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Microsoft introduces its new Surface Laptop Go 2: the low-cost laptop
The Surface line has a new member that is particularly interesting for anyone looking to limit the expense.
The first generation of Surface computers released by Microsoft was in 2012 at a time when Steve Ballmer was president. The software giant was then returning to the hardware segment with a proposal that looked very similar to what Apple could distribute... and success was in fact right away. Since then, the Surface range has grown with several 2-in-1 tablet formats, an all-in-one computer and many differentlaptops.
It is on this last segment that Microsoft is intervening today with the announcement of the Surface Laptop Go 2 which, as its name indicates without ambiguity, is a laptop. It is even the second version of Microsoft's entry-level laptop, which is distinguished by a price significantly more affordable than other products in the Surface catalog, often criticized at this level. The Surface Laptop Go 2 is now available for pre-order on Microsoft's website and it replaces the first model, launched in 2020.
Of course, the Surface Laptop Go 2 keeps the qualities that made the success of the previous version. It has a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen with its 1,536 x 1,024-dot definition and its unusual 3:2 aspect ratio. In order to keep the product elegant, robust and light, Microsoft also keeps the aluminum chassis and the availability of four colors (platinum, sage green, ice blue, sand). In order to move up a bit, Microsoft has switched to 11th generation Intel Core i5 processors when the previous model had to do with 10th generation CPUs. It also opted for a fingerprint reader for authentication and chose to do away with the version with only 64 GB of storage space.
Four versions of the Surface Laptop Go 2 are offered. At 669 euros, the cheapest version comes with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, it is only available in platinum and does not have the fingerprint reader. At 769 euros, there is a version with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. One notch higher, at 869 euros, Microsoft still offers 8 GB of RAM, but upgrades the SSD to a 256 GB model. Finally, for the moment only available in the United States, a version at 1,099 dollars offers the 256 GB SSD, but associated with 16 GB of RAM. The release is scheduled for June 7.