The Surface Go is the smallest and most nimble Surface, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve some protection. Nor should it be left out from the more select options out there including made in the USA Toast covers, which are made from real wood.
Here's why in my quick-n-dirty review.
Starts at $49Bottom line: A premium, gorgeous way to protect your Surface Go.
- Great build quality.
- Four different wood types.
- Doesn't add weight or bulk.
- Protects against scratches and scrapes.
- Looks fantastic.
- Can be expensive.
- Tough to pick the right color.
What you'll like about the Surface Go Toast cover
Laptop users are all too familiar with the typical decals used to decorate and protect their hardware from everyday wear. Toast is a company that has been around for many years, and they use real wood instead of a sticker – it smells great and looks real because it is.
Ordering is simple with plenty of options including four types of wood to choose from like walnut (used for this review), ash, bamboo, and ebony. Just the two back panels for Surface Go runs $49. Tack on an extra $5 if you want the Surface logo etched out to reveal the mirror finish. Another $10 gets you a trackpad surround option, and for $29 you can get Type Cover and Trackpad protection. Finally, for $15 you can get wood protection for the screen bezels too.
From there other options include a custom engraved design in the wood ($30) or custom text ($5). For the engraved design, you upload the image you want to be etched into the wood and Toast will take care of it.
Toast ships the cover in a well-protected envelope with reinforcement and easy to follow directions.
Total installation is less than 15 minutes once you wipe down the Surface Go with rubbing alcohol. The covers themselves have spotted application of 3M tape to stick to the Surface Go. The reason for that is so that if you choose to remove the Toast cover, it will be easier since you're not peeling a whole layer of 3M tape too.
What you'll dislike about the Surface Go Toast cover
There's not much to dislike about this Toast cover. The hardest part is deciding on which wood option to get to match your Type Cover color, or how the wood looks in everyday life. From my experience, the walnut wood looks the best versus the very light ash, but the choice is yours.
Pricing also can go high ($104 total) if you start adding custom text, images to be engraved, and front panels, but these are all options at your discretion, not a forced choice.
The setup seen here for this review is just the rear panels ($49) plus Surface logo cutout ($5) and trackpad surround ($10) for a total of $59. While that may seem more expensive than custom stickers the quality here is much better, and the aesthetics are significantly improved.
Should you buy the Surface Go Toast cover?
Assuming you like the look, the Surface Go Toast cover is an excellent purchase. The quality is outstanding, and the feel of the Surface Go now is just classier.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the wood trackpad surround cover. For the photos here, I was going to simulate sticking them on since no way would it be any good – I was wrong. I think the option for the trackpad surround not only looks great (especially with burgundy), but it feels great too when typing. It also helps protect the Alcantara cover from getting dirty over the next few years. Plus, if you want to remove it later, it won't damage the Alcantara (it can easily pull off without issue).
The problem I have with some Toast covers in the past is simple: the more significant the laptop, the more wood it takes to cover it. That results in a more massive and bulkier device like the Surface Book 2 15-inch, which looks great but feels much heavier after the Toast treatment. Surface Go though is so small and light adding the Toast cover did not make it feels substantially heavier, nor does it feel any bulkier – that's a win in my book.
Overall, if you are liking your Surface Go and want a sophisticated, elegant way to protect it (while adding an excellent wood smell), then the Toast cover is a must-have.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Well that's baaaaadasssssss
Right? This looks striking! The type cover having this option too was a nice surprise.
Is it really a fair con to say it's hard to decide which type of wood to get?
Probably not, but it's a serious choice. I think these vary greatly in look and even feel from my experience, but still, it's a 5.0 rating, so not that big of a deal.
For those who look at pros and cons lists without reading the text of the review (not me), your wording makes it seem like the manufacturer made it hard to choose the color when ordering due to a bad UI... Especially so because cons mean a negative to the product on the manufacturer's side not indicision on the buyers side. I do like the review otherwise and this company makes eventful products. I find your your review for it on other devices. Thanks for introducing us to products we wouldn't normally know about.
Read the review mate. Choosing wood colour is always a debate.
I did read it. I was simply saying people's indecision on choosing color doesn't have anything to do with the manufacturer.
This is tacky af Dan
Imma come over, go through your closet and heavily judge your wardrobe and even desktop background. Fair is fair, don't' expect any mercy :P
Lol ... I like it
I also prefer the walnut, but with so much of the typecover 'covered-up' with walnut, I could save $30 and just buy the black typecover instead of Alcantara one.
I'm not seeing any pictures of the trackpad surround. I'd be interested in seeing that.
Agreed, would've liked a photo of the trackpad surround.
So, I've asked this before on other machines and got no real answers. How does this kind of insulation affect the thermal design assumptions of the package, especially in a tablet with no active cooling? You're adding an insulating barrier to conduction up to the 'new' skin and altering the convection assumptions for transfer off the skin, too. Is there a statement in the kit that assures the buyer this has been handled? I'm asking cuz I'm still dealing with an i5 Surface Pro 3 that has prematurely degraded battery life while still going on active cooling continually at 'battery saver' settings, even though the gnomes at MS says all that is not possible, cuz Free Will or other such nonsense that removes any liability from them.
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