As a preamble to this test
Is the Surface GO 2 for you?Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Microsoft Surface GO 2 according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Surface GO 2 compatible with internet use?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Microsoft with this Surface GO 2.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
With a 10 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Surface GO 2 on your lap. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Microsoft with a lot of care.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 64 gigabytes will be enough. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Microsoft is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Surface GO 2 for videos?
With this laptop, Microsoft offers a product oriented toward general use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Surface GO 2 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 10, in 1800×1200, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 0.9 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Microsoft is primarily intended for film lovers the Surface GO 2. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it Surface GO 2 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Surface GO 2 only 1 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.You get 9 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.
The Surface GO 2- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
This Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. The bottom line is this : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. The 10 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
The touch screen is present on the Surface GO 2, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface GO 2. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
The processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, Microsoft is optimistic about the autonomy of this Surface GO 2. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With this laptop and its autonomy of 9 hours, you have in fact one of the best models of the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 64 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 10 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It Surface GO 2 provides only 1 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
Surface GO 2 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this Surface GO 2corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Microsoft has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10S, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface GO 2 has only got one, with total 64 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Here, it’s 9 hours of autonomy available. This is the best on the market today.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
With the Surface GO 2, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
The Surface GO 2- the right model to play with?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops you can play with. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. With a resolution in 1800×1200 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Microsoft like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 64 Gb it Surface GO 2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 0.9 Kg.
It has an autonomy of 9 hours, more than many others.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Surface GO 2 the right choice for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface GO 2 it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10S.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. A weight of 0.9 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Surface GO 2 has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the Surface GO 2 is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
In short, is the Surface GO 2, the right choice ?
This Surface GO 2 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– travel use
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing