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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Surface GO 2 to surf the Internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as Surface GO 2 may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Microsoft; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 10 inches size. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Surface GO 2 on your lap. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. The engineers fromMicrosoft have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Surface GO 2, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 64 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.
The Surface GO 2- the right model for streaming and videos ?
With this laptop, Microsoft offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface GO 2; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 10, in 1800×1200, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 0.9 kilogram.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Microsoft is primarily intended for film lovers the Surface GO 2. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the Surface GO 2 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the Surface GO 2 has only 1 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.On thisSurface GO 2, Microsoft indicates 9 hours of autonomy, a better performance than the competition. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
The Surface GO 2- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
This Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. The bottom line is this : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
Its weight of 0.9 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 10 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Note that the screen of this Surface GO 2 being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
The processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 9 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 64 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 10 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It Surface GO 2 provides only 1 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
With this Surface GO 2, Microsoft offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The Surface GO 2 for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Surface GO 2meets this need perfectly. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10S system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface GO 2 has only got one, with total 64 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Here, it’s 9 hours of autonomy available. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Microsoft made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
It Surface GO 2 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
Surface GO 2 for video games?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this Surface GO 2 is one of the average laptops you can play with. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1800×1200, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 64 Gb it Surface GO 2is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Surface GO 2 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 0.9 Kg.
With an autonomy of 9 hours, it’s better than the competition.
It Surface GO 2 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Is the Surface GO 2 adapted to office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Microsoft has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10S, last generation.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model weighs 0.9 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface GO 2. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface GO 2 is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
In short, is the Surface GO 2, the right choice ?
The conclusion of the test Surface GO 2 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– travel use
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing