As an introduction to this analysis
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface GO 2 to surf the Internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that Microsoft has developed this Surface GO 2.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 10 inches size. It Surface GO 2 comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. The engineers fromMicrosoft have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Surface GO 2 is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Surface GO 2, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 64 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 9 hours. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Surface GO 2 the right choice for watching movies ?
Microsoft has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. This Surface GO 2 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 10 inches, it has a resolution format 1800×1200. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 0.9 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Surface GO 2 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the Surface GO 2 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 615 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. The Surface GO 2 only 1 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.With 9 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.
Surface GO 2 compatible with on the move use ?
This Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. The 10 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Microsoft has decided to provide a touch screen on the Surface GO 2. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
With the installation of the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Microsoft is optimistic about the autonomy of this Surface GO 2. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 9 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 64 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Surface GO 2 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 10 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 1 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
With this Surface GO 2, Microsoft offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The Surface GO 2 for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Surface GO 2, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10S system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface GO 2 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 64 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. Here, it’s 9 hours of autonomy available. As a reminder, with such a powerful laptop, it’s hard to do much better Microsoft.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Microsoft made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
With the Surface GO 2, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
Surface GO 2 for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Surface GO 2 is one of the models in the average. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1800×1200 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 64 Gb it Surface GO 2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Surface GO 2 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 0.9 Kg.
With an autonomy of 9 hours, it’s better than the competition.
It Surface GO 2 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Surface GO 2 the right choice for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Microsoft has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10S.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model weighs 0.9 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface GO 2. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Surface GO 2can be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not Surface GO 2 the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The Surface GO 2 – in summary
This Surface GO 2 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– travel use
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing