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Everybody seems to love my Surface Go (and I do too)

A long day of work meetings has turned into drinks at the nice bar down the street. I'm not quite finished with the last thing I was doing, and I need to get these thoughts out of my brain before I forget them, so I toss my Surface Go in my bag. Twenty minutes into the evening, someone turns to me with a surprised look on their face and asks what device I'm using. Most people I work with are MacBook people, so the unusual shape and size of the Surface Go catch them off guard.

I finish typing my thoughts and hand them my little machine, starting up a demo routine I've developed over the last couple of months of answering these exact same questions just about everywhere I go with my Go. What starts as a curiosity frequently ends in the other person picking up a Surface Go of their own.

Dispelling Surface myths

Surface Go

Surface Go (Image credit: Windows Central)

The truth is, shopping for a laptop or tablet still leaves a lot of people looking at the big brands. Sitting in a coffee shop, it's not uncommon for someone to ask me if my Surface Go is made by Dell or HP or Lenovo, only to surprise them by explaining the manufacturer is actually Microsoft. Even now, with the Surface line getting so much marketing and attention, there are a ton of people who only see Microsoft as the folks behind Windows software. Even on display shelves in big box retail stores, the Surface line isn't the first thing most retail employees will walk someone to as a trial.

I can't tell you how many times I've rolled my eyes at the word 'lapability' only to show them my Surface Go.

But even when someone sees a Surface on display, there are often a lot of questions to follow. Is it a laptop, or a tablet? In person, I can hand them my Surface Go and show how it's a little bit of both. I keep my Surface Pen handy to show how nice it is to be able to grab screenshots and leave notes even if I'm not really all that artistically inclined. I've had jaws drop when I show someone how easy it is to remove and re-attach the keyboard, so I can use it as a recipe machine in the kitchen and a full writing workstation even when I'm in a cramped car. Seeing a Surface on a shelf in a store is so different than seeing it actually being used, so a lot of that utility gets lost in that traditional purchasing environment.

Even among techy people, there are some super common misconceptions about the Surface Go. I can't tell you how many times I've rolled my eyes at the word "lapability" only to show someone that my Surface Go fits on my lap with no problems and no hinge hangover, like you might see with the larger Surface models. The same goes for those who tap their trusty MacBook and tell me they can't live without a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness, only to see my Surface Go Type Cover (opens in new tab) does the exact same thing. My personal favorite is folks who tell me they've moved happily to USB-C and can't go back (with an iPhone X unironically in hand) only to blow them away as I connect my USB-PD battery to the USB-C port on the Surface Go to show this is usually the only charger I bring with me places, even when I know I'm going to be away from home for multiple days.

Surface Go is more than a specs sheet

Surface Go

Surface Go (Image credit: Windows Central)

The truth is there are few small computers as versatile, capable, and visually appealing as the Surface Go. And once you show someone how nice these machines are, they quickly start thinking about picking one up for themselves. Several of my friends now have their own Surface Go and love them. I have co-workers who lug around big MacBooks and tell me they're kind of jealous when they see how quickly I can unpack and get to work, or how easy it is for me to put everything in a super tiny bag and be comfortable carrying it all day. And the starting price is very reasonable: $400.

I wish more people knew how much fun this little hybrid is to use.

A lot of that comes down to a quality design, instead of such an intense focus on performance and specs. Because if you're looking for a specs powerhouse, the fastest processor with the most RAM, or the best GPU, this isn't the machine for you. This is a super portable PC designed for people who want that full Windows experience on the go. It's infinitely more useful than an iPad Pro or a Chromebook for me because I never need to compromise on available apps or things like having a file manager. And, honestly, the price on the Surface Go is great for what you're getting. I am still incredibly happy with the base model Surface Go; the only change I occasionally wish I had was the LTE model for when I travel. But if I'm honest, I travel infrequently enough that using the hotspot on my phone is good enough.

