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The Surface Go shrinks Microsoft's iconic tabletSmaller and less expensive, this new Surface tablet takes aim at Chromebooks and budget laptops.
It's smaller, more portable, and less expensive. But it's also less powerful and drives up the total cost by excluding must-have extra accessories. I'm talking about the new Surface Go from Microsoft, which starts at an impressive $399, putting it right in Chromebook territory. It's got a smaller tendency display, making it feel a bit like an iPod. It also swaps the core I series Intel CPU's for lower and Pentium processors. It definite step down and process in power but th potential silver lining is that for most of what people do on their PC's today they're may not be much of an experiential difference If all this sounds slightly familiar, that's because back in 2015 Microsoft tried a similar tactic with the Surface 3, a low cost spinoff of the Surface Pro 3. It was actually pretty good but never really made a big splash. During a hands on demo session, the new Surface Go felt like it hit a good sweet spot between design and functionality. The smaller body was perfect for carrying around and yes it finally has a USB sea port. Here's the bad news. While Microsoft has crafted a perfectly scaled version of it's excellent keyboard cover it's somehow still not included in the box. The keyboards starts at $99 more for color versions And the surface pen stylus is also $99. That means making this a full two in one PC can drive the price up by 50%. [SOUND]