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Microsoft Surface Go with 64GB eMMC storage – How much slower is the $399 model?

With the reviews of the new Microsoft Surface Go landing one thing is obvious: everyone is looking at the more expensive $550 version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the one to buy versus the $399 option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of space.

Part of that is just the expectation of 8GB of RAM is better especially if using something like the Chrome browser. But the real concern is the type of storage used – eMMC – which is expected to be significantly slower than SSD found in the more expensive model.

If you don't know the difference, we wrote an excellent primer on how the two storage formats compare.

But what about real-world benchmarks? We just picked up the $399 option to give that old eMMC memory a first look and here is what we found and how it compares to a few other Surface models:

Surface Go (128 SSD) vs Surface Go (64 eMMC)

CrystalDiskMark (higher is better)

DeviceReadWrite
Surface Go (eMMC)260 MB/s145 MB/s
Surface Go (SSD)1,185 MB/s133 MB/s
Surface 3 (eMMC)149 MB/s33 MB/s
Dell XPS Tower (HDD)133 MB/s150 MB/s
Surface Laptop648 MB/s244 MB/s
Surface Pro 4758 MB/s159 MB/s
Surface Pro 2017847MB/s801 MB/s
Surface Book1,018 MB/s967 MB/s
Surface Pro 20171,284 MB/s963 MB/s
Surface Book 21,411 MB/s1,202 MB/s

For the test, I left the Surface Go in S-mode and the OS updated to build 17134.191 although those unlikely have any effect on CrystalDiskMark anyway.

As you can see, there is a rather significant drop in disk read performance between the 128GB model's SSD (1,185MB/s) and the eMMC found in the 64GB model (260MB/s) as expected.

Still, compared to the Surface 3's slow eMMC (149MB/s) the Surface Go is a step up – just not nearly as dramatic as the 128GB model, which has roughly 10x the performance.

Other curious bits: Users have just over 40GB of free space out of the entire 64GB for storage. You can add more storage through the micro SD slot under the kickstand for music, videos, documents, photos and more.

The model of the eMMC is SK Hynix hC8aP.

Without even loading any apps RAM usage is already around 58% capacity.

The question if 4GB of RAM is too little depends on your usage and expectations. Windows 10 does do an excellent job of managing memory even at the 4GB level compared to what it was like years ago. Nonetheless, you can hit a wall if running 20 tabs in a browser with some more heavy apps running, but that is the tradeoff for a $399 PC versus something more expensive. (Personally speaking, I've used laptops with 4GB of RAM and think the hysteria against them is often overblown).

Does it matter?

Benchmarks are one thing, but does any of it matter? As usual with all things PC: it depends.

If you're using the Surface Go for email, some web browsing in Edge, watching Netflix or Hulu, listening to Spotify, or using Microsoft Office I would say no, not really. (Remember, the original Surface 3 shipped with 2GB of RAM as the entry-level!)

I've been running the Surface Go 64GB model for about 30 minutes, so it's too early to reach any real conclusion, but it does not feel radically different from the more expensive 128GB model. Surely that can change once I start installing and running more massive apps, but so far this is not a dramatic experience.

As far as more in-depth analysis, I'll be using this over the weekend, and I'll do a follow-up video next week with my thoughts and conclusions.

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Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

