Microsoft Surface Go review: surprisingly good

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  • The Verge
    The Verge  6 oy oldin +156

    How would your computer habits change if you had this tiny laptop?

    • Extra Sessions Media
      Extra Sessions Media 2 oy oldin

      I use it for track prep (setting cues) for future sets. I have also been using it for video dumps from projects we are shooting with action cams. Side note, i also use the Surface go for retro gaming and multi media consummation. I got the 8gb ram 128gb ssd version and so far, I have been very happy with this purchase.

    • The Deviant Developer
      The Deviant Developer 3 oy oldin +1

      Just got it - kills the iPad and my 12" MacBook.

    • sundeep kumar
      sundeep kumar 4 oy oldin

      I would be using for reading technical books (which kindle can’t handle such as technical papers with two columns and high resolution image) ... for connecting to my cloud computing related portals such as aws gcp azure ... some power shell capability and ability to run basic programming language such as golang and python would be great to have

    • Camilo González
      Camilo González 4 oy oldin

      I would use it for photo editing, mindmapping, and a lot of onedrive action on the go.

  • shawn newton Boxing

    I couldnt buy this if Google chrome doesnt t least work smoothly!

  • Angel Symmetrika
    Angel Symmetrika 2 kun oldin

    This seems like the perfect computer for staff meetings. It's tiny and you can easily hook it up to a LCD projector for Power Point or training videos.

  • Darwin McQuerter
    Darwin McQuerter 3 kun oldin

    Purchased the Go last week, plan to use for drawing. The pen is awesome compared to apple pencil for drawing.

  • Jacob Reyes
    Jacob Reyes 3 kun oldin

    If I would simply use this device for Microsoft Office and Netflix and Web browsing, would it be an ideal, affordable option? (The base model, that is)

  • Lauren Ramirez
    Lauren Ramirez 7 kun oldin

    Would this be able to run programs like SPSS? I want it something mainly for research purposes (grad school work like research, data analysis, thesis papers) but also for entertainment (Netflix, amazon prime, UZclip..)

  • Murling
    Murling 8 kun oldin

    For apple users like me, if an ipad pro was the style of a surface go.. EVERY STUDENT on campus would have this device!!

  • Kelly DeLong
    Kelly DeLong 8 kun oldin

    Im looking to use the surface go as a laptop for school as well as my tablet when not in school mode. Will it work well for this. I like the idea of the size, easier to carry to class. If not a good fit any suggestions? I am looking for a touch screen.

    • Mascha Kisilenko
      Mascha Kisilenko 4 kun oldin

      That's exactly why I want to get one too! But I think that's actually gonna be great for both purposes

  • sdiallo372
    sdiallo372 9 kun oldin

    What kind of watch is he wearing? Very nice.

  • Calixtus
    Calixtus 9 kun oldin

    Can it run SC2 and DotA 2? I will use this to play those.

  • Wei Chan
    Wei Chan 11 kun oldin

    I hope windows give a back access panel for ssd to upgrade... I don't want to tear the display...
    Q> is the internet explorer available in S mode?

  • RawBeef
    RawBeef 13 kun oldin

    is this smooth to be used together with visual studio for programming?

  • Jeff Wissing
    Jeff Wissing 13 kun oldin

    My laptop is slowly going so I bought the 128 GB model! I'm hoping it will take over for a while! I constantly have to restart my laptop!

  • Amigo500
    Amigo500 13 kun oldin

    Who else was thinking "Old Final Fantasy games!"

  • Miltown 414
    Miltown 414 14 kun oldin

    Is this worth it for school work?

  • Darrel Robertson
    Darrel Robertson 17 kun oldin

    I have an older 8" Toshiba Windows tablet...2gb ram, 64gb storage, micro-sd. I mostly use a Chromebook or Android tablet. The Windows tablet is only used for Windows 10 updates.

    • Darrel Robertson
      Darrel Robertson 17 kun oldin

      Can't give the Windows tablet one wants it.

  • CrazedSpartania
    CrazedSpartania 18 kun oldin

    Why would you recommend the model that rips people off for just an extra 64gb of ssd, especially when ssd prices have dramatically dropped in the past few years? :/

  • Saipul Baharim Abd Rahman

    The question...can it run ms excel?

  • Steff CT
    Steff CT 19 kun oldin

    Can you get office on the safe mode?

  • XoiD Leo
    XoiD Leo 20 kun oldin

    I'm typing on my surface go 8GB RAM 128GB SSD model. I love it.

  • - - atown
    - - atown 24 kun oldin +2

    I got mine for $450 (4 gigs RAM and premium keyboard) good deal or not??

  • Chris Muzza
    Chris Muzza 26 kun oldin

    Would it be good for watching UZclip or Netflix, whilst you do you’re school work and research

  • PJ J
    PJ J Oy oldin

    Does it let you use a usb c to full size adapter so you could plug in a external hard drive?

