Surface Pro vs Surface Go – Which Should You Buy?

Surface Pro or Surface Go
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Surface Pro

Get The Surface Pro

The Surface Pro received a generous bump in specs. The Surface Pro now has the latest reliable Intel Core processors (CPU), USB-C port, a big ultra high-resolution screen, and more configuration options for users.

Pros – Surface Pro
  • High-resolution display
  • Great pencil experience
  • Fast processor
  • Great battery life
Cons – Surface Pro
  • No LTE

Surface Go

Get The Surface Go

The lighter Surface Go is the most portable Surface ever. The Surface Go comes with Intel Gold processors (CPU), USB-C, and a high-resolution display. Even at this price, the Surface Go has a quality build.

Pros – Surface Go
  • LTE options
  • Lightweight
  • Good Pencil experience
Cons – Surface Go
  • Decent processor
  • Decent battery life

Performance and Features

The Surface Go is the Surface device made for casual users. The Surface Go is for the people that will occasionally have office tasks, check email, stream Netflix, and do some casual browsing online. The 10″ touchscreen is sharp and clear, most users will be satisfied with the high-resolution. The biggest advantage with the Surface Go is the optional LTE feature.

The Surface Pro is the Surface device made for the user needing more power. The Surface Pro can handle multitasking with ease, multiple monitors, photo editing, video editing, and online streaming. The 12.3″ touchscreen is beautiful, very responsive, and will be a delight for photo editors and graphic artists. If you’re interested in LTE features, you’ll have to invest in the powerful Surface Pro X.

Both Surface devices comes with 1 USB-C port, so you’ll most likely have to go with a dongle or a dock. You can see more about these Surface devices below in our comparison.

Surface Pro Tech Specs

Useful Surface Pro information.

RAM Options

8GB, 16GB

Processor Options

Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7

Storage Options

256GB, 512GB, 1TB

Display

12.3″ touch screen with 2736 x 1824 resolution

Graphics

Intel Iris Plus

Battery Life

Up to 10.5 hours

Weight

About 1.75 pounds

LTE

No

Ports

1 USB-C, 1 USB-A

Extras

Windows Hello face sign-in, 5.0MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear camera with 1080p full HD video

Surface Go Tech Specs

Useful Surface Go information.

RAM Options

4GB, 8GB

Processor Options

Intel Pentium Gold

Storage Options

64GB, 128GB

Display

10″ touch screen with 1800 x 1200 resolution

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics

Battery Life

Up to 8.5 hours

Weight

About 1.17 pounds

LTE

Yes (Optional)

Ports

1 USB-C

Extras

Windows Hello face sign-in, 5.0MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear camera with 1080p full HD video

Conclusion

The new Surface Pro and the new Surface Go are very similar devices. The Pro has all of the features of the Go, except for the LTE option. The Go is lightweight and very easy to carry around. The Pro is more powerful, with a bigger screen, and more configuration options.

Why buy the Surface Go? You can save some money and complete your tasks. The Pro may cost too much if you are sure you won’t need a device for big multitasking tasks, digital media editing, or gaming.

The Surface Go costs around $550.

Why buy the Surface Pro? The Go simply can’t compete with the power, storage sizes, and abilities of the Surface Pro. If you have the extra cash to spare, you may want to future proof yourself and get the more capable Surface device.

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The Surface Pro costs around $950.