Surface Go: the perfect holiday gift to pick up on Black Friday?

Dave W. Shanahan

The current barrage of Black Friday deals available in the Microsoft Store can make it hard to make a choice. Surface Pro 6? Surface Laptop 2? Surface Book 2? Those are all great Windows 10 PCs, but they are also very expensive. You may already have a great Windows 10 PC, but are looking for a device that bridges the gap. You want the same portability as a Surface product, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money. If so,  the Surface Go is what you need. Check out our full review of the Surface Go.

The Surface Go is available on Black Friday for $50 off its $349.99 starting price. A $50 discount off the Surface Go is not a big Black Friday discount. However, you need to buy extra accessories, including a Type Cover ($129) and a Surface Pen ($99) to access the full portability and versatility of the Surface Go. At this moment, you purchase 4 different model configurations of the Surface Go through the Microsoft Store:

  1. Surface Go – 64GB / Intel 4415Y / 4GB RAM / Wi-Fi – $349.00
  2. Surface Go – 128GB / Intel 4415Y / 4GB RAM / Wi-Fi – $449.00
  3. Surface Go – 128GB / Intel 4415Y / 8GB RAM / Wi-Fi – $499.00
  4. Surface Go – 128GB / Intel 4415Y / 8GB RAM / LTE – $679.00

The Surface Go is a great Windows 10 device to use as your primary device, but don’t expect the Surface Go to be able to handle any resource-dependent tasks. Don’t expect to be able to play any Xbox Play Anywhere game titles, the Surface Go is capable, just not that capable. Surface Go is geared towards word processing and web browsing, but not too much more. You can’t play PUBG or Fortnite, but you can play Minecraft with no problem.

The Surface Go has a 10.2-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, weighs just over 1 pound, boasts battery life of up to nine hours, and comes with Windows 10 S. The Surface Go base model technical specifications include an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD card slot, a USB-C port, the Surface Connect charging port, and a headphone jack. The Surface Go is the only Surface device with USB-C, but it is not Thunderbolt 3.

One thing to keep in mind that if you choose to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 10 S, you will start to see the limitations of the Surface Go Intel Pentium Gold processor. The sweet spot Surface Go model is the 128GB, 8GB RAM model at $499. Keep in mind that if you are a student looking for a small Windows 10 PC, this is a great Surface device.

Neither the Type Cover nor the Surface Pen is included with the Surface Go. Certainly, you can do without the Surface Pen. However, you will need to buy the Type Cover in order to get the most productivity of the Surface Go. If you are wondering if the Surface Go is better than the iPad, the answer is absolutely. If you want an iPad, buy an iPad. If you are a student and looking for a capable, relatively inexpensive, and portable Windows 10 device for school, buy the Surface Go.

Buy the Surface Go from the Microsoft Store.