It seems like a weird thing to get excited about, but when people see a Surface Go in the wild, and it's clear they are low-key shopping for a new computer already, this PC turns heads and leaves people wanting to know more. I wish more people knew how much fun this little hybrid is to use, and picked one up for themselves.

Russell is a tech nerd who chases the best of everything, from phones to game consoles to laptops and everything glowing or beeping. He's the Managing Editor of gaming content for Mobile Nations and can be found contributing to all of the Mobile Nations sites. Reach out on Twitter!

87 Comments
  • I loved my Surface 3 (back when my use case was a little different) and it's not hard to imagine the Go being just as sweet, but with a few key upgrades.
  • I love my Go best budget Surface yet and I loved Surface 2 and 3, and yes mine is still locked to the store and is staying that way. It's my go to device I even use it to make phone calls using the free Textnow App works awesome they give me a free # works great.
  • Surface Go NEEDS to use something like the latest 8CX from Qualcomm to provide days of battery life and always connected capabilities with sufficient power.
    The form factor screams ARM.
  • Well, you are going to have to wait for Surface GO 2. But by then the Intel 10nm Pentium chip will rock the 8CX.
  • Mine is still doing is job in the kitchen as familiy calendar and for recipes and shopping list. It's perfect for this.
  • Nice writeup. Thanks.
  • Didn't the latest Gartner and IDC market reports indicate that Surface sales (at least in the US as their global sales are too small to separate out) fell 13%? Doesn't sound like the Go is turning all that many heads.
  • That's because it took MS so long to release it. Many potential sales went to someone else first. I got the Acer Switch 3.
  • me too! I thought about returning it after the Go came out, but the price of the additional keyboard wasn't worth it.
  • In number of units, or in revenue? As the former could mean more people are opting for the smaller, cheaper, Surface Go over the Pro. Especially seeing as there has been a bit of a wait for a revamp on the Surface 3.
  • Gartner and IDC both report number of units sold. And where you said "former" (referring to units sold) you really meant "later" (referring to revenue).
  • Seems to me the Surface division generated 10% plus increase in sales rev in the last quarter. Also remember, if PC shipments are rising, then MSFT revenue is growing by earning $100 per unit sold.
  • Windows PC shipments are not rising. They have been declining for the last 8 years.
  • I do enjoy my Surface Go as well. If only the battery life was better...
  • What's your average battery life with the device?
  • I hear many people, me included, get around 5-6 hours. I'm sure I could push that to 7+ if I lowered the brightness below 50 (currently set at 65) and switched back to Edge instead of Firefox. I also keep my power set to Better Battery because thus far I haven't seen a need to boost it beyond that.
  • We get about 4 hours, we brought one in for trial, so disappointed by the battery life. There should be some accountability for the outrageous claims versus real work specs. You might get 10 hours of battery life if you had it so dim everything was unreadable, didn't use any inking capability, wi-fi off (who needs that thing called the inter-web anyways) & then let it go into sleep mode after 1 minute with a blank screen, then maybe you'll get 8-10 hours of life from it.
  • 4-5 hours for me. Waaaay not enough. Its the only thing I don't like about it.
  • I only get max 5 hours. This is not good enough. My ASUS Chromebook goes for 9 hours+....
  • well, Chrome OS is also way more lightweight than Windows 10
  • Because ChromeOS vs Windows really.
  • The biggest problem is the battery life
  • Yes, that's a big no go for me.
  • Processor is *****, other than that its a great little machine. I use a Surface Book
  • Its fine for average email/office/browsing work (not gaming, not video)
    But for everyday computing, its fine. It's actually the battery that's the problem.
  • Even for gaming it's not horrible. No, you aren't going to play the latest AAA games on it but it runs last gen titles and many current less demanding games just fine and is great for emulation. Battery does need improvement though. (Note: I am using the 8gb model)
