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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • This is the brand new, smaller, and cheaper Surface Go.

  • But at $400 the question is,

  • is it worth it?

  • So Microsoft just sent this over.

  • Today is the launch of the Surface Go,

  • so you can pre-order it and all that kind of stuff.

  • But the general idea here is that

  • this feels much more like a competitor

  • to the iPad than a lot of the higher end Surface models.

  • So there are only going to be a couple models

  • of the Surface Go.

  • So this is the higher end config with the Pentium Gold,

  • which is standard across the board.

  • But with the upgrade, eight gigs of RAM

  • and 128 gigs of storage.

  • And this one is going to cost $550.

  • Alright, so inside we get the actual tablet itself.

  • That feels like an iPad.

  • That is much, much smaller than any of the normal Surfaces,

  • but we're still going to be getting a lot

  • of the nice features including,

  • when I get the plastic wrap off,

  • we've got the nice, fully adjustable kickstand.

  • Dude, this is really light, wow.

  • It's funny, I mean the normal Surfaces

  • are hardly heavy or huge,

  • but this just feels so much more portable.

  • I mean, that is nothing.

  • While phones are going completely away from bezels,

  • I actually don't mind the slightly larger

  • bezels on the Surface Go.

  • It gives you a nice sort of place to set your fingers

  • and use it without accidentally touching

  • the screen all the time.

  • So we've got a power cable,

  • so this one's going to be,

  • oh I have to do math.

  • 23 watts, right?

  • 24 watts, damn I was close.

  • My math skills, super sharp.

  • But we've got the standard Surface charger.

  • And this is going to be using the Surface connector.

  • So something that's going to be a little bit different

  • with this, as opposed to something like

  • the actual bigger Surface Pro,

  • is the port situation.

  • So we still do have the Surface connector,

  • but this guy's also going to have a full USB-C port.

  • Beyond that, it looks like we're just going to be

  • getting a little bit of paperwork in the box.

  • So, like its bigger brothers, you can pick it up

  • with the keyboard, as well as a stylus,

  • but both of those are going to cost extra.

  • So this is the Alcantara type cover.

  • Now that's going to actually run you a full $130.

  • You can pick up the non-Alcantara version for 100.

  • But don't be fooled by that $400 price tag

  • on the Surface Go.

  • It can get much more expensive very quickly.

  • The Surface Go is in an interesting position.

  • So it slots right in between the $330 base iPad,

  • as well as the $650 iPad Pro.

  • Now it is going to be both thicker,

  • as well as have a smaller screen than the Pro.

  • But you're also going to be getting

  • some much more PC-focused features.

  • Like, you know, an actual USB-C port,

  • and the ability to use a trackpad,

  • which is kinda helpful for the thing

  • that tries to replace your laptop.

  • Now the keyboards are actually going to be

  • a pretty similar size.

  • So both on the iPad as well as the Surface,

  • they're going to be about 85% of a standard laptop keyboard.

  • But the Surface definitely does have the advantage

  • with not only that touchpad,

  • but it also has a much nicer chiclet design

  • with some full backlighting.

  • Then there's the kickstand.

  • So this is a bit of a Surface signature at this point.

  • And the good thing is the Go does have

  • a fully flexible kickstand that's going

  • to be just like its bigger brothers.

  • You can adjust it up, down,

  • and pretty much stop at anywhere along the way.

  • Now it isn't out yet, but there will be

  • a little bit later this year,

  • a version of the Surface Go available with LTE.

  • Maybe not the most important thing in the world,

  • but just like an iPad, it can be very helpful

  • to have built into the device.

  • The iPad has made some major strides recently

  • to be much closer to a full laptop replacement device.

  • However, if you take one look at the Surface Go,

  • you're going to find a lot here

  • that's going to make your life a lot easier

  • if you actually do want to use it as a laptop.

  • And if you do want to take advantage of it

  • as an actual laptop,

  • you're probably going to want to use the microSD card slot.

  • With only 64 or 128 gigs of storage,

  • it's going to run out quick as soon

  • as you start doing anything more intensive.

  • And at least being able to throw in a 64 or 128 gig card

  • can make a big difference for only a few bucks.

  • Beyond just the difference in capacity,

  • there's also going to be a big difference in speed.

  • So while the 64 gigabyte version

  • of the Surface Go has slower eMMC flash,

  • this guy, with the 128 gigs of storage, has a full SSD.

  • While it's not going to be crazy fast,

  • it's really right on par with a lot of lower end laptops,

  • and especially pretty impressive for less than $600.

  • Where the Surface Go is kind of far off

  • is in pure performance.

  • Inside that Pentium Gold processor, well,

  • it's just not going to be that fast.

  • Now don't get me wrong.

  • It's still going to be faster than

  • the Atom-based cores inside the Surface 3,

  • but what you're getting here is a pair

  • of Skylake-based cores, which do

  • at least have hyperthreading,

  • but they're going to be kinda similar

  • to a last-gen core i3, except clocked much, much slower.

  • Mind you, we are looking at a fanless 10-inch tablet

  • with a 6 watt TDP,

  • and a max clock speed of only 1.6 gigahertz.

  • Now without any kind of boost, it does mean

  • it's going to suffer in the benchmarks.

  • But in real world use,

  • the Surface Go actually isn't too bad.

  • With 8 gigs of RAM, and that pretty speedy SSD,

  • it does hold up pretty well in normal use.

  • Now of course you have to temper your expectations,

  • you're probably not going to want

  • to edit 4K video on this guy,

  • but that Skylake-based core processor does make

  • a big difference to day-to-day use.

  • You're also getting decent graphics performance.

  • The Intel HD 615 inside is going to be fine

  • for some very light gaming,

  • although you really shouldn't turn this into a gaming PC,

  • but importantly it is going to allow you

  • to, say, run a couple of 1080p monitors,

  • or even a 4K display off of it.

  • Even without the keyboard,

  • you're also getting some other nice features.

  • So this is going to be full Windows Hello support,

  • so all you need to do is turn it on,

  • and very quickly it will recognize you and log in.

  • This is something that will be coming

  • to iPad soon with Face ID,

  • but Microsoft already has a great implementation,

  • and it's here on a $400 tablet today.

  • The screen isn't too bad.

  • So you're getting a 10-inch, 1800 by 1200 display,

  • which of course does support touch.

  • And while it's not going to be

  • the highest quality panel in the world,

  • it gets pretty bright, but the color accuracy

  • is going to be a little bit off,

  • and it's not going to be the most

  • contrasty thing in the world.

  • But generally speaking, for a $400 tablet,

  • I'm definitely not complaining.

  • So you are going to be getting front-firing speakers,

  • but they just don't really sound all that impressive.

  • They're a little bit on the tinny side,

  • and while they do get pretty loud,

  • the issue is there's no real bass

  • and they just kinda sound whatever.

  • I guess it's a $400 laptop, tablet, thing.