The Surface Go and Go 2 are great little devices for working on the move, but you might not want to show off to the entire cafe, airplane, or office the project with which you're currently tasked. In that case, adding a privacy screen is a great way to prevent prying eyes. We've rounded up a bunch of the best options right here to get you started.
This privacy screen has a huge cutout at the top that might show a bit of display on the Go 2 due to the slimmer bezel, but it will not interfere with any of the cameras or microphones. It has a 60-degree viewing angle, anti-reflective coating to cut out glare and blue light, and it can be installed in two ways for a matte or glossy finish. It uses double-sided tape to attach.
Protection And Privacy
This privacy screen made for the original Surface Go is actually a tempered glass screen protector with an added privacy layer. It's just 0.2mm thin but will ably protect against scratches without sacrificing touch and pen support. And, of course, it will stop anyone from seeing your screen when looking at it from an angle.
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Removable Silicone Seal
This privacy screen for the original Surface Go uses a silicone seal to attach to the screen. It offers a secure hold that will nevertheless be easier than double-sided tape to remove. The 60-degree viewing angle cuts out unwanted eyes, and the anti-glare coating helps protect your eyes. It should not interfere with touch or pen functionality when installed.
This privacy screen attaches to the Surface Go with magnets, making it incredibly easy to apply and remove. It offers a 60-degree viewing angle, it won't interfere with touch or pen support, and it has an anti-glare layer. It is meant to work only with the original Go, though the cutout along the top bezel does appear to be large enough to not interfere with the Go 2's microphones.
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Any of the options listed above will add some privacy to your Surface Go, vital if you often work in public places. However, if you're still wondering exactly which one is right for you, we can offer further recommendations.
If you have a Surface Go 2, the Kensington FP10 privacy screen (opens in new tab) is likely going to be the best bet due to the enormous cutout along the top. The Go 2 has a different microphone setup, so a lot of screen protectors and privacy screens designed for the original Go will not work without covering up some functionality. If you don't use the microphone on your device, it's not as big of a deal, but if you're often video conferencing or calling, some options will pose a problem. The FP10 screen might leave a sliver of Go 2 display exposed along the top, but not enough to give away what you're working on. Otherwise, it comes with an anti-reflective coating and offers a 60-degree viewing angle.
If you're interested in more robust protection while also adding privacy, the UAG tempered glass privacy screen (opens in new tab) should be more appealing. It brings all the benefits of a screen protector, including scratch protection and full touch compatibility, while also preventing anyone from viewing the screen at a side angle. Due to the precise cutout, this option is only compatible with the original Surface Go.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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