Surface Laptop Go review

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An affordable winner from Microsoft
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is without a doubt the standout in the entire Surface lineup, thanks to the ultra-approachable price, excellent build quality and gorgeous display. This laptop will redefine what budget laptops should look like.

Microsoft Surface devices like the Surface Laptop Go and the Surface Pro line have traditionally been super high-end laptops and tablets, aimed at providing the best Windows 10 experience. However starting with the Surface Go back in 2018, Microsoft started targeting students and everyday users, and this is the segment where arguably Surface is head and shoulders above anything else on the market.

What we're getting here is a 12.4-inch laptop packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That's definitely not a high-end spec, but when you consider the low asking price, the gorgeous display and build quality on offer, the Surface Laptop Go is far better than any other laptop you're going to find at this price range.

Microsoft sent us the absolute top-end version of the Surface Laptop Go, which retails at $899 (£899, AU$1,549) for the specs listed on the right, and even at this price, we'd consider it a bargain. Most other laptops in this size class and price range are going to be Chromebooks, which are way more restrictive in what you can do than Windows 10 in S Mode – which is what the Surface Laptop Go ships with. Bonus? You can easily switch out of that Mode these days, and the hardware on offer is more than capable of being a fully-functioning Windows 10 computer.

So, if you're a student that just needs an extremely solid Windows machine for classwork, or you just want a laptop that's easy to cart around while doing everyday tasks, the Surface Laptop Go is a great choice, especially if you're comfortable storing most of your extraneous files in OneDrive.

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Specs Sheet Here is the Surface Laptop Go configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

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