 USD if you want to double the storage and RAM. All SKUs at the moment come with the Core i5-1035G1 and same 3:2 1536 x 1024 resolution touchscreen.

The Surface Laptop Go is in a class of its own because of its unique combination of a 3:2 form factor and 12.4-inch display. Nonetheless, comparisons against pricier well-known 13-inch subnotebooks like the Huawei MateBook X Pro, Dell XPS 13, MacBook Pro 13, Asus ZenBook S UX393, or Microsoft's own Surface Laptop 3 13 are inevitable.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5 (Surface Laptop Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1035G1 4 x 1 - 3.6 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, 27.20.100.8280
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4x, 1866 MHz, 20-20-20-45, Dual-Channel
Display
12.40 inch 3:2, 1536 x 1024 pixel 149 PPI, 10-point capacitive, LG Philips LP125WX112403, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, 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): 15.69 x 278.18 x 205.67 ( = 0.62 x 10.95 x 8.1 in)
Battery
39 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.11 kg ( = 39.15 oz / 2.45 pounds), Power Supply: 218 g ( = 7.69 oz / 0.48 pounds)
Price
900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
10/2020
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.1 kg15.69 mm12.40"1536x1024
85 %
10/2020
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg15.7 mm13.90"3300x2200
89 %
09/2020
HP EliteBook 830 G7
i7-10810U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg18.1 mm13.30"1920x1080
84 %
02/2020
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
i5-1035G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.3 kg14.5 mm13.50"2256x1504
87 %
06/2020
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1.3 kg14.6 mm13.90"3000x2000
92 %
06/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
i5-1038NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600

Case

Microsoft's Surface Laptop design translates well to the new 12.4-inch form factor. The metal chassis feels just as good here as it does on the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models with no tangible compromises. Unfortunately, this also means that it suffers from the same drawbacks including an average hinge and a difficult-to-service bottom plate. 

A major difference between the 12.4-inch model and its larger versions is the slightly rubberized base. Texture is a bit different as a result, but not any weaker or stronger in terms of flexing or warping. This is probably the most luxurious and high quality laptop you can get for under $600 USD.

Size and weight are the most noticeable advantages of the Surface Laptop Go. We think the series could be even smaller in the future since its bezels are still a bit thicker than most other subnotebooks including the XPS 13 or Spectre 13.

Familiar metal chassis material as on the Surface Laptop 3 series
Familiar metal chassis material as on the Surface Laptop 3 series
Slightly roughened matte texture hides fingerprints well
Slightly roughened matte texture hides fingerprints well
Ventilation grilles hidden along the length of the hinge
Ventilation grilles hidden along the length of the hinge
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory, but it could have been firmer for a better sense of longevity
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory, but it could have been firmer for a better sense of longevity
Bottom panel is once again more difficult to remove than we would like
Bottom panel is once again more difficult to remove than we would like
Lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees)
307.9 mm / 12.1 inch 204.5 mm / 8.05 inch 18.1 mm / 0.713 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs308 mm / 12.1 inch 223 mm / 8.78 inch 14.5 mm / 0.571 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 224 mm / 8.82 inch 15.7 mm / 0.618 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.05 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 217 mm / 8.54 inch 14.6 mm / 0.575 inch 1.3 kg2.95 lbs278.18 mm / 11 inch 205.67 mm / 8.1 inch 15.69 mm / 0.618 inch 1.1 kg2.45 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are minimal once again. Thankfully, DisplayPort-over-USB-C is supported to make up for the lack of HDMI.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Surface Connect
Right: Surface Connect
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB-A, USB-C w/ DisplayPort, 3.5 mm audio
Left: USB-A, USB-C w/ DisplayPort, 3.5 mm audio

Communication

The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connecitivty. Our unit would randomly disconnect from our Netgear RAX200 router at times, but a system restart appeared to have solved the issue.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1446 (1333min - 1532max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1387 (1329min - 1458max) MBit/s ∼96% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1374 (1205min - 1438max) MBit/s ∼95%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1293 (628min - 1379max) MBit/s ∼89% -6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1251 (803min - 1358max) MBit/s ∼87% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
765 MBit/s ∼53% -44%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1484 (1342min - 1614max) MBit/s ∼100% +34%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1338 (1304min - 1355max) MBit/s ∼90% +21%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1107 (539min - 1219max) MBit/s ∼75%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
984 (796min - 1076max) MBit/s ∼66% -11%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
822 (676min - 908max) MBit/s ∼55% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
809 MBit/s ∼55% -27%
0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1374 (1205-1438)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1089 (539-1219)