121 Comments
  • Why is there significant difference in write speeds for the Go(SSD) in the video at the 8 min mark vs this article?
  • There's simply no way that number in the article is right. The eMMC model shows a faster write speed than the PCI-E SSD... That literally can't be true.
  • "The eMMC model shows a faster write speed than the PCI-E SSD... That literally can't be true."
    So, as someone who has run a TON of these this how to explain that: each test varies a bit with 20-100 points. So, on some tests, the SSD will be "faster" and others "slower". For all intents and purposes, I'd say they bench the same for write speed. Still, my initial test on the 128GB showed a 500MB/s speed, but something changed (tehre was a firmware update that may have had an effect).
  • TBH, we're not sure why the difference. That SSD IS capable of 550MB/s for write, and it did get that out of the box. But after a firmware update and/or switching out of S-mode it went down. Investigating, but I can't roll back the device to S-mode as the recovery files are not yet live.
  • SSD's have a settling in period where the controller is organizing data for optimal wear leveling. After a few weeks your drive will be back to full speed.
  • just give it some rest, write buffer is probably full, and full w10 is just a nightmare on storage for the first several boots
  • Maybe report this to Microsoft support? Sounds like a firmware bug. Anything under 300mb/s write for that 128gb SSD is unacceptable, something is wrong.
  • Thanks for the community service Dan, awaiting your verdict! That 399 looks really tempting for a general purpose media consumption device.
  • It's what we're here for ;)
  • Looks like a really nice device. About that 399 though… It strikes me once again how much more expensive tech is in Europe :( Here the base model comes in at 449 euro which is roughly 520 usd… that's a 120 usd difference :-(
  • I think (but may be wrong) the US prices then have sales tax added which means they won't pay $399, it will likely be quite a bit higher??
  • Depends on where you live. Many states don't have sales tax.
  • If 5 out of 50 is many, then they are many, correct.
  • And because people still don't understand it: US prices are without taxes, European prices are with taxes. Remove 19 % sales tax from the European price and you have a fair comparison. 380 € vs $399. That is still a $40 difference - but in Europe you have warranty of two years while it is typically 90 days in the US. You also have cost to localize the system to all European languages. And cost for support in all those countries. In the end, the European price is actually still a worse deal for Microsoft, they need to pay more to make the same profit.
  • Buy it before EU/Trump force a tariff war on computer goods!
  • In Europe the warranty by law is one year, not two as far as I am aware. It's certainly one year in the UK which is part of the UK and warranties are generally standardised throughout the EU now. Also the tax varies, in the UK it's 20%, other European countries vary and it's as much as 24% in some countries. Microsoft may be "worse off" but they're still making a profit; buyers are certainly considerably worse off than those in the US.
  • https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/shopping/guarantees-retu...
    Feels like you're already not covered by European consumer protection law. Wouldn't be surprised if it goes to 90 days after the brexit due to strong corporate lobbying...
  • If you buy it for personal use is 2 yrs, anf if you buy it for company use is 1 year.
  • Warranties are virtually always at least a year in the U. S.
  • It seems that the special Costco version of Surface Go (4GM RAM/128GM SSD) will be a super deal. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/7/23/17602418/microsoft-sur...
  • That might be a pretty nice sweet spot. I'd be more worried about the storage than memory. I can live with 4 GB on a tablet, especially if any virtual memory is using a fast SSD.
  • Yup, I showed my wife, and she's off to buy three.
    Costo model comes with the type cover.
  • But it comes with the black $99 type cover, so you are really buying 64G of storage for $50. Faster storage it is, but it isn't a killer deal IMHO. Getting 3, you'd almost want three different covers to identify them.
  • currently using a laptop with only 2gbs of ram which handles no where near as bad as you think it would so the 4gb model will be fine
  • Yeah, the "anti-4GB" crowd overstates it quite a bit. I mean, I get how some users need more - that's just a fact, but also some users will be totally fine. Hell, even I can use it and be like "eh, feels fine".
  • Yeah its been very annoying seeing reviews of the 8gb model saying to ignore the 4gb model without any comparison of the two models
  • The purpose of the reviewers is to offer an objective opinion on the best buy for viewers, not to be fanboys of a specific company.
  • No, the purpose of the reviewers is to ignore the fact sheet and give an objective view of the factual experience of a device and then let the consumers decide what is a best buy.
  • The flaw in your argument: no one (except me) has actually looked at/tested the 4GB model. Also, there is no such thing as an "objective opinion". Opinions by definition are subjective, which is why they're opinions, not facts. That's like saying I like "humid dry" weather or "happy nightmares". You should watch Linus talk about RAM and how well Windows handles even 4GB.
