Buy the Surface Go for the Accessories & Ecosystem
The Surface Go works with the Surface accessories and you can get a perfectly sized Type Cover to make typing easier and round out the experience.
The Surface Go is $399, but most users will want to plan on buying the $99 Surface Go Signature Type Cover that matches the Surface Go colors and allows you to get a full keyboard experience.
You can also use the Surface Pen with the Surface Go, which means it could be the perfect tool for taking notes. The Surface Dial also works with the Go, which lets you ramp up your productivity. A wireless mouse can also connect to the Surface Go, and a monitor, so you can turn it into a mobile office when you need it.
You also get native access to Microsoft Office. This isn't as big of a deal with Office on the iPad, but there is a benefit to running everything inside the Microsoft ecosystem.
When you buy the Surface Go, you get a 30 day return policy from Microsoft, 90 days of free phone tech support and a year of in store support and tech assistance. You also get a free training session at a Microsoft Store.
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07/11/2018 at 2:45 pm
Why is Microsoft so obsessed with low-RAM device offerings?? Yeah, the Go is meant to be a secondary device, I get that, but I run out of 8GB RAM all the time just using Chrome with multiple tabs and memory-hungry sites like Facebook! Even on their bigger/better Surface devices (Pro/Book/Laptop) you have to pony up big money for the i7/big SSD combo (most people don’t need the extra speed/lowered battery life of the i7 or that much storage) just to get 16GB of RAM! 8GB should be the starting point for most devices in 2018 and there’s no rational reason to force users to the ultra-high configuration tier just to get above that!
I *was* really, really excited for a smaller companion to my Surface Book for when I want to travel light, but the last thing I need is a device that’ll get outdated as quickly as my 2013 ThinkPad Tablet 2 did (absolutely phenomenal form factor and the Atom chip wasn’t even *that* terrible, but a measly 2GB RAM and spinner-slow eMMC storage made it feel about as snappy as a bargain-store Android tablet and I’m expecting the same from the 4GB/eMMC Surface Go). The 8GB/SSD Go will definitely perform better, but a 16GB with the same Pentium and storage would be a world better in usability and perceived speed!