Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop Go 2 • The Register
Microsoft has updated its Surface Laptop Go, giving business customers the option of more RAM — but keeping quiet when it comes to Pluto.
The original Go was introduced in 2020 as something for customers who loved the Surface name, but lacked the pockets deep enough to afford the full Surface Laptop or one of Microsoft’s detachable keyboard tablets.
It’s still not the cheapest of the Surface lineup (that honor goes to the Surface Go 3, currently priced from $399.99 without a keyboard). The refreshed Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at $599 for an 11th Gen Intel processor with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
Spec-wise, in addition to the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, there’s a 12.4-inch PixelSense multi-touch display with a pleasing 3:2 aspect ratio. pushed by Intel Graphics Iris Xe. The laptop weighs 2.48 pounds (c 1 kg) and the battery will last 13.5 hours of what Microsoft calls “typical device usage.” Your mileage may therefore vary considerably. The figure is very slightly higher than the 13 hours of the first version.
As for ports, there are single USB-C and USB-A connectors and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The essential Surface Connect port is also present.
The theme of repairability – or at least replaceability – that was recently endorsed by Microsoft continues. The display, SSD, keyboard, and trackpad are all customer replaceable units (although Microsoft cautions that any damage that occurs during repair isn’t covered by its warranty.)
The battery can also be replaced, although the part is a field replaceable unit and therefore requires Microsoft or one of its authorized service providers to do the job.
Whereas The register hasn’t opened a Go 2 laptop yet, we’d be very surprised if the RAM isn’t firmly soldered in place.
Notably absent from the hardware add-on is Microsoft’s Pluto security technology. Instead, consumer and commercial versions of the Surface Laptop Go 2 have to make do with the more traditional TPM technology. The consumer versions also lack a 16GB option, ordinary users should stick with 4GB or 8GB of RAM (and we recommend avoiding the former.)
Still, at least the 64GB eMMC storage option has been dropped. The Surface Laptop Go 2 only has 128GB or 256GB removable SSD choices for storage.
For the processor, it’s staying with Intel all the way for now, with the Arm hardware still reserved for the Surface Pro X and Microsoft’s upcoming Volterra project. You also have to venture elsewhere – like the Surface Laptop 4 – for AMD silicon.
Overall, the refresh is relatively minor. There’s a new color (if Sage is your thing) and Microsoft still insists on not including the fingerprint sensor on the base model’s power button (odd, given how important security is to the company), but, ultimately, the Surface Laptop Go 2 remains a well-built “budget” laptop that still feels a bit pricey and even underpowered compared to its rivals. ®