Webcam

ColorChecker
3.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5: 5.2 ∆E min: 2.31 - max: 9.57 ∆E

Maintenance

Annoyingly, the screws securing the bottom panel are under the glued rubber feet. If you want to do something as simple as a storage upgrade, you'll be at a higher risk of damaging the system or voiding returns compared to more easily serviceable subnotebooks like the XPS 13 or ZenBook S.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the Surface Connect AC adapter and paperwork. The usual one-year limited warranty applies.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Key feedback feels the same as on the Surface Laptop 3 15 even though some of the keys along the sides are now shorter in order to accommodate the smaller form factor. The system integrates a power button-fingerprint reader but at the cost of a keyboard backlight. The F1 key, for example, is now a search button whereas this same key would have activated the backlight on the Surface Laptop 3 series.

Touchpad

Clickpad surface area is smaller than the clickpad on the Surface Laptop 3 15 (10 x 6.7 cm vs. 11.5 x 7.6 cm). Gliding, however, is smoother on the Surface Laptop Go with less sticking overall. The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with adequate feedback and relatively quiet clatter. We find feedback to be slightly firmer and more satisfying than the clickpad on the XPS 13.

Identical keyboard layout to the larger Surface Laptop models. Unfortunately, a backlight is not included
Identical keyboard layout to the larger Surface Laptop models. Unfortunately, a backlight is not included
Clickpad surface is even smoother than the clickpad on the Surface Laptop 3 15
Clickpad surface is even smoother than the clickpad on the Surface Laptop 3 15
Keys are relatively quiet with adequate travel and feedback
Keys are relatively quiet with adequate travel and feedback
Power button is slightly glossy for fingerprint login support. It also takes slightly more force to depress to avoid accidentally turning off your system
Power button is slightly glossy for fingerprint login support. It also takes slightly more force to depress to avoid accidentally turning off your system

Display

LG Philips is responsible for the display on the Surface Laptop Go whereas the displays on the larger 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface laptop 3 models are all from Sharp. Contrast, colors, and clarity are thankfully not all that different from the already excellent panels on the larger models. One aspect that's better on the Surface Laptop Go, however, is response time for less noticeable ghosting.

