Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Go 2 at $599 with 128GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 starting at $599
It is staying true to the incremental method of updating Surface’s products. The company has seen a 5% increase in revenue in the past fiscal year. This is slower than other major products of the company. But Surface devices are more than a revenue play — they serve to show what’s possible with Windows, and with the new device, Microsoft intends to show that a good-quality portable Windows computer can be affordable.
In the almost 10 years that the Surface has been in production, Microsoft hasn’t managed to make it a big hit. According to IDC data, the company held 0.6% of notebooks and desktops sold in the first quarter. However many Surface computers have carried price tags of more than $1,000, and with the Surface Laptop Go 2, Microsoft is targeting consumers and businesses with less money to spend — and offering a fresh alternative to cheaper Chromebooks running Google’sChrome OS.
It bears strong similarities to the Surface Laptop Go. The laptop still features a 12.4 inch display and 4GB RAM on the lower end. There is also a fingerprint scanner built into the power button.
The new version does include some changes. Microsoft ships the new version with Windows 11. releasedLast year. Windows 10 S mode was included with the initial model. This restricted users from installing programs not listed on Microsoft’s App Store. However, it is possible to change out of this mode. Microsoft offered customers the chance to get a Windows 11 upgrade free of cost when they purchased their first Surface Laptop Go.
Instead of the 64GB model, the base model has a 128GB solid drive. Microsoft says the new laptop’s battery will last for 13½ hours, compared with 13 hours for its predecessor. According to Microsoft, customers will be able to replace the components of the laptop’s parts, such as the trackpad, display, feet and keyboard cover.