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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Powerful and Portable

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    I received this product in affiliation with the Tech Insider Network. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. That I received this product at no cost did not influence my review in any way. My review is based on my opinion and experience using it. I am going to focus as much of my review as possible on the tablet functionality, even though I am using it with the Surface Go Signature Type Cover, which is a keyboard/cover accessory that is available as an optional purchase. It is well worth the added expense, and I highly recommend getting both. The Surface Go 2 is an outstanding tablet, but with the keyboard it becomes an even more capable and portable hybrid tablet/laptop. Out of the box it is running Windows 10 S, which I immediately converted to standard Windows 10. Most users will want to do the conversion because Windows S is a walled garden OS that limits the user to the Edge browser, and the limited number of Apps in the Microsoft Windows S Store. Most importantly, there are no Google Apps available in Windows S. So if you are a user of Google Apps, like I am, you will immediately want to convert to standard Windows 10. I did not use Windows S enough to compare its performance compared to Windows 10, but I am very satisfied with the overall Windows 10 performance of this device. Setup consisted of charging, powering it on, signing on to Wi-Fi, and then Windows. I already have a Microsoft account so I did not need to create a new account. Included is a proprietary power adapter that magnetically attaches to the Surface Go 2 charging port. It is an interesting design, and I am still trying to decide if I like it or not. The upside is it attaches securely because of the strong magnet, but also attaches in a smooth way that should not put as much stress on the port as a standard connection. The downside is that it is a proprietary adapter. Fortunately there is a USB C port that can be used to connect accessories and power the device. So it is not necessary to take the power adapter everywhere because the Surface Go 2 can be charged with a, what is now becoming the universal standard, USB C cord. But I did find that a typical 5 watt power adapter did not provide enough power to charge this device, and I had to use a minimum of an 18 watt adapter. The high resolution screen looks fabulous and is great for watching videos. I have tested it with Netflix and Vudu, and find the video quality to be excellent. The touch screen is very responsive and works well. The build quality and visual appeal are impressive. The aluminum body is lightweight and thin, making it very easy to handle. The kickstand is incorporated into the back of the device, and allows instant and secure adjustment for optimal viewing angles. I want to give the kickstand design a special mention because it is without reservation, the smoothest design I have ever used. The speaker sound quality is passable, and typical for such a thin tablet. For listening to videos or music, I use Bluetooth headphones. The battery takes about 2 hours to fully charge. I was able to use it all day without having to recharge it until the next day. I would say it lasted me about 8-10 hours. There is a Micro SD port if more memory is required than the 128 GB flash memory that is equipped. The Micro SD port is also useful to transfer files between devices. ---Conclusion--- The Surface Go 2 features an elegant and lightweight design that is, as the name implies, easy to take on the go. The Go name describes who this device is for, and what it does best. It is perfect for someone that wants to have power and versatility in a slim, portable tablet/laptop form factor. If you are a user of power intensive applications, then you will need a more powerful device. But the Surface Go 2 has more than enough processing power and memory to handle most day to day productivity and entertainment needs easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Slim, portable, premium

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    After spending some time with the Surface Go 2, here is my review: I really like Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, it is ultra slim, ultra portable, at a fair price. As someone who has the first generation Surface Go (which I also like) I was excited to give this New generation of surface Go a try. As far as laptops go, the specs on this device are pretty average. But I can honestly tell you that it handles all my computing needs very well. The surface Go 2 is for your average user who wants to check emails, web browse, listen to music, watch videos etc. I purposely tried to push this device as far as it could realistically go, I opened up several webpages, I checked my email, I had like three YouTube videos playing at the same time as well as Microsoft Word open, and it handled everything without any noticeable slowdown. I’m sure that this device would not be able to handle professional users who would use this for heavy video editing or Photoshopping big files, And It’s definitely not for gamers as this device would not be able to run most newer games, but for everyone else like me, this device is all I need for what I do. A word of advice, The first thing you should do after you boot up your device is to update to the newest Microsoft edge web browser, It considerably sped everything up. An accessory that is actually a must, is the keyboard, not only do you add physical keys to the tablet, but it also comes with a trackpad, and it converts your tablet into a true laptop. The keyboard itself is well-built, it attaches to the tablet magnetically, and it doesn’t require any batteries as it draws power from the tablet itself. I would recommend the Surface Go 2 over a similarly priced laptop for a couple reasons. This device is ultra slim, ultra portable, and made with premium materials, it is a two in one tablet/laptop, it doesn’t make any noise because it doesn’t have any air vents, and the battery lasts a reasonably long enough time to power the device for a few hours. A lot of people will look at the specs and determine that this device is somehow slow or under powered without even trying it out. Like stated in my review that is not the case. “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent blend of a tablet and a laptop!

