The Surface Go 2 is a tablet that doesnâ€™t fit easily into traditional niches. As the entry-level product in Microsoftâ€™s Surface line, itâ€™s still somewhat expensive, but it offers a beautiful screen and one of the best camera sets youâ€™ll find anywhere. Performance is another matter: At its best, with an 8th-gen Intel Core m3 under the hood, the Surface Go 2 is comparable to the Surface Pro 3 from 2014. Thatâ€™s fine if you stick with everyday productivity, but donâ€™t expect much more.
Whatâ€™s a competent, though pricey, ultramobile tablet to do? The Surface Go 2 could be an ideal secondary device for business travelers, who will appreciate its fanless design, LTE options, and its ability to squeeze onto a tray table. The kid-sized display and keyboard may make it a good option for students, especially given the app protections afforded by Windows 10 S. It may not compete with an iPad, but it could be your familyâ€™s Netflix tablet. We just wouldn’t recommend the $400 lowest-end version, as it has skimpy memory and storage.