Edge-to-edge glass with no OLED, matte, or other resolution options
Edge-to-edge glass with no OLED, matte, or other resolution options
Narrower bezels when compared to the 13.5-inch and 15-inch versions
Narrower bezels when compared to the 13.5-inch and 15-inch versions
Crisp subpixels with almost no graininess problems
Crisp subpixels with almost no graininess problems
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edges and corners
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edges and corners
356.9
cd/m²
361.3
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
344.8
cd/m²
354.3
cd/m²
347.2
cd/m²
343.7
cd/m²
359.2
cd/m²
356.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP125WX112403
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 361.3 cd/m² Average: 353.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.57 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 354.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1222:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.41 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 1.44
ΔE Greyscale 1.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
94.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
LG Philips LP125WX112403, IPS, 12.40, 1536x1024
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
AU Optronics B139KAN01.0, IPS, 13.90, 3300x2200
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Chi Mei CMN13A9, IPS, 13.30, 1920x1080
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Sharp LQ135P1JX51, IPS, 13.50, 2256x1504
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
JDI LPM139M422A, LTPS, 13.90, 3000x2000
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
APPA03D, IPS, 13.30, 2560x1600
Response Times
-48%
-8%
-38%
-5%
125%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.8 (19.6, 15.2)
56.4 (26.4, 30)
-62%
46.8 (24, 22.8)
-34%
59.2 (28.4, 30.8)
-70%
49.6 (23.6, 26)
-43%
46 (22, 24)
-32%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (17.2, 12)
38.8 (23.2, 15.6)
-33%
32 (15.6, 16.4)
-10%
41.6 (23.6, 18)
-42%
30.8 (14, 16.8)
-5%
32.4 (18.4, 14)
-11%
PWM Frequency
21930 (51)
26600 (62)
21%
21740 (51)
-1%
29070 (40)
33%
113600 (75)
418%
Screen
-42%
-26%
9%
12%
7%
Brightness middle
354.3
444.1
25%
454.5
28%
403.4
14%
557
57%
512
45%
Brightness
353
423
20%
435
23%
397
12%
532
51%
491
39%
Brightness Distribution
95
89
-6%
91
-4%
89
-6%
87
-8%
91
-4%
Black Level *
0.29
0.37
-28%
0.27
7%
0.34
-17%
0.33
-14%
0.32
-10%
Contrast
1222
1200
-2%
1683
38%
1186
-3%
1688
38%
1600
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.41
2.94
-109%
3.12
-121%
0.94
33%
1.4
1%
1.7
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.96
7.37
-149%
4.85
-64%
2.92
1%
2.5
16%
3.4
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.44
3.05
-112%
1.97
-37%
0.99
31%
0.7
51%
1
31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.2
2.9
-142%
3.1
-158%
0.9
25%
2
-67%
1.9
-58%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.1 105%
2.01 109%
2.13 103%
2.14 103%
2.19 100%
CCT
6600 98%
6766 96%
6902 94%
6620 98%
6689 97%
6817 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.2
78.2
30%
61.5
2%
62.3
3%
62.5
4%
77.4
29%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.4
99.8
6%
97
3%
98.7
5%
99.5
5%
99.9
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-45% / -43%
-17% / -22%
-15% / -1%
4% / 9%
66% / 32%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers 60 percent of AdobeRGB and almost all of sRGB to be adequate for amateur graphics or video editing. Pricier alternatives like the MacBook Pro 13 or Asus ZenBook S are able to offer deeper and more accurate colors.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

The panel is very well calibrated out of the box with average grayscale and color DeltaE values of only 1.2 and 1.41, respectively. There is no need for an end-user calibration.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 12 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 15.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 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 21930 Hz ≤ 51 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 21930 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 51 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 21930 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Not only is the display dimmer than the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3, but it's dimmer than most other mid-range to high-end subnotebooks including the ZenBook S, MacBook Pro 13, XPS 13, and the MateBook X Pro. Glare is ever present even if working under shade.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors degrade if viewing too far off center
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors degrade if viewing too far off center

Performance

Unlike most other laptops, Surface Laptop Go SKUs are separated by RAM and storage while the Core i5 CPU, UHD Graphics G1 GPU, and display resolution remain fixed. The most affordable configuration comes with only 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage which read like budget tablet specifications. RAM is fixed on all SKUs and so we recommend considering at least 8 GB of RAM.

Processor

Multi-thread performance is about 15 percent slower than the average laptop in our database equipped with the same Core i5-1035G1 CPU. The underperforming Turbo Boost is to blame here as illustrated by our CineBench R15 xT loop test results below where the initial score of 527 points would fall by almost 11 percent by the second loop. Even the cheaper AMD Ryzen 3 4300U is able to outperform or match the Core i5-1035G1 in our tested benchmarks. Overall performance is still pretty good relatively to Core i7 CPUs like the Core i7-10510U or older Core i7-8565U