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    To start with, I want to make it clear that I am a Tech Insider Network member and I received this tablet free of charge from Best Buy. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. While this might make one think that my review will be skewed, I actually feel I am in a unique position to review this item since I did not make an emotionally charged purchase. To begin with, I think it is important to recognize that this specific tablet in the Microsoft Surface Go 2 lineup is probably the minimum-speced choice I would go with for anyone that expects to be able to multitask on this device. The 8gb of 1867mHz speed RAM is the MINIMUM needed to yield a smooth, stutter free experience on a full Windows desktop device like this—4gb ram is anemic in today’s computation world and it is almost a disservice that companies are still offering that little RAM on higher end devices. The storage this offers in the form of 128gb of onboard storage from a Toshiba BG4 SSD with read speeds of 1400mb/s and write of 800mb/s according to my testing is not bad! The real chokepoint of this device I would say is the 2-core, 4-thread Intel Pentium processor. While it is not the slowest processor to be utilized in a Windows tablet, it is definitely going to be the culprit behind any slow Operating System speed and program launch/navigation slowness detectable to the user. Altogether though, this trim of the Surface Go 2 will surpass the expectations of most everyday users. Now let’s talk more about how I think the use experience is. First of all, to get the full laptop-like experience out of this, I think that a keyboard is almost mandatory. I have been using the Microsoft Surface Go signature type cover that Microsoft also sent me and I have been nothing but impressed by it. As a matter of fact, it is what I am typing this review on right now. The tablet functionality of the Surface 2 Go is great but to fully utilize the Windows OS a keyboard is the best way to take advantage of it. 2nd, for those who want to get the most out of the tablet functionality of this device, a pen such as the Microsoft Surface Pen is going to greatly enhance that experience. Finally, the IO on this device is minimal in the form of one 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack, a USB-C port, the charging port, and a micro-SDXC port. Thus, to get full usage out of it, I would recommend a USB-C port expander or dock if you need more port needs than what is offered on the device. As for the device itself, I think from the hinge on kickstand, to the Windows Hello log-in feature (similar to face-ID on Apple iOS), to the beautiful bright 1920X1280 screen (with appropriate bezels for being able to use as a tablet without having accidental-touches), this thing is just great to use. It really is so many rungs above other tablets on the ladder of tablet hierarchy. Where does this tablet fit into the workflow/use case of a potential user at its price point and functionality? I think really it is for someone who really needs the portability or actual features of a 10.5inch tablet with full Windows 10 accessibility who needs a laptop secondarily. The reasoning for this is that at the price point of this device with the additional purchase of a Surface Go type cover, there are faster, better featured Windows laptops. As such, I would highly recommend a prospective buyer look at whether they need a tablet, a laptop, or something like this that performs moderately well in both roles. A tip I want to offer is that this tablet comes loaded with Windows 10 S, a sort of truncated, Windows-app-only version of Windows 10, so when you are ready to download Google Chrome and other non-Windows suite apps and programs, you will have to take a minute to switch to the normal version of Windows 10—not too difficult but a step that must be taken none-the-less. Overall, I think this is an incredibly well built, quality device and will certainly make a good purchase for those who meet criteria I outlined above.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great little computer

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    TL:DR Overall a great little device, super portable even with the optional keyboard attached, easily fast enough for basic computing! Processor- The Pentium 4425y isn't a speed demon at a base clock of 1.7Ghz over 2cores/4threads with no boost, but it sips power, and works for basic stuff (browsing/email/netflix/Youtube) without issues! Scored a 418 single/974 multi on Geekbench 5, and 2162s/4296m on Geekbench 4. Ram- It has 8GB of dual channel LPDDR3 1866. Not the fastest memory, or the largest amount, but perfect for basic computing (and its power efficient), any less and you'll really notice once you have a few browser tabs open. Storage- The 128GB SSD is just big enough, and quite speedy. Its a true NVME based SSD, albeit a slower one (mine is a Toshiba branded one). I saw a peak of 1.8GB/s reads and 800MB/s writes with crystaldiskmark 6. Better than SATA based SSDs and blows eMMC out of the water. Screen- The screen is quite nice, personally I feel like the peak brightness is a bit lower than you'd want to use outside, but the resolution/pixel density is great and the size isn't too small. Graphics- Definitely a low point for this device, but the Intel UHD 615 is not really meant for PC gaming. Retro gaming should be fine, it also handles Hearthstone like a champ, but beyond that you can use one of the many streaming services to get a better gaming experience on it. It scored an 833 in 3Dmark Firestrike. Network- Hilariously good WiFi, the Intel WiFi 6 AX200. Microsoft did not need to put this good/recent of a WiFi setup in this device, but they did. I have a Ubiquiti AC Wave2 access point, and this little guy connected (line of sight, 15ish ft away) at 1.7Gbps OVER WIFI! (this is Windows reported connection speed, I do not have the ability to do a true throughput test as my gigabit switch will be a bottleneck) Cameras- The devices has a much better front facing camera than the junk they're still putting in multi thousand dollar devices from some other device manufacturers, and Windows Hello face login is super fast and easy! The rear camera isn't anything to write home about, but works decently enough. “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent upgrade from original Go

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    Portable, Set up, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Modes, Price

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.” Microsoft was kind enough to send me the Surface Go 2 for review. I originally purchased the Surface Go 1 so I have a good amount of experience using it day to day. The Go 2 has a few upgrades that in my opinion make a difference. First the screen now has smaller bezels and a slightly larger viewing area. It’s an aesthetic upgrade but really makes the tablet look more modern. As far as performance this model has 8gb of ram vs my original model which had 4gb. I strongly recommend buying atleast the mid grade model as i have noticed more speed and less slowdown when using multiple programs or taxing the processor with the additional ram. The front facing camera is also one of the best you will find and works great for conference calls. Unfortunately S mode is app limited but i switched out of that with no noticeable issues. The Microsoft Edge browser is outstanding. They actually have a new version which has lots of homescreen options i have been using. The screen is the best i have used for not showing fingerprints at the expense of some glare. The weight and portability is the reason to buy this and the stand is the best especially for a tablet design without needing a case to provide one. It is impressive how light, portable and functional this is. I also have the keyboard cover and the pen. I do consider the pen optional but to get the full benefits from windows the keyboard realistically isn’t optional. That’s where the 4 stars comes in. None of this is inexpensive and the costs can add up. I do feel a better value would have been to include the Microsoft sleeve in the 2 highest configurations as that would have added some value without including their most premium accessories. Overall i enjoy my original Surface Go and Microsoft did a great job improving the things I thought were weaknesses on the first one. For a student or anyone that loves portability and doesn’t need all the additional power this will definitely do the job and do it well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very happy with my purchase

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Great laptop tablet . Fast enough to run the full version of windows . No limited to s mode with m3 processor . I am really enjoying this. I have to mention that I bought it open box but it’s in mint condition , I loved the discount I got .

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A decent alternative to a P.C.

