Microsoft-tax seems to be the only way to accept this underpowered and over-priced laptop but who is this for?
Horrible convincing skills aside, the Surface Laptop Go is clearly for Chromebook users who cannot imagine a life without Windows. And of course, there’s the MacBook Air (M1) that absolutely eats any and every thin and light work laptop.
For what it’s worth, the Surface Laptop Go stretches its refinement to built quality and keyboard. From the start, Surface Laptops are known to deliver a fantastic typing experience and the Go is no exception to that treatment.
The 12.4in PixelSense touchscreen display is oddly shaped in a 3:2 aspect ratio for people who are used to 16:9. The almost-square shaped display is plenty bright and the colours are great too but the resolution might make some people frown. It’s a little below FullHD.
But if you’re going to just sit through Zoom meetings, the onboard mic and the 720p camera is not bad. It won’t make you look like Elon Musk during his PayPal days but it’s good enough to nod your head and agree with the presenter.
The proprietary charger is a bit fiddly to plonk and get the thing charging but if you’re looking for an upgrade or cut the bulk from the charging adapter, the Go supports USB Type-C charging. Just don’t expect rapid speeds.
Say hello to Windows Hello. Simply let the laptop scan your face and you’ll unlock it in no time. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the power button for a more secure approach. Both are fast and reliable.
Like all thin and light laptops, the Surface Laptop Go delivers an almost similar battery life of 6 to 7 hours. That’s enough for our test bench and our daily work cycle but if you drop the Apple MacBook M1 into the test, it clearly rips through a day and two depending on your task. It doesn’t even heat up under load. The Go’s underbelly is made from soft material which feels nice on the skin but might sting from the heat quickly.
The Surface Laptop Go starts at an attractive ₹63,499 for not-so-attractive innards. While all variants come with the same Intel i5 10th-gen processor, the base model gets only 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Good luck convincing yourself you don’t need more than 64GB. There’s no difference in the display resolution so the most expensive variant is also not so lust-worthy. Yikes.