Review of Microsoft Surface Go 3: Baterter Buster
In the past, Microsoft is having a hard time marrying the legacy desktop operating system with more modern touchscreen interfaces. The Surface Go 3 is the perfect representation of this problem. The touchscreen experience in Windows 11 is even better, but due to limited hardware and middling battery life, it’s still annoying to use.
The new Surface Go 3 is a modest spec bump from its predecessor, but it also launches alongside Windows 11, the first named iteration of Microsoft’s OS since Windows 10 launched in 2015. That update brings several quality-of-life upgrades for touchscreen users, which may appeal to this tablet for casual readers and carriers. I just hope the battery lasts a little longer.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like the Surface Go 3 is much different from its predecessor, but look under the hood and… well, there’s still no difference. The new tablets are powered by 10th-generation Intel chips, which is a marked improvement over the eighth-generation processors used in the Surface Go 2. However, if raw power is your concern, maybe you’re even better at watching. a similar price to the iPad.
The standard model starts with 64 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM, though you want to spring for more of each. I tested the Intel Core i3 model ($ 630) with a 128-GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, which is sometimes stuck a bit on a normal working day. It never dipped into what I had to think poor performance – unless using Chrome, but more on that later – I also have the very best hardware version of the Surface Go 3. That’s what to keep in mind when deciding which model to buy.
Physically, the Surface Go 3 is also the same as its predecessor. That’s a good thing. It maintains the same 10.5 -inch display with Goldilock bezels – small enough to feel minimal while still giving you a solid grip. It has a MicroSD card reader placed under the fold-out kickstand and a USB-C port on the side next to the headphone jack.
You can still stick magnets older Surface Pen models on the side of the Go 3 for convenience and charging, but the newer Above Slim Pen cannot be involved in the same way. It still fits as a wireless pen and can be paired with a tablet, but you’ll need to charge it via USB-C every once in a while. It’s disappointing, but hey, the Surface Pen is well used and a little cheaper than the Slim Pen. It’s not a big loss.
A Better Tablet OS
The biggest change in the Surface Go 3 isn’t the hardware, but the simultaneous arrival of Windows 11. Microsoft has never nailed the balance between the desktop and touchscreen interface, but this experience is the closest. The updated taskbar, multiple touch-sensitive setting menus, and an updated File Explorer all work more dynamically with your finger than clunky context menus and small touch targets. Windows 10.
However, this is an added improvement at its best. There are still times where the interface clearly expects you to use a mouse. You can drag a window to the left or right side of the screen to get out of the side view, but there’s no obvious way to use the new, more usable Snap Group layout. .