  • It's not testing, but the 64G model is what Best Buy has on display. You can get a feel for it by playing a bit. My intention was to buy the 128G model (which I did) but the 64G seemed reasonable for what my planned usage was to be. Largely replace my Surface 3.
  • 4gb is actually a sweet spot for windows performance. It go's from being a tad laggy on 2gb, to being very capable on 4. The difference between 8 and 4 is much smaller. People don't seem to understand the law of diminishing returns when it comes to RAM.
  • RAM was much more an issue when we had spinning HDD as swapping was much slower on these. With SSDs or eMMC drives swapping is faster so running out of RAM is not as much an issue as before unless you don't have free space left on the drive.
  • The biggest downside will be when it comes time for "feature updates" -- those are going to take 10 times as long on the eMMC model. The article only quotes sequential reads and writes, but the difference for random read/write would be significantly greater. Still, for day-to-day use, the difference will be negligible. For the kinds of things one is likely to do with a small tablet -- mostly content comsumption, very little shuffling of large files -- the eMMC model is going to be fine.
  • 1) Feature Updates will be dependent on the 'write' speed, which is not bad.
    2) The article does show 'random read/write' - see the CrystalMark images. The random read/write is not quite up to the SSD, but it is a MASSIVE difference compared to older eMMC and of course Mechanical HDDs - which a lot of users and devices still use. For these users, eMMC is going to feel amazingly fast. eMMC can handle a large amount of Operations of Second, which is the main I/O bottleneck for storage when dealing with a OS handling a lot of processes and requests. It is still lower than SSD, but again, a jump from earlier eMMC and again a HUGE jump from mechanical HDDs. I also don't think users will ever notice/see much of a difference between the eMMC and the SSD beyond the space available. I also have a bit of faith that Microsoft wouldn't even offer the eMMC if it was going to make the low end option of the product noticeably slower.
  • I owned the original Surface 3 with 4GB and a 64GB EMMC drive. It worked just fine for normal use and it was a nice device to use.
    My big issue with the Surface GO is that it's still running a full desktop OS that's not conducive for a device this small. It's bloated and slow because it's Windows 10 and really must have a keyboard at all cost.
    I moved to a Pixel Book and really enjoy the speed and simplicity of chrome over Windows. Windows simply has to change to compete and S mode is not the answer.
  • Weird, I mostly use my Surface Pro 2 without the keyboard attached without issue.
  • Yeah, I basically never use a keyboard on my windows tablet either. Works well - gestures are all useful. I wouldn't use windows on an eight inch tablet, but anything from about 9 inches or so upwards is perfectly comfortable in terms of the UI. The days of dumbing down our OSes to match low performing CPU's is over. Mobile chipsets themselves completely outclass their operating systems right now. 8gb of ram on android? Snapdragon 850? Complete overkill. It's like running a vibrator on a diesel engine. Chromes trying to become more like windows, and windows more like chrome, so it's not a one way street. If chrome on it's own was sufficient as a product, they wouldn't be bringing Linux emulation, and they wouldn't have brought android apps.
  • "It's like running a vibrator on a diesel engine." Not that there's not a market for that, but it is a niche market. I agree that running Windows 10 in desktop mode using legacy apps on a 10" tablet is not optional. Never has been. Wasn't fun with XP or Win 7 either, and there were such options. Don't do that. Run it in tablet mode and run store apps, most of which have figured out you might be using your fingers, and it's fine.
  • Well, then there are people who prefer not being a product and avoid Google-things.
  • Those are the ones with the tin foil hats, right?
  • The ones that would rather not be beholden to what is, when it really comes down to it, the worlds largest advertising agency. A company that keeps proving that it doesn't give a damn about its users, only its customers which are those purchasing ads.
  • Yup. I've got an EMMC based windows tablet. Every day use, it's fine. Feature updates do take longer though, probably about twice as long.
  • I don't see these as much of an issue, it happens only twice a year, so no that much of an issue.
  • If you are an insider you see these much more often, and they can be interminable. I know what I signed up for though. Using my Surface 3 for this, and updates are started before I go to bed so they'll be done when I get up :)
  • I'm surprised they even made a model with eMMC storage. I don't care what benchmarks say, I've used enough devices with this kind of storage to know that the experience is waaaaay different than having an SSD. I mean, how much more would it cost to throw a 64GB SSD in there, couldn't be much more than $25.... But that's just me speculating of course :)
  • Some of it is just sourcing too. Getting enough in the supply chain at a fixed cost vs. other companies who already have orders. But yeah, who knows.
  • How recently? eMMC today is 50x faster than it was just a few years ago. Also compared to mechanical drives (which a lot of people still have and current device still ship with) eMMC will be a massive speed improvement, as it comes down to being able to handle a lot of concurrent operations. It is often the collision of I/O that creates slowdowns and is the main bottleneck, rather than the devices pure read/write speeds.
