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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is very small and powerful

Dale Davies |
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go has an excellent 12.4 inch display 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense touchscreen and a slim body.

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The cheapest version of the Surface Laptop Go since fatures 64GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM. However, step up the range and you got a nice powerful device with more memory and increadible low weight. Surface Laptop Go really is just like a Surface Laptop 3. With a wedge shaped profile, the Surface Laptop 3’s lid and keyboard are clad in aluminium with a smooth matte finish and mirrored Windows logo in the centre. The only difference is that, instead of more aluminium, the base of the laptop is finished in a plastic.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go smart, neat and feels sturdy design enough to take the knocks of everyday abuse. It’s light and slim, too. If portability is key, it’s a very good choice: weighing 1.1kg and measuring 278 x 206 x 15.7mm when closed, you can sling it in your laptop bag. The 12.4 incd display feels comfortably large enough to work on all day. That’s mainly down to its 3:2 aspect ratio, which lends the display a more spacious feel than 16:9 displays with the same diagonal measurements.

The keyboard is a delight to type on, there’s enough feedback for frustration free touch typing and there aren’t any major issues with the layout. There’s a fingerprint reader embedded in the power button at the top right, just to the left of the Del key, which works well. Microsoft omits this from the cheapest model. You also get a 720p webcam set into the bezel above the screen. It’s not a bad webcam but it isn’t the best I’ve used, either, and not a patch on the one you get on the Surface Go tablet.

The touchpad works without issue, though, and around the edges of the laptop is a sensible selection of ports. On the left edge is a full-sized Type A USB port, a USB port up to 10Gbits/sec and a headset jack. On the right edge, a magnetic Surface Connect port lets you hook up your charger. The resolution is 1,536 x 1,024 (148ppi) and it goes bright enough to be readable in bright conditions. Its presentation of colours is impressive, too. The laptop’s under-keyboard speakers kicking out sound at surprisingly decent volume.

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