The Microsoft Surface Go is now available in a total of 25 countries, introducing a small, affordable 2-in-1 for students and beyond. The device starts at just $399 for its 64GB/4GB, with special pricing for some teachers, military, students, and parents.
The Surface Go has a 10″ touchscreen, weighs just 1.15 lbs, and lasts for up to nine hours without charge. Other than its thick bezels, it matches the design of others in its line and should have a high build quality.
However, the price of the tablet is less attractive when you consider the accessories that aren’t included. A Surface type cover will set you back $130, and the Surface Pen $100. For those on lower incomes, though, it means the ability to pick the tablet up earlier and save for additional accessories.
Another highlight of the device is the support for USB-C charging, which shows Microsoft is finally willing to adapt. Users will no longer have to use specific adapters and should have a more portable charging lead.
Surprisingly Few Compromises
The consumer version of the Surface Go launches with Windows 10 in S mode, which restricts installable apps to the Microsoft Store. Thankfully, users can upgrade to Pro free of charge.
It’s also worth noting that the commercial version that was also launched today doesn’t have this limitation. Unfortunately, that’s offset by the fact it costs an additional $100. LTE models of the Surface Go are expected to arrive later this year, so it’s also likely many enterprises will wait until then.
Still, despite its Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, reviews peg the Go as quite capable. Users may not be able to run apps like Photoshop at perfect speed, but the 8GB RAM variant can run plenty of apps and browser tabs simultaneously, which is enough for casual users.
The Surface Go is currently available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. You can grab it now from the Microsoft Store.