Will the new Surface Go impress?

​With the success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro, it’s easy to assume the new Surface Go will be just as big a hit.

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With the success of Microsoft’s Surface Pro, it’s easy to assume the new Surface Go will be just as big a hit. Microsoft’s latest offering is powerful, flexible, looks great and has enough bells and whistles to impress everybody.

The Surface Go is built for Office 365, has an Intel Pentium Gold processor which easily runs day-to-day software and apps, and offers battery life of around nine hours. It comes with 128 GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, Dolby Audio Premium, a 10’’ PixelSence display and 1800 x 1200 (271PPI) resolution, with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

The Surface Go also comes with Windows 10 in S mode, to help you do whatever you want, whether that is simply emailing, browsing, working or unwinding with your favourite TV show.

That flexibility is a big reason why it the device set to be a big seller. Sleek and slim, and weighing just 522 grams, the Go is Microsoft’s smallest and lightest Surface device, making it easy to carry anywhere.

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What you get is laptop performance with tablet portability. While that’s not unusual in today’s market, what sets the Surface Go apart is how it’s achieved. The built-in Kickstand is the backbone of the Surface Go’s flexibility and portability. Open and adjust the Kickstand, and add the removable Type Cover, to put the Go in laptop mode, or close the Kickstand and detach the keyboard to create an ultra-portable tablet.

Put the Surface Go in studio mode by lowering the Kickstand all the way down for a perfectly tilted angle, especially if you’re drawing with the Surface Pen which is one of three accessories – along with the type cover and a mouse – that complement the Go perfectly.

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Importantly, the new Microsoft Go plays well with other devices. While some laptops and tablets don’t do compatibility well, the Go is different. It works with both iOS and Android devices, making working between a smartphone and Surface Go easy. You can work on files in Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and Outlook email and calendar is a breeze across all devices. Microsoft Edge will also remember all your passwords, and the benefits of the Cortana virtual assistant translate with ease.

When you choose a Microsoft device, you know you’re getting something designed for usability.  What’s inside counts when you’re on the go every day. The Windows Hello face authentication camera adds extra security and accessibility. The 5MP front-facing camera takes 1080p Skype HD videos while the 8MP rear-facing camera has autofocus and 1080p full HD video capability. Add all-day battery life, fast-charging Surface Connect, a USB-C and a headphone jack, and the Surface Go is a device that must be considered.

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