Best Rugged Case for Surface Go Windows Central 2020

The UAG Metropolis offers all-around great rugged protection from scratches and drops, and it doesn't add a ton of bulk in the process.

Our pick

UAG Metropolis

Great all-around rugged protection.

Tested in-house for its effectiveness against drops and scratches, the UAG Metropolis covers the back, corners, and sides of your Surface Go with sturdy protection.

Who should buy this rugged Surface Go case

Anyone planning on using their Surface Go in the field — or anyone who plans on occasionally handing their Go off to their children — can undoubtedly get a lot of use out of this rugged case. It protects against corner drops and scratches, though anyone who wants to keep full functionality of the Go's kickstand should check out an alternative.

Is it a good time to buy this case?

These rugged cases have recently hit the market to coincide with the release of the Surface Go. Prices generally don't drop much — as is the case with UAG products for the Surface Pro — so now is as good a time as any to add rugged protection to your tablet.

Reasons to buy

  • Compatible with Type Cover
  • Cutouts for ports and camera
  • Three colors available
  • Thick corner padding
  • Surface Pen holder

Reasons not to buy

  • Can't use the Go's kickstand
  • Cheaper option available

Full protection for your Surface Go

Available in three colors, including black, magma, and cobalt, the UAG Metropolis is our top pick for a Surface Go rugged case thanks to all-around great protection and a relatively lightweight design.

The Go easily pushes into the case, and you have the option of using or foregoing the Type Cover. In the latter scenario, an extra strip of protective plastic goes over the keyboard port to keep it from being damaged. When typing, a metal stand on the back of the case is used instead of the Go's built-in kickstand.

Sides, corners, and back are all protected, but you keep full use of your ports, camera, and Type Cover.

The case doesn't add a lot of bulk to the Go, but it has substantial padding around the corners for extra drop protection, and the back is fully covered to keep away scratches. You can still use all ports and cameras on the go thanks to smart cutouts, and there's even a port for upcoming LTE versions of the Go.

On the top is a Surface Pen holder that securely holds it in place when not in use, and a small clip on the top-right corner holds the Type Cover in place when on the move.

Alternatives to the UAG Metropolis

Whether you want to add protection with more features, or protection that lets you keep full use of the Go's built-in kickstand, there are a couple of alternative options to the UAG Metropolis.


Kensington BlackBelt

Keep the kickstand.

You still get rugged protection and get to keep the full function of the built-in Go kickstand.

Kensington's BlackBelt keeps thick padding around the corners and half the back, but leaves the Go's kickstand free for rotation. A Surface Pen holder and tether keep it nearby while you're out in public, and cutouts for camera and ports keep full functionality intact. It's also $15 cheaper than our top pick.

Ultimate protection

UAG Plasma

Hand and shoulder strap available.

Grab this case if you need lots of protection and want the added benefit of a 360-degree rotating hand strap and a removable shoulder strap for easy carrying.

The UAG Plasma resembles its sibling Metropolis, but has a slightly different stand, a hand strap in the middle of the back that rotates 360 degrees, and a shoulder strap that can be removed when not needed. You still get plenty of padding and cutouts for camera and ports.

Bottom line

The UAG Metropolis offers outstanding rugged protection for your Surface Go, with thick padding around the corners, full protection on the back, and cutouts for camera and ports. There's also a Surface Pen holder on the top to keep it nearby. If you'd like to keep full use of the Go's kickstand or need full protection with a few more features, there are some quality alternatives.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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