Microsoft Surface Go: Specs and What People Are Saying

The Microsoft Surface Go is a portable tablet, the latest in the Microsoft Surface series that launched in 2012. Microsoft released the Surface Go in August 2018 and has received favorable reviews. It’s easy to see why. This product has great battery life, is lightweight, and has amazing graphics. Unlike previous tablets from this series, though, a basic Surface Go purchase does not come included with a sensor pen. The pen, along with a Type Cover keyboard and mouse, must be purchased separately.

Basic Specs

Microsoft has listed its newest product as having the following features:

  • Weighs only 1.15 lbs, making it extremely portable
  • Extended battery life of up to 9 hours
  • 10” screen (3:2 aspect ratio with an 1800 x 1200 display)
  • Dimensions are 9.65 in x 6.90 in x 0.33 in
  • Comes pre-installed with Windows 10 in S-mode (S-mode can be switched off)
  • 5.0 MP front-facing camera
  • 8.0MP rear-facing 1080p camera
  • One (1) USB-C port
  • Headphone jack
  • Keyboard port
  • MicroSD reader
  • Port for Surface Connect
  • Microphone
  • Pre-installed Intel HD Graphics 615


For a new Microsoft product, the starting price for the Surface Go is fairly reasonable. A basic purchase starts at $399.00. This includes 64 GB with 4 GB RAM. There is also the option to upgrade to 128 GB with 8 GB RAM. This will cost interested individuals $549.00. Both versions have an Intel 4415Y processor and come with a 1-year limited warranty.

The official company site offers discounts for certain students, parents, educators, and members of the military. Eligible customers can purchase a basic Surface Go for $379.05 or the upgraded product for $521.55.

Unfortunately, the Surface Pen will cost $99.99 from the official site. The company offers a $10.00 discount to eligible individuals. The keyboard (Surface Go Type Cover) is also listed as $99.99 on both the official company site and Best Buy.

What People Are Saying

This product is receiving plenty of favorable reviews. Most praise the sleek design, with its slimness and low weight making it extremely portable. Also popular is the long battery life, especially compared to previous models in this series. Some criticisms include the pre-installed S-mode operating system and need to purchase a pen separately. (Fortunately, the company has stated that S-mode can be switched off relatively easily.)

Some top reviewers have given this product the following ratings:

Amazon: 4.7 stars

TechRadar: 4.5 stars

PC Mag: Editorial review 4 out of 5

TechSpot: 76 metascore


History Facts - The Cambodian Genocide

  1. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, the Cambodian Genocide was carried out by the communist group, Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979. Almost 25 percent of the population was wiped out. Pol Pot wanted his country to have a fresh start.
  2. Pol Pot was hoping to create a traditional society, one free from modern influence. Peasants were the role models, and were called "old people." Those who had any form of education, such as dentists and doctors, were deemed expendable; as were those who owned factories or businesses.
  3. To carry out Pol Pot's vision of paradise, the Khmer Rouge tricked city residents into believing that Americans were going to bomb their land. This forced people to evacuate the cities to the countryside. Most of the evacuees passed away either from starvation or exhaustion.
  4. The Cambodian Genocide became known to the global community, but it did not go through sufficient investigation since the United States was hesitant to become involved in the country again, especially after its recent loss in the Vietnam War.
  5. After being ignored for years, the violence finally received international attention with the release of a Hollywood film entitled "The Killing Fields." The movie was based on the firsthand stories of survivors. The film was released only a few years after the calamity took place.
  6. In 1997, with the help of the United Nations, the ECCC was formed to try the leaders behind the Genocide. Pol Pot was sentenced to house arrest before his trial. He passed away in 1998, a year later, without ever being tried for his crimes.

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