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    I recieved this item in return of my unbiased review from the Tech Insiders Network. To start this is a nice alternative for a laptop or p.c., I really like the responsiveness of the touchscreen. The rear kickstand comes in handy as well, especially when using the Microsoft docking keypad/ screen cover. This surface go with its Intel pentium processor is pretty snappy and multi tasks well. This device gets pretty warm to the touch under very light use. Battery life is pretty good considering the tablets thin dimensions. Storage of 128 gb is ample in my opinion for software and apps or games. I tend to let my 2 sons use it for school work and myself for surfing the net. I really wish there was a included pen & wireless mouse, but those are a extra cost. I really like the built in face recognition for signing into the tablet. No need for a password with the face recognition, which I really enjoy. The two forward facing speakers are decent. I was happy to find out this has wifi 6 built in, and connects seamlessly with my Asus wifi6 router with a speedy connection over wifi. Build quality is very good, seems to be made of aluminum rather than cheap plastics. Overall this a good tablet capable of multitasking easily, but I wou,d reccomend getting a wireless mouse and pen for it as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Compact and ready to GO, with limitations

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    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Modes

    I received this product from Best Buy through their Tech Insider Network Program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. I was very eager to receive and test the Microsoft Surface Go 2 as this was a product I had been “window shopping” for a couple years. After a week of use I must admit I’m not as excited about it as I initially was, but I do think it’s a great product. The Surface Go 2 is impressively lightweight, while retaining a solid build. I love the kickstand design feature and was impressed with its range of motion and its sturdiness. The combination of the kickstand with the signature keyboard cover is what makes the Surface Go 2 a fully functional 2-in-1 laptop. While the signature keyboard cover was also provided for this review, it is not included with the Surface Go 2 and has to be purchased separately. (I can’t imagine owning the Surface Go 2 without it, so it’s unfortunate that it’s not included.) Initial set up of the Surface Go 2 was quick and easy. As soon as the device was turned on, Cortana guided me through the set up. I did not care for the limitations of the Windows 10 S mode, but for the purpose of this review I did not switch out of it (because you cannot switch back afterwards). With Windows 10 S mode, you are not able to download Google apps, even Chrome, and, overall, are limited by Microsoft on what programs can even be used on the Surface Go 2. While Microsoft Edge has been improved upon, it’s still not a favorite of mine so this little nuance is problematic for me personally. Outside of this annoyance, the Surface Go 2’s performance is worthy of comparison to a laptop. I opened and used a handful of programs – not all at once – and felt that they all performed the same as they would on a laptop. When watching shows on Hulu, I was very impressed with the speakers and how loud the sound was from them. A pleasant surprise with the Surface Go 2 is that it still contains a headphone jack, especially in a time where this feature is starting to disappear. It additionally contains a USB – type C port and a slot for a SD card, but no USB- type A or micro type B slots. The cameras on the Surface Go 2 are decent, but definitely do not hold water to what most cell phones are capable of. Although not super high quality, the cameras appear to be sufficient for video calls and meetings. The battery life seemed accurate to what is spec’d by Microsoft, which makes this device a great for traveling. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the screen resolution, but it is more than adequate for the main uses with this device. In addition, I did feel that the touch screen was a bit finicky and didn’t always respond as accurately as it should – even after re-calibrating it. (I am already considering purchasing the surface pen because of this.) I did have a couple hiccups with an app and web page not opening, which could be a short coming of the Windows 10 S mode, but other than that, I didn’t have any serious issues while using the Surface Go 2 for the week. After my short test trial of the Surface Go 2, I’m not sure I would strongly recommend that this be the device for you. It’s considerably more powerful than the average tablet, but it isn’t up to par with the average 2-in-1 laptops on the market today. It falls in an interesting category of needing something light and compact for traveling, while also being capable of running office programs like a PC, but it isn’t going to replace your primary laptop. If you’re not looking to use this device beyond what most tablets can do, then I would recommend looking at non-2-in-1 tablets as they tend to be much cheaper. If you’re looking to use this as your primary 2-in-1 laptop, then I would strongly suggest making sure all the programs you would need access to can be installed and used on this device, without severely inhibiting its performance. If you’re looking for a powerful tablet, with limited PC capabilities, then this might be the perfect device for you to splurge a bit for.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Compact Device

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    Portable, Set up

    This Surface Go 2 by Microsoft is really a great compact device delivering features, function, speed and clarity of the screen that you might only expect in a much larger device. It's setup was easy and Cortana will talk you through it, or turn her off if you would rather just read the screens. The 10.5" touchscreen display with 220 ppi resolution provides an unbelievably beautiful clear display no matter what your doing. Movies and photos are always crisp bright and clear. I have used several streaming apps to watch Live TV and movies and this device did not disappoint. Of course you are watching it at a much shorter distance than you would a larger device, which actually works in your favor as it does not seem that small when watching. Its processor is powerful and impressive and no jitter or drag was ever detected when watching anything I was streaming. Photos are equally impressive. The sounds are really great especially considering the speakers are so very small. Everything was crisp and clear while streaming music as well. A 3.5 headphone jack is there if you want to use a wired set of earbuds, and of course it has Bluetooth functionality as well Various social medias and email all function great. Anyway you play The Surface Go is ready and able. But its also very handy to take along to class or that meeting at work and comes with a full 30 day trial of Microsoft Office Products to help you when using the device on the production end of things. Hidden under the kickstand is a Micro SDXC card reader for data transfers and uploads and downloads. That can also be accomplished with the USB C port. It has given me an 8-10 hour battery life before needing recharged with its proprietary magnetic power supply and cord. And that is the one small dislike that I have with the Surface GO, needing to tote that charger/power supply to recharge and not be able to locate and use a simple USB to do the trick when not at home near the power supply. But over all its a wonderful machine that is ready to tackle whatever you throw at it and is so lightweight and portable, why wouldn't you want to take it everywhere you go. Notice: “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice size for portability

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    Good tablet but definitely not a computer(laptop) replacement. It's slow and lags at times unfortunately all depends what you use it for. Good for emails and light web browsing some movies and on the go light work for in-between times when a desktop or laptop is unavailable. Microsoft should up the processor to i3 minimum for a good overall 10" tablet @64bit.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    An great device, but only at the right price...