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5 UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø470 (466.1-527.11)
LG Gram 15Z90N Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø414 (401.76-534.64)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3 Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø442 (415.92-573.64)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit; Ultra-Performance: Ø526 (443.49-666.89)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit; Optimized: Ø528 (367.46-659.7)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2829 Points ∼100% +140%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2410 Points ∼85% +105%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2095 Points ∼74% +78%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
1998 Points ∼71% +70%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1630 Points ∼58% +38%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1543 Points ∼55% +31%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
1516 Points ∼54% +29%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼51% +22%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1396 Points ∼49% +19%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (1178 - 1873, n=6)
1386 Points ∼49% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
1301 Points ∼46% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1239 Points ∼44% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1178 Points ∼42%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
1138 Points ∼40% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
1087 Points ∼38% -8%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1038 Points ∼37% -12%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
948 Points ∼34% -20%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
461 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼100% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
453 Points ∼98% +10%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
448 Points ∼97% +8%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
444 Points ∼96% +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
439 Points ∼95% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
438 Points ∼95% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
431 Points ∼93% +4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
427 Points ∼93% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (413 - 431, n=6)
426 Points ∼92% +3%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
424 Points ∼92% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
415 Points ∼90% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
413 Points ∼90%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
403 Points ∼87% -2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
403 Points ∼87% -2%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
383 Points ∼83% -7%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
370 Points ∼80% -10%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
1051 Points ∼100% +99%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1049 (803.97min - 1049.04max) Points ∼100% +99%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
835 (768.42min - 834.85max) Points ∼79% +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
768 (720min - 768max) Points ∼73% +46%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
760 (489.25min - 610.17max) Points ∼72% +44%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
736 Points ∼70% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel Core i7-8565U
735 Points ∼70% +39%
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel Core i7-8565U
677 Points ∼64% +28%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
658 (598.31min - 772.22max) Points ∼63% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
623 (498.14min - 623.19max) Points ∼59% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (518 - 803, n=10)
610 Points ∼58% +16%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
602 (557.06min - 601.57max) Points ∼57% +14%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
590 (456.98min - 589.46max) Points ∼56% +12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼55% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
529 (524.76min - 529.32max) Points ∼50% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
527 (466.1min - 527.11max) Points ∼50%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
496 (406.64min - 496.34max) Points ∼47% -6%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
494 Points ∼47% -6%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
406 Points ∼39% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel Core i7-8565U
184 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼99% +13%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
182 Points ∼99% +13%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
182 Points ∼99% +13%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
180 Points ∼98% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
179 Points ∼97% +11%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
179 Points ∼97% +11%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼94% +7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
172 Points ∼93% +7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
171 Points ∼93% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
171 Points ∼93% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
169 Points ∼92% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (161 - 171, n=7)
168 Points ∼91% +4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
165 Points ∼90% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
161 Points ∼88%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
157 Points ∼85% -2%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼85% -3%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
146 Points ∼79% -9%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1264 Seconds * ∼100% -34%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1039 Seconds * ∼82% -10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
959 Seconds * ∼76% -2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
944 Seconds * ∼75%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
907 Seconds * ∼72% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
857 Seconds * ∼68% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (607 - 1002, n=8)
855 Seconds * ∼68% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
838 Seconds * ∼66% +11%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
777 Seconds * ∼61% +18%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
771 Seconds * ∼61% +18%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
695 Seconds * ∼55% +26%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
681 Seconds * ∼54% +28%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
605 Seconds * ∼48% +36%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
585 Seconds * ∼46% +38%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
447 Seconds * ∼35% +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4.2 Seconds * ∼0% +100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3932 - 15198, n=7)
5751 MIPS ∼100% +46%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
4794 MIPS ∼83% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4765 MIPS ∼83% +21%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
4742 MIPS ∼82% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
4542 MIPS ∼79% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4438 MIPS ∼77% +13%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4434 MIPS ∼77% +13%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
4425 MIPS ∼77% +13%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4422 MIPS ∼77% +12%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4281 MIPS ∼74% +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
4252 MIPS ∼74% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4161 MIPS ∼72% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4014 MIPS ∼70% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3932 MIPS ∼68%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3885 MIPS ∼68% -1%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
3851 MIPS ∼67% -2%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
31114 MIPS ∼100% +127%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
27115 MIPS ∼87% +98%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23237 MIPS ∼75% +69%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
21925 MIPS ∼70% +60%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
21139 MIPS ∼68% +54%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
19485 MIPS ∼63% +42%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
19168 MIPS ∼62% +40%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
18770 MIPS ∼60% +37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
17245 MIPS ∼55% +26%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
16346 MIPS ∼53% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
16330 MIPS ∼52% +19%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
15043 MIPS ∼48% +10%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3913 - 20378, n=7)
14018 MIPS ∼45% +2%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
13812 MIPS ∼44% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
13715 MIPS ∼44%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
10942 MIPS ∼35% -20%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1348 Points ∼100% +18%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1324 Points ∼98% +16%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
1274 Points ∼95% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
1265 Points ∼94% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1209 Points ∼90% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (1144 - 1240, n=6)
1204 Points ∼89% +5%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1157 Points ∼86% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1144 Points ∼85%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1096 Points ∼81% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1027 Points ∼76% -10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
977 Points ∼72% -15%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
5443 Points ∼100% +55%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4855 Points ∼89% +38%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4605 Points ∼85% +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4564 Points ∼84% +30%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4469 Points ∼82% +27%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3337 - 4372, n=6)
3834 Points ∼70% +9%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
3671 Points ∼67% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
3637 Points ∼67% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3522 Points ∼65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
3330 Points ∼61% -5%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
2636 Points ∼48% -25%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
8.81 fps ∼100% +126%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.7 fps ∼76% +72%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.08 fps ∼69% +56%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
6.032 fps ∼68% +55%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
5.99 fps ∼68% +54%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
5.16 fps ∼59% +33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
4.632 fps ∼53% +19%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4.58 fps ∼52% +18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4.37 fps ∼50% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.37 fps ∼50% +12%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3.32 - 6.44, n=7)
4.23 fps ∼48% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4.2 fps ∼48% +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3.89 fps ∼44%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
3.88 fps ∼44% 0%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3.51 fps ∼40% -10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
3.122 fps ∼35% -20%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
88.6 s * ∼100% -37%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
85.3 s * ∼96% -32%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
67.8 s * ∼77% -5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
64.5 s * ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (55.3 - 70.9, n=5)
64.1 s * ∼72% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
62.2 s * ∼70% +4%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
61.8 s * ∼70% +4%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
57 s * ∼64% +12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
56.1 s * ∼63% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
55 s * ∼62% +15%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
48.2 s * ∼54% +25%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.743 sec * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (0.705 - 0.749, n=6)
0.732 sec * ∼99% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
0.702 sec * ∼94% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
0.686 sec * ∼92% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.682 sec * ∼92% +8%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.681 sec * ∼92% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.679 sec * ∼91% +9%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel Core i7-10810U
0.651 sec * ∼88% +12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.642 sec * ∼86% +14%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.629 sec * ∼85% +15%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.611 sec * ∼82% +18%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
527 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
51.8 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
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System Performance

