The original Surface Go, Microsoft’s miniscule $399 tablet PC, was almost a home run. It had everything we wanted in a budget Windows PC, along with the added flexibility of the Surface lineup. But it was just a bit too slow and restrictive for anything beyond basic work. Now with the Surface Go 2, the company is aiming to fix those flaws. It features a larger 10.5-inch screen; an 8th generation Intel Core M processor option that’s up to 64 percent faster than before; LTE Advanced connectivity and dual Studio Mics for improved video chatting and voice commands.
Microsoft hasn’t touched the Surface Go 2’s dimensions, so it’s still 1.2 pounds on its own and a sleek 8.3 millimeters thin. And of course, that means it’ll work with the previous Type Covers and other accessories. Unfortunately, the keyboard case is still separately ($99 for the standard version, $129 for the premium Alcantara model). That’s clearly a decision Microsoft has made to keep the initial sticker cost down, but it always feels a bit like the company is lying to consumers. Sure you could get the Go 2 for $399, but you’ll definitely need to squirrel away more cash to get a keyboard.