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    The Surface Go 2 (8 ram, 128 ssd, Pentium Gold) is without a doubt my favorite computer device that I’ve ever owned. In fact, I sold my Samsung Galaxy Tab s6 in order to buy it. And since purchasing it, I rarely reach for my SP7. That said, I can not recommend it at full retail price. The advantages of the SG2 over the SP7 is that it is much lighter (easier to carry), battery lasts twice as long (leave charger home), tablet mode is substantially smoother (nicer user experience), and note-taking is more comfortable (smaller screen). As for the Tab s6, the SG2's pen, file management system, kickstand, and OS are better. The Tab’s pen is too thin, the button gets in the way, and the tip is too soft. The Tab’s file management system was a nightmare (for me). I had difficulty locating any documents I downloaded. No kickstand means you have to hold the tablet or buy a case. Finally, the Tab is not a computer, so you can’t run high-level productivity apps or programs. Additional Pros/Cons after three weeks of use. PROS: Battery life is outstanding. I get over 10 hours of continuous YouTube viewing (50% brightness with Bluetooth, Wifi, and battery saver all on). The battery lasted about 5.5 when I participated in an all-day online training using Zoom. CPU is not as slow as critics claim. Run a Windows 10 debloating script (Google Chris Titus) and apply suggestions outlined in "Ultimate Tips to Max Out Microsoft Surface Battery Life" to speed the device up (Throttlestop is an option for advanced users). Lag. Apps open about a half-second to a second slower than on my SP7 (10th gen i5 CPU). Once an app is open there is no lag when you click on a link. Additionally, I had no problem opening different web pages when 10 YouTube videos were all running simultaneously. Tablet mode is great. Apps open more smoothly in tablet mode than computer mode. Windows Hello is fast and works every time. The screen is bright enough at over 400 nits. The screen’s major upside is that in a completely dark room you can lower screen brightness to zero (saving battery life) and still watch YouTube videos without any problem. Build quality. The device is well-built and incredibility light. Kickstand stand is sturdy, extremely flexible, and rounded edges do not dig into your leg. Fan noise is none existent. USB-C port allows me to transfer files to and from my SP7 or connect the SG2 to my 24-inch monitor. Surface connect. Magnet is very strong, but the charger detaches easily if pulled off. Note-taking. SG2 is the perfect size for note-taking and is optimized for OneNote. Overheating. The SG2 does not overheat. It can get warm but never gets hot like the SP7. CONS: Price. The full retail price of the SG2 (8 ram, 128 ssd, Pentium Gold) is $550. If you add the pen ($99) and keyboard ($130) at full retail price the total is $779. There are periodic bundle sales on the SP7 (i5, 8 ram, 128 ssd) for $699 (SP7, keyboard) and $799 (SP7, keyboard, pen). Also, you can buy an open-box SP7 (i5, 8 ram, 128 ssd) for around $650. Consequently, buying the SG2 instead of the SP7 makes financial sense if you 1) can get it on sale or open-box or 2) need a battery that lasts substantially longer than 5-6 hours. My open-box purchase was only $389US. Accessories. You must buy the pen and keyboard, both of which are pricey. Might want to consider open-box purchases which will save you anywhere from 10% to 30%. Another option is to look for a $30-$40 Bluetooth or Wireless keyboard. If you decide to get the keyboard, typing on it is an adjustment. Having each palm up in the air (instead of resting on the keyboard) while typing seems to work best for me. Battery drain. There is over a 2% battery drain when the keyboard is attached to the SG2 and the device sits unplugged over night. Battery quickly returned to full capacity once the device was plugged in. The obvious solution is to detach the keyboard after shutting down the device. Bluetooth. The Surface pen does not remain connected once the device is turned off and has to be reconnected via Bluetooth every time I turn the device back on. USB-A port. Unlike the SP7, there is no USB-A port so I had to buy a dongle. Speakers. When it comes to listening to music, treble is a bit too high and the bass is too weak. For non-music videos the speakers are fine.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great 2- in- 1 detachable tablet/laptop for window

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    Microsoft GO 2 tablet design is great elegant looking slim 2-in-1 laptop/tablet when compatible keyboard is attached (sold separately). This is the second or next generation of previous generation of Microsoft GO with improved specs and screen size that competes with Ipad. It has curved edges/slim bezels on sides compared to the previous model(GO) and weighs around 1.2 pounds(without key type cover) and has 10.5inch touchscreen(slightly larger than previous gen) with 1920 x 1280 pixels of max screen resolution. What is in the box: Surface Go2 Tablet, documentation (quick start guide), Power supply. Measurement & Weight: It measures 7.81 X 10.61 X1.83 inches and weighs 1.2 pounds Display: Surface Go 2 is 10;5-inch touch screen is only 0.5 inch larger than its predecessors screen(diagonally) and includes more pixels for a slightly higher resolution:1920 X 1280 pixels or 220 pixels per inch(ppi). Compared to iPad this resolution is lesser. Comes with latest wireless connectivity that support Wi-Fi6(802.11ax) as well as Bluetooth 5.0 Operating System: Comes with windows10 in S mode installed and has face recognition like password-free windows Hello Sign in. Windows 10 in S mode is for security/performance and it allows only apps from Microsoft store. Default browser is Microsoft Edge. You can uninstall windows 10 S mode if you want to install any application that’s not in Microsoft store but once you switch to regular windows 10 from windows S mode there is no way to turn in back(its one way switch), To uninstall Windows S mode, open Settings >Update & Security > Activation. You will see Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section. Click and it will take to the Microsoft store where you will have a button to switch to regular windows. I had to switch to regular windows to install some apps that are not supported. Performance: When it comes to performance, this unit is good for regular browsing and not intended for heavy video editing or gaming. The unit that was sent for this review (Best Buy Tech Insider invitation only review program for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased review) was Intel Pentium Gold Processor 128GB, 8GB RAM, Platinum. There is a step up model with Intel Core M3 – WiFi and LTE for additional $80(WiFi model). Suggest to get the model with Intel core M3 if you are planning to use this tablet as windows system for anything other than browsing, word processing, light multitasking or watching videos. Battery Life: Microsoft advertises the battery life as 10 hours but with good brightness and watching videos/browsing web browsing and the battery lasted for 9.2 hours. Again, this depends on the usage and applications. Kick Stand: Built in kick stand that can be adjusted from 0 to 165 degrees for watching movies and for working is very handy and useful. Signature Keyboard: As part of package, received the signature keyboard in ice blue color. Keyboard is very compact, sleek and adjustable and performs like a full-size keyboard. Costs around $110(as of writing this review) and you need this for sure to get the full functionality of this tablet if you are planning to use Windows for word editing or working with excel. Keyboard is alcantara finish that snaps magnetically and the keys are backlit with a large glass trackpad. Keyboard has windows key and dedicated buttons for media controls and screen brightness like traditional keyboard. Keyboard type cover weighs around 245 grams and measures 99.2mm x 56,5mm. Camera: Includes front facing 5 megapixel1080p camera for selfies or skype /video calls. Works great with Skype calls and zoom video calls. Front camera includes IR sensors for face recognition windows hello login. With the kickstand, this portable tablet is the daily driver for video calls with families and friends during this pandemic and 8-megapixel rear facing autofocus camera that shoots 1080p video. Speaker & Mic: Great sounding speakers with 2- watt stereo speakers and is good for conference calls and for room filling sound. Bottomline: Light design with good build quality, Larger battery & display compared to earlier version, increased performance, built in kickstand, 2- in- 1 detachable tablet/laptop for windows. Overall, would recommend for someone who needs windows device on the Go. This is my honest, unbiased review and neither Microsoft nor Best Buy had any input in this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful tablet/PC—at 1lb 11.7oz w/ type cover

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    Full disclosure— This product was received through the Best Buy Tech Insider program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. Overview— This is a beautifully crafted everyday tablet/PC for everyone. I’ve been a frequent Surface user since coming across a reasonably priced Surface 3. I have owned in total a Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 (current), Surface Pro 6, and the previously mentioned Surface 3. But this was actually the first time using a product with Windows 10 in S Mode. My first impression was “this must be throttled to run safely”. However, as I read more details about the OS I quickly learned S Mode operated slightly differently than what I thought I understood. Why else would there be an “exit” for S Mode? But, getting past my blonde moment, it operates much better than my initial thought. Performance— To get a measure in this space I installed a variety of apps and ran them to gauge its performance. To start, I tried installing something that was graphically intensive. I came across Inkscape and gave it a go. I had read plenty about it, just never used it before. It worked well enough, even with my limited use of it. Then I attempted to stream a few videos in the browser and monitor its resource usage but to my surprise, everything was perfectly fine. At this point, I didn’t have much else to test without taking it out of S Mode. Immediately out of S Mode I attempted to use Krita with it. For those unaware, Krita is an open-source professional painting program. After several streaks and 2 layers, I noticed significant bottlenecking. Obviously, this wasn’t meant for this kind of workload but gave me a good idea of its limitations. Lastly, I installed Ori and the will of the wisps— a side-scrolling platform adventure game. Nope, the Surface Go 2 wasn’t having it. It spikes at 100% CPU just loading the intro. Now that I’ve got it’s limitations defined I tried using it within its scope of use. I finished typing up this review on Word before the trial expired. I’ve also taken it along with me to work a few times, which oftentimes requires a handheld pc to access system nodes. Finally, as a new, still-learning developer, I’ve installed a couple of applications for this and executed several of them on the Surface Go such as Visual Code Studio, Tkinter, etc. At first, the change from an AIO desktop felt a bit off but after a few days, it feels natural. Lastly, since I do not own a Surface-branded pen I’ve tested touch functionality with a universal stylus— the Meko. One of the same stylus I use to draw on a 6th gen iPad. With the Go 2, it works exceptionally well and is very accurate. Battery life on the Go 2 does extremely well. Typically, I set my screen brightness to about half and type cover off or most dim. With use, I’m getting roughly 9 hours of life and about 36+ hours on standby. Conclusion— in the short time I’ve owned the Surface I’ve fallen in love with it. This is an everyday tablet/PC for everyone—for work, school, or personal. In its class, it has one of the best camera combinations for working remotely. It is very easy to handle at approx 1lb 11.7oz with an 1840 model type cover attached. I can see myself using this for a very long time to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great, Versatile Tablet (and more)

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    The Surface Go 2 is exactly what it's advertised as: a tablet with the versatility of a laptop. It does this very well while looking plenty good to boot. The fit and finish of the Surface Go 2 is pretty fantastic. In fact, I'd say it's on par with if not slightly ahead of other tablet brands. It feels ultra sturdy and durable. The screen is quite good with plenty of brightness to fight off glare and reflections. Perhaps the best and most ingenious feature of the Surface Go 2 is the integrated kickstand on the back. Even without a detachable keyboard, you can prop the Surface up on any surface and great straight to work. Also, the magnetic charging cable is such a nice touch. I don't know why more laptops and tablets don't use this type of charging which makes it so much more convenient. The Intel Pentium processor is adequate and feels sufficient to handle light, tablet level tasks and 8 GB of RAM is plenty enough for most anyone except hardcore users and gamers; something the Surface Go 2 isn't necessarily designed to do. 128 GB of SSD storage may not sound like a lot but it's also more than what I'll probably ever use for my needs and makes the Surface feel lightning fast. The real appeal of the Surface Go 2 for me is the seamless integration between my work laptop and the tablet. I can pick up right where I left off if I need to and everything is tied together nicely. If you're used to Windows then you're going to be right at home here. Microsoft Office (unsurprisingly) works very well right out of the gate and I am able to transfer work from my laptop to the tablet and vice-versa with ease. The cameras on the Surface Go 2 are pretty remarkable. The fidelity is good even on the front facing camera; perfect if you frequently video call, Zoom, etc. I'll be honest, I don't really use tablets for taking photos since using a phone is so much more convenient, but I can say this thing takes phenomenal pictures. I have to say, I am impressed with the Surface Go 2. It definitely doesn't go for a "copy and paste" solution and instead, urges you to appreciate the middle ground between a laptop and a tablet. I initially was a bit unsure about this approach but after I've had time to live with it, it makes other tablets seem much less useful in most respects. If I had to take one of my other tablets with me on a trip for work, I would be constantly lamenting the shortcomings of their ability to function like a laptop when needed. For me, it's the best of both worlds. *Product provided for review. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The little computer that is REALLY a computer!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up
    Cons mentioned:
    Keyboard, Modes