  • In the supply chain world, something that costs even one dollar more is a big deal. Microsoft desperately wanted to hit a certain price point to compete with other devices so they had to made adjustments to do so.
  • I think also a good part of the issue with eMMC devices is that they also had an Atom CPU which really didn't help, and manufacturer probably also installed cheap slow RAM, so it usually is the whole package which is designed to give a bad experience. This doesn't seem to be the case with the Surface Go.
  • Here's where that mere $25 becomes a headache or to much cost to include, not that I don't agree that it would be nice and preferable if they did include it. Lets say they manufacture and sell 1 million units. At $25 each their cost to manufacture increased by 25 million dollars. Managers all up and down the line will be salivating over 25 million cost reduction and it's too tempting to pass up.
  • Yup, you are right. But 25 mil cost vs 40 mil sold price is a difference of plus 15 mil. All managers will be happy. And customers too, because of a variant of $439. I do not know. I am in such position but with a different non tech product.
  • Thinking the same thing. They were fine to spend an additional $23'ish for the UHD drive on every Xbox S and X even though (I imagine) most people don't use them for UHD movies) so why not spring a few extra bucks for something thats not going to be used by the wonderfully unbiased tech media (sarcasm by the way) to knock a few points off the product so the apple device always wins.
  • Interesting, looks like more than adequate performance for the price. Hopefully, other oems follow with their own 10" tablets.
  • Sometimes, I think MS gave up windows 8 too quick because windows 10 have done backward step in tablet. They should improve tablet mod but they have not touched it for years.
  • Remember the swiping on the left to quickly cycle through applications? I miss that. I wish they'd just add it back into windows 10
  • You do realize that swiping in from the left brings up Timeline/task view to switch apps right?
  • It's not the same. Windows 8 has some nice touch UI optimized stuff...windows 10 has a half baked touch UI and UX that hasn't improved at all.
  • I'm not saying it's perfect but I like it more than enough to regularly use my SP3 as a tablet.
  • Agreed, I have a w10 tablet and it works perfectly well for full touch usage. No problems at all.
  • If you are a mas0chist.
  • Agreed, I don't even use tablet mode at all, just scaled up desktop with full screen start. Works great with touch usage, unless you mess around with poorly scaling power user legacy apps that no one actually needs on a tablet (and you can just use with the keyboard) All the built in gestures work great, like snapping, switching apps etc.
  • But you can't close apps by pulling top to bottom
  • It would be a simple change back to the Win8 gestures for app switching, I gave that feedback back in Win10 Insider preview and nothing has happened since. Swipe from left should cycle apps. Swipe from left and back to bezel should open Timeline (same Win8 gesture opened the Modern app side list, which was great except limited to Modern apps). And if they added a Start tab in the Timeline view when in Tablet Mode like they do in Windows Mobile app switcher it would make it so much easier to get to Start on small devices where the Taskbar is set to auto-hide for more screen real estate. Swiping up to unhide and then pecking the tiny Start icon in the bottom left is not good UI.
  • Thanks for this info. Really curious to see your thoughts after a few days use. I suspect that for web browsing, Office and Netflix type things that the slower model wont be much different, but will be good to see if you think the SSD and 8GB is a must have or if the extra memory makes a difference to browsing or other regular activities.
  • 1) I have a 4 Gb RAM SP4 and for the use I put it through, I don't feel it holds it down.
    2) It would be nice to have the speed of a regular hard drive to compare it to the slower storage of these Gos.
  • I have some HDD benches around, will see about adding in the followup and reference in the video. HDD is waaaay slower.
  • Thanks! I imagine even the slowest option is faster than HDDs.
  • Looking forward to the follow up, Daniel.
  • I find it slightly interesting that the processor model is on the sticker on the box. Perhaps they were thinking of different CPU models per version and only finalized at the last minute... or we will see different models?
  • I guess they find it ugly as a sticker on the Go.
  • Needs to be on the box somehow, so the sales guy can grab the right one. Using one box at volume with a sticker is probably cheaper than getting two custom boxes built at half volume each.
  • The eMMC uses less power. Half the RAM uses less power. The battery on this unit may last a bit longer than the other model...
  • Interesting point. Would be nice if they can do a comparison of the battery life.
  • I''ll look at that too,thanks.
  • I think 4 GB of RAM is fine depending on your uses. I'm seriously considering upgrading my Surface RT to the Surface Go for my go to device while traveling or on the go. The Surface RT only has 2 GB of RAM if I recall and it still works fine for my on the go needs so 4 GB should still be plenty. Obviously I'm not expecting to use this for gaming or any other demanding tasks.
