Surface Laptop Go: Microsoft’s 12.4-inch laptop for $ 549

Microsoft today is introducing a new Surface Laptop Go, which has been made a more affordable alternative to the company’s more premium devices. It is one of the lowest cost devices yet, at only $ 549. It is beat in Microsoft’s lineup by Surface Go 2 for only $ 399, and is clearly designed to target potential Chromebook buyers. But just like the Surface Go 2, the new Surface Laptop Go compromises some specs for a lower price.

The Surface Laptop Go, as the name suggests, is mostly the same surface you’ve seen before, but is smaller and lighter. Microsoft is using a smaller 12.4-inch display than the 13.5-inch one found on the Surface Laptop 3, but also running at just 1536 x 1024 resolution. It still exceeds the standard 720p thanks to a 3: 2 aspect ratio, but even the Surface Go 2 managed to hit 1920 x 1280 on a smaller 10.5-inch display.

Microsoft Surface Laptops run in Blue.

This small frame makes the Surface Laptop Go Lite Surface Laptop, which is just 2.45 pounds. It is lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air, and many Chromebooks or Windows laptops at this price point. Microsoft is still including a full-size keyboard, with 1.3mm travel, and a large Windows Precision trackpad.

Unlike the Surface Go tablet, Microsoft shipping is what I’d call Real Processor inside Laptop Go. Microsoft has opted for the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (1035G1) instead of the Intel Pentium Gold processor found on the Base Surface Go. This is not the latest 11th Gen Intel processor that we are starting to see in other laptops, but a quad-core chip should suffice for this type of device.

Unfortunately, the base model of the Surface Laptop Go only includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Both are serious drawbacks to a Windows laptop in 2020, especially when you can choose something like the Acer Aspire 3 with the same processor, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD storage, and a larger 15-inch display for $ 549.

You are obviously paying a premium for the surface design here, but I think there are some improvements to the minimum RAM and storage options. If you want more, the $ 699 Surface Laptop is the Go model that comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.

New Fingerprint Reader on Surface Laptop Go.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is affixed with a USB-C and a regular USB-A port, along with a headphone jack and a Surface Connect charging port. It has a 720p webcam on the front, but it will not support face recognition via Windows Hello. Instead, Microsoft has integrated the fingerprint reader into the power button on some Surface Laptop Go models, allowing you to log into Windows with your finger. The base $ 549 model will not include a fingerprint reader, however. For that, you’ll need to buy a $ 699 or $ 899 model.

There is also Wi-Fi 6 support and fast charging to top the battery up to 80 percent in just one hour. Microsoft is offering three color variants on the Surface Laptop Go: Blue, Sandstone and Platinum.

The Surface Laptop Go will start at $ 549 for the premiere today, and will begin shipping from October 13. Three models will be available to consumers:

  • Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage: $ 549.99
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage: $ 699.99
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GBGB SSD Storage: $ 899.99

Microsoft is also launching new Surface accessories today, including a new 69.99 Designer Compact Keyboard, $ 24.99 Microsoft Number Pad, a number pad and a $ 69.99 4K Wireless Display Adapter to help you project Windows devices on the big screen. Gives options.

New Surface Accessories from Microsoft.

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