    Hey >> The “Go” in “Surface Go 2” means you GO PLACES with it... DISCLOSURE: “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.” The name “Go” sums it up >> this device is something you take with you when you “Go” places. When I am headed out the door for a meeting or "out and about" in the world, the “Go2” comes along to flip open and take notes, zip off a quick email, share photos or drafts of presentations >> anything that benefits from having a full operating system that is COMPATIBLE with, and SYNCHRONIZED with, my systems back at the office and at home. If the Surface Go 2 looks like a “real” little computer that is pretty cool, cute, handy, or would make your life easier or more productive >> then it’s worth a look. Please I am not a “Microsoft Fan Boy” as I use (or have used) Windows, Linux, Android, Chromebook, iPad, and MacOS at different times for different purposes. Each has its strengths, and none of them are all things at all time to all people. Figure out what you want, and if the Go2 looks like what you want and meets your needs, you will not be disappointed. WHAT IT IS: 1 – Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System – the whole thing >> NOTE: the default OS on unboxing is the W10 “S” which takes about 5 minutes to switch over (free of charge) to the full “W10 Home” system. The W10 “S” mode is there to keep the installed programs from collecting a lot of “digital sludge” that slows down ANY computer over time, and if you can go with the apps and programs in the Microsoft Store, that is the best way to keep the Go2 as snappy and clean as possible. If you must switch out of “S” mode to install needed software, please don’t go crazy and install a bunch of junk that will slow you down. The Go2 runs fine, but if it starts getting overloaded with background services it will cut down on both your speed and your battery life. 2 – Small and Light – did I say it was small and light? If you walk around at work, you carry a portfolio or a clipboard or something in your hands – if you don’t have something in your hands it looks like you are slacking off – you know that don’t you? Carry a Surface Go 2 instead – it replaces your clipboard, keeps you from having to keep pulling your phone out in the middle of everything (MS update is coming to allow phone interaction on the Windows system if you don’t already have that tether the Go2 to your phone before you go in the meeting), and I GUARANTEE people will come over and ask through their facemask “What the heck have you got in your hand?” 3 – VERY nice build quality – not the “cheapo plastic” shell and paperclip hinges you get with a budget laptop – no siree.... this is a magnesium metal shell and is a SOLID piece of equipment. The hinge for the prop-stand should win the Nobel Prize for engineering – it will adjust to any angle you want and STAY THERE right where you set it. Go to BestBuy and pick up and handle a few machines in this price range.... you will very quickly see and feel what I mean – the Go2 has a premium feel and you can “just tell” when you pick it up that it is well built. WHAT IT IS NOT: 1 – This is (probably) not a PRIMARY use laptop computer all by itself – nope, it is (probably) too small to use all day long to give you the “full laptop experience” BUT the Go2 stays SYNCHRONIZED with your main rig(s) and when you come back to your main machine(s) everything is in step in with what you just did on your Go2 and you just sit down and pick up where you left off. If you have modest computing needs and want to stick with the Go2 as your primary rig, then there is a docking station and/or USB3 port if you need to connect larger monitors, keyboard, mouse - and Bluetooth is built in if you want to use that for your peripherals. 2 – This is not a GAMING rig – nope nope nope do NOT think you will play ANY modern games on this little machine – older games or the simpler web-based games work just fine. However, if you want to comfortably hold something small in your hands to work on adult business and/or educational stuff – get a Go2. It should be said that there are PLENTY of entertaining games that can run very well on the Go2 if you need a little break or for winding down after a hard day’s work, so that’s a plus for the Go2 but there is a limit to the level of complexity that it can handle with gaming software. Be advised. 3 – Please! This is NOT a “Toy” for the kids – the Go2 is small, but it’s NOT a “toy computer.” It is an amazingly small, fully functional, well-engineered Windows 10 machine. If you want the kids to have a laptop to “play” with then get them an inexpensive or refurbished device so when they take it in the shower to watch a video while they lather up or use it as a digital Frisbee you won’t have a melt-down. If you want the kids to have a small computer of their very own that they can LEARN with, or STUDY with, or SCHOOL with, then here you Go2. 4 – This is not a PURE tablet experience – this is Windows 10 and thus is not designed for “pure” use as a tablet device. You are purchasing a small W10 computer, so a keyboard is called for – look for the ‘package deals’ that knock off a few bucks with the added keyboard. The tablet mode (remove the keyboard) works very nicely for note-taking and videos and small-group presentation and sharing pictures and even catching a video or two when you are settling down for the evening or taking a break – all these are good functions and tablet mode is GREAT in these situations. The Go2 as a tablet fits VERY nicely in your hands, has smooth and comfortable edges, and a big enough screen to work well in tablet mode... BUT you will WANT to be able to pop on a keyboard so you can get some work done on documents, emails, presentations – all the things you would like to be able to do on a small portable computer when you are out and about and on the go – which is EXACTLY what the Go2 is for! What you will LOVE about the Go2: “Hello Windows” Facial Recognition – turn it on, look at it, there you go. If you haven’t seen or used the facial recognition unlock feature for Windows – it is a warm and fuzzy experience. Noice! “Instant On” – close the lid, go to the next place, open the lid – it really is “instantly” ON right where you left off. I gotta admit that’s one thing I always did LOVE about some other devices that were out there, and now it really really really works with a Windows portable. Noice! Windows Sync and OneDrive/SharePoint Sync – all your settings, documents, browser history, sticky notes, OneNote, TEAMs, etc etc etc – EVERYTHING is synched with your desktop and/or laptop whether they are at home, at work, or both. I promise – I have several laptops and desktops spread out at home and work, and I can sit down at ANY of them and they are all working together to keep me going smoothly. Adding a Go2 to the mix was quick and seamless. IT’S ONLINE MEETING TIME! >> Front/Back cameras, stereo speakers, dual studio microphones >> all of which are pretty darn good: With online meetings becoming the “new normal” – having a sweet little computer that will hold it’s own in a TEAMs, Skype, or ZOOM meeting is very handy. You could very easily use this little critter for your meetings while you keep your work tasks going on another rig without having to stop everything to join in another “yawn” online collaboration or try to use the TEAMs app on your little bitty phone. If you are “out and about” when the meeting is scheduled to start, the Go2 gives you a high-quality video and sound feed. What you want to get along with your Go2 chassis (HINT: look for the “package deals” to save on the accessories): 1 – Get the keyboard – unsurpassed design with tactile keypress and BACKLIGHTING! The Go2 is not intended to be a tablet at all times for all purposes. It is a Windows 10 machine and for that you will want to have the option of using a keyboard with a (very nice) built-in trackpad. Go fancy with the nice Alcantara Signature cover – you deserve it and for a few bucks more it really looks nice and complements the appearance of the Go2 case. Save a few bucks and get the black plastic cover if you like, but really the Alcantara is a nice touch, looks great. 2 – Get a tempered glass screen protector. Enough said. Gorilla Glass is a fantastic material, but Stuff Happens - don't let it happen to your Go2. 3 – Get a protective case if you are going to be out and about in an environment where drops and rubs and scratches are par for the course. Indoor only or “soft” use outside, the Go2 is metal case and very durable, but if you are banging around at work (or play) a case may come in handy and keep your Go2 looking at its best when you are back inside and want to show it off. 4 – Get a Surface Pen? Well, maybe and it really comes in handy for taking notes and highlighting text when you are in the tablet mode. If you are looking at the Go2 for note-taking like OneNote or similar software, you will be deee-lighted at how nicely a pen helps you be more productive and creative with your note taking and doodles during meetings. SPENDING YOUR ACTUAL MONEY: OK that’s about it and if you are like me you don’t want to waste your money and you have spent a week staying up late going around on YouTube looking at unboxings and Googling “Microsoft Surface Go 2” to read the reviews. Do your research and go to BestBuy and put your hands on one and then make up your mind. You can tell I am really pleased with my Go2. Honestly, I am not the fan-boy type and have been going through little portable devices starting with the Casio SF-8000 in 1990 and I think the Go2 is what I have been looking for all these years. Stay Safe!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Powerful Tool for Daily Use

