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Surface Laptop Go teardown shows it took some cues from Surface Laptop 3

Surface Laptop Go Surface Logo
Surface Laptop Go Surface Logo (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A Reddit user recently offered a peek inside of the Surface Laptop Go.
  • The slight teardown shows the Go took some cues from Surface Laptop 3, making it relatively easy to get inside.
  • TThe 128GB and 256GB models also feature an easily replaceable SSD.
  • You can order the Surface Laptop Go starting at $550 (opens in new tab).

Microsoft launched the budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go more than a month ago, but we still haven't seen any comprehensive teardowns from the usual suspects. If you wanted to take a peek inside without damaging your own Laptop Go, Reddit user Kristosh has posted a video offering just that. The big takeaway is that it looks like Microsoft took inspiration from the Surface Laptop Go's bigger sibling, Surface Laptop 3, for getting inside.

As Kristosh notes, you can free the keyboard deck from the base of the Surface Laptop Go via screws hidden underneath the laptop's feet. From there, the deck is held in place with a series of plastic clips inside. This is similar to the Surface Laptop 3, however that laptop uses magnets instead of plastic clips, making it a tad easier to get inside.

Once inside, the Surface Laptop Go very much looks like the inside of most Surfaces. One notable addition is an easily removeable SSD if you've picked up the 128GB or 256GB configurations. The SSD is held in place with a single screw, allowing for potential upgrades in the future if you need to add more storage.

"The SSD is the standard 2230 size in the modern SL3 and SPX," Kristosh says in the video's description. It's worth noting that, if you buy the 64GB model, the storage is soldered to the motherboard, so you won't be able to replace it.

CategorySurface Laptop Go
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home in S mode
Display12.45 inches
3:2 aspect ratio
1536x1024 (148 ppi) resolution
PixelSense
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Memory4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x
16GB (commercial only)
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB or 256GB SSD
Front Camera720p HD f/2.0
SecurityFingerprint Reader
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1x USB-C
1x USB-A
3.5mm headphone jack
1x Surface Connect
AudioOmnisonic Speakers with Dolby Premium Audio
BatteryUp to 13 hours
Dimensions10.95 x 8.10 x 0.62 inches
278.18mm x 205.67mm x 15.69mm
Weight2.45lbs
1,110g
ColorsPlatinum
Sandstone
Ice Blue

The Surface Laptop Go joins the Surface Go as Microsoft's latest budget play with the Surface line. It combines Surface's premium looks with an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 256GB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM. It sacrifices some premiums, like a Windows Hello IR camera, to hit its lower price target, but it's an interesting package nonetheless.

Surface Laptop Go is available now starting at $550.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Didn't they say on the Surface Laptop that this was a way to service/replace but not upgrade SSDs?
  • I took it as I “serviced/replaced” my SSD by upgrading it. It was pretty easy to do. Went from 256GB to a Terabyte and am very happy. Used the Toshiba/Kioxa BG4.
  • SSD is the most important part imo that should be replaceable/serviceable so it is good that new Surface devices support that. Some service solution for the battery would be nice too but maybe that is a bridge too far.
  • I would love to make this upgrade but I'm leery to start chopping away at the feet on this brand new machine. I have the 256 version so I might ride it out for a while.