And maybe for broke people too
Microsoft Surface laptops are known to be quite the expense. Sure, some of us actually want one, but can a normal student afford it? Probably not. So Microsoft released a laptop exactly for students. It’s an ultrabook. Meaning it’s lightweight and easy to carry. This is the second edition of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go.
The laptop is advertised as sleek and portable. With a weight of just 1.12kg (including battery) and a width of just 15.7mm, this is likely true. It is a small 12″ laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio coupled with HD+ resolution (1534x1024px). The laptop has a metallic-like frame and a polycarbonate body all around, similar to modern laptops. The screen has 10-point touch support.
Powering the laptop is the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor complemented with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. There are three combinations for the RAM and storage: 4/128, 8/128, and 8/256. Obviously, you would pick the latter.
In terms of security features, the laptop boasts Windows Hello. That means the laptop has a fingerprint scanner in addition to the usual password login. It is located on the power button. It launches with Windows 11 Home complemented with a one-month FREE subscription for Microsoft 365 Office Suite as well as a one-month trial for XBOX Game Pass Ultimate.
In terms of power, the battery inside is a 41WHr battery that could last up to 13.5h on typical usage, as claimed by Microsoft. It also comes with a 39W power supply adaptor. It has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
In terms of its ports, you get 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x 3.5mm jack, and a single Surface connect port. This is as minimalist as it can get and honestly, the ports are somewhat lacking. It also comes with a 720p webcam. The speakers have support for Dolby Audio Premium.
It comes in Sage, Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum colours. The 4/128 option starts at USD 599.99 (~Php 31.7K)
- 12.4in. High Definition (1534x1024px) IPS LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio, 140ppi, 330nits peak brightness
- Aluminum Cover, Polycarbonate Body
- Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Intel Iris Xe (integrated graphics)
- 1x USB-A
- 1x USB-C
- 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
- 1x Surface Connector
- Windows 11 Home
- 1 month FREE Office 365 subscription
- 1 month FREE XBOX Live Game Pass Ultimate subscription
- Power button-embedded fingerprint scanner (Windows Hello), Wi-Fi 6, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1
- 720p webcam, Ambient Light Sensor
- 41WHr Battery, 39W power supply
- 13.5H normal usage (as advertised)
- Removable SSD slot (built-in 128 or 256GB SSD, depending on user’s choice)
- Sage, Ice Blue, Sandstone, Platinum
- PRICE (Direct Conversion):
- 4/128: USD 599.99 (~Php 31.7K) (Platinum-exclusive)
- 8/128: USD 699.99 (~Php 37K)
- 8/256: USD 799.99 (~Php 42.3K)
There’s no word yet for Philippines release and we don’t recall any Surface laptops actually being released in the country officially. We’re still hopeful though!