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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 review: cheaper, faster, better compact notebook

Small-frame Windows 11 machine has good keyboard, trackpad, slick design and better performance

Microsoft’s second attempt at a lower-cost Surface Laptop is faster, quieter and cheaper than its predecessor, while keeping all its good features.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at £529 ($599/A$1,099) and costs £20-£170 less than the first iteration depending on version. The starting model has been upgraded with modern components making it much more tempting, too, although it is still mid-range priced rather than a truly budget laptop.

Screen: 12.4in LCD 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI)

Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-1135G7 (11th generation)

RAM: 4 or 8GB

Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe

Operating system: Windows 11 Home

Camera: 720P front-facing

Connectivity: wifi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1, USB-A, USB-C, headphones, Surface Connect, fingerprint sensor

Dimensions: 278.18 x 205.67 x 15.69 mm

Weight: 1,127g

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