Best Surface Go rugged cases 2021
The Microsoft Surface Go lineup has always focused on portability, with this compact, ultra-slim PC ideal for on-the-go computing. You might want to take your Surface Go on the field, and while sturdy, that magnesium alloy shell doesn't play nice with severe drops and scratches. These quality rugged cases can take a beating, with Surface Go, Surface Go 2, and Surface Go 3 sharing identical dimensions, these cases should work on all devices.
Rugged premium protection
The UAG Metropolis offers thick padding on corners to protect against drops, as well as a full rear cover to prevent scratches and scrapes. The built-in stand takes over for the Go's stand, but it still props it up at a suitable angle. Ports and cameras are left uncovered, and there's a Pen holder along the top. This case is compatible with a Type Cover.
Like the UAG Metropolis, this case brings padded corners, a Surface Pen holder, and a full back with its own stand taking over for the Go's built-in stand. However, it costs significantly less, great if you're trying to stick to a budget. Ports and cameras remain uncovered, and it's compatible with an attached Type Cover.
Keep the stand free
MoKo's affordable, rugged case delivers corner drop protection, a side Surface Pen holder, and compatibility with a Type Cover. But instead of having a full rear, it leaves the Go's stand free to extend out. Ports and cameras are left uncovered, and there's even a clasp for the keyboard to help keep it closed.
Pen tether included
Can't keep track of your Surface Pen? The BlackBelt has a tether and side Pen holder to ensure it doesn't get left behind. Thick corner padding protects against drops, and there's a built-in handle on the back to make use while standing easier. The Go's stand remains uncovered for full movement, and it's compatible with an attached Type Cover.
Hand and shoulder strap
UAG's Plasma rugged case adds an adjustable hand and shoulder strap, making this a great option if you're spending time in the field. You get thick padding on the corners, a full back with its own kickstand, and a Surface Pen holder along the top. Despite all the armoring, it's fully compatible with an attached Type Cover.
The Targus SafePort takes things to the next level, offering thick corner padding, removable hand strap, Surface Pen holder, built-in stand, and protection that extends out to cover an attached Type Cover. It leaves ports and cameras open for business so that you don't lose functionality despite all the protection.
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These rugged cases are among the best available for all Surface Go models, including the original Surface Go from 2018, plus newer Surface Go 2 and Surface Go 3 models. Your options range from all-encompassing shells, better suited to heavy usage in the field, while more lightweight alternatives keep the freedom of the kickstand and other device features.
As seen in our UAG Metropolis review, this case is a tested and true solution, bringing robust protection and durable design. It covers nearly every part of the Go except the display, with a custom metal kickstand, thick corner drop protection, and a Surface Pen holder along the top. You won't lose the function of the cameras and ports, and it's all compatible with a Type Cover.
If the Metropolis is a bit too pricey, be sure to check out the SupCase UB PRO. It shares a very similar design, yet it costs less than half the price and still delivers reliable protection.
Since its initial debut, the Surface Go hasn't changed much, meaning the same 10.5-inch display, coupled with identical dimensions on all axes. They also work well with many of the other best accessories for Surface Go, ideal for making this tiny tablet a powerhouse for mobile productivity.
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