Microsoft has officially announced the Surface Laptop Go, a new 12.5-inch laptop that’s essentially a smaller and more affordable version of the Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface Laptop Go has a starting price of $549 (UK pricing yet to be confirmed) and is aimed at casual users, students and office workers who just need a laptop for basic tasks and web browsing.
The 12.45-inhch touch-enabled screen is slightly smaller than the 13-inch panel found on the Surface Laptop 3. A 1536 x 1024 resolution also means it’s not quite Full HD, but the small screen size should mean pixels are densely packed for decent visuals.
A 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor can be found under the hood, along with 4GB / 8GB of RAM. That should be more than enough power for the likes of web browsing and video streaming, but don’t expect a content creation or gaming grade performance.
The laptop runs on Windows 10 in S Mode, which is a scaled down and app-centric version of Microsoft’s operating system. Users will be able to switch to Windows 10 Pro if you fancy more freedom, but this could potentially see a noticeable slowdown for the performance.
Other features include a fingerprint scanner (but not on the cheapest base model), a claimed battery life of up to 13 hours and a 720p front-facing webcam.
For more details on the Surface Laptop Go, keep reading on and keep this page bookmarked for future updates.
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Surface Laptop Go release date – When will it launch?
The Surface Laptop Go will be available to buy from 13 October 2020.
Pre-orders are open right now via the online Microsoft Store and select third-party retailers.
Surface Laptop Go price – How much will it cost?
The Surface Laptop Go has a starting price of £549.99, which bags you a model with an i5 Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage.
There will be more expensive configurations too, which sees more generous RAM and storage options.
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Surface Laptop Go specs – How powerful is it?
The Surface Laptop Go is designed for casual use such as web browsing, video streaming and word processing. With just Intel UHD Graphics on show, professional-grade content creation and gaming outside of cloud-streaming services are essentially ruled out.
Still, the Surface Laptop Go looks like a fantastic compromise between performance, portability and price on paper. The Windows 10 in S Mode will restrict you to Microsoft-approved apps, but you can always upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at a future date if you fancy more freedom.
The resolution of the 12.45-inch display is sadly just shy of hitting Full HD, but we doubt that will be an issue considering the small size of the screen.
|Surface Laptop Go|
|Display||12.45-inch, 1536 x 1024 touchscreen|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G1|
|RAM||4GB / 8GB|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Storage||64GB eMMC or128GB / 256GB SSD|
|Ports||1 x USB-C
1 x USB-A
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
|Dimensions||278 x 206 x 15.7 mm|
Our biggest concern is the base storage option. With a 64GB eMMC drive, you may find yourself running out of space if you like to store photos and videos on the laptops. This isn’t a major issue for everyone though, as Cloud services such as Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive allow you to store data on external servers instead.
Microsoft’s tiny laptop also features a USB-C (although no Thunderbolt 3 support), USB-A and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Surface Laptop Go design – How will it look?
The Surface Laptop Go essentially looks like a smaller variation on the Surface Laptop 3, measuring in at just 15.7mm tall and having a dainty weight of 1.1kg.
The new Microsoft laptop will be available in three different colours – Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum – although availability may vary by market.
A large glass trackbard and a full-size keyboard feature, with the latter seeing 1.3mm travel in its keys, which Microsoft claims provides a comfortable typing experience – we’ll judge that for ourselves once review samples become available.
A fingerprint scanner will be baked into the power button, but unfortunately not for the base model – you’ll have to pay a little more than the $549 base price to get that high-tech security.
Stick with Trusted Reviews for our upcoming review, as we determine whether this diddy laptop is as good as it looks.
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