a mid-range laptop that packs a punch

a mid-range laptop that packs a punch

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Since the release of the original Microsoft Surface Laptop Go in 2020, hybrid tablet laptops have been making waves in the tech world. They are slimmer and more compact than a laptop and have many more features than a standalone tablet. It is also the perfect model for those on a budget.

Capitalizing on that frenzy, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is an upgrade from the first version. With a higher price tag of £529, this laptop sits firmly in the mid-range category. It has all the features you would expect and a few extras (more of those below), making it a great buy for those who need something on the go that won’t break the bank.

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Technical data at a glance

  • Screen: 12.4-inch PixelSense display

  • resolution: 1536×1024 (148 PPI)

  • Aspect ratio: 3:2

  • Processor: Quad-core Intel Core i5-1135G7 (11th Gen)

  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD

  • Memory: 4GB or 8GB RAM

  • Camera: 720P forward facing

  • Connectivity: WLAN 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1, USB-A, USB-C, headphones, Surface Connect, fingerprint sensor

  • Operating system: windows 1

  • Dimensions: 10.95″x8.12″x0.62″

  • Weight: 1127 grams

  • Graphic: Intel Iris Xe

The design

The new design is convincing. Coming in four different sleek colors – Platinum, Sage, Ice Blue and Sandstone – this laptop looks like it means business. For those looking for something lightweight, it doesn’t get any better as the entire device weighs just 1127g. As well as being feather-light, it’s incredibly slim and generally much more compact than other models – perfect for carrying to and from the office or when traveling.

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At 12.4 inches, we were slightly disappointed with the screen size. Compared to other similarly priced laptops, the display is smaller and feels more like a tablet; A downside for anyone using this as their primary laptop, but ok if you need it on-demand for entertainment and light remote work. However, the size is also compensated by the larger 3:2 ratio, making it suitable for everyday use.

The keyboard and trackpad were two standout features when it came to design. Both worked wonderfully. The keyboard feels like a full-size version, and the trackpad’s precision was impeccable.

The functions

When it comes to everyday use, this laptop comes close to perfection. It has a vibrant display, color contrast and higher resolution than comparable models, making it perfect for streaming and scrolling social media.

A significant improvement over the first model, the Go 2 features a 720p webcam and microphone for crisp and clear audio, meaning those Zoom meetings have never felt so easy. The speakers also produce a decent sound quality and volume, but do not replace the need for a separate speaker.

Unlike its predecessor, there are no issues with overheating or loud noise in the background, and it’s 23 percent faster.

Disappointingly, the battery life is the same. It still lags compared to other laptops, with a full charge providing a day of light use (around six hours), but not having a charger nearby would be risky; hardly ideal if you want to travel light.

The fingerprint scanner and one-touch login are a handy addition and add to the efficiency of the laptop.

We were able to open large documents normally and use multiple apps with ease. It’s clear that the updates over the last few years have helped streamline Windows 11 and there don’t seem to be any software issues.

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Verdict

Overall, the laptop’s design and feel is remarkably similar to the iPad Pro, but when it comes to how the Go 2 actually works, it functions far more like a PC than a tablet, thanks to its Windows processor.

The new additions and improvements compared to the first version make this laptop worth the extra money and of all Microsoft products this is the best value for money. If they could increase battery life it would be perfect.

If you’re looking for a laptop for school or university, it’s hard to beat the Go 2 – it’s portable, great for taking notes using the keyboard or touchscreen stylus, and has all the firepower of Windows 11. It’s not just for students: With business trips and WFH days an ongoing reality for many, a lightweight notebook that meets the demands of your work is an absolute must, and this dependable notebook won’t let you down.

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