Surface Go 3 Review: A Lateral Upgrade for Microsoft Uniquely Affordable Tablet

Bethany Walsh

Jul 13, 2022


It comes in three different styles, with prices ranging from $399.99 to $629.99, which is what our review unit cost. We wouldn't recommend the base model for $399.99, which has a Pentium Bullion 6500Y, 4Gb ram, and 64GB of storage because 4GB of memory isn't enough to run multiple apps simultaneously. The other options are a mid-range version.

The Surface Go 3 is different from other small, cheap Windows tablets because there aren't many of them. Aside from that, the Go 3 is priced the same as Microsoft's cheap clamshell computer, the Surface Laptop Go, which also comes in a $549.99 version with a Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. On the other hand, the Laptop Go's screen is a step-down.

Basic Features

Unlike Surface Go 2, the current consumer version of Surface Go 3 doesn't come with cellular options. It's strange to leave out, but our review of the Go 2 said that its cell membrane reception wasn't great. Microsoft saved the LTE option for what it calls this same Surface Go 3 for Business. You can also choose between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 11 Pro with the Business configuration, which is odd given that you can add up to 4GB of RAM.

The Surface Go's Type Cover is still not changed to fit the Surface Slim Pen 2 like the Surface Pro 8's has. The keyboard still has to be bought separately. Prices for the Type Cover range from $59.99 to $129.99, based on the color and any discounts you can get. The Go 3 doesn't have a pen loop, but the tablet's edge is magnetic, which helps keep the pen in location when it's not in use.

Microsoft’s Mobile Experience

The Surface Go 3 feels somewhat like a phone than a typical laptop or tablet (even during a pandemic). The only change to the Windows 11 tablet experience is the addition of a small app keyboard when the keyboard is not docked. It lets you move freely around the house. The Go 3's thin display bezels are only about the width of a finger, and its small size makes it perfect for use as a conventional tablet.

The Go 3 can be used at a desk or easily thrown into a backpack. But, like the Surface Go devices that came before it, I found it easier to use at a workstation than on my lap. The Type Cover's dual-hinge has a part that holds the tablet quickly and keeps the keypad from turning backward and falling out of your lap. But the extra hinge is easy to take off, making the keyboard flat and uncomfortable. The Go's size makes it possible to work in small places, like on a train's pull-down table.

All Of the Top Windows Tablets

They might not be as well-known as their Apple counterparts, but they perform better and have more uses than you think. You'll find how they can do most of the work you need to do every day. You can also use it for light video editing or graphic design. And because they are tablets, they are a good mix of portability and power, making them a better choice than most laptops for people who need to work on the go and want to pack light. Most of the time, they are also cheaper. So, a Windows tablet could be a suitable device for your computing needs, whether you want something more portable or are on a tight budget.


After Surface Go 3 review: A Lateral Upgrade for Microsoft Uniquely Affordable Tablet, we're happy to tell you to choose whichever OS you like best. You probably shouldn't choose a Surface Go 3 or an iPad based on how well they work but on how easy they are to carry around. Microsoft's Surface Go 3 is often shown with pictures of kids and business travelers. It is because it is a very niche product, neither pun intended. There is also an unexpected second choice. We wouldn't say that the Surface Go 2 is better than the Surface Go 3, but humans get why you might want to think about it.

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