Microsoft’s Surface Go Has $599 And $839 Models

Microsoft’s Surface Go Has $599 And $839 Models

Yesterday I wrote about the unveiling of Microsoft’s Surface Go, the smallest and lightest Surface. It’s not targeted at performance freaks, but it is also very cheap if you can live with an Intel 4415Y CPU – and it also comes in two models.

The two customisations available for the Surface Go can be viewed on the local Microsoft website, and they’re pretty straightforward:

  • $599 gets you a Surface Go with the Intel 4415Y Pentium CPU, 4GB RAM and a 64GB HDD
  • $839 doubles the RAM and storage to 8GB RAM / 128GB HDD, same CPU
Microsoft’s Surface Go Has $599 And $839 Models

Students will be able to get a small discount: $569.05 for the base model, $797.05 for the slightly beefier one. You can check your eligibility for that through the Microsoft website.

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  • My biggest issue with this is that it’s still likely to be an underpowered device coupled with a small screen – two things that do not play nicely with Windows. The reason people want Windows devices is for all of their desktop apps – because the Windows Store is total garbage and isn’t getting any better. Trying to do that with a smaller screen and a weaker CPU probably isn’t going to be a fun experience, you’d be better off just getting a regular Surface.

    • This is more aimed towards the enterprise and low-end consumer customer with office/web browsing as their main tool of use and they’re using an older CPU because they have mature drivers for it and office. Mainly slightly hamstrung but obviously don’t run 10+ chrome tabs on this and you would be fine.

      • I keep seeing this argument but there are plenty of cheaper options if that’s what you want, plus I don’t know any home user who really want an underpowered and undersized Windows tablet when they probably want to use desktop-UI apps anyway.

        My partner had a Surface 3 simply for doing basic uni essays and she hated it because it was a sloth.

        • I used my surface 3 for 3D modelling in Autodesk & animation Maya so I can’t imagine a scenario where it was slow for basic conventional use unless the thermals were messed up and hers throttled a lot. There definitely are cheaper alternatives but the price isn’t the only factor when consumer make purchasing decisions and one massive factor is FEELINGS it feels good to have a 1st party branded fancy looking machine this is a major factor why Apple sells so well, that and for what it does it is very stable(again my exp with Apple is in animation).

  • I just read it this morning that the Go is using W10 S… which is even more restrictive then W10 home

    Yea no thanks

    • It seems easy enough to switch out of S mode and is free, though?

      My core issue is with the cpu performance.

      • At $599 with a Pentium processor one should expect performance to be lesser than the Core i3 in the bottom end Surface Pro. The Go is aimed at education and light productivity. One should curb their expectations accordingly. It’s a little pricy, but I’d pick one up.

        And yeah, S mode can be freely and easily upgraded to regular Windows 10. Not a huge deal.

      • Reports are that your battery usage goes up if you go to the full windows. Not sure why that would be.

        • The idea is that built-in apps like Edge and Windows Store apps use less battery than resource-intensive ones like iTunes and Chrome. If you stick to the same apps while using full Windows, there won’t be a difference in battery life. (Of course, few people want to use Edge!)

    • I think Windows 10 S is effectively dead and is just a ‘mode’ of Windows that restricts it to Windows Store apps.

    • Sure is. We recently bought a system from Lenovo and it was $20 to double the RAM to 16GB. Why wouldn’t you at that price!

  • I’m starting the journey for a windows 10 touchscreen device for my son. He is in grade 4 next year where he’ll need one.

    If this was $850 for the Surface Go which included the keyboard, I’d have one already. But $850+$200 for the keyboard? Forget it, I can get something much better for that price.

    Microsoft missed a big trick here purely due to greed. Just a fraction cheaper and they would have the school market cornered as schools wake up to reality and ditch ipads for a real life bit of kit.

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