October 2, 2022
Surface Laptop Go 2 Debuts With New Intel Chips & $599 Starting Price

Microsoft has announced the Surface Laptop Go 2, a follow-up to the Surface Laptop Go released in 2020. The Surface family of Windows devices includes both laptops, 2-in-1s, and All-in-Ones. As a result, Microsoft can cater to multiple segments with varying needs by offering different form factors.

The Surface Laptop Go used to be Microsoft’s cheapest laptop (not 2-in-1) but that changed when it announced the Surface Laptop SE in Nov. 2021. The $249 laptop runs Windows SE, a version of Windows designed for the classroom, and is a competitor to Google’s Chrome OS.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 keeps most of the predecessor’s design elements, such as an aluminum top, polycarbonate base, and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Microsoft says it is also still the lightest Surface Laptop at 2.48 lbs (1.12 kg), although the 2020 model is a tad lighter at 2.45 lbs (1.11 kg). The array of ports has also remained the same — a single USB-C port, a USB-A port, and 3.5mm audio jack, and a Surface Connect port. The Surface Laptop Go 2 also comes in the same colors as its predecessor, in addition to a new Sage color.

A lot of the specs have remained unchanged too. The touchscreen is still a 12.4-inch PixelSense Display with a 1536 x 1024 resolution, and the QWERTY keyboard has a dedicated row for function keys and dedicated keys for controlling media playback. There is also still a fingerprint scanner buried under the power button for Windows Hello sign-in. What’s new is the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intel Iris X graphics, but folks are still limited to choosing between 4GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage.

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