  • You say 'not gaming, not video'. I agree totally with you. I watch quite a bit of TV sports on my devices (my wife has control over the living room TV....). I tried to watch some of the football playoff games last weekend and was very very disappointed. There was so much lag on my GO, I couldn't even watch. My 3 1/2 year old Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, with only 4 GB of RAM, works just fine watching TV; same with my S8+. I can't believe this new device can't keep up . Not sure what the problem is: the CPU itself, or the display drivers/adapters. This is super disappointing to me; I've only had the GO for 3 weeks now, and the display is laggy. When I scroll down through all my OneDrive folder/placeholders, I can see the text 'bleed' into each folder title. This is not good....
  • Processor may not be brilliant, but I find it fine. I can start prepping design and animation works, when I'm travelling, using Adobe Creative Cloud apps, Affinity Designer or Photo, Animatron, Camtasia, etc.
    Yes, I switch to something more powerful when I get back to the workplace, but the Go does have its uses where you may not expect it to.
  • I love my Surface Go with LTE, great little travel computer, light weight, easy to carry and gets the job done.
  • Same here; it's even decent on the desktop whether using it with a Surface Dock or just a USB-C monitor with built in USB hub (Samsung SH850 27" -actually two of them both being run by the Surface Go). I upped to the business LTE SKU (8gb RAM and 256gb SSD) which seems to help the horsepower quotient.
  • The form factor is great and throws done people off. I have an ASUS Transformer Mini which is the same size and I once had a co-worker exclaim, "hey that's fancy!" Actually no, is entry level and 2 years old at that.
  • My wife loves her "GO". She won't use anything else for her productivity tasks.
  • Problem with the go is its toooo small. The Keys are tiny, so trying to write on the thing is a pain, is also tooo light, so it tips over all the time.
  • Got to love these complaints, so a small ultraportable is too small and too light, lmao, isn't that the point, perhaps you don't need a small ultraportable if these are your complaints.
  • I would honestly buy it as a tablet only device. I never had much trouble with the on screen keyboard. For the rare situations it doesn't come up I could have the icon in the action center to force it on screen. I use my iPad (not the pro version) primarily like I mentioned before but when I need a keyboard I use my Bluetooth third party. But with the Surface Go I could potentially have a device that does all I need for entertainment purposes that my iPad can't do.
  • I think the argument is that Microsoft should re-release Non-Pro surface at the similar price point but with 12.5inch 1080p display.
  • I know what you mean. If only Microsoft made something like the Surface Go but bigger 🤔
  • I agree, that way we have something else to whine about like "It's too big, why can't they make it small like an Ipad size or at most 10"...
    Let's face fact, it is important that MSFT give us good reason to complain or we'll make one up.
  • Is no different than the Windows bloggers who trash this device. Even tho they will never travel with anything less than a 15 inch i7 machine or use the pen. They bash this thing constantly on famous MS sites and famous Windows podcasts. It ain't for them because they live in the past and yet they comment on it constantly.
  • I think you touched on a very important point when you mentioned how it is displayed and sold at stores. In Australia they are not done justice at all. Apple gets the lion share of the store space an they have had the same boring line up forever. MS gets a tiny space everything crammed together. AND, you just can't get how great they are with just looking at them in that stagnant space. MS needs to do something. I wish they would open a store here in Brisbane, Australia. They could easily open one in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane!!!!
  • I went to my local Staples, to pick one up, and they only had the display model. They had never ordered any other ones in. I went to Best-Buy and picked one up. When i asked about the warranty, the guy at the desk didn't know, so he called through his headset mic to his boss. He had to keep repeating over and over into his mic "Surface GO.....Surface GO.....Microsoft ...Surface GO:. His manager seemed to have no idea about this device...reminds my of the days when I went into phone stores looking for a Windows phone, and most workers didn't know what I was talking about....
  • On another note. This is an awesome device.
  • Yeah, I think I'll wait until they sort out the dated looking jumbo-bezels, the slow CPU, and the terrible battery life. Plus the fact that it may be a 'reasonable' $400 in the US, in my country that's $700 for the lesser 64gb/4gb ram version, not including the keyboard or pen (Ouch!). So until they sort those other things out, it's not value for money.