  • Miss
    Miss Oy oldin

    Surface Go or Samsung Tab S4? I plan to buy one of these. I could really use some help.

  • The Corrupted Teal

    I just want to know is there is a USB port '~' (and headphone jack)

    JINESH RJ Oy oldin

    will autocadd work on the 399 dollar surface go?

  • KL Nguyen
    KL Nguyen Oy oldin

    Is 10 inch on this tablet too small for a hybrid laptop? I work mainly on Word, Powerpoint, Web and some light Entertainment. Sometime I did some drawings, too.

  • silverwater006
    silverwater006 Oy oldin

    Can you run .exe files on this? or is it App only?

  • Cashifyer
    Cashifyer Oy oldin

    Gotta say, if youre a student - this is the device for you.
    OneNote will amaze you of how good it is! It can solve math questions for you, and show you all the steps - even draw the graphs for you.
    My god i wish i had a surface device when i went to uni

  • UK Bobby Bee
    UK Bobby Bee Oy oldin

    I use a 2015 mac but needed a second machine. Originally a windows user since 98. Would have loved the £399 UK model but too underpowered. Bought the 8g, 128 and keyboard bundle. Screen is decent and keyboard not too shabby. Good second laptop, the price?? Jesus....mac like tablet prices. Despite that Its best for my needs. Great review.

  • nishurocks2010
    nishurocks2010 Oy oldin

    Is this gadget feasible for preparing 2D Autocad drawings and layouts

  • Rick y Flor
    Rick y Flor Oy oldin

    Iˈm liking this video because you told me that this is not the droid Iˈm looking for.

  • Shreyas Kulkarni
    Shreyas Kulkarni Oy oldin

    Will this be good for light work? I plan to use this for basic browsing , emails and MS Office stuff

  • Merveil Meok
    Merveil Meok Oy oldin

    "Surprisingly good" is the new normal for the amount of money you give Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Amazon. Don't spend money with these greedy bastards until you hear "surprisingly GREAT."
    How much more software Microsoft expect to sell you once they manage to ship their "surprisingly good" tablet to your house? They are probably working on the next "surprisingly good" cell phone to distribute more Microsoft schiff.

  • Satyam saxena
    Satyam saxena Oy oldin

    Can you code in this thing?

  • Snake Plissken
    Snake Plissken Oy oldin

    I am really glad this device is getting great reviews.
    So, that means in 2019 when the Surface Go 2 comes out I will get that one.

  • NoobTubeTv
    NoobTubeTv Oy oldin

    can you play things like mobile games and stuff? Something like CoC or PUBG mobile?

  • Luis Figueiredo
    Luis Figueiredo Oy oldin

    I'm having trouble deciding which one to go for - I've sold all desktops and laptops and kept a mac-mini - will buy 2 tablets ( surface + ipad ) - surface tablet will double as second monitor when home watching videos but most of its use is to edit small GoPro videos of the weekends away mtb'ing - if anyone has any experience making short videos with GoPro app, would this tablet be enough, or I should save for the Pro ? ( all I'm concerned about is portability, sdcard reader and gopro-app working )

  • TurboBass
    TurboBass Oy oldin

    Dieter is still the best at The Verge.

  • Devesh Chauhan
    Devesh Chauhan Oy oldin

    Would amd collab with microsoft ...and make a.gaming surface go tablet with vega graphics??

  • Bassoon Lim
    Bassoon Lim Oy oldin

    Should I be trusting a review on a Microsoft product by a person wearing an Apple watch? 🤔

  • Moosey1789
    Moosey1789 Oy oldin

    Watching an ad before I watch a glorified ad is really annoying.

  • HistoricalGuineapigzz

    Watches this on a Surface Pro 6

  • Brett Barker
    Brett Barker Oy oldin

    Looking for something to take on a plane for an Ireland three week trip. Will be watching movies on the plane and storing pics and video. Is this the computer I’m looking for?

  • George Simopoulos
    George Simopoulos 2 oy oldin

    The surface go has USB C but the surface laptop doesn't?!

  • Brian PRM
    Brian PRM 2 oy oldin

    Got for my mon

  • samarpit agarwal
    samarpit agarwal 2 oy oldin

    Fuc**ng bezels!!

  • Henry Law
    Henry Law 2 oy oldin

    Could we install exe in Windows go tablet? Thanks in advance.

  • Faiththaka
    Faiththaka 2 oy oldin +3

    I was watching this video because i am buying Microsoft go.

    • Miss
      Miss 24 kun oldin

      Faiththaka how’s your experience? How’s the battery life? And how’s the touchscreen? If you could answer these, it would be helpful for me :). I don’t really need any apps, but kindle. I don’t play games. My usage is reading and browsing. That’s all I need it for.

