The Surface family of products has been consistently growing for years. One of its youngest members is the ultra-compact Surface Laptop Go notebook, which debuted in 2020. After two years, Microsoft returns with its successor.
What changes and novelties does Surface Laptop Go 2 bring? I decided to check it out.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – APPEARANCE AND WORK CULTURE
In terms of design, Surface Laptop Go 2 is confusingly similar to its predecessor. However, I do not make a big complaint of it. This equipment just looks good. It is light, slim, and its screen is characterized by narrow bezels. It is a pity that the bottom one is much thicker than the others, which distorts the proportions.
When it comes to build quality, the top panel of the device, similar to the Surface Laptop Go model, was made of aluminum. In turn, the base – and the novelty here – is this combination of aluminum, composite resin polycarbonate With fiber glass. This has a positive effect not only on the durability, but also on the weight of the device – its weight is only 1127 grams.
The laptop keyboard is also made of polycarbonate resin and fiberglass. And here comes the first screeching. For reasons I do not understand the keys are not illuminated. It seemed to me that in 2022 keyboard backlight is the market standard. In this regard, Microsoft disappointed strongly.
An interesting design solution is the placement speakers and holes ventilation just below the hinge of the device. Undoubtedly, this has a positive effect on the appearance, but it also creates obvious obstacles – the fans will be difficult to clean.
Speaking of cooling, it works a bit quieter than in the previous model, but it can still take its toll, even when our Surface is not too heavily loaded with demanding tasks.
Surface Laptop Go 2 is equipped with one port USB-C (unfortunately without Thunderbolt 4) and one connector USB-A. In addition, there is also a 3.5 mm headphone output and a Surface Connect charging connector. In addition, the laptop can also be charged via USB-C.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – SCREEN
The new Microsoft laptop has a 12.5-inch touch screen PixelSense about proportions 3: 2 and resolution 1536 x 1024 pixels, which translates into the coefficient PPI at the level 148 – so it’s good, but not great. For comparison, the Surface Go 3 PPI was 220.
What can I write about image quality? As is usual with Surface devices, it is in a class of its own. The screen offers high brightness (> 330 nits) and decent contrast and a very good color reflection. Black is worse, but only compared to OLED matrices.
The minimum brightness is in turn only 2 rivets, thanks to which Surface works well during night work. I mean, it would work … if it had a backlit keyboard. This is how I mention this fact for the second time, but I still cannot understand Microsoft’s decision.
The screen used covers the color palette sRGB at the level of 98 percent. in case of AdobeRGB it is in turn 74 percentand in the case of DCI-P3 – 78 percent. So it is good, but certainly not good enough to recommend this equipment to a person who deals with professional photo editing.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – SPECIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE
For years, he has consistently criticized Microsoft for being the cheapest devices from the Surface family stuffs hopeless Intel Pentium Gold processors. There was, for example, Fortunately, in the case of Surface Laptop Go 2, the Redmond company did not make such a mistake.
All variants of the device have Intel Core i5-1135G7. It’s a powerful low-voltage processor, which may not be suitable for advanced video editing and playing the latest games, but it is better than good for everyday office work.
In the benchmark Cinebench R23 the tested system won 3112 point. in the multi-core test as well 1058 point in the Single Core test.
In the case of the Microsoft processor, it avoided a mishap, but in terms of RAM It’s not so rosy. The cheapest model has only 4 GB of RAM, and Windows 11 and 4 GB of RAM are basically guaranteed performance problems. Fortunately, there is also a version with 8GB and in fact, it’s only worth being interested in.
Surface Laptop Go 2 comes with disk NVME SSD with a capacity of 128 GB or 256 GB. As for the graphic layout used, it is standard Intel Iris Xe – so we will run Football Manager and older strategies on the laptop, but let’s forget about Cyberpunk 2077.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – KEYBOARD, BIOMETRY AND BATTERY
Surface Laptop Go 2 has a keyboard that I can write about only in superlatives (except that it is not backlit – I promise that I will mention it for the last time). It is very comfortable to write on, and the keys offer an almost perfect level jump 1.3 mm. I will not write a bad word about the trackpad TouchPad Precision. It works very well, although it’s not yet the MacBook level.
When it comes to biometrics, it’s under the key power placed line reader fingerprint. Ran out while the Windows Hello function, which allows you to unlock the device through a face scan. This is another incomprehensible compromise on the part of Microsoft. Anyway, the built-in 720p webcam is generally not crazy, and the image quality during video calls is at best average.
However, I am glad that Microsoft has worked on audio. The Omnisonic speakers sound loud and at the same time quite clean. Their additional advantage is the technology support Dolby Audio Premium.
Microsoft boasts that Surface Laptop Go 2 can last up to 13.5 hours on a single charge. As is usually the case in such situations, this promise is a bit exaggerated. During the tests, the laptop was able to work for a maximum of 9-10 hours, which is a very decent result anyway.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – SUMMARY
Surface Laptop Go 2 does not represent any revolutionary changes to the world of Surface devices. It is a solid and efficient laptop with an excellent PixelSense screen, a great keyboard and a decent battery, which will be perfect for office work and as a travel companion.
It is a pity that Microsoft has decided to make a few compromises, such as no key backlight, no Windows Hello function or at most an average webcam. And there is also the unfortunate 4 GB of RAM in the cheapest model of the device.
The price doesn’t go crazy either, although it’s a bit more attractive than a few other Microsoft devices. We will pay PLN 3,599 for the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB variant, while the 8 GB RAM / 256 GB variant was priced at PLN 4,099. I will not write about the price of the model with 4 GB RAM, because there is nothing to say.