Top positive review
Brilliant little tablet
12 October 2018
I've been looking for an iPad replacement for a while, as my iPad has become so slow that it is now only usable as a web browser.
I've been looking at the Surface Pro line for years, but they've always been too expensive to justify the cost. When I saw the Surface Go released at the same price point as an iPad, I bought one straight away, and I am very impressed with it. I bought the version with 8GB of RAM.
It is such a nice change to have a fully featured OS. The freedom to run any Windows software is incredible.
I was concerned that the Intel Gold processor might prove to be too slow for my needs, but it has continued to impress me. I've had it doing intensive photo editing, such as merging multiple HDR shots, and I've had it playing games. It's certainly no match for my gaming laptop, but it's powerful for what it is. It's a highly portable Windows machine, with enough performance to get by.
The screen is beautiful to look at, and it is very responsive, to both touch and the stylus. The stylus features palm rejection, so you can rest your entire hand on the tablet while you write or draw, and it will only recognise the stylus tip. The pressure sensitivity of the stylus makes for a very natural drawing experience.
The USB C port is useful, as it can double up as a charging port, so you can charge the Surface Go on the move without need for an AC power socket. You do need a charger that can provide enough current if you plan to use USB C charging while using the tablet, as it has significant power draw, otherwise, you can charge it slowly whilst it is switched off.
The Windows Hello login functionality is surprising and delightful. Once set up, you can log in just by looking at the device. It's very responsive, and takes less than a second to recognise you and log in.
The boot up time of the tablet is very impressive, owing to the performance of the SSD, and the Micro SD slot gives great flexibility with being able to expand the storage. I bought a card that has 100MB read and 90MB write performance, and it's fast enough that it's comparable to the main SSD.
I'm very happy with my purchase as an iPad replacement. I mainly used it as a media device, and the Surface Go is more than a match for it, with the added benefit of being able to use Windows apps, in a fully fledged Windows OS.
If something were to happen to my current Surface Go, I'd happily buy another one as a replacement, without hesitation. The build quality is very impressive, and is evident from the moment you open the box.
It's a wonderful, slick device, that will have you enamoured with it from the word go.