  • Ric Belle
    Ric Belle 2 oy oldin

    much better review than technobuffalo. giving this as an xmass gift to my darling teacher bride. chromebooks are used by the students she inspires and teaches.
    im a knuckledrager trying to evolve
    ty again

  • Lalboi Manlun
    Lalboi Manlun 2 oy oldin

    This costs around $570 for the 4gb, 64gb version in India.

  • Ronny Tejada
    Ronny Tejada 2 oy oldin

    I just want to watch Netflix. Are the colors bright or dull? What kind of screen does it have?

  • Thats Kaiden
    Thats Kaiden 2 oy oldin

    Nice review but before I get it I need to know if Microsoft word is included because I’m a 13 year old writer and I need a new computer so someone please inform me if this computer has Microsoft word

  • RossLovesDisney/California

    How does the Surface Go compare to the Surface RT second generation? I’m considering upgrading to the Surface Go. Yes, I’m still using a Surface RT.

  • SuperKnowledgeSponge

    How do you transfer files? I realise that there is no USB port - does it rely on cloud file transferral only?

  • DjMaxMax
    DjMaxMax 2 oy oldin


  • It's Dark
    It's Dark 2 oy oldin

    If I can't afford a Surface Pro then I might as well get the Go

  • t m
    t m 2 oy oldin

    Would use as a paper substitute and second monitor. How does onenote, teams, and other office programs run?

  • Liam Dale
    Liam Dale 2 oy oldin

    I was tossing up whether to get the Surface Go or Surface Pro, and I was told to pick the latter due to the Go having a weaker processor and just having slow performance overall.

  • Jalyn Pinchem
    Jalyn Pinchem 2 oy oldin

    This video was super helpful but I was just wondering if the device comes with a pen or do I have to purchase one separately?

    • cris
      cris 2 oy oldin

      You need to purchase the pen and the keyboard separately

  • Dayong Tong
    Dayong Tong 2 oy oldin

    Can you run Solidworks on this? or matlab?

  • Dips
    Dips 2 oy oldin

    Even though I know I can't buy this thing, but I love watching expensive tech LOL

  • Aventanario
    Aventanario 2 oy oldin +1

    This is a good temporary replacement for my Lenovo IdeaPad 720s as my current latop kept breaking down because of boot issues.

  • Dave Smith
    Dave Smith 2 oy oldin

    Sounds good for ms paint......

  • John Martinez
    John Martinez 2 oy oldin

    I would use it for college and light media consumption. With Surface phone coming out sometime in ‘19 I think apps will have no choice but to improve for MS Surface/Go. Which is good for MS/consumers for they have very big budget and I think the timing and frustration over some Apple product choices, pricing, along side some controversy over slowing software on older devices for them/consumers. I believe this is going to be a stronger device in the future. I have high hopes and believe it is a great device for being productive in a life and work balance for the average consumer. I also think it is a good time to switch before Apple’s own processing chips go into there computers and get even more stuck in apple ecosystem

  • Uchiha Madara
    Uchiha Madara 2 oy oldin

    I cant change from s mode to homes! Pls help, omggg

  • AnJolie 303
    AnJolie 303 2 oy oldin +4

    Heyyy just got this from Costco today. It came with the keyboard for $550+tax.
    I’m using it to catch up on work and write poetry on the go. :)

  • Better Things
    Better Things 2 oy oldin +1

    My surface go does the job, small, compact and fast. Don't care about the bezel. Actually the bezel helps to prevent cracking screen if I should grab it a certain way. I use this more than my iPad pro's (10/12.9 inch) feel like i have laptop and get work it

  • Minato Namikaze
    Minato Namikaze 2 oy oldin

    Hey I'm thinking of buying the base model, I would only use it for college (law college, so a lot of reading and microsoft word), what do you people think, worth it?

  • Bryson Orosa
    Bryson Orosa 2 oy oldin

    Eyy shoutout to Ori and Transistor! Played em both, buy them!

    THE GRAN PRIEST 2 oy oldin

    Can I do light coding on this??

  • Aleo Aninda
    Aleo Aninda 2 oy oldin

    Can it run Crysis?

  • Yash Sinha
    Yash Sinha 2 oy oldin

    I want to buy it for my mom who is a Professor. She needs it mostly for working on documents and presentations.
    Would it be a good buy for her? I was thinking to go with the 8gb ram version.

  • Michael de Cuba
    Michael de Cuba 2 oy oldin

    Will this product be good enough tp just simple tasks like project surf the web and do a bunch of study and home/office work ?

  • The Soviet onion
    The Soviet onion 2 oy oldin

    There is a limited battery recharges

  • princess awesome
    princess awesome 2 oy oldin +14

    So? Phones are getting bigger and laptops getting smaller?

