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Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is a compact convertible with LTE

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Microsoft equips the second generation of its compact convertible with a slightly bigger screen and an optional LTE modem. The performance of the passively cooled device is sufficient for everyday tasks, but modern ARM tablets are more powerful and offer longer battery runtimes.

While the majority of Windows convertibles has gotten bigger, Microsoft has refreshed its compact Surface Go and increased the size of the screen to 10.5 inches for the second generation. We have reviewed the Surface Go 2 with the faster CPU option and the optional LTE modem.

The Intel Core m3-8100Y is a dual-core processor and can be cooled passively. However, it is already more than two years old and does not offer a lot of performance. It is powerful enough for simple tasks right now (including the playback of high-resolution videos), but modern consumer tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 or the Apple iPad Air are faster and also manage longer battery runtimes. Their operating systems are not as versatile as Windows, but it is no problem to be productive with Android or iOS devices by now.

We liked the display and the resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels offers sharp images. The panel is also very well calibrated out of the box. The small sRGB color gamut is covered completely, so the Surface Go 2 can also be used to edit pictures/videos on the go. The PWM flickering, however, can be an issue for sensitive users.

The battery runtime is a bit shorter compared to the previous model; depending on the brightness you can expect between 5-7 hours when you browse the web. The optional keyboard is well-suited for writing texts and acts as a display cover at the same time. However, the models with the faster Core m3 processor and LTE connectivity are not cheap and you are already on the level of premium tablets. If you don't need Windows, tablets like the Apple iPad Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 might be a better choice.

Please see our comprehensive review for more information on the Microsoft Surface Go 2 :

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-12-31 (Update: 2021-01- 1)
Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks - andreas_osthoff - 1237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
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