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  • 10-07-2018 11:27am
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    Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,350 Mod ✭✭✭✭


    Microsoft has announced the Surface Go, which is basically a 10 inch version of the Surface Pro. $399 for a 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC version, which is powered by a Pentium Gold processor. Comes with Windows 10 S mode installed, which can be changed over to full Windows easily.

    It's an interesting device, I'll wait for reviews, but this seems to more be a play for the education sector than anything else. Microsoft must be pretty worried that Chromebooks and iPads are setting up a generation of kids who've never touched a Microsoft product.

    There's more on the Verge here.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,157 ✭✭✭✭Alanstrainor


    CatInABox wrote: »
    Microsoft has announced the Surface Go, which is basically a 10 inch version of the Surface Pro. $399 for a 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC version, which is powered by a Pentium Gold processor. Comes with Windows 10 S mode installed, which can be changed over to full Windows easily.

    It's an interesting device, I'll wait for reviews, but this seems to more be a play for the education sector than anything else. Microsoft must be pretty worried that Chromebooks and iPads are setting up a generation of kids who've never touched a Microsoft product.

    There's more on the Verge here.

    dseifert_180625_2693_0002.0.jpg

    I'd have to agree that it's aimed at education and kids. The spec is actually fine, and a surface finally has USB C. It could actually be a tempting proposition for a light portable if you were traveling a lot or in college. The lack of pen included in the base price is annoying, especially given that it's $99. Same for the type cover.

    I can't say I expect them to sell lots of these. I've toyed with the idea of a surface for a long while, but I can't help but feel that it's a jack of all trades but master of none type of machine.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,350 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    It's up for preorder here. €460 over here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,212 ✭✭✭✭Tom Dunne


    I'd have to agree that it's aimed at education and kids. The spec is actually fine, and a surface finally has USB C. It could actually be a tempting proposition for a light portable if you were traveling a lot or in college. The lack of pen included in the base price is annoying, especially given that it's $99. Same for the type cover.

    I can't say I expect them to sell lots of these. I've toyed with the idea of a surface for a long while, but I can't help but feel that it's a jack of all trades but master of none type of machine.

    As somebody who works in education, I don't see it. It's yet another device, with a different user interface, with limited touch-enabled apps to add to the mix. I see, from a marketing perspective, the need to have a low-cost device, but to really derive any benefit from it, in particular in education, the pen and the keyboard are necessary, bumping up the price.

    (I should point out I am typing this on my much-loved Surface Book, so I am not in any way a Microsoft hater)


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,350 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    Tom Dunne wrote: »
    As somebody who works in education, I don't see it. It's yet another device, with a different user interface, with limited touch-enabled apps to add to the mix. I see, from a marketing perspective, the need to have a low-cost device, but to really derive any benefit from it, in particular in education, the pen and the keyboard are necessary, bumping up the price.

    (I should point out I am typing this on my much-loved Surface Book, so I am not in any way a Microsoft hater)

    I'd presume that if a school district is buying these, then they'll get a significant discount. I'd say a Surface Go with keyboard would be similar in expense to a Chromebook in that case.


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