The Surface Go is Microsoft's latest flagship tablet that can replace your laptop, and it's the one that gets the most right.

Our pick

Surface Go

A mini tablet that can do it all.

If you like the Surface Pro form factor but are looking for a device that's smaller, you should take a look at Microsoft's new Surface Go. It's like a smaller Surface Pro that starts at a cheaper price.

Featuring an Intel Pentium GOLD processor, 4GB or 8GB RAM, and a Full HD 10-inch screen in the Surface tablet form factor, this device is a premium mini tablet with pen support for inking and more.

Who should buy the Surface Go

The Surface Go is a device built for those who are on the go but need something that's versatile and capable enough to handle work related tasks ranging from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets to lightweight creative work in programs like Photoshop. With the additional pen support and ability to connect up the excellent Type Cover, the Surface Go is a tablet that can also be your laptop, and excellent inking experience all in one.

Is it a good time to buy the Surface Go?

Surface Go launched earlier this year, meaning it's still a great time to buy one new from Microsoft. We're not expected a new Surface Go for a long while yet, so you won't feel cheated buying one now. Surface Go is already features an excellent high quality display, USB-C, and 8GB RAM for smooth multitasking.

Reasons to buy:

  • Small form factor.
  • Beautiful touch display.
  • Surface Pen is a joy.
  • Type Cover.

Reasons to not buy:

  • Type Cover and pen not included.
  • Battery life.
  • No Thunderbolt 3.

An excellent tablet that can also be a laptop

The Surface Go is the successor to 2015's Surface 3, and features a 10-inch high quality display in the same magnesium chassis you know and love.

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On the inside, it features an Intel Pentium GOLD processor with 8GB RAM, and is silent running. It also features a slightly rounder design than its predecessor. It has a truly stunning display and a digital pen is included for all the handwriting and drawing you might want to do.

If needed, you can choose a higher end model with more storage for those who need the extra room. There's also a microSD card expansion slot for additional storage when needed.

The best bit about the Surface Go is that it starts at $399, which is super cheap compared to other Surface products on the market. Don't be fooled by its cheap price though, as this is still one incredibly premium tablet.

Alternatives to Surface Pro

While Microsoft makes an excellent tablet with the Surface Go, it isn't the only one available on the market. Many other hardware manufacturers have taken on the 2-in-1 form factor with their own unique ideas, and here are a few of our recommendations worth checking out.


Microsoft Surface Pro 6

It's deceptively light, obscenely powerful, and incredibly versatile.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when you need it.

If you like the idea of the Surface Go, but need more power and a bigger screen, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 6. It's essentially Surface Go's bigger brother, with upgraded specifications and a 12.3-inch display.

ARM-powered pick


A beautiful tablet that's great on battery life.

If you're looking for a true tablet experience with Windows 10, the HP ENVY x2 is an excellent choice. Thanks to it being powered by ARM, the device is able to wake and sleep instantly just like an iPad and can last up to 20 days on a single charge.

Windows 10 on ARM is still in its infancy stages, meaning some apps might behave rather slow or not run at all, but for the most part, your experience should be smooth if you're just web browsing with Edge, checking email, listening to music, editing Office documents, and watching movies on Netflix on the ENVY x2.

Budget pick

Lenovo Tablet 10

A straightforward tablet that can also be a laptop.

If you're looking for something that isn't stupid expensive but also has LTE connectivity, the Lenovo Tablet 10 is an excellent choice, coming in at just $495. It's not the most powerful tablet in the world, but it's great for light use.

It also has pen support, meaning you can ink directly onto the screen in situations where you might need to sign a virtual document, and it also includes a physical keyboard attachment in the box that can be used to turn it into a laptop when necessary.

Bottom line

Surface Go is our top pick for the best Windows 10 tablet, as it's a versatile tablet that can also be a laptop and is aggressively priced. When you don't require performance the Surface Pro 6 can deliver, Surface Go is a solid choice. The HP Envy x2 is a great alternative if you prefer always-on capabilities and more battery life. And the Tablet 10 is an affordable choice if you need LTE support.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.

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.

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