September 28, 2022
Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2: $599 for 11th gen Intel CPU

The original Go was introduced in 2020 as something for customers who fancied the Surface name, but lacked pockets deep enough to afford the full-fat Surface Laptop or one of Microsoft’s detachable keyboard tablets.

It’s still not the cheapest in the Surface line-up (that honor goes to the Surface Go 3, currently retailing from $399.99 without a keyboard), however. The refreshed Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at $599 for an 11th generation Intel CPU with a woeful 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

Spec-wise, in addition to the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, there is a 12.4″ PixelSense 10-point multi-touch screen with a pleasing 3:2 aspect ratio. The 148ppi display (1,536 x 1,024) is pushed along by Intel Iris Xe graphics. The laptop weighs in at 2.48lbs (c 1kg) and the battery will last for 13.5 hours of what Microsoft calls “typical device usage.” Your mileage may therefore vary significantly. The figure is ever so slightly up from the 13 hours of the first version.

The theme of repairability – or at least replaceability – that has been recently endorsed by Microsoft continues. The display, SSD, keyboard and trackpad are all customer replaceable units (although Microsoft warns that any damage that occurs during repair isn’t covered by its warranty.)

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