The Surface Laptop Go 2 is our favourite budget laptop and Microsoft has reduced the price by 10%
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is one of our favourite budget laptops. It’s beautifully built, compact and light and has good enough performance for most purposes and now that Microsoft has cut 10% from the already low price of £529 to £475 it’s an even more tempting deal.
This price is on the base model, so the core specifications aren’t particularly generous. It has only 4GB of RAM and we’d prefer to see double the capacity of the 128GB SSD. But for £475 this is to be expected and the great thing about the Surface Laptop Go 2 is that the CPU is the same across all models. (If you want better performance, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is currently on offer in the Amazon Spring Sale.)
That means you’re getting the same Intel Core i5- CPU as the more expensive variants in the range. Although the meagre 4GB RAM will mean the laptop’s multitasking capabilities are limited, this CPU means it should perform well if you keep the number of applications you have running simultaneously to a minimum.
Where most cheap laptops sacrifice build quality or portability (or both) in pursuit of a low price tag, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is absolutely gorgeous, with a minimalist, largely aluminium chassis that wouldn’t look out of place on a laptop at double the price.
And the cherry on the icing on the cake is the Surface Laptop Go 2’s lovely IPS touchscreen. This measures 12.4in across the diagonal, delivers impressive peak brightness of up to 390cd/m2, with decent colour accuracy, and it looks amazing for a laptop this cheap.
Last summer we said it was the “best budget laptop you can buy right now” and at £475, it’s currently a simply fabulous bargain.