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Surface Laptop Go review in 5 points: Is it worth your money?

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is one of the best looking laptops in the premium segment, and thanks to the compact form factor is an excellent device for travellers. So, is it worth buying? We tell you in this Surface Laptop Go review in five points.

twitter-logoKetan Pratap | February 18, 2021 | Updated 16:00 IST
Surface Laptop Go is available in India at a starting price of Rs 63,499.
Surface Laptop Go is available in India at a starting price of Rs 63,499.

Highlights

  • The variant we reviewed is priced at Rs Rs 91,999, and we found it to be a great value for money product.
  • Lightweight design and one of the best keyboards are some of the highlights of the laptop.
  • The Surface Laptop Go price in India starts at as low as Rs 63,499.

We reviewed the Surface Laptop Go earlier this week on India Today Tech. You can read our full review of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, and it delves deep into the overall device performance in various departments. But this is also a long read. So, if you want some key takeaways around the Surface Laptop Go, we found it an excellent everyday machine that can come in handy for professionals, teachers, and students. We also believed that it is one of the best value for money laptops you can find in the market right now. There are some shortcomings for sure but none so big to break the deal for Surface Laptop Go.

Here's a quick recap of the Surface Laptop Go review in 5 points, that will be handy for you if you are short on time.

Point 1: To start off, we believe that the Surface Laptop Go design is one thing that can put it on each must buy laptop lists on the Internet. It is lightweight, and the 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display feels apt. However, we will talk more about the display in a bit. The aluminium chassis feels durable and justifies the price. As we already mentioned, the lightweight design makes it a great companion for people on the go. We have also to point out that the price is also very aggressive for the Surface Laptop Go. Though we would recommend giving the Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant a miss (cheapest version) and instead go for the i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage that comes at Rs 71,999.

Point 2: The second biggest strength of the Surface Laptop Go is its keyboard. Despite packing a small 12.4-inch PixelSense display, the laptop features a full-size keyboard with 1.3mm key travel that offers accurate and comfortable typing experience. We can confidently say that the Surface Laptop Go comes with one of the best keyboards in the segment and we found it more comfortable for typing than the new M1-based MacBook Air. The Surface Laptop Go also comes with a decent size trackpad that offers good precision during the review period. Microsoft has made sure that users will have a satisfying time during everyday use.

Point 3: Talking about some of the other factors favouring the Surface Laptop Go, the webcam needs a special mention. The 720p HD webcam offered good clarity and didn't at any point offered a pixelated quality during video calls. Next are the speakers, the Surface Laptop Go comes with Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio, and we loved the sound quality for a laptop of this size. It is not very loud but good enough for meetings or watching a movie or show on the laptop. Not many laptops in India support fast charging, and that's where the Surface Laptop Go scores. It is not very quick like modern-day smartphones, but a 45 minutes charging will push the battery from 20 per cent to 80 per cent, which is impressive in our opinion. Another smart integration is the One Touch sign-in that's embedded with the power button. The fingerprint reader is quick, and we had no issues unlocking the laptop at any point.

Point 4: The Surface Laptop Go is a great package, but it has some factors that could have been better like battery life. While Microsoft markets the Surface Laptop Go to deliver "all-day battery life", we found that it delivers average battery life. The Surface Laptop Go delivered a maximum of five hours on battery, and then we had the exclamation mark icon on the battery prompting us to connect the battery. Another department where we wish we could get more is the number of ports. The Surface Laptop Go comes with a USB Type-C and USB-A ports while also packs a 3.5mm audio jack. During the review, we felt the need for at least one more USB-A port on the laptop. Again, it is not something that makes or breaks the deal but a feature that's always better to have.

Point 5: Display was one of the Surface Laptop Go's disappointing factors because of the low-resolution display. The laptop comes with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio which looked promising. However, the screen resolution of 1536x1024 pixels at times during the review felt way too low for a laptop at this price point. We wish Microsoft chose a slightly higher screen resolution for the Surface Laptop Go. Another factor that we wished was present on the laptop was backlighting for the keyboard. It gets tough to work on the laptop in spaces where there is not enough light on the keyboard. This has steadily become a norm across laptops in India, and we still wonder why Microsoft chose not to include keyboard backlighting on the keyboard.

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