The highly anticipated Surface Go is now available to purchase nationwide. The 2-in-1 laptop - which is Microsoft's smallest and most affordable Surface yet - has been described as the perfect device for browsing, emailing and word processing. Here are the best places to buy the Microsoft Surface Go in Australia.
Weighing 520 grams and measuring just 8.3mm at its thickest point, the Microsoft Surface Go is being billed as an ultra-ultra-portable laptop for students and professionals. With prices starting at $599, it essentially offers a full Windows PC experience for the price of a high-end tablet. There's also an $839 version available which bumps up the memory and storage.
The Surface Go comes with a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor (4415Y), a 3:2 high-res PixelSense display and up to nine hours of battery life thanks to its fanless design. Depending on the model you plump for, it has between 4 and 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. On-board connectivity includes USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and a MicroSDXC card reader. (Click here for our review and more specifications.)
Currently, there aren't many deals going for the Surface Go - the best we could find was $2 off the RRP at The Good Guys. (Big whoop.) Some overseas stores are selling it cheaper than in Australia but the savings are knocked out by shipping and GST. If you're hoping to score a bargain you're going to have to wait for quite a few months, sadly.
So where to buy?
Most people will be better off going through Microsoft's online store which provides free standard delivery and free returns. (If you're based near Sydney you can also score complimentary servicing and bespoke installations at the official Microsoft Store.) This also saves you the hassle of dealing with middlemen retailers in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
$839 is a lot of money... unless you're talking computers. Any computer you buy for that little is firmly a "budget" PC, as far as the people making them are concerned. They're not impressive, or especially fast, or pretty. They're purely functional - the Ford Fiesta of computers. The sheer mediocrity of the sub-$900 range of laptops is why the new Microsoft Surface Go is so damn special. It's a cheap laptop that's actually nice.