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 device 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, a choice between 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. The internals also mean that you'll be able to accomplish more than just basic tasks, too.

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 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.

On the inside, it features an Intel Pentium GOLD processor with 8GB RAM, but it remains quiet while 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.

For the best Windows 10 tablet, all you need to know is Surface Go.

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.

The price does start to climb if you're interested in the additional accessories for it. A Type Cover will set you back an additional $99, as will the Surface Pen, so you'll be spending closer to $600 for everything.

Battery life also isn't the best. It'll get you through a working day, but don't expect any miracles. It gets about 6-7 hours at most, which is mostly because this isn't a Windows 10 on ARM device, meaning it's using an Intel processor that isn't as battery efficient.

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

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

Samsung Galaxy Book2

The best Always-Connected PC available right now

If you want great battery life in a premium 2-in-1 form factor that has instant-on and is always connected, you can't go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book2 with Windows 10.

If you're the kind of person who's always on the go and wants access to the internet at all times, check out the Galaxy Book2. It runs on a Snapdragon 850 processor with LTE, so you can connect to 4G, and it has extraordinary battery life.

Budget pick


Cheap and chearful

If you're looking for a no-frills tablet with Windows 10, featuring a 2K resolution screen, a low end Intel Cherry Trail X5 Z8350 Quad Core processor, 64GB internal storage, and 4GB RAM, the Chuwi Hi10 AIR is a great choice.

You're not getting much with the CHUWI HI10, but you do get all the basics, so you can browse the internet and do some work on the go. It also has a keyboard and trackpad accessory, allowing you to turn it into a makeshift laptop when you need to write an essay or require finer precision pointing with a cursor.

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 Samsung Galaxy Book2 is a great alternative if you prefer always-on capabilities and more battery life. And the HI10 is an affordable choice if you just need a tablet for web browsing and email.

Our pick

Surface Go

A device 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.

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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