It’s no secret to anyone who reads this newsletter that I’m a big fan of the Microsoft Surface. I have a Surface Pro and it’s my favorite computer ever. Now, the company is dropping the price drastically for a basic version of the tablet called a Surface Go.
Advertised as the perfect device for workers on the go, this device weighs just over one pound, so it will slip nicely into briefcases and backpacks.
It’s designed to compete with Apple’s iPads, but unlike iPads which run on a mobile operating system, the Surface Go runs the full version of Windows 10 and can run desktop programs as well as Windows Store apps. Windows 10S is installed by default, but you can switch to standard Windows 10.
Prices for the 10″ device start at $399 for the 64 GB model with 4 GB of RAM , but you’ll have to pay an additional $99 for the keyboard cover. The price for the 128 GB model with 8GB of RAM jumps to $549 plus keyboard.
Microsoft promises up to 9 hours of battery life and you do have the option of 4G connectivity in addition to WiFi. This device will offer USB C connectivity only.
You’ll also be able to purchase a dock to use your surface as a desktop computer. A special Surface mouse is available, but it should also work with most Bluetooth or wireless capable mice.
You can pre-order from Microsoft now. The device will be available in stores at the beginning of August.