The Microsoft Surface products family are excellent personal computers running Windows with touch-screen capabilities.
The product line has grown over the years (ever since I reviewed the original Microsoft Surface Pro back in 2013), with the latest line ups of Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book 2, and the whopping AU$4,699 Surface Studio powerhouse.
If you are looking for a versatile Windows laptop+tablet, the cheapest Surface you can get at the moment is the Surface Laptop for AU$1,099 (AU$989.10 for eligible students, parents and teachers).
That may still be too much for those who are just looking for something portable to browse, reply emails, or create a Word document.
But with the new Microsoft Surface Go for just AU$599, Microsoft has just made the Surface even more affordable to the market and enticing to many who may have not even considered getting a Surface before.
The new Surface Go is the smallest and most affordable Surface device yet, at just over 520 grams and 8.3 mm thin. It has a 10″ screen so it may not be for hardcore photo and video editors out there who’d need a bigger screen. However, for productive people on the go like students, salespeople, journalists, or bloggers like myself, that’s a perfect size.
It is powered by the 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y with fanless design and offers up to 9 hours of battery life. Its 10″ screen is a custom-built, high resolution PixelSense Display and compatible with Surface Pen (with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity). Sketch artists and note takers rejoice!
Surface Go uses Surface Connect port for charging and docking, USB-C 3.1, a headphone jack, and a microSDXC card reader to expand its storage.
Microsoft Surface Go starts at AUD$599 RRP and is available for pre-order from tomorrow in Australia and will hit shelves on August 28. There will be an LTE version coming later this year too.
If only I knew about this a month earlier, I wouldn’t have bought the iPad 2018.