PCMark results are consistently slower than the average laptop in our database equipped with the same Core i5-1035G1 CPU. We suspect that both the slower-than-average CPU and slow NVMe SSD are major contributing factors to the low PCMark numbers.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3817 Points ∼25% +30%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3749 Points ∼24% +28%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3373 Points ∼22% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3256 Points ∼21% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2930 - 3281, n=5)
3056 Points ∼20% +4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
2930 Points ∼19%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
2621 Points ∼17% -11%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
7334 Points ∼66% +51%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6971 Points ∼62% +43%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
6765 Points ∼61% +39%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (4872 - 6766, n=5)
5908 Points ∼53% +21%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5741 Points ∼51% +18%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4872 Points ∼44%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3568 Points ∼32% -27%
Essentials
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
9229 Points ∼81% +16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
9086 Points ∼79% +14%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
8465 Points ∼74% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (7975 - 8568, n=5)
8371 Points ∼73% +5%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8190 Points ∼71% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
7975 Points ∼70%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
7827 Points ∼68% -2%
Score
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4421 Points ∼50% +27%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4185 Points ∼48% +20%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4182 Points ∼48% +20%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3861 Points ∼44% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3474 - 4122, n=5)
3814 Points ∼43% +10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3474 Points ∼40%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3222 Points ∼37% -7%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4763 Points ∼70% +80%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4755 Points ∼70% +80%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4599 Points ∼67% +74%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2647 - 5035, n=5)
4051 Points ∼59% +53%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
2647 Points ∼39%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
2460 Points ∼36% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
2407 Points ∼35% -9%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
3928 Points ∼63% +13%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3841 Points ∼62% +11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3725 Points ∼60% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3469 - 3988, n=5)
3653 Points ∼59% +5%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3569 Points ∼58% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3469 Points ∼56%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3457 Points ∼56% 0%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3469 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2647 points
PCMark 10 Score
3474 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon shows minor DPC latency issues when opening multiple tabs on our homepage. 4KUHD video playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth on YouTube with just one dropped frame during our minute-long test.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
2182.7 μs * ∼100% -311%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
633.4 μs * ∼29% -19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
530.48 μs * ∼24%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The Surface Laptop Go uses the same SK Hynix 256 GB NVMe SSD as found on the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3. While sequential read rates are decent, write rates are slow for its category at only about 500 MB/s. This thankfully won't be a bottleneck considering the Core i5 CPU and weak integrated GPU. See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Note that SKUs with 64 GB of storage have soldered SSDs. Thus, users will need to upgrade to at least the 128 GB SKUs for removable M.2 SSDs.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Apple SSD SM0512F
AS SSD
73%
4%
182%
-15%
Copy Game MB/s
371.51
1411.35
280%
368.39
-1%
Copy Program MB/s
299.56
599.57
100%
256.11
-15%
Copy ISO MB/s
765.38
1458.83
91%
763.78
0%
Score Total
1458
2251
54%
1520
4%
5191
256%
1667
14%
Score Write
498
1071
115%
525
5%
1666
235%
346
-31%
Score Read
656
781
19%
678
3%
2339
257%
869
32%
Access Time Write *
0.105
0.118
-12%
0.093
11%
0.024
77%
0.155
-48%
Access Time Read *
0.057
0.041
28%
0.055
4%
0.066
-16%
0.172
-202%
4K-64 Write
350.9
840.34
139%
354.86
1%
1260.41
259%
169.55
-52%
4K-64 Read
483.13
589.76
22%
497.4
3%
2011.23
316%
724.62
50%
4K Write
98.22
124.93
27%
119.96
22%
152.47
55%
24.25
-75%
4K Read
38.08
50.76
33%
42.35
11%
53.97
42%
14.09
-63%
Seq Write
490.99
1061.64
116%
503.83
3%
2530
415%
1518
209%
Seq Read
1346.93
1405.04
4%
1387.11
3%
2737
103%
1300
-3%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
53%
14%
113%
29%
Write 4K
87.57
129.5
48%
112.3
28%
165.6
89%
28.16
-68%
Read 4K
40.41
53.98
34%
42.13
4%
50.24
24%
17.5
-57%
Write Seq
600.8
1265
111%
630.4
5%
1905.1
217%
1195.04
99%
Read Seq
1033
1410
36%
1023
-1%
1668.67
62%
1470.15
42%
Write 4K Q32T1
269.1
420.3
56%
336.6
25%
474.65
76%
204.99
-24%
Read 4K Q32T1
261.4
357.7
37%
399.6
53%
508.09
94%
692.18
165%
Write Seq Q32T1
818.1
1799
120%
820.8
0%
3006.6
268%
1475.3
80%
Read Seq Q32T1
2025
1616
-20%
2030
0%
3555.7
76%
1919.7
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
63% / 65%
9% / 8%
148% / 153%
7% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2025 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 818.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 261.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 269.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1033 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 600.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 40.41 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 87.57 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø1701 (851.47-1939.13)

GPU Performance

Graphics performance is disappointing. 3DMark ranks the UHD Graphics G1 as being essentially the same as the years-old UHD Graphics 620. If you want the most of Ice Lake, you're going to want to consider a laptop with the Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7 instead, like the Surface Laptop 3 15, where graphics performance can be 80 to 90 percent faster. The Surface Laptop Go maxes out at only the Core i5-1035G1.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Time Spy
Time Spy
 
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
903 Points ∼100% +105%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-10510U
881 Points ∼98% +100%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
848 Points ∼94% +93%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7
825 Points ∼91% +88%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
821 Points ∼91% +87%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
794 Points ∼88% +80%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
754 Points ∼83% +71%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
733 Points ∼81% +67%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4
652 Points ∼72% +48%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
472 Points ∼52% +7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
440 Points ∼49%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (395 - 472, n=4)
440 Points ∼49% 0%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
432 Points ∼48% -2%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
425 Points ∼47% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
393 Points ∼44% -11%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
3036 Points ∼100% +77%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-10510U
2951 Points ∼97% +72%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2891 Points ∼95% +69%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7
2883 Points ∼95% +68%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2856 Points ∼94% +67%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
2854 Points ∼94% +67%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
2692 Points ∼89% +57%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
2438 Points ∼80% +42%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4
2041 Points ∼67% +19%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
1755 Points ∼58% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
1713 Points ∼56%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1255 - 1755, n=9)
1538 Points ∼51% -10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1521 Points ∼50% -11%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
1418 Points ∼47% -17%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
1380 Points ∼45% -19%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
1339 Points ∼44% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1216 Points ∼40% -29%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
735 Points ∼24% -57%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
22109 Points ∼100% +86%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
21630 Points ∼98% +82%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-10510U
19583 Points ∼89% +65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
18282 Points ∼83% +54%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7
18163 Points ∼82% +53%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
16774 Points ∼76% +41%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
16695 Points ∼76% +40%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
15783 Points ∼71% +33%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
12698 Points ∼57% +7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
11894 Points ∼54%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (9346 - 12698, n=8)
11136 Points ∼50% -6%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
11127 Points ∼50% -6%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
10966 Points ∼50% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
10028 Points ∼45% -16%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
9882 Points ∼45% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
9582 Points ∼43% -19%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
7024 Points ∼32% -41%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
6078 Points ∼27% -49%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7
3828 Points ∼100% +92%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-10510U
3790 Points ∼99% +91%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
3601 Points ∼94% +81%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
3409 Points ∼89% +71%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3328 Points ∼87% +67%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
3322 Points ∼87% +67%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3288 Points ∼86% +65%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3079 Points ∼80% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4
2764 Points ∼72% +39%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2552 Points ∼67% +28%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
2375 Points ∼62% +19%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1777 - 2552, n=9)
2175 Points ∼57% +9%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
2078 Points ∼54% +4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
1989 Points ∼52%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
1969 Points ∼51% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
1968 Points ∼51% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1763 Points ∼46% -11%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
1319 Points ∼34% -34%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1014 Points ∼26% -49%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
4927 Points ∼100% +116%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
4419 Points ∼90% +94%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7
4374 Points ∼89% +92%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
4279 Points ∼87% +88%
Dell XPS 13 9300 4K UHD
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4263 Points ∼87% +87%
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4222 Points ∼86% +85%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-10510U
3614 Points ∼73% +59%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3535 Points ∼72% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4
3258 Points ∼66% +43%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
2914 Points ∼59% +28%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2578 Points ∼52% +13%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1963 - 2578, n=9)
2283 Points ∼46% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2280 Points ∼46%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
2133 Points ∼43% -6%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10710U
1940 Points ∼39% -15%
HP EliteBook 830 G7
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10810U
1923 Points ∼39% -16%
Dell XPS 13 9380 i7 4K
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U
1855 Points ∼38% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1820 Points ∼37% -20%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1186 Points ∼24% -48%
3DMark 11 Performance
2458 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
10013 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1635 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
505 points
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Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 78.1 40.1 23.5 21.4 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 15.1 7.49 5.21 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 17.3 10.4 10.8 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The internal fan is quiet for most typical workloads like web browsing or emailing. In fact, the system is able to remain silent during the first 90-second benchmark scene of 3DMark 06. Nonetheless, running intensive tasks where CPU utilization is constantly high will cause fan noise to increase up to 44 dB(A) to be slightly louder than we would like.

Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress). We can notice no electronic noise or coil whine on our test unit
Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress). We can notice no electronic noise or coil whine on our test unit
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
Noise
-3%
0%
-7%
-6%
off / environment *
26.4
26.9
-2%
28.5
-8%
29.6
-12%
29.6
-12%
Idle Minimum *
26.4
26.9
-2%
28.5
-8%
29.6
-12%
29.6
-12%
Idle Average *
26.4
29
-10%
28.5
-8%
29.6
-12%
29.6
-12%
Idle Maximum *
26.4
31.1
-18%
28.5
-8%
30.3
-15%
29.6
-12%
Load Average *
36.9
37.7
-2%
28.5
23%
38
-3%
34.4
7%
Load Maximum *
44.2
38.1
14%
40.4
9%
38
14%
42.1
5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.2
40.4
38
36.1

