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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface GO 2 to find out what it was worth.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Surface GO 2 enough for internet use?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as Surface GO 2 may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Microsoft; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 10 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Surface GO 2 is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
With a processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y, Microsoft offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 64 Gb, Microsoft considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.
Surface GO 2 for videos?
Microsoft has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface GO 2; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 10 inches, with a 1800×1200. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 0.9 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface GO 2 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Surface GO 2 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface GO 2. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
With Intel HD Graphics 615, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. Indeed, it Surface GO 2 has only 1 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.You get 9 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
Surface GO 2 the right choice for travelling connected ?
This Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. The bottom line is this : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by Microsoft.
Its weight of 0.9 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. With a 10 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
This Surface GO 2 is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
Too bad for the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Microsoft is optimistic about the autonomy of this Surface GO 2. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 9 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 64 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Surface GO 2 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 10 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 1 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The Surface GO 2- the right model for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. It appears that this Surface GO 2meets this need perfectly. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10S are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface GO 2 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 64 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 9 hours of autonomy available. This is the best on the market today.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
With the Surface GO 2, you’re moving towards a very good product. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
The Surface GO 2 for online or local games.
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Microsoft in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1800×1200, nothing better at the moment
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 64 Gb it Surface GO 2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 0.9 Kg.
An excellent autonomy of 9 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
In conclusion, it Surface GO 2 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Surface GO 2 for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface GO 2 it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 10S, last generation.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 0.9 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface GO 2. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface GO 2 is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
In short, is the Surface GO 2, the right choice ?
The conclusion of the test Surface GO 2 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing