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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12-inch Touchscreen Laptop (THH-00001)

This model ranked #11 among Laptops priced over $875 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

A Surface device designed to be (relatively) affordable, this laptop by Microsoft can handle everyday tasks in style.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Restricted Version of Windows. This Laptop runs Windows 10 in S mode which means that most software from the compatibility list below won't work out of the box.
It is possible to upgrade Windows 10 to its normal, insecure mode for free. Doing so allows running programs which are not on the Microsoft App Store. The process isn't too complicated, but in essence, it involves reinstalling Windows.
This evaluation assumes that you (or a helpful friend) plan to go through that process; otherwise, Value and Versatility scores would be much lower. Most archetypes defined on TekAdvisors also could not access the software they need without it. Free

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck41th percentile
Versatility2th percentile
Power (General Purpose)57th percentile
Power (Graphical)67th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)76th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability96th percentile
Battery Autonomy64th percentile
Longevity25th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck32th percentile
Versatility9th percentile
Power (General Purpose)41th percentile
Power (Graphical)57th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)68th percentile
Storage Space30th percentile
Portability91th percentile
Battery Autonomy64th percentile
Longevity17th percentile

Specs

Screen

12.45", 1536×1024 (1536 × 1024, 1.6MP), Touch Screen

Operating System

Windows, S Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1, 4 cores clocked from 1 to 3.6 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

128 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

39.7Wh, 5403mAh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w27.82 × d20.57 × h1.57

Dimensions (in): w10.95 × d52.25 × h3.99

Weight (kg): 1.11

Weight (lbs.): 2.45

Features

  • Paired Memory
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Windows S Edition
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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