Microsoft Surface Go Review – $400 Entry Level Surface Windows 10 Tablet

Buy it at Microsoft – (affiliate link) – Microsoft’s new low cost Surface Go Windows 10 tablet corrects a lot of what I thought was wrong with their prior entry level Surface 3 tablet. It offers great performance and an excellent overall build quality. See more tablets: and subscribe!

00:22 – Price and Configuration
01:03 – Hardware Overview
01:19 – Thick Bezels
01:55 – Kickstand
02:17 – Surface Pen and Keyboard
03:40 – Processor
03:58 – Storage and RAM
04:22 – Display
05:10 – Weight
05:33 – Battery Life
06:12 – Ports
06:23 – Full-Service USB Type C
07:00 – Magnetic Surface Charger
07:38 – MicroSD Card Slot for Expansion
08:01 – Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
08:34 – Performance: Photoshop & pen support
09:29 – Apple Pencil Experience Better than Surface Pen
09:52 – Performance: Video Editing
10:29 – Performance: Word and Excel
10:55 – On-Screen Keyboard Options
12:23 – Benchmarks: Speedometer
13:08 – Gaming: Rocket League
13:23 – Gaming: Minecraft
13:35 – Gaming: Half Life 2
13:44 – Gaming: Fortnite
14:09 – Gaming: Dolphin GameCube Emulation
14:54 – Benchmarks: 3DMark Cloudgate
15:25 – Benchmarks: 3DMark Stress Test
15:46 – Kodi Multimedia Test
16:09 – Final Thoughts

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Richard Johnson says:

How do you rate the h96 max h2 4k android TV box?

evandarkfire says:

Not just you, many people on the surface reddit also agree that the Apple Pencil is better, even though we’re on the surface pen’s 3rd generation while Apple hasn’t made a new pencil since 2015.

Stephanie McKeon says:

I really love that magnetic charger. Reminds me of my old MacBook. Would be so handy for my iPad or iPhone to have that. Overall seems like a good machine.

TheTanMan says:

Hey Lon, another great review! Not sure if you mentioned it, but according to Microsoft’s specs the Surface Go comes with Windows 10’s S mode enabled. Though S mode can be (permanently) turned off, it might be important to know for some users.

XSportSeeker says:

18:54 ROFL

Sharon D Slater says:

Thanks for demonstrating input into Excel cells. You helped me decide to buy the 8GB with pen only.

crussell4691 says:

One of the best reviews of this product I’ve seen! Great job.


Great review as always, Lon! I had a surface 3 and found the performance and screen size were the biggest barriers to usage. I had the 2gb version so I assume this one will be ok for performance, but that 10-inch screen is no good for working at your desk. I found my neck hurting from looking down so much. I would personally have loved to see a 11.6/12.5″ screen with less bloated bezels and larger battery.

TheProjectX3 says:

For the same price you can get premium android experience, wondering if this low end Microsoft experience is worth it?

Angultra says:

I’ll be honest, I saw it for the first time in person but due to the tiny screen and keys won’t be replacing my laptop any time soon. I’m sure it’s a great tablet, but that’s not the use case for many people. Get a Surface Pro if you want a true laptop alternative.

Linked Designs says:

I think the “big bezels” is due to the Windows Hello camera system at the top. Since they had to make the bezel a bit thicker at the top for the camera, they probably made all the other bezels the same size just to keep it symmetrical.

Matt Zahara says:

Can you review the HP envy x360? There are two screen sizes, but I bought the entry level 13 inch one. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the device. Great content!

HIGH Res Gaming says:

How profitable is this channel to you? Is it really enough money to support your family

P Spee says:

Thanks Lon. That was by far the best review of the Surface Go I’ve seen yet. Costco has a version with 4GB and 128GB SSD…. comes with a keyboard. I think that’s the sweet spot in terms of value. Thanks for the video!

WorkingCog says:

Worth noting Minecraft for Windows 10 runs at 60 FPS. Time to update that old Minecraft Lon! Love your videos though!