  • Well next time they might go with an ARM processor so the slow CPU IS always going to be there 😂
  • Dude, an ARM processor has its strengths. But from raw processing power, they don't compare to CISC chips. However, CISC chips need volts and amps to deliver the performance. So what you get with ARM is a long lasting battery powered device with pretty good consumer level applications. Cool, but you are not going to be able to power through big computing tasks.
  • Jupast; Just curious, How much is iPad in your country?
  • I hear a lot about the "short battery life", but it should also be mentioned about how fast you can recharge it! I plug it in while I have dinner and it'll be right back up to 100%. Battery life is really not an issue for me.
  • I'm sure everyone would like better battery life, but for me that's a compromise I can live with for the size, I carry an external USB-C battery pack, which carries 2+ recharges and charges only 10% slower than the MS power supply, that covers me for a transatlantic flight including long connections at Heathrow, watching videos at high brightness for most of that time.
  • I purchased one with LTE. I use it on public transport to sort out e-mails on the way to/from work, or to VPN into my work network and work on other things. I plan to use it throughout the year for presentations so that I can provide additional information by writing on the screen. It's great! Having easily usable mobile connectivity makes a MASSIVE difference to how much I use it.
  • Thanks for the article. I got a 4GB/64GB Surface Go for Christmas. It was on sale for $349. I am really impressed by this thing, and I too have come to love it. Despite what the benchmarks show on the processor, and having a slower EMMc drive, this thing feels fast and snappy. I have an aging 15.6" laptop with a hard drive and the Surface Go feels faster. Especially when the laptop comes out hibernation, it is a dog for about 10 minutes while Windows 10 does activities that puts the hard drive at 100%. When the Surface Go comes out of hibernation, it is snappy with no noticeable stuttering like on the laptop. The Surface Go comes out of stand by really fast too. I'm getting about 8 hours of battery life on mine. I've minimized the amount of info shared in the privacy settings, including history settings with Cortona. I've also not allowed Cortona, Photos, Groove, and To-Do to run in the background. I don't really know if that helps, but that's what I've done, and the battery life is plenty. I have about 41 GB available after setting up apps I want. Basically just added Netflix and Sling and removed a few. I have Office 365 on it. I have yet to take it out of S mode. I'm trying to stay in S mode just for security reasons and also just to see if I can. I find reading with Amazon's Cloud Reader to be a really great experience. Reading technical books on it works must better than a Kindle, phone, or laptop. Since I'm still in S mode, I obviously am not using Chrome. My son has a pretty nice, current desktop. I challenged his desktop to the Surface Go in a browser competition. He used Chrome; I used Edge. Windows Central is a pretty demanding web site. The challenge involved 1) open Windows Central 2) duplicate 9 more tabs of Windows Central home page 3) go back to each tab and open a different article 4) go to an open article and scroll down to the bottom with the scroll bar (not mouse wheel) and then back up to the top (repeat rapidly; this will force new articles to load when you hit the bottom) 5) go back and select all the tabs. The point is to do all of these steps as fast as you can. I had the Task Manager running while doing this. The Surface Go was pushed hard by this, but it only stuttered once for a about a second. It kept up with all my interaction. The stuttering came when the RAM utilization hit 100%, but to my surprise, Edge would unload the memory of none selected tabs and then performance picked up. This same test on a 8GB i5 GTX 1050ti Chrome desktop was not pretty. Chrome stalled repeatedly. In essence, the Surface Go in S mode kicked the desktop's a**. My son and I also both installed Asphalt 9 Legends. The Surface Go did great with this game. With medium graphics setting, the Surface Go held processor at about 50% and GPU at about 75%. With full graphics settings, the processor held at about 75% and GPU maxed out at 100%. The game was definitely playable. I also love the ultra portability of the Surface Go. The USB-C with power deliver is huge. I only need my phone charger when traveling! I got a pen too. The