Im dan costa editor in chief of pcmag.com, and he is john burick. Our executive, editor of hardware and weve got a pretty cool gift for you today. It is the surface: go 3, not the gopro. The surface go 3 and its a tablet, its a laptop, its a combination tell us a little bit about it sure um. So microsoft surface line is a little bit confusing. One must say right from the beginning. You mentioned surface go 3.. This is not to be confused with the surface laptop the surface pro or the surface laptop studio. There are a whole bunch of different surface models, and this one is the most portable of the bunch. So lets pick it up over here and show it off a bit. So basically, you have a laptop form factor here that has a detachable keyboard and runs windows. 11., so im going to pull the keyboard off of it here like so, if you want to take a quick look at it, there its covered in this sort of fuzzy fabric, and you can get it in multiple colors and also without the fuzzy fabric. If you like, and well get back to the pricing on all this stuff and the tablet itself later, but if youre buying the base unit its this here, which starts at ‘9 with a pentium processor or a little bit more with a core i3 processor, everything else, You might want with it is extra yeah.

It comes with accessories, well break down the accessories, but its a windows. 11 tablet. Windows 11 just got released. This product just got released as well its sort of developed with windows 11 in mind, but it gives you that you know that tablet experience. Obviously a touch screen, um touch based apps. You can connect the keyboard, as you pointed out, but it also works with the stylus. Yes, so um microsoft makes a special stylus that works with their various surface devices. This one is called the surface pen, its a straight sort of pen form factor with their higher end devices. They have something called the surface slim pen 2, which is sort of flatter and works a little bit differently. The the thing with that is its compatible with those devices. This is compatible with this, so you cant sort of mix and match. But basically this is a stylus with a eraser key and a couple of click controls on it thing is: it runs 9, 99. So youre basically buying a windows tablet that you can use, as you know so, 400 for the tablet 99 for the stylus 99 for the keyboard right. Well, actually, the keyboard this particular keyboard is 129. theres, a 99 black version of it. The fuzzy colorful ones are 129., so the thing to bear in mind with this is its a very nice very high quality screen and it has great sort of stylus compatibility, but you need to factor in the cost of the various accessories.

You dont necessarily need the keyboard, but if you want to do typical productivity work on it, youll want to add the keyboard to it. So this is sliding into that space between the ipad chromebooks and then full fledged windows. 11 laptops right, yeah, thats kind of where this goes, i mean, if youre using it standalone, you could use it sort of comparably to an ipad. A typical ipad. These days is, i believe, 10.9 inches. This is 10.5, so its very much in the same size zone slightly lower resolution than a ipad will be, but close and really the key distinction here is, if you want to do windows, productivity applications, in addition to be able to sit back and use this to Watch netflix or do other sort of tablet y type things yeah yeah; everything that you could expect in sort of a tablet like experience, plus you get windows, 11 productivity and apps in terms of power, its an underpass, its underpowered for a windows, pc youre, going to Be able to run one app at a time its not going to be blazing fast, youre, not going to be doing cad work on here, but standard windows, microsoft, productivity, suite, not a problem right, yeah yeah! This is basically a one app at a time like you said: um single use, single application at a time, uh device. The thing with it is is there are two cpu options with it. Neither one is really going to get you to the next level, where youre, basically in a tier, where youve got a sort of heavy duty productivity machine youve got a pentium at the bottom for 3.

99 and i think 100 bucks more for the core i3 version. But both of them are kind of you know pretty lightweight in terms of productivity work, and the beautiful thing is the reason you get a product like this, its 1.2 pounds super portable, carry it anywhere its about the portability more than any more than it is about. The power yeah i mean, even when you add the keyboard to still under two pounds. I think the keyboard is about half a pound, so um youre, really, you know going for all out for portability with this and uh its the right size, safer, hands for, say a uh, maybe a a grade schooler, you know or someone who doesnt want something. Really you know uh big in their hands. Is that size of an ipad, very cool? Well, obviously, weve got a full review up on pcmag.com. You can get more information there. You can also find out about the latest pricing because i think this product is also going to get discounted as we go through the holiday season.

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