Can a tablet that’s not made by Apple find its way into the workplace? Microsoft wants to give it another shot with the Microsoft Surface Go. We’re taking our first look on Unboxing for Business.
As you probably already guessed, the Surface Go is the newest addition to Microsoft’s Surface line. It’s the same design and build quality of the larger Surface 2-in-1 device, just miniaturized. On its Surface, (sorry I couldn’t resist) it’s a familiar tablet form factor. There’s a 10-inch touchscreen and it weighs in at just 1.15 pounds.
The Suface Go has a built in kickstand that can be adjusted to different angles. That makes it just as comfortable for videoconferencing as it is to use as a design canvass. The Surface Go doesn’t come with the Type Cover or Surace Pen accessories. Too bad, because you’ll want those if you plan to use this for getting real work done.
One major difference from the Surface Pro is that this device runs Windows 10 in S mode. Microsoft’s branding here emphasizes security, but really it means that you just can’t install applications outside of the Microsoft Store. That means the legacy desktop apps you’re used to can’t be used here. On the other hand, the lightweight OS helps with performance and to keep the battery running for up to nine hours.
For ports on the Surface Go, we have one USB-C input, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a Surface Connect Port for charging, and the Type Cover Connection. There’s also a Micro SDXC card reader.
The Surface Go began shipping Aug. 2 and it’s available starting at $529 in Canada.
Overall, the Surface Go looks like it could be a good productivity tool. Since it works with Microsoft Office, you could probably get a lot done with this. Especially if you’re stuck on a long flight. Check back with us later this summer for an All Hands on Tech video.