The first Surface Laptop Go received mostly positive reviews towards the end of 2020. It was a good time as many people wanted to build their home offices as it became increasingly clear that many of us would not be returning to work anytime soon. Personally, I appreciated processor, portability, and price, though the entry-level configuration left something to be desired on the spec side. As well as the low resolution screen and the lack of a backlit keyboard.
The company today announced the Surface Laptop Go 2. The latest iteration of the ultraportable laptop doesn’t fix too many of its predecessor’s shortcomings, but it does come with an upgraded processor, moving from a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 to an 11th Gen. The new system also gets a biometric fingerprint reader built into the power button, as well as an improved webcam (but still 720p) and a set of teleconferencing microphones.
The starting price of Windows 11 has been raised from $50 to $599 (and let’s be honest, everything is more expensive these days). It’s still reasonably affordable, and the default storage is 128GB – double the amount of the first generation. However, the amount of RAM is still 4 GB. It can be upgraded up to 8 GB and the storage capacity up to 256 GB. It’s not an everyday laptop for power users, but it could be a complementary laptop or Chromebook competitor. It’s also the first Surface to support Intel-based secure core PCs for added protection.
Ironically, the 12.4-inch touchscreen maintains the same 1536 x 1024 (148 ppi) resolution, and the backlit keyboard is still nowhere to be found. However, the company did some digging at Apple, noting that the Laptop Go has “30% more key travel than the MacBook Air.” It only seems like a weird boast if you’ve never typed on old, rugged Apple laptop keyboards. The system is slightly heavier than its predecessor, at 2.48 pounds compared to the original Surface Go’s 2.44 pounds.
The company adds that the SSD, keyboard/trackpad, and display are replaceable for added stability – though we’re not really talking about the Framework laptop here, noting that “components [are] may be replaced by Microsoft or a Microsoft Authorized Service Provider,” which means the company does not recommend that you take matters into your own hands.
The Surface Laptop Go 2 doesn’t really do much (or anything) to fix its predecessor’s shortcomings, but if the new processor and fingerprint scanner are enough for you, then go for it. The device is available for pre-order today, with shipments starting June 7th.
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