  • The read and write speed of eMMC appears to be correct. However the write speed of SSD at 133 MB/s is not, as it should be around 550 MB/s! Something is definitely wrong....Either the new firmware is buggy or wrong firmware was installed in the test unit....Microsoft should correct and issue a new firmware.
  • Or, the controller hasn't finished settling all the bits on the ssd yet. It doesn't absolutely have to be Microsoft that has done anything wrong here.
  • So, after an update, Dan got his SSD performance bugged down. :| Another one of MS's quality updates.
  • If it turns out that it indeed did something skewey with ssd write performance. Then Microsoft will need to reinstate the QualIty Assurance division and rehire programmatic testers imo. As this can be avoided and any update that drastically reduces performance is not acceptable.
  • They already have an internal Quality Assurance Division and programming testers. Saying otherwise has been a popular false fact since they let go of the device-testers that came with the Nokia acquisition.
  • I am hoping this performance reduction is accidental and not intentional...
  • Nadella drastically changed the way QA is performed, with coders checking their own code, stuff like that, which has been a ticking timebomb. We've already seen problems caused by this as you simply can't check your own code. Our brains don't work like that,it needs a second o third pair of eyes to be sure things aren't gimped by a ; instead of a : or , instead of .
    Hell, look at the recently discovered single character bug that caused the game Aliens Colonial Marines a lot of its bad reviews. QA should never be skimped upon.
  • I wonder how well the eMMC works for reading/writing page files (in case the 4gb ram gets full.
  • You rightly ask "Does it matter?" I can answer that question empirically as a user of Office 365, Web browsing with lots of tabs, looking at photos etc. On A Surface 3 (not Pro) all of that works just fine. Despite your stats for the S3. Which I do not question. There you are. To be productive it does not have to be newer, shinier, faster. My only regret is that I do not have LTE. But even now Microsoft does not seem to have learned that LTE should be available at launch and not as an afterthought. I cannot think of an excuse for that glaring failure.
  • LTE is only a few weeks away. I don't consider that to be a "glaring failure", far from it. Possibly it's not quite ready for launch and I would say that since a lot of people won't bother with an LTE version, why keep them needlessly waiting a few more weeks until the LTE version is ready to launch? If the standard version is ready, launch it now. It also gives it a chance to establish itself in the marketplace and build a little more excitement as it piques people's interest. Those interested in LTE will no doubt be keen to get down to the stores to take a look at the Surface Go when it comes out which will probably help rather than hinder sales. Also help people save up, they are expensive and not everybody has the cash to hand or wants to use their credit card.
  • My Surface 3 has LTE, and I thought my Surface Go should have it too. Then I got to really thinking about how many times I actually used LTE, and how many times I couldn't have just tethered one of my phones for the 5 minutes I needed it. Guess what, I got a non-LTE Go. Cheaper, have it now. Not saying an LTE version isn't needed, but I didn't need one. Might regret it, but that regret will likely be sporadic.
  • LTE is nice, but most people don't buy LTE tablets
  • With those paltry read speeds on the eMMC version, I would definitely shell out extra for the SSD version, because when it comes to the productivity apps I use, high read speeds = significant improvements in speed and thus, overall productivity.
  • You'd expect a tech person to know that sequential read speeds are pretty much irrelevant in terms of performance - only for copying and installing. It's the last number that matters for performance, which is about half the speed. I'll say this though, the form factor and the CPU don't lend themselves to heavy tasks or large scale multi-tasking anyway. If you were playing pubg, or doing a bit of light office work, you're not going to care about 4gb of ram, or the SSD. Indeed, I'd say the bigger selling point of the SSD would be media storage, but one could always get an SD card anyway. I'd look at it this way - road warrior productivity machine? Get the extra ram. Heavy media consumption device? Get the extra storage. Otherwise for everyone else the 4/64 is probably just fine. Hell, I've played things like trine 2, need for speed most wanted, and tyranny on my basic atom 4/64 tablet and it's done fine - never hit any real bottlenecks on performance with office stuff, or browsing - go up to the Pentium gold, and it's probably pretty darn capable. People are just snobby in the tech community about high end performance. It's a ten inch device, it's for mobility. Unless you have demanding requirements, you won't need 8gb of ram or the SSD.
  • Some good points.
  • "Unless you have demanding requirements"... in which case you're looking at the wrong device anyway.
  • ----- ^THIS^ -----
  • Agreed. Nobody in their right mind will try to run CAD software or Adobe PhotoShop or Premier on this, much less Battlefield 1.
    ANY kind of silicon storage is faster than spinning rust platters by a long shot.
