Microsoft has introduced the latest generation of its inexpensive mobile notebook. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is not only supposed to score with a fair price. On top of that, the US manufacturer promises that they put a lot of emphasis on sustainable production this time. Among other things, a replaceable battery is supposed to ensure that. We take a look at the promising laptop.
Probable price-performance hit
The overall package that Microsoft puts together with its Surface Laptop Go 2 sounds really promising. Especially when you consider the price of just 670 Euros, the US company obviously relies on a lot of performance for little money in the second generation of the inexpensive notebook as well. Besides a new Intel CPU, there is also 16 GB of RAM. However, what Microsoft would like to have improved in the latest version is the device’s sustainability. While many testers of the Surface Laptop Go criticized the soldered hardware, the Redmond tech company now seems to have learned from its mistakes.
Namely, in the Surface Laptop Go 2, you’re supposed to be able to remove the most important components without further ado and thus also replace and maintain them. Since things like the keyboard, battery, SSD and even the trackpad can be removed, you should have something from the device for a long time. Microsoft takes a step in the right direction here. After all, sustainability is anything but typical, especially in the field of inexpensive electronic goods. This is also the reason for the growing problem of global electronic waste. After all, devices with permanently installed hardware are unceremoniously thrown in the trash after their half-life has expired.
Design of the predecessor
However, Microsoft also makes exceptions with the sustainable design. Unfortunately, the manufacturer still uses a fixed working memory for the notebook. Thus, if you want to get something out of the Surface Laptop Go 2 for as long as possible, you should choose the latter among the three options of 4, 8 or 16 GB RAM. This cannot be expanded. Unfortunately, Microsoft has also used savings opportunities in other areas. For example, the company uses a meanwhile somewhat outdated CPU technology from Intel in the form of Tiger Lake. However, since buyers of the Surface Laptop Go 2 don’t want to pull out any trees with their notebook in most cases anyway, chips like the Core i5-1135G7 should be sufficient as a rule.
In terms of storage, there is a choice of 128 GB or 256 GB. Connoisseurs of the first generation will immediately feel reminded of the predecessor in terms of looks. This is not only due to the almost identical case. On top of that, Microsoft seems to use the same touch-sensitive IPS panel that was already used in the Surface Laptop Go. It measures 12.4 inches and offers a resolution of 1,536 x 1,024 pixels. Microsoft does not take any big leaps in connectivity either. Besides USB-A and USB-C ports, there is a 3.5 mm jack. Of course, the port for the Surface Dock should not be missing either.
Price and availability
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 seems to be perfectly suited for university and school. If you are looking for a compact notebook at a fair price anyway, you should definitely take a look at this one. The devices are supposed to be delivered from June 7, 2022. The configuration with 4 GB and 128 GB SSD is available starting at 670 Euros (~$670). Users who want 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD will have to pay 770 Euros. The version with 16 GB RAM will only be available for business customers for the time being.