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
26.4 / 26.4 / 26.4 dB(A)
Load
36.9 / 44.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 26.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203431.63033.4253130.430.730.73131.730.331.230.94024.123.122.1235020.421.821.3226322.722.522.223.78024.724.124.423.510022.42221.721.512526.224.924.326.81602117.718.825.220021.91919.427.525022.718.719.426.631524.921.722.429.140025.318.919.730.650027.416.616.933.163027.51615.732.980024.214.21432.1100023.213.413.129.8125024.313.31330.8160024.313.112.831.2200025.312.812.932.4250026.113.31333.2315027.11313.134.5400026.613.113.234.6500025.31313.233.5630019.713.313.331.6800016.113.313.325.41000014.413.213.2201250014.11312.9201600012.912.312.416.6SPL36.926.426.444.2N2.60.80.84.7median 24.3median 13.3median 13.3median 30.6Delta2.32.933.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMicrosoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5

Temperature

Temperature development is similar to the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 in the sense that the hot spots are generally in the same areas. The bottom surface, however, can actually be warmer on the Surface Laptop Go at over 50 C compared to 45 W on the on the 13.5-inch model when under similar stressful conditions. Additional ventilation grilles on the bottom panel would have probably improved surface temperatures, but Microsoft likely insisted on a "clean" minimalist design with no overt grilles.

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust
AC adapter after running high loads for over an hour
AC adapter after running high loads for over an hour
Max. Load
 38.6 °C
101 F
41.4 °C
107 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 35.6 °C
96 F
42 °C
108 F
30.4 °C
87 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
40.8 °C
105 F
50.2 °C
122 F
46.8 °C
116 F
31.6 °C
89 F
51 °C
124 F
35.8 °C
96 F
30 °C
86 F
31.4 °C
89 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.4 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.3 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32 °C / 89.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-3.5 °C / -6.3 F).
System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)

Stress Test

When running Prime95, the CPU would boost to the 2.0 to 2.4 GHz range for about 50 seconds until reaching a core temperature of 87 C. The internal fan reaches its maximum once the core hits 85 C. Nonetheless, clock rates quickly drop to the 1.7 to 1.8 GHz range thereafter in order to maintain a more acceptable core temperature of 71 C.

Running on battery power will not impact performance. A 3DMark 11 test on batteries would return Physics and Graphics scores of 7156 and 2411 points, respectively, compared to 5453 and 2280 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 41
Prime95 Stress 1.7 - 1.8 -- 71
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.9 - 1.1 700 68

Speakers

Pink noise at maximum volume. Volume is average with poor bass reproduction
Pink noise at maximum volume. Volume is average with poor bass reproduction
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2047.331.647.32536.330.436.33133.530.333.54030.523.130.55029.221.829.26331.122.531.18035.524.135.510040.12240.112543.724.943.716049.317.749.320053195325058.118.758.131560.921.760.940062.418.962.450065.416.665.463066.41666.480069.614.269.6100069.613.469.612507513.375160072.213.172.2200072.112.872.1250069.213.369.2315065.91365.9400069.413.169.4500061.11361.1630062.813.362.8800063.313.363.31000067.513.267.51250066.11366.11600061.612.361.6SPL81.526.481.5N50.80.850.8median 65.4median 13.3median 65.4Delta4.92.94.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMicrosoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Consumption is slightly lower than the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 when under load and about the same as the Zenbook S UX393JA even though the latter comes with the Core i7-1065G7 that's almost two times more powerful in terms of graphics. Performance-per-Watt is therefore not as good as we had hoped. We're able to measure a temporary maximum consumption of 51.6 W from the small (~8.5 x 9 x 2.2 cm) 39 W AC adapter. Note that the Surface Laptop Go is compatible with the 65 W AC adapters that ship with the larger 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.

Constant consumption when running 3DMark 06
Constant consumption when running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would jump to 51 W for about 50 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 27 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would jump to 51 W for about 50 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 27 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.16 / 0.41 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 6.8 / 8 Watt
Load midlight 37.2 / 51.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG, IPS, 1536x1024, 12.40
Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 3300x2200, 13.90
HP EliteBook 830 G7
i7-10810U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
i5-1035G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 i7
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.90
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
i5-1038NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Apple SSD SM0512F, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Power Consumption
-16%
2%
-20%
-39%
-31%
Idle Minimum *
2.8
4.1
-46%
3.6
-29%
4.4
-57%