Microsoft has officially introduced the Surface Laptop Go 2, but you can forgive it for what you’ve seen before. The company’s new student laptop looks the same as its predecessor, and there is not much difference under the hood. In fact, a few improved components and new colors are the only things you won’t get in the original Laptop Go.
Let’s talk more about these changes, starting with the most important: the processor. Laptop Go 2 Core i5 1135G7 is equipped with Intel 11th generation CPU in all configurations, to be precise, Microsoft chose last year’s chips instead of the latest 12th generation Alder Lake, but the price and availability are to blame.
This means that Laptop Go 2 has also switched to Iris Xe integrated graphics, but the initial 4 GB of DDR4 RAM will not be enough for most people. If the full price is similar to the original, you will have to pay a lot of money to double it. Up to 8 GB.
However, there are useful memory upgrades. The entry-level model may be more expensive than its predecessor, costing £ 529 / $ 599, but now has a 128 GB SSD. This is evident in the cheapest original but highest level 64 GB eMMC memory. 256 GB SSD is an development. the model is still here
The Surface Laptop Go remains aesthetically unchanged compared to the original, especially if you choose Ice Blue Sandstone or Platinum leather. The new elegant Sage color selection reflects the device’s student target market
Now you take Windows 11 out of the box, but that’s not a reason to buy Laptop Go 2. The previous model, as with most Windows 10 devices, is compatible with free upgrades to Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Other key features have remained unchanged compared to the first-generation Surface Laptop Go. You still get a 12.4-inch, 1536×1024 LCD screen. It continues to offer touch support, but the refresh rate remains at 60Hz. The relatively thin frames have the same 720p webcam, but the lack of a face-unlock function means you’ll have to rely on a fingerprint sensor built into the power button again.
At 1.1 kg and 15.7 mm thick, some ports remain extremely portable, although sacrificed in the process. USB-C, USB-A and 3.5mm headphone jack Most people will not need an adapter or hub.
It connects to Surface Connect as the primary charging method, and the incoming 39W charger is expected to charge you 80% in more than an hour. Microsoft doesn’t say how big the battery of the Surface Laptop Go 2 is, but claims that it will get “typical device usage of up to 13.5 hours.” This should mean that the device can last a full working day with something its predecessor struggled with.
The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at £ 529/$599, but you can pay up to £729/£ 799.99 for the highest-end model. Pre-orders for the device, which will go on sale on June 7, are currently live in the UK and US.