    Take this for what it is, a consumer/school device designed for light computing and media consumption. If you are a real "road warrior" you should probably spring for a HP x360 2-in-1 or a Surface Pro anyway.
    It's not a Razer Blade, don't judge it like one.
  • How about this?! I read this article and wrote this comment on my 5 year old Surface RT. 2GB RAM, a Tegra 3 ARM processor and Internet Explorer 11. It took me quite a while, but I manage. Honestly, if you only browse the web, bang out some e-mails, read PDF's, use Office apps and watch Netflix and YouTube (just like 80% of the people), you'll be more than capable in running the base model. Save yourself the money to get the decent Alcantara keyboard and you'll have a very capable machine which will last you at least 4 years if not more. However, if you intend to do gaming and things like Adobe Photoshop... Then I would consider the upgrade. However, if you really want to do these heavy tasks on the 'Go', why not just get an Surface Pro? For most of the people, and then I also mean Microsoft's target audience, the base model will be just fine.
  • That's the thing, it's "horses for courses". But a lot of people don't have the time and things move at a faster pace now. That makes it a bit pricey for something that is just manageable. We run two Surface Pro 4's for personal use and to run our online business, and were considering this as an additional machine for the lighter tasks but with the ability to do the heavier work if needed, but having discovered that the cheaper of the two only runs eMMC it changes everything as it's going to be underpowered we feel. If you're going to shell out £709 for the 128GB + accessories you might as well buy a Surface Pro as you say. You can currently buy a new 256GB Core i5 Surface Pro 4 for not much more than that.
  • Don't know what your pricing is like, but here it seems that the higher end Go with accessories, comes to about what the Pro is without. Remember with keyboard, mouse and pen, you are talking $250 to $300. That interestingly doesn't change whether you are buying a $400 Surface or a $1700 Surface. More significant though if that $400 Surface is stretching your budget.
  • OK a few days late to the discussion, :) but at a $400/550 price point for the computer, There is much less concern with getting the MS branded accessories. there are several pressure sensitive pens in the $30-60 range, several wireless keyboards in the $15-45 range, and wireless mice start around $15. For less than $100 a user can get a nice, not MS branded set of accessories. Or, they may already have a wireless keyboard/mouse and will just re-use those. The surface pen from the surface 3 should work with this, yes?
  • I'm finding it a little odd that your test with Windows S mode as I would imagine most people - myself included - will be installing full Windows 10. Would there likely be a significant difference if the tests were run with full Windows 10? I haven't had the time to read the whole of the thread but I'm more than curious as I intended to buy one to compliment my SP4. I was disappointed to find they are using eMMC for the 64GB version, which would otherwise have been fine for me and I'm sure many people feel the same. Maybe it's to push people towards the dearer one which you can understand, but that makes it very expensive in the UK at £709 if you then add in a Type Cover and Pen. £579 for the 64GB machine which is that limited is just too much. It's a shame as it could be the difference between this being successful or not. Bearing in mind most buyers are not that technically minded, I wouldn't think people are going to be happy having shelled out £579 for the full kit then finding out the performance isn't what they expected it to be. Incidentally the Argos £2000 price probably wasn't a "mistake", it was just put in there so that Argos could get the item listed early for search and ranking purposes. It's a common trick, not sure I would use it myself as anybody finding it just might think Argos are really expensive and look elsewhere.
  • "Would there likely be a significant difference if the tests were run with full Windows 10? "
    Windows 10 Home in S mode is just Windows 10 it's just locked to the Store for installation. There is no "full" Windows 10. Windows 10 Home in S mode is all of Windows 10. There is no difference between the two. When you switch out of S mode there ZERO files added to the system, so there is/should be no effect on storage drive performance, as it makes no sense.
  • I have not seen differences between the releases. This is a really nice netbook and nothing else. I cannot imagine spending all the extra money for a type cover, pen and upgrades for such a device. The best value is buy the base model buy a basic type cover for $100 skip the pen and use Edge because its more efficient for a low powered limited RAM system.
  • I understand the bias but I am always impressed how WC is trying to make every pathetic fail of Microsoft as a huge success. You know exactly what I'm talking about, Dan
  • "You know exactly what I'm talking about, Dan"
    Look, just because I broke up with your mom and can't be your father anymore I don't think it's wise of you to bring that up here in comments. We both know she let herself go and her increased alcohol abuse - which is not helped by your continued poor performance in high school (seriously, summer school again?) - is certainly not helping, but tough choices needed to be made.
  • You feed them and they'll just keep coming around.