Sharon D Slater says:

I prefer to use browser instead of apps on my ole Win10Home laptop (not touch enabled). Just hope Chrome Browser works well in Surface Go.

I use Edge Browser on laptop so seldom mostly because the right side screen scroll bar is not as readily seen to access with my Logitech Trackball; Chrome and Firefox right side screen scroll bar is easily seen and therefore more accessible.

I use iPad Pro for social apps and media consumption and use Chrome and Firefox on iPad, but Edge Browser is still not available for iPad, to my knowledge.

I use Excel daily I have used Sheets and Numbers on iPad, but prefer Excel with a trackball. Hopefully Surface Go will be more pleasant to use for me.

wintdkyo says:

Thank you for reviewing the $399 version!

Misaki_kun11 says:

11:25 xD “pretty impressed with how this dick”

AntonioR Software says:

The keyboard and pen price is just insane.

Horror Mood says:

Thanks, Lon! Excellent review as always. I’m watching on my entry-level Go right now. Wish I’d watched your review first!

For anyone interested, here is a hodgepodge list of games this runs well: Morrowind, Spelunky, Don’t Starve, KOTOR, Stardew Valley, Oxygen Not Included, and Rimworld.

alittleolder says:

I would really like to know with which software you want to edit on this thing. Except for Windows Movie Maker. Because even on my Ultrabook, granted it’s from 2014 but so is my Software, Movie Studio back then from Sony now from Magix couldn’t even load all it’s plugins because my i7-4500U couldn’t support any Graphics that were in some of the plugins. I am not sarcastic. I would seriously like to know if these things have gotten better. Because if I have to do stuff when I am away, and with me that always in the hospital, I just do it on the Ultrabook but it’s really slow like you say but when I count out the fan, which rarely engages on mine but if this thing can do all that.. well I want to buy it indeed. So can you maybe try MovieStudio and let me know? You can download the Trialversion from I don’t expect Vegas Pro to work on it but just Moviestudio to hold me over.

anonymous anonymous says:

I just love how thorough your reviews are . You cover absolutely everything !

Russ Sides says:

For about half the price you can get an asus transformer mini. The ASUS Transformer Mini is more than a tablet! It’s a full Windows 10 machine that comes with a keyboard and stylus. Same form factor, similar performance, keyboard and pen included. Less than $400.

Christine Roy says:

Best review of the base model. Most others just dismissed it out of hand. Your use cases are much closer to mine.For me if I wanted a windows device at the price (figuring in accessories) I think I would get that Asus laptop you just reviewed major bang for the buck!

LikeMikeSIKE says:

What is lon short for

Neurobio Boy says:

Nice little thing! I think the keyboard is clearly overpriced, but the version with an SSD worth its price! Neat!

Ralph McMahan says:

I like to get three or four years out of devices like this. Manufacturers making it impossible/difficult to open devices and switch out old crapped out batteries, pisses me off.

Teddy says:

That Surface Go looks like the perfect couch surfer. I just don’t like the prices on the keyboard and pen. Perhaps if they bundled both the keyboard and pen for $100, I would be okay with that.

Corgitronics says:

It looks like a nice little tablet. I’ve been using a SurfacePro 3 for about 3.5 years. It’s just the 12 inch, i5, 8GB model, but it has performed very well. It’s a great little device to have with me when I am stuck somewhere for a couple of hours, like a car dealership waiting on servicing. The bezel on that SurfaceGo really is wide, it looks quite a bit wider than on my Surface 3.

Bashing Goomba says:

I haven’t got myself a computer/tablet. It looks interesting and it can play games. Might get it. Thanks Lon!

Fabrice Lemfu says:

Can you Try PLEX client on it ?

Pishi A says:

Love your reviews Lon. I am surprised that Microsoft did not go with the Pentium silver, which actually costs less, yet is faster than the Pentium Gold. Maybe the Silver does not nvme storage, but a fast emmc would perform like a SATA SDD and would have cut costs even further.

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