    • Jenson Carter
      Jenson Carter 7 kun oldin

      princess awesome looooooooooool, welcome to the 21st century aye?🤷🏾‍♀️🙄😒😂

  • mjacksonjones
    mjacksonjones 2 oy oldin

    that couch is HOT!

  • Shafii Sigera
    Shafii Sigera 2 oy oldin

    The only problem with microsoft is that they tend to ignore their products,. Window phones and surface RT tablets,.

  • Rossclairborne
    Rossclairborne 2 oy oldin

    You didn't test the storage? Hmm ? Why not? Surely you prepared for this review?

  • Isack Hernandez
    Isack Hernandez 2 oy oldin

    Surface rt?

  • BlueShock Gamer
    BlueShock Gamer 3 oy oldin

    Can it run roblox and Minecraft?

  • Christopher Sterns
    Christopher Sterns 3 oy oldin

    Thanks for the video. I'm using my Surface Go (128GB/8GB RAM version) to make this comment. I LOVE THIS MACHINE. But first...
    I was holding out for the new iPad Pro and after Apple's Event placed a pre-order that totaled almost $1,900. WFT? I cancelled the next day, walked into Microsoft and purchased the new Surface Pro 6, i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM for $1,800 to be my new all in one - I have 2-4K LG monitors hooked up to it, and as my tablet/pen device the Surface Go! Did I say I LOVE THIS MACHINE?
    Now that Microsoft has announced the LTE version I swapping this Go for the LTE. Sweet. As I said, my main use is as a tablet, digital notes (OneNote). It stays in studio mode all day and I write my hand notes to it. The fact it is a computer is amazing. I even connected it to Microsoft's Docking Station with the 2-4K LG monitors with NO issues. Bottom line is I cannot say anything bad about this machine.
    Since 2007 I have been using Mac's. I just sold my 2-2017 5K iMac's and running with the Surface Pro 6 as my desktop with my eye on the new Surface Studio 2. I really like the Surface's lineup. Apple has become boring and I think they've lost their minds with the new iPad Pro.

  • k 777
    k 777 3 oy oldin

    Is it possible to play Fifa 19 on Surface Go 8GB? How many Fps would this have?

  • Kaori Kinoko
    Kaori Kinoko 3 oy oldin

    I would use it for writing. The small size seems like it would be great to take to a coffeeshop or the library, and I always use MS Word to write. How is using Word on such a small screen? If you've pics of Word on it either in S mode or not in S mode, please link me!
    The only thing that holds me back on this is the high price and the small keyboard...

  • Alex Irimescu
    Alex Irimescu 3 oy oldin

    Does it have preinstalled 'Office'? Or do i have to buy it?

  • Abinash Pal
    Abinash Pal 3 oy oldin

    Can someone put the Windows 10S in iPad pro 2018......

  • Assaf Imanuel
    Assaf Imanuel 3 oy oldin

    Is it enough to run Adobe Photoshop?

  • luke hiorns-boddington

    This or pixel slate?

  • Tony
    Tony 3 oy oldin

    Do they go into every product review including Apple with the same bias?

  • Alonj Jelatar
    Alonj Jelatar 3 oy oldin

    Can it run visual studio smoothly?

  • shawn newton Boxing
    shawn newton Boxing 3 oy oldin

    What would be my best value and performance device in this group? HP, Surface Pixel slate or something else! Its my secondary driver and just to carry around!

  • KLiNoTweet
    KLiNoTweet 3 oy oldin

    I would use it for (bigger) Word-Docx on office 365. But I'm not sure, how it handels those...

  • Jay B.
    Jay B. 3 oy oldin

    how is it from college student point of view?

  • bhangkit cahya
    bhangkit cahya 3 oy oldin

    waste of money for this useless thing , I'm sure can't do corel draw to work in this machine

  • Declan Cottle
    Declan Cottle 3 oy oldin

    I would use it for low-quality Rocket League.

  • it's gameing bro and vlogsss

    With the new update is faster so now you can play pubg or fortnite

  • Chesly Raymond
    Chesly Raymond 3 oy oldin

    So in terms of playing roblox...I'm guessing that's a no?

  • Thomas Chong
    Thomas Chong 3 oy oldin

    Skype for Business for Windows available in the Store?

  • DariusDaro
    DariusDaro 3 oy oldin

    I would use it for editing pictures, for mixing software.

  • Dr. Srinivas
    Dr. Srinivas 3 oy oldin

    One of the few unbiased reviewers out there who always seems to deliver great reviews..This is the perfect travel companion for someone who uses Windows apps (Office Suite, SAS, SPSS, other statistical software that are not graphics intensive) someone who already owns a Surface Pro I am going to wait for the 2nd gen Surface Go were the processors may get a slight speed bump..for those who dont own a Surface device yet, maybe this is the device to get you into the Microsoft Surface world..