Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12.4″ Ultraportable
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.
|Standard non-convertible laptop
This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
Ultraportable (small laptop)
The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.
The mid-range performance of this laptop allows you to easily complete your daily home and office computing tasks. It additionally has some potential for heavier duties like professional photo and video editing. However, if you regularly do these tasks, a high-performance laptop is recommended. More info about performance of the laptop can be found in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
This is a very small display size, given the most frequently used laptop screen size is 15.6".
This is a relatively low screen resolution for modern laptops.
|Finger multi-touch input
The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.
Active digitizer pen input
The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
|Other Display Specs
Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
Glossy reflective coating
The glossy reflective displays provide vivid colors, but are prone to ambient light reflections.
3:2 aspect ratio
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
|About Laptop Display
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|Intel Core i5-1035G1 10th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
|The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
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|Intel UHD G1 integrated graphics of 10th Gen Core i3 & i5 G1
This is an entry-level graphics processor. It's capable of running light games and select heavier titles on the lowest quality settings.
|About Graphics Processors
|Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
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|System Memory (RAM) Size
4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2023. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
|System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.
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A very small but usable capacity.
128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.
256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.
|About Data Storage
|Storage capacity determines how much data you can store locally on your laptop. SSD storage is much faster than HDD storage.
Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
|DVD Optical Drive
|Keyboard & Input
|Non-backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad
The keyboard has no backlit keys and no separate numeric pad you can usually find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
Active digitizer pen (optional)
|Speakers & Audio
As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
|Front-facing web camera
Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
HD 720p resolution
This is the most common web camera resolution in laptops. However, it's low in comparison to camera resolutions of modern smartphones, so it can't produce as sharp picture.
The 802.11AX is the latest Wi-Fi wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity.
|Ethernet Network Port
This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
|1 x USB type A
A standard full-size USB port.
1 x USB-C
A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.
|Video Output Ports
|Video out via USB-C
The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
|Media Card Reader
The laptop has no SD card slots. For reading from and writing to SD and microSD memory cards, you'll have to use a separately sold memory card reader via a USB cable.
This laptop has a built-in fingerprint reader. It improves security and enables easier system log-ins, without password typing.
Surface Connect port
A proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and compatible accessories.
|"Up to 13 hours" of battery life
(according to manufacturer)
|The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
|Windows 10 in S mode
Windows 10 in S mode is a very secure but limited Windows version that can't run every Windows program. It is upgradeable free-of-charge to full Windows 10, supporting all modern Windows programs. You can also upgrade to Windows 11, if the hardware requirements are met. More info on windows.com.
A typical laptop warranty.
|Year of Release
Laptops released in 2020.
|Country / Region
The listed specs are general / worldwide specs of the model. Some of its specs may vary depending on the particular configuration and region.
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