best use of the pen is highlighting books on Amazon Cloud Reader. But I also find it works great for non-touch friendly web sites that still process mouse enter and leave HTML events. The pen can simulate that. Try going to imdb.com and selecting their drop down menus. With a mouse, they stay dropped. With touch, you touch them and they drop, but then the pop back closed. The pen can resolve this with its hover detection. Also, the pen is great for parts of Windows 10 UI that is not Fluent design yet. Some old style Windows 10 dialogs can be really small on the Surface Go. The pen helps with selection. The big down side to touch is the File Manger. That app needs a refresh for touch/pen input. If the keyboard is attached, it is no a problem. I also find the pen great to do white boarding with remote co-workers. Also, the kick stand is awesome! I would get the Surface Go over an iPad simply because of the kickstand. It is super handy. With only 64 GB of storage, I have OneDrive set up to work off the cloud. I then selected all my folders other than music and pictures to work offline (my music and pictures exceeds the 40 GB remaining). I found that using OneDrive networked, Photos app still is really fast! And finally, the screen is great. One of the funnest things to do on the Surface Go is to watch TV or a movie. The screen is so clear and bright. Also, the head phone jack has a pretty good head phone preamp. The sound is really good. So the video watching experience is really good.
  • Nice testing and write-up I'm using the Samsung book 2 and trying to keep it in S mode. So far so good with everything I do. O365, streaming, citrix, etc. Only wish they had VS code in the store then it would be perfect.
  • You can put your music on OneDrive online and use Groove as a cloud music player. Or at least you could do before. It works great with OneDrive
  • If the battery life was a LOT better, that would be my portable to-do device. I like the small screen. I have been using the HP Envy x2 with the Snapdragon chip pretty much from when it came out and I am now spoiled forever if it comes to battery
  • how is that working out for you. I am interested in buying that one.
  • For what I do, It is perfect. I use it to mostly work in Office on the go. I get some emails done in Outlook, I do a ton of excel stuff (not some major data crunching, but for smaller tasks, it works perfect. I use if to about 1-3 hours daily and I usually charge it 1-2 times a week.
    Not sure how it would work for gaming or real heavy stuff, but I life in O365 and for that, it is an amazing piece of equipment.
    I also use it as frontend to connect to a few Azure VM on the go and while I sometimes get some stutter with poor network coverage (2 or 1 bar, I am using Sprint) it still works.
    Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
  • I think MS is going to announce a Qualcomm ARM based Go at MWC 19. Either that or they are going to formally announce the ever exciting project Rome and MS Graph. Hopefully the former ;0) Because the latter would call into question sanity.
  • Just picked up my 2nd Surface Go! I actually returned the first one because of the performance with Chrome (and bought a Chromebook), but have since realized that I can live without Chrome. Tried a Surface 6, but was too big (?), so realized I was missing my Surface Go. Went back and got another 4/64 Go and now totally happy!
  • I was $800 into a 64/128 model with keyboard and pen (burgundy of course). I loved it, I think, but returned it. The battery life was the main reason. That, and I just couldn’t find a use for it no matter how hard I tried. It was good for taking notes on my desk due to the size, but I hate OneNote. I miss it, and will but the next version of the Go, hopefully with a better processor and battery life.
  • The 4ish hours of battery for an iPad competitor just doesn't cut it. I have about 2 weeks to return mine and I think I will and hope a Surface Go 2 gets at least 6 hours. Definitely won't be my last Surface but until the battery life gets improved it's not for me.
  • To all of those who are having battery life problems: STOP USING CHROME
  • Get a Chromebook and triple that battery life!
  • And stop running any of the apps you actually want to use and buy another device just so you can run a really badly designed browser. Yup. Makes sense.
  • Chrome isn't that far behind Edge, even according to Microsoft's numbers. The slight advantage Edge might have is not worth using it's inferior rendering engine. https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-touts-edges-battery-life-advant...
  • You're here like clockwork.
  • bleached, I ask you to try the MotionMark 1.0 benchmark with Edge and then Chrome on the same machine. MotionMark is a benchmark testing graphics rendering engine performance. I've found Edge to be a MAGNITUDE ORDER times faster than Chrome with this benchmark. The fact that Edge is so efficient in rendering is also probably why it is better on battery. My Surface Go got a 155 score using Edge; which is that same as my laptop.
  • I’ve stopped using my Dell XPS 15 in favour of the surface go. It really is an amazing thing. I hope the next version has a faster processor and slightly better battery life. If it was any good as a tablet it would destroy the iPad (with the right pricing). The microsoft apps are fine (there aren’t lots of them but there are enough), but the whole experience in tablet mode is poor and I rarely detach the keyboard. I’ve tried Android emulators but the experience isn’t good enough. I think Microsoft could really improve this aspect of the OS if they wanted to. A separate environment or a dual boot option, providing a simple touch-oriented OS would work better.
  • I have a Surface Pro 4 and I still don't understand the "lapability" thing. It fits perfectly fine on my lap and I am average height. Not once have I felt that it is a pain on my lap or that the back kick stand "digs" into my lap even after hours of time on my lap. I choose the Surface design because it is so versatile and have been holding onto this machine for so long because it does work so well.
  • It seems to be very dependent on the person, because I can understand the concern. I had a Surface 6 that I returned because my lap was not big enough for the device and keyboard (when sitting up straight). It wasn't that the kickstand dug into my lap, but rather that it kept slipping off of my knees. I had to sit legs-crossed to give a platform for the rear kickstand to rest. However, the Surface Go is much better. No problems with "lapability". (I am 5' 10", ~200lbs).
  • On the budget airlines I travel, especially if the seat in front is reclined, the Pro4 does become a problem, normally speaking it isn't an issue at home, but when flying, I've found the Go to be a whole lot more practical, and with the 8gb ram version, I've got photoshop, sql, visual studio all running together without too much compromise vs the bigger brother.
  • I've been thinking of replacing my Kindle Fire and have been considering a Chromebook. Hmm this may be just what I'm looking for though. Some concerns about it being locked to the store though. Went through that with my Windows 8 tablet.
  • It's not locked to a store if you switch out of Win 10 S mode into Win 10 Home mode which is free (and weirdly - one way - you can switch to Home, but not back to S) and then you can run anything on the Go.
  • Folks it is interesting to note that the Surface Go's sized is the sweet spot for a hand
    held Tablet in fact it's simular in size to one of the Apple ipad Airs. this is a 1st
    Generation model I expect the 2nd generation Surface "Go" will have better Battery
    life and a better CPU. What many wants to see made is an ARMS version of the
    Surface Go Running the new more powerful Qualcomm ARMS CPU's and
    Windows 10 on ARMS software that will give the Surface GO true all day battery usage.
    WOW what a GREAT device that will be.
    Hmm folks I hope Microsoft gives the ARMs version a Different name so People do not
    confused it for the Intel version which does not need emulation software to run
    x86/Win32 full PC software
  • Love that tee shirt @Russell Holly!
  • they should make a Surface Go Pro, same form factor, bit beefier power and battery
  • The problem would be the battery. It would have to be a lot smaller and wouldn't last as long. Switching to ARM might help, but then you wouldn't have a Pro anymore.
  • you must be thinking of a Surface Pro Go, I'm talking about a Surface Go Pro.
    if it's the same form factor as Surface Go why would the battery have to be a lot smaller than the current one?
  • I went to a Microsoft Store to shop for a Surface Go and left with a Surface Pro 6. I love the thing. I am jealous that the Go has USB-C, when they left that off of the Pro. My SP6 is now my main machine. I have an older (and massive) HP 17 inch, DV 7 laptop playing the role of a desktop now, but I do photo editing on the SP6 and even some light video editing. When I'm not doing that crazy stuff I can get about 8 hours of battery life.
  • I bought a surface book 2 last year, but still default to my old surface Pro 4 almost all of the time. There's just something so awesome about the Surface Pro (and Go) form factor. Don't get me wrong, I love that crazy hinge on my Book 2, but nothing beats the versatility of a pro/go
