Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 gets more speed, more storage for $600

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For the new Surface Laptop Go 2 announced on Wednesday, Microsoft hasn’t changed too much the original which debuted in 2020. It’s still an attractive, budget-friendly, small, thin and light laptop built around a 12.4-inch touchscreen with a high 3:2 aspect ratio and 1536x resolution. 1024 pixels.

Inside, Microsoft has updated the processor to an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 which, while not the latest, should deliver that capable performance for school or work bases. The consumer version can be configured with 4GB or 8GB of memory (which is built-in so it can’t be increased later), while the retail model will go up to 16GB of RAM. Solid-state storage options are 128 GB or 256 GB; the 2020 model started out with just a 64GB SSD.

Read more: Surface Laptop Go review: The best budget laptop you’ll find

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is open and facing right with a pair of hands holding a white video game controller in front of the screen.

The Go 2 won’t have the components for high-end gaming, but cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass will work.

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The base model starts at $600 (£529, AU$1,199) from Microsoft with the Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. $600. Upgrading to 8GB will add $100 at cost. As with the base 2020 model, the new base model does not include a fingerprint reader in the power button. And, although Microsoft said it has improved the webcam, it’s still 720p instead of the 1080p cameras found in many new ultraportables.

Also, while it’s not unusual for a budget laptop to have a few upgradable or replaceable parts, Microsoft has made much of it user-replaceable, including the screen, keyboard, and trackpad. the solid-state storage and SurfLink cable, and the battery can also be replaced by Microsoft or a service provider. One of the few things that cannot be replaced: RAM.

Still, if you’re looking for something thin and small with a premium design for $600 or less — and don’t want a Chromebook — this might be a good place to start. The new Microsoft Surface Go 2 is available for pre-order on Microsoft and is expected to ship June 7. Configurations starting at $700 are also available for pre-order at Best Buy.

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