Microsoft Surface Go 3 Review: A Compact Tablet With Laptop Aspirations – Gadgets 360
The Surface Go 3 is Microsoft’s latest and most affordable tablet, and it’s designed to tackle basic computing tasks. While there’s no dearth of convertible Windows laptops, detachable 2-in-1s are still a rarity and usually cost a premium. This makes the Surface Go 3 quite interesting as it’s priced lower than the Surface Pro line. It’s also a lot more portable, hence the name.
The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is primarily a Windows tablet, which can transform into a laptop with the optional keyboard attachment. Think of it as Microsoft’s version of an iPad, but running the full desktop Windows experience you’re probably used to. It could be an appealing solution for anyone looking for a hybrid computer that can fulfil both work and entertainment needs, such as content consumption. Is the Surface Go worth it though? Let’s find out.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 design
Thanks to the hybrid nature of a detachable 2-in-1, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 works infinitely better as a tablet than most convertible Windows laptops with 360-degree hinges. It’s around 8.3mm thick and weighs 544g, making it fairly slim and light. It can easily be carried in one hand. The matte gray finish doesn’t attract fingerprints, and the metal body feels sturdy and well put-together. When used in portrait orientation, you’ll find the power and volume buttons on the right, and the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and a proprietary Surface Connect port on the bottom. The latter is used to fast charge the tablet and connect to accessories, but the Surface Go 3 can also be charged via the Type-C port.
The left side of the Microsoft Surface Go 3 has contact points for powering an optional keyboard. Unlike most tablets, the Surface Go 3 features a built-in kickstand which gives you a wide array of usage possibilities. Hidden behind the stand is a microSD card slot, which is very easy to miss since there’s no inscription or marking to indicate its presence.
The Microsoft Surface Go 3 features a 10.5-inch full-HD (1920×1280) touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Brightness levels are good and colours are vivid and punchy. The bezel around the display is thick enough to offer sufficient area to rest your thumbs when you hold the tablet. There’s a 5-megapixel webcam, along with an infrared camera for Windows Hello face recognition. The Surface Go 3 also has a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. You also get cutouts on either side of the display’s bezel for the front-facing stereo speakers.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 specifications and software
The Microsoft Surface Go 3 was launched in multiple variants, but only one configuration is available online, at least at the time of this review. It’s the same one that Microsoft sent me, and it features a 10th Gen Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y CPU, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 128GB SSD. This variant is officially priced at Rs. 57,999, although you should be able to find it for less online.
Other variants can be found under a separate section on Microsoft’s site, called Surface for Business. These include a base variant with 64GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM, and a top-end variant with an Intel Core i3-10100Y CPU. There’s optional LTE connectivity with the Surface for Business variants, and they come with Windows 11 Pro. These variants can be purchased from listed resellers, but …….