Microsoft has surprised us again with its smallest removable tablet for professional use, the Surface Go 2.
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 is an affordable Windows 10 business tablet for everyday tasks. It was announced alongside the Microsoft Surface Book 3 laptop last spring.
This convertible tablet received an upgrade to the 10.5-inch PixelSense screen, a more durable battery, but it remained very portable. In addition, the optional LTE capability is an added advantage that allows users to stay connected virtually anywhere. Let’s take a closer look at the features of the Microsoft Surface Go 2 tablet.
Microsoft Surface Go 2: Prices and Configurations
- Microsoft offers several Surface Go 2 configurations. All models support 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wireless standard and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology.
- The lowest Microsoft Surface Go 2 base model comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.
- The base can be configured on 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage when purchased for an additional.
- There is also a configuration based on an Intel Core M3 Wi-Fi processor, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD.
- The LTE version of the M3.
Microsoft Surface Go 2: Surface Type Cover and Microsoft Pen
We must note that the Surface type cover is sold separately. But the addition of the keyboard cover essentially turns this 10.5-inch tablet into an ultra-portable laptop. All thanks to the full version of Windows 10 S mode. Microsoft offers the following teachable keyboard cover color options: Ice Blue, Poppy Red, Black and Platinum. And it will cost you from to more, depending on the color you choose.
The tablet also supports the Surface stylus and a Bluetooth wireless mouse.
Microsoft Surface Go 2: Design and Display
The design of the Microsoft Surface Go 2 tablet is something similar to the more powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 7 model. It has a silver magnesium cover with the Microsoft logo in a mirror finish on the back. However, being a 10.5-inch model, the Surface Go 2 version is noticeably smaller and lighter than its counterparts in the 12.3-inch Surface Pro series. The model is 0.3 inches thick and weighs only 1.25 lbs. The Surface Pro 7, on the other hand, is a 1.7 lb device. True, it also comes with better hardware.
As for the screen, it is a PixelSense touch screen with an FHD resolution of 1920 x 1280. This version also has a slightly higher pixel density of 220 pixels per inch and an aspect ratio of 3:2. And although it is standard for a tablet mode, you will notice it when you use the Surface Go 2 as a laptop replacement. For example, in widescreen video format, you will see black bars above and below the footage.
Microsoft Surface Go 2: Cameras, Ports and Audio
Like all Surface tablets and convertibles, the Surface Go 2 has front-facing and rear-facing HD cameras. The 5.0MP 1080p front camera supports Windows Hello facial authentication function and is mainly used for facetime calls and video conferences. The rear-facing one is also HD 1080p and 8.0 MP autofocus, ideal for capturing photos and videos.
The Surface Pro Go 2 is equipped with a surprising number of ports for such a small device. You have the USB-C port, a combined headphone jack and the Surface connector on the right side. On the left side you will find a microSD card reader, the power button and the volume control buttons.
We should also mention that the tablet comes with 2W Premium Dolby Audio stereo speakers that provide decent quality sound. Thus, listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks and streaming shows can be very enjoyable on this tablet. But if you are looking for a deeper sound and a higher volume, investing in a pair of external speakers or quality headphones is inevitable.
Overall performance of Microsoft Surface Go 2
Note that the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is by no means a powerful device. And although the tablet supports all Windows applications, it is intended to handle basic daily tasks. With the help of the Surface Go 2, you can take notes, jot down ideas, make sketches, check your emails, etc. You can even make presentations using the Microsoft stylus. The best part is, the tablet gives solid 10 hours of continuous use without the need to recharge. In addition, you can play free Windows games in between.
In addition, you can choose how you use your software. For example, working in S mode gives you access to a wide range of applications from the Microsoft Store.
How much is a used Microsoft Surface tablet worth?
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And while the resale value of a used gadget depends entirely on the brand, model and condition, here are some examples of Microsoft Surface Pro exchange for you:
The previous version of the Microsoft Surface Go 10-inch tablet with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD in used condition retails.*
The current Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5-inch Intel Pentium Gold base model has up to on offer.*
A more powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 512GB SSD.*
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 can be very handy on the go. It serves as both a tablet and a laptop, thanks to the optional removable keyboard cover. Surface Go 2 allows you to stream your favorite shows, take notes and more, making it an ideal little travel companion. The best part is that the tablet can practically fit in your pocket. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not include the Surface stylus and the Type Cover with this model, forcing users to spend more on these essential accessories. But considering what the tablet can do for such a moderate price, we think splurging on the keyboard is worth it.