Microsoft Surface Go 3 Reviews – Windows 11 Advantage over IPadOS

What’s about the Microsoft Surface Go 3 Reviews? From what we’ve probably have seen, Microsoft intends the Surface Go 3 to be sold to two kinds of customers: kids and IT professionals who need a tiny computer when they’re out in the field.

The third category of potential customers: people who love tiny computers. For all three groups, the Surface Go 3 is a bummer.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 Reviews

The Surface Go 3 is Microsoft’s smaller-sized Surface tablet. It has a 10.5-inch screen and one fewer port than its larger Pro sibling but otherwise looks very much the same. That means it offers the same excellent build quality and overall premium design as full-sized Surface tablets.

It is a great-looking device that’s often a pleasure to use so long as you don’t use it to do too much or need it to last very long.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 Reviews

Once upon a time, if you could only spend a limited amount of money on a computer, you had to accept that it would be slow.

Those times are behind us: you can get a Chromebook, an iPad, and even some Windows laptops for under $500 that will run circles around the Surface Go 3, even the higher-spec model.

The Go 3 starts at $399.99 with a Y-series processor and a paltry 64GB of slower eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM. I can’t imagine anybody using that edition for anything more than light web browsing.

I’ve always said the Surface Go is a fine little computer if you understand its limitations and are willing to work within them.

But by the third generation, you’d think Microsoft would have found a way to either remove more of those limits or provide better tradeoffs for them. Unfortunately, neither of those things have happened this year.

Short Review

The long and (especially) short of this review is simply this: four and a half hours. That’s the longest I was able to keep the Surface Go 3 running in active use. One of the apps I was running was power-hungry (that’d be Slack), but the only other app was the Edge browser with somewhere around a dozen tabs. That’s it.

When I took the Go 3 outside and needed to crank the brightness up, that battery life dropped to three. I’m not sure where Microsoft gets its 11-hour estimate, but it’s far from reality.

Battery Life

If the battery life were better, my old advice about working within this computer’s limitations would still apply. It has Windows 11 by default read Tom Warren’s full review here and though the edges are rough, the interface overall feels really nice and usable on this smaller, 10.5-inch touchscreen.

Snap Assist for tiling windows is especially useful with this smaller screen since it’s harder to get windows to the arrangement I’m used to on bigger displays.

Windows 11 Advantage over IPadOS

Windows 11 has an advantage over iPadOS in that it actually supports multiple users. And compared to ChromeOS, it can run many more useful apps (though not yet Android apps). But it’s possible to get all those Windows benefits without making all the compromises the Go 3 demands.


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