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Surface Go review: my first impression

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(Post picture: © 2018 TechnikNews)

A month and a half ago Microsoft introduced the Surface Go: A device that can be used to do office tasks anywhere. I finally have for TechnikNews get a test device. My first impression.


This morning I received three packs. The largest housed the Surface Go with a Quick Start Guide, some warnings, and a charger. The latter is weaker than that of the Surface Pro and has no additional USB-A port to charge your smartphone, for example. The second pack only contained the type cover for the Surface Go, which for me is the platinum version made from Alcantara. This is magnetically attached to the device via the connectors on the underside. The keyboard cover also gets power via this connection. The third box, which was also the smallest box, contained the Surface Pen. This does not need a charger as it runs on batteries. The battery life is around one year.

The amount of scope of delivery for the Surface Go is limited


My test device was already set up for me. However, I can still remember the setupprocess mine Zenbook UX530UX from Asus Remember: Basically, all you have to do is create a user account, add a Microsoft account and agree to the terms of use - it's really very self-explanatory. Windows 10 S is installed on the Surface Go by default. With this version of the operating system, only apps from the Windows Store can be installed. However, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home for free, which allows you to download and install third-party apps.

My first impression

The Surface Go and the Type Cover are very compact. This is noticeable both positively and negatively. On the one hand, this makes the hybrid extremely light, and on the other hand, typing on the keyboard cover takes a lot of getting used to at the beginning, because the key travel and the space between the keys is very small, among other things. On the other hand, I like the trackpad very much. Movements have been recognized correctly at every point in time up to now. I'm also quite happy with the Surface Pen so far.

The kick stand was also processed very well (picture: TechnikNews, 2018)

As I expected in advance, the Surface Go is very well made - including the kick stand. Nothing wobbles here. Unfortunately, the display edges take up more space on the front than is actually necessary.

When installed Proprocessor is the Intel Pentium 4415Y. If you consider that, the performance is really okay. However, I don't want to do more complex tasks on the Surface Go - this device isn't even intended for that.

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David Haydl

David lives in Graz and has been there for around half a decade TechnikNews, also editor-in-chief for some time. He regularly provides the site with news, test reports and the like TechnikNews Weekly, which was his idea to launch. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, listening to a lot of music (and clearly too loud) and some podcasts on all kinds of topics, and also likes to go running. He enjoys the time that remains with his charming girlfriend or in front of the TV.

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