The Surface Go is Microsoft’s most recent attempt at fulfilling that dream, and a follow-up to the surface 3 from 2015. It’s a 10-inch tablet running a full version of Windows 10 with an Intel Pentium chip at its heart, and it starts at just $400.
It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but Microsoft has made meaningful improvements.
Another thing the Surface Go has in common with the original iPad is large, symmetrical bezels. By bucking the trend of ultra thin bezels around the display, the otherwise luxurious Surface Go looks a tad outdated.
Microsoft might think they make holding the tablet easier, but in the age of bezel-less laptops and smartphones, they’re serious eyesores. They also increase the footprint of the tablet and decrease the screen real estate available, both of which are important to small, portable devices. When you’re talking about a screen this small, every millimetre counts.
For ports, you’re looking at a single USB-C 3.1 port, a headphone jack, and Surface Dock connection. Though you’ll have to pay extra from the Surface Dock, the proprietary power cable in the box also hooks in here. That’s not a great selection, but on a tablet, it feels more appropriate.
Performance was one of the biggest issues with the original line of Surface tablets. Microsoft promised these products would work like any other laptop, yet they were hampered by the weak components and a limited operating system. The Surface Go was supposed to fix that problem by running with an Intel chip based on the Core architecture that would prove capable as a productivity machine. Unfortunately, that’s not how it feels.