  • My 18 year old kid started using hers on Christmas morning, and has hardly put it down. Everything from homework to Web browsing, games, videos, TV, movies and music...she does it all on her Surface Go. Although she still uses facetime as her primary video calling tool, because frankly Microsoft have totally squandered the opportunity to make Skype relevent to the pre-teen and teenage generation. It's a great machine. Hopefully MS will exploit this win and launch an updated model with beefier specs and maybe Windows-on-Arm later this year.
  • Just a heads up on something. A lot of the reviews complaining of performance issues with the Go basically fire up Chrome and go 'look - so stuttery - the system can't handle it.' Here's the thing though - it's not the Go.. It's Chrome. Chrome implements pen and touch support VERY badly and most people are scrolling with their finger when they try this. But try it with the Pen and you'll be surprised at how smooth it becomes. Mouse or trackpad scrolling is almost as good. Don't get me wrong, the Go isn't going to be as smooth as an i7 with 16GB of RAM (and there are days when it feels that Chrome needs this much in the way of resources...) but if you use a Pen or the trackpad to scroll, the Go is just fine. Or, of course, you could use Edge which Microsoft has fine tuned to work well with mouse, touch and pen...
  • chrome runs better on a chromebook than on windows. shocking... google probably has something to do with that
  • I use my Surface Pro (5th gen, i7) in much the same way, except I am more of a power user, and need the extra power. Best PC/Tablet ive ever owned. I wish IOS developers ported their tablet apps (mostly games) to the Windows Store, but I have more than what I need to do my work, and play. The cool thing I do now, is use the Dell Mobile Connect app to control my Android Phone.
  • I was going for the Surface Go at the Microsoft store in S.F. but the i5 2017 Pro was heavily discounted with an added keyboard. It fits better my artistic endeavor (and the need for more screen space) but I would have settle happily for the Go otherwise.
  • And still there is no market for UWP apps? Tje problem is not the number of devices or the platform, it's the devs and their attitude.
  • We have a Minimalist Go with the least memory available, it works great. It is the wife's and she has a Surface 2 and 5 also. I have a Surface 2 Pro and a 5. Waiting for a few more points on my reward program to get a upgraded Go for me. I expect it will be 'Tablet-napped' by the wife, which is okay she really uses them.
  • In practice, do you ever actually detach the keyboard, in normal use? I have an Acer Switch-10, which is similar in principle, ie has a detachable keyboard dock. The difference, which I consider a big improvement, is that I can position the screen at any angle, and the dock holds it up. It is extremely rare that I ever detach the dock. I can just close the thing, as a clam-shell, and walk away with it. Just as easy as the Surface, but better-protected (by the clam-shell construction) against screen damage. I have played with the Surface Go in a store, but decided to stick with my Acer Switch-10.
  • This article is spot on! I agree that this device turns heads. I have the same experience. People are always asking me 'What is that?' Most people have not even heard of the 'Surface' brand that I run into. Microsoft does some advertising but no where near enough. If they would take those YouTube videos and broadcast them on cable & broadcast TV they would see a huge uptake to their products. They have yet to learn that advertising to the critic/blogger community doesn't sell that many devices. Unlike Samsung & Apple who get how to market to the masses and not just the niche. When Microsoft learns how to demonstrate the real life usefulness of their products to the 'mass market' all of their devices will see an uptake in market share. As far as battery life, I get about 5-6 hours with a mix of uses (office 365, video, email, & edge). I also run a couple of multimedia software presentation packages that are not available through the store. So I was forced to leave 'S' mode. But I would love the ability to return to 'S' mode now that I've downloaded the few programs I need. This device is awesome, everything this article says is true. The key, buying the right device for the appropriate use. I also have a Surface Book, Pro 2, Pro 5 for different scenerios. Such as work, work from home, video editing, music production, etc. But the Go is a Go for sure! A great device, respect what it does, and how it does it! Fantastic!