Is Surface Go a good tablet for kids?

5 reasons why Surface Go is a good tablet for kids

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The Surface Go, Microsoft's latest and most portable device, is undoubtedly suited for those on the move. It's fun to use, it's built to match Surface quality standards, and it has the hardware inside to act as an able companion for everyday tasks. Visiting Microsoft's Go webpage, it's clear from press images that children are included in the intended user group.

Let's take a look at a few good reasons why the Surface Go is indeed a good tablet for kids.

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1) Surface Go uses Windows 10 S mode

Microsoft Surface Go

Children usually aren't exactly aware of the potential for damage that malware and viruses contain, so handing them a device that's free to download any app or software can be a risk. Unintentional clicks on pop-up ads or devious buttons on webpages can happen to just about anyone, experienced or not, so why not remove this scenario from the equation entirely?

The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 in S mode, which means that only apps verified by the Microsoft Store can be downloaded and installed. Even if your child accidentally starts downloading new programs through the Store, you can be sure they won't cause any long-lasting harm.

Windows 10 in S mode still has all the goodies you'd expect from standard Windows 10, including access to Microsoft Office, a set of tools that will no doubt come in handy when it comes time for homework.

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2) Surface Go is the right size and weight for small hands

Starting at just 1.15 pounds (522 grams) without a Type Cover attached, the Surface Go isn't a device that most kids will have a hard time holding onto. That means fewer drops and less potential damage.

Considering it's also only about 0.33 inches (8.30 mm) thick, small hands can easily grip the edges. There's plenty of bezel around the sceen that makes the tablet easier to hold onto without accidental presses on the touch display, as well.

As for the Type Cover, Windows Central Executive Editor Daniel Rubino, in his review, mentioned:

Typing is better than expected for such a small device. While you may not want to write a whole term paper on the Surface Go, you can. Accuracy was outstanding and while it took a few hours to get used to, the Go's Type Cover is quite enjoyable once you factor in the size limitations.

The keyboard may seem a bit small for Rubino's adult-sized hands, but it's just about perfect for children.

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3) Surface Go doesn't cost as much as other Surface devices

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Microsoft's Surface lineup often sets the standard that other laptop and tablet manufacturers attempt to emulate, but there's one problem: Surface devices are generally quite pricey.

That is until the release of Surface Go. It's the cheapest Surface device yet (starting at about $399), but it maintains the same level of attention to design and durability. It's not going to cost as little as some other budget devices, but at least it will sting a bit less if your child drops the Go instead of a Surface Pro or Surface Book 2.

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4) Surface Go has an IR camera for Windows Hello

One of the coolest and most convenient features on Surface devices is the IR camera made for quick and secure logins with Windows Hello. Asking your child to get into the habit of remembering long, random passwords isn't always feasible, but that doesn't mean you have to leave the device unlocked.

After setting up Windows Hello, all your child has to do is look at the camera to log in. It's convenient, it's secure, and it will cut down on the time your child spends asking you to type in passwords.

5) Surface Go has the power for light gaming and homework

There are currently two available Surface Go configurations, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) storage and one with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). For word processing, web browsing, video watching, and even some light gaming (what kid doesn't love Minecraft?), either configuration will get the job done.

Do you need the more expensive Surface Go? Probably not.

Sure, 8GB of RAM and an SSD will speed things up, but for homework and entertainment purposes, the lighter model should be enough, and it costs about $150 less than the higher-end model.

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Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.