Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is well regarded for its high quality hardware in a nice package. But at a starting price of $ 1000, it is relatively expensive. The new Surface Laptop Go aims to solve that problem thanks to the affordable starting price of $ 549. Microsoft also introduced a new Surface Pro X option, with a custom processor and some colorful PC accessories.
Surface Laptop Go: prices for high school students and early students
The current Surface Laptop 3 starts at $ 1,000 and you get an Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB processor. These are the kind of specifications you might want in your teen’s laptop, but at a price that more than many parents are willing to spend.
With Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft is trying to address that. Surface Laptop Go is lighter and more portable. The screen measures 12.4 inches, just over an inch smaller than the Surface Laptop 3. But the hardware is not the only thing that Microsoft is shrinking; it is also much cheaper.
Surface Laptop Go is available in three price and hardware configuration points:
- $ 549.99: Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC storage
- $ 699.99: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD storage
- $ 899.99: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage
Between slower eMMC storage and lack of fingerprint readers, the $ 549 model takes the biggest hit. The other two models go up to the correct SSD storage and include fingerprint readers along with Windows Hello capabilities. But even at $ 700, you’ll spend less than a Surface Laptop 3 and get the same specs, albeit with a smaller screen. And you also get Wi-Fi 6 and fast charging, so it’s a more future-proof device.
Microsoft is clearly aiming for Surface Laptop Go in high school and early college kids, and they are heavily featured in the company’s promo video.
You can pre-order the Surface Laptop Go today, blue, sandstone and platinum, and it will be released on October 13th.
Surface Pro X gets a faster processor and new color
Surface Pro X gets an update today, but only at the upper end. Last year, low-priced models hold on. But if you are willing to spend $ 1,499.99 or more, you can get a Surface Pro X with a new processor and in platinum instead of the Matte Black the previous models use.
The new processor is some custom silicone designed in collaboration with Qualcomm called Microsoft SQ2. It seems that the company used Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G as a starting point but removed 5G. It is likely to keep the price down and the battery levels high.
You still get all the other features that the Surface Pro X is known for, including a super scissor unit, long battery life and 13-inch PixelSense screen. You can throw in a nanoSIM for LTE connectivity, and it has removable storage, a fact that won the extra points on iFixit.
The new Surface Pro X is available in two price points and hardware configurations:
- $ 1,499: SQ2 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage
- $ 1799: SQ2 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage
You can pre-order it today and it will be released on October 13.
New colorful accessories
A new laptop apparently means new accessories. Microsoft also took the cover from a set of new peripherals that fit all surface devices. You can choose between:
- Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard: The compact keyboard at $ 69.99 and narrow and narrow, as the name suggests, and has Bluetooth with room for three connections. You get two years of battery life and can order it in two colors.
- Microsoft license plate: For $ 24.99, you get a matching numpad for your keyboard or Surface Laptop Go, which does not have a numpad. It connects via Bluetooth.
- Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter: The $ 69.99 wireless screen adapter is an upgrade of the older model, but now supports 4K.
- Ergonomic Bluetooth mouse from Microsoft: The $ 49.99 mouse is an affordable ergonomic option available in several colors to match the latest Surface Laptop Go.
- Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse: Now available in Sandstone, a new option to match Microsoft’s latest offerings.