Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

Microsoft usually announces its most important new equipment in the second half of the year. Any new product in the first six months is usually a minor update, and again in 2022.

In fact, there is another new addition to the Surface family: the Surface Laptop Go 2. Microsoft’s student laptop comes 20 months after the original, but there aren’t many changes to report. But there is a clear reason why the price is higher.

Here’s everything you need to know about Laptop Go 2, Microsoft’s most affordable laptop with a cover.

When will the Surface Laptop Go 2 be released?

Microsoft has announced in an official blog post that it will hold an event to introduce the Surface Laptop Go 2 on June 1, 2022.

Preliminary orders in various countries around the world began shortly before the device went on sale on June 7.

How much does the Surface Laptop Go 2 cost?

Laptop Go starts at $50 in the US and £20 in the UK. Starting at £529/$599 for an entry-level model with 64GB of eMMC memory for a 128GB SSD. That’s it with the full staff. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

  • Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD  – £529/US$599.99
  • i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD – £629/US$699.99
  • Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – £729/US$799.99

In context, this is how much the original Surface Laptop Go cost during release.

  • Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC – £549/US$549
  • Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD – £699/US$699
  • i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – £899/US$899

What features and characteristics does the Surface Laptop Go 2 have?

Microsoft is often following the release of a new product with a more frequent second-generation update, and it’s no different here. The Surface Laptop Go 2 is very similar in shape to its predecessor, but there are a few changes worth noting.

The biggest of these is the transition to Intel’s 11th generation CPUs, which are used in all configurations with the Core i5-1135G7. It is disappointing not to see 12th generation chips here, but this may be due to a lack of components. Zac Bowden from Windows Central suggested this in a tweet before the device was introduced.

But the move to Tiger Lake means that the Laptop Go 2 now has Iris Xe integrated graphics, a significant improvement over the UHD version found on the original device. The initial RAM remains only 4GB, but most configurations offer 8GB instead.

Choosing the cheapest model does not mean staying connected to more than 64 GB of eMMC memory. Now you get a 128 GB removable 128 GB SSD on more expensive models.

It is also available in four color options, combining the existing Ice Blue, Gumstone and Platinum with the new Sage. This delicate green color can prove that the Laptop Go 2 is popular in the student target market.

There is now pre-installed Windows 11, but the upgrades are over. The touchscreen is still a 12.4-inch, 1536×1024 LCD with a standard 60Hz refresh rate.

Microsoft has also decided not to develop a 720p webcam without an IR sensor, meaning that Windows Hello cannot be used to unlock the face. Your best alternative is a fingerprint sensor built into the power button.

Surface Connect is still the main charging method, and Microsoft says it will be between 0-100% in a little over an hour. All are assembled on a 15.7 mm chassis with only one USB-C, one USB-A and one 3.5 mm headphone jack.

As always, we don’t know exactly how big the battery of the Surface Laptop Go 2 is. Microsoft’s claim of 13.5 hours of “typical device usage” is slightly higher than the original 13-hour claim, but this can be explained by the improved energy efficiency of the 11th generation Intel chips.

Learn more in our separate story, which covers the presentation of Laptop Go 2.

The price increase means that the Surface Laptop Go 2 is more expensive than most of the entries in our budget laptop schedule. The device is designed with students in mind, but there are many other Surface computers to choose from.

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