Microsoft has announced the next Surface device today; the Surface Laptop Go 2. Building on 2020’s Surface Laptop Go, it promises to be a smaller laptop with enough power and performance to get you comfortably through a working day while staying as mobile as possible.
Microsoft is introducing the Surface Laptop Go 2 with talk of “enabling mobility for the flexible workplace”, which sets up this laptop as the smaller laptop designed to do work on. A set up further emphasised by mentions of hot-dusking and trips to conference rooms.
Disappointingly, this is not a consumer version of the Surface Laptop SE that is destined for the education market; the Laptop Go 2’s specs show it is aimed higher up the portfolio sporting a touchscreen, the 11th generation Intel Core chipsets, and up to 16 GB of memory backing up either 128 GB or 256 GB of storag.
Microsoft is also offering the Laptop Go 2 both to consumers and direct to enterprises. Only the enterprise models feature the 16 GB RAM option as well as offering Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro; consumers can only purchase the Go 2 with Windows 11 Home.
The first Surface Laptop Go brought the minimalist Surface design language to a smaller laptop form factor, but it had some weaknesses. The smaller screen remains, with a resolution of just 1536 x 1024 pixels. That intel chip is the next generation up from the original Laptop Go, but it’s still a generation behind the current market standard. Microsoft has highlighted improved thermal performance on the Go 2, something that I look forward to checking in the future because the original Laptop Go ran hot.
The Surface Laptop Go 2 is in a crowded space for laptops. The starting price of $599 looks attractive, but this is for a 4 GB RAM / 128 GB SSD model. Add on $100 for a usable 8 GB of memory and another $100 to lift the storage to 256 GB and you are taking on some of the biggest names in the market.
Microsoft looks to have decided on much of the same compromises as the first Surface Laptop Go model, compromises which made that laptop lovely to look at but not a laptop that was a “must buy” model. I’m curious to see how the package has been updated and how it works in the real world.
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