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Microsoft Surface Go Laptop 12.5" i5 8/128GB $878 (was $1098) + Delivery @ JB Hi-Fi & The Good Guys


Good guys link: https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/microsoft-surface-laptop-go-i...

The 256gb version is also on sale for $1117 ($280 off) https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/microsoft-surface-laptop-...

Available in 3 colours.

Not the lowest price ever, but after lots of research (I'm a secondary IT teacher) for a student laptop for next year for a younger student, this seems to be the best choice. If you're looking for a student laptop for next year, this might suit you.

It's difficult to find decent specced laptops in smaller screen sizes without going to a gaming rig.

Battery life isn't amazing, but should get through the school day no hassles.

Touch screen but no tablet mode. Available in 3 colours.

Yes, it's the previous generation i5 processor, but it'll do the job fine for most school students.

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  • -2

    Can't beat this https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/653420 and $777 laptop go

  • Not bad, only thing is specs from the school says 8G RAM 256SSD, so an unfortunate pass.

  • +1

    It’s cheaper at Harvey Norman.

  • +13

    Purchased this almost a month ago, some thoughts:
    Pros -
    -Extremely portable for a "full feature" laptop, 12.5 inch @ 1.1kg. The form factor is perfect for carrying in one hand - remind me of Mac 12.
    -Screen is very good quality overall, contrast and brightness and colour reproduction. I have a colour calibrated Dell Ultrasharp, and it doesn't fall shy. Ultra slim bezel makes this very modern.
    -Keyboard, speakers, camera, fit and finish is of higher quality than laptop of similar price. Comparable to $1500 laptop - Think similar to MacBook.
    -Touch is surprising useful in certain scenario. e.g. I kept finding myself frequently physically selecting items on screen when I am standing.

    Cons -
    - I only get about 4-5 SOT when doing ZOOM, maybe slightly more juice if I only browse/office with lower screen brightness.
    - The port selection is JUST enough, 1 USB-C, 1USB, and a headphone Jack! Can also charge via the USB-C instead of Microsoft proprietary port.
    - I had my reservation of 1536 x 1024 resolution, but the aspect ratio makes up for it. My old Dell E7240 has 12.5inch 1080P, and I didn't notice any operational differences between the two.
    - Dont buy this other than office/school, you will be disappointed with the midsped i5/8g/128GB.
    - NO surface pen support, I can understand however at this price for a laptop.

    Overall, I don't think there is a direct competitor at this price range <$1000AUD.
    I was very happy to find this as a direct replacement to my Dell E7240 i5/8g/128GB 12.5in touch which I paid $1000 8Years ago. Which is eerily similar at so many levels.
    The Surface go laptop form factor, build quality and price is just right.
    If Microsoft refreshes this in 6 month (it is just under a year old ATM), I would expect it to be more polished, but at a higher price premium.
    Hope this helps with anyone interested in this product.

    • +1

      Thanks for the review. I'm convinced I've made a decent choice.

      • +1

        You will like it 90% of the time.
        Forgot to add that the fingerprint sensor is not as accurate/fast as your smartphones. It takes 2 full second to unlock, and only works 1/2 of the time for me =(
        Pro-tip: register the same finger twice as different fingers to increase its accuracy, if you know what I mean.

        • Pro-tip: register the same finger twice as different fingers to increase its accuracy, if you know what I mean.

          Did this with my phone and tablet. Works a treat.

  • My personal review with surface series laptops / tablets is that they have bery short lifespan. Bought 2 for my kids and one lasted 2 years with the other lasting only 2.5 years. Take note that because most of the parts are soldered, any failure in one component would render the laptop completely unusable. What a disaster of a design. It looks good but is not built to last. About $3k down the drain in 2 years. Swore to myself I will never buy anymore producte from microsoft.

    • That's most laptops these days, though.

      • Yeah, or don't buy light weight, thin laptop.

      • Not if you buy quality

        • Spend x 3 price? I’d rather to smell brand new ones 3 times.

  • If anyone's looking for a rugged case, this seems like good value for a reputable brand


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