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I purchased the Surface Go 2 as a replacement for the Surface Pro 6 due to a need for a smaller tablet with computer processing power; it was exactly what I needed. The Surface Go 2 has done a great job of housing all of the laptop/desktop capabilities in a small frame that can easily be tucked under an arm or slid into a bag on the go without added weight. The device is currently being used for Microsoft software as well as numerous webpage use and it has handled all of those needs with ease. While the processor is not as fast as the Surface Pro, it does not lag with webpages and programs open simultaneously. It is versatile in all of the necessary ways, and it serves it’s purpose when used for daily computing needs (work or school). I highly recommend this to college students and office workers who are hoping to manage their work and personal needs.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from MicrosoftOutreachTeam
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      Hi Hanna – Thank you for sharing your experience with Surface Go 2. It's great to hear that it’s a good fit for your needs. We hope it continues to serve you well. Cheers, Erica Surface Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very useful small computer

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Portable, Set up, Size
    Cons mentioned:
    Keyboard, Modes

    Initial disclaimer. I am a member of the invitation-only, Best Buy Tech Insider Network (TIN). This product, the Microsoft Surface Go 2, was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review, which I provide below. To this point in my computing life, I have used desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and “x-in-ones” with x typically being equal to three. But, to now, I have never used something of the size of the Surface Go 2. Is it a tablet? No, but you could use it that way. But that would be overkill. Is it a laptop? It’s closer to this than it is to a tablet, but it’s not a real laptop. For one thing, it does not have a built-in keyboard. Second, the screen is 10.5 inches diagonally. This makes it smaller than the laptop I use most often (16.5-inch screen) and larger than the tablet I do all my e-reading on (8-inch screen). It has a touch-screen, which is common on tablets and less so on laptops. On balance, I would call it a portable computer, but only if you add the pretty-much-mandatory (in my opinion) Signature Type Cover (also provided to me at no cost through the Best Buy TIN), which gives it a full keyboard. If you don’t use the Signature Type Cover, a keyboard pops up on the screen whenever you need one just like it does on your phone, and while this is fine for occasional text input like you do on a phone, this won’t work at all (at least for me) if you want to do anything that requires serious keyboarding, like composing or editing a document with a word-processor. This still leaves the issue of a mouse as I have never been comfortable trying to use a touchpad in place of a mouse. The only port on the Surface Go is a USB-C port, so, to connect a mouse, you’ll need a USB-to-USB-C adapter or a mouse that comes with a USB-C connector or a USB-C dongle to allow connection of a wireless mouse. All I had on hand was a regular, wired USB mouse, so I connected it through a USB-C hub, which I also had on hand. The computer warned me that such a device might not be able to draw enough power through the USB-C port to allow connected peripherals to work, but my mouse worked just fine. Setup is easy and pretty much the same as it is with any new computer you buy nowadays. Turn it on, and it goes through a Microsoft setup process where you set your preferences, connect to a network, and log in to your Microsoft account or create one if you don’t have one. It has both front-facing and rear-facing cameras, and, during the setup process, it will ask if you want to have the camera take a photo of you and then use that photo (like a fingerprint) as your login when you log into the computer when turning it on. This avoids having to type in a password or a PIN. I gave it permission to do this, and it works quite well. When finished with the setup process, you have a full-fledged computer that falls in size between a laptop and a tablet. The other big feature of this computer is that it arrives in Windows “C” mode. This means that it is meant to work only with apps that come from the Microsoft Store. The idea here is to increase security by allowing only Microsoft-approved apps to be installed on the computer. You can probably make this work if you’re happy with the new Edge browser and the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, etc.). But if you want to install Firefox or Chrome, the machine warns you that doing so is permissible, but Windows will permanently exit “C” mode and revert to regular Windows, and, most importantly, there is no going back. Anyway, I think it’s possible to live within the Microsoft universe on this computer if you don’t need to do too much of the same things you might do on your “regular” computer, such as use different browsers or any of many other non-Microsoft programs. I intend to try it this way for a while, but I’m guessing that most people will make that one-way switch out of “S” mode if for no other reason than they like to have several browsers installed on their computers because different browsers work with different websites differently, and not a few websites state on their home page that they work best with this or that browser. I think the real value of this computer is in its smallness. The Signature Type Cover is a very useful addition that snaps into place magnetically and doesn’t change the size nor weight of the computer to any significant degree. It is meant to be left attached to the computer at all times, and these two together, the Surface Go 2 and the Type Cover, make a very useful small computer. I use my laptop almost exclusively when traveling, and the smaller the laptop, the more convenient it is to use if you’re trying to use it on an airplane’s fold-down tray or on your lap in an airport departure lounge. It’s also more convenient to pack and carry. This is the greatest strength of Surface Go 2. It’s about as small a computer as you can have and still have it be a full-fledged computer. It’s very well suited to traveling, and it makes a handy, small computer at home if you want something light and portable and you like to set up wherever you happen to be sitting at the moment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great purchase!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I am very happy with this purchase. I needed something more portable than a laptop, with laptop capabilities and the Microsoft Surface Go has not let me down. I switched it out of S mode (as recommended by many reviews) mostly so I could download Adobe to read my PDF files. I had the option to buy a PDF reader from the Microsoft store, but being stuck in my ways I opted to switch to Windows 10 and download Adobe. The only regret I have about doing that is the amount of updates I get. I don’t think I would have so many updates on S mode. Overall, I am pleased with this tablet. It operates smoothly even with multiple files and browsers open.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works well for simple tasks and on the go use!

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    I received this product through the Best Buy Tech Insider Program. Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews. I have used several Microsoft Surface devices over the years and have been impressed with their portability and small form factor, thus I was excited to try out the new Microsoft Surface Go 2. The unit I received has the Intel Pentium Gold Processor and 8 GB of RAM. This device is a very solid piece of equipment. It feels well-made, and the Microsoft keyboard accessory is very easy to attach and remove when needed. The keyboard has a backlight as well, which is great! This device is also very portable, so it is great for using on the go. The stand on the back works well and is great for propping the device up at different angles. I love that with the Surface Tablets, you can run Windows 10 on them, which has all of the features and capabilities of a windows machine in a very light and portable tablet-like design. Be advised that this device comes with Windows configured in S mode, which only allows you to install apps from the Microsoft Store. In order to install apps from elsewhere as usual, you do have to go and disable S mode in settings. Along with all the features and capabilities you would expect from any Windows 10 machine, this even has a few extra as well. It has some additional hardware that allows for Windows Hello facial recognition which is a fast and easy way to sign in without putting in a password or PIN. Additionally, it has a rear camera, which you would not normally get on a Windows laptop. This particular device doesn’t have a very fast processor. It runs fine for minimally intensive tasks and can handle basic computing. But, it does feel a bit sluggish when doing even simple tasks. When opening programs, installing programs, or updating software, it just felt a little slow. For example, when opening Word, there was a good 5-6 second wait before it opened. And, once I started working on a new document, there was some delay before the text I typed showed up on the screen. But, after typing several things for maybe 10 seconds, it caught up and then there was no delay in typing text after that. While it was a little sluggish in handling everyday tasks, it handled them fine. It isn’t horribly slow, but you aren’t going to get the quick response that you would on a machine with a better processor. The delay when first creating a Word document wasn’t a major issue, but it does take a little extra patience. For many, I'm sure the small delays will be just fine! I tested this device on a Skype call and have to say I thought it did a great job. The quality of video on the display was very crisp and it has a high quality front-facing webcam as well as front-facing speakers. I do think the speakers could be a little louder and fuller, but they were decent. Also, unfortunately, even in Skype (which is made by Microsoft), there was no quick button to switch to the back camera on the Surface. I had to go all the way into Skype settings while in the call to show my back camera and then switch back to the front camera. It’s unfortunate that while there is a back camera, there is no easy way to switch to it during video calling. I also tried a video call on Facebook messenger, and didn’t even see a way to change to the back camera while in the call. Also, I did notice that after being on the Skype call for a while, the Surface did get hot and it definitely went through the battery faster while on the call. Despite these observations, I was still satisfied with the video calling experience nonetheless. The Windows Hello facial recognition on this device is really convenient for signing in. Additionally, the Microsoft keyboard is a great added accessory. It is easy to type on, attach and remove when necessary, and it has a backlight that can be turned on and adjusted for brightness which is a very useful feature. Be advised that the keyboard is sold separately and is not included with this device. Conclusion: Overall, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is a good device for simple tasks (word processing, email, watching videos, video calling, etc). I wouldn’t say that it’s great, as it was just a little slow at normal tasks, but it’s good. Going from my everyday laptop to this machine was definitely a drop in performance that was noticeable when opening programs and performing tasks, which did require more patience. It wasn’t unbearably slow, but definitely noticeable. Despite the slower performance, I really like that this device supports Windows Hello facial recognition, and I was very satisfied with the sturdy design of the machine. As a secondary computer or a computer for simple/non-intensive tasks, this should definitely do the job. This would not work for any intensive tasks such as video editing or any intensive gaming, so if you are looking to do those, I would look elsewhere. And, if you want a machine that opens programs very quickly without delays, you might want to look at one of the higher-end Surface devices which would definitely run faster than this device. If you are looking to get an affordable device that is portable and can handle non-intensive computing tasks, this would be a great pick!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GOOD... BUT NOT GREAT

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I bought this as a travel computer because it is small and light. It seems tiny. The keyboard is workable, but not if someone has big fingers. It's an adjustment. Overall, I do like it but with the Celeron processor, it is slower than what I'm used to and sometimes I've had to re-start it. Compared to the Surface Pro 4 which I have, and I absolutely love that, although I like the Go 2, it is an adjustment. As a professor, I do love that I can separate the keyboard and grade assignments; it's almost like holding a piece of paper to grade. Would I purchase it again? I'm not sure.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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