First Ring Daily 450: Surface Go Forth

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 9 Comments

On today’s episode of First Ring Daily, Paul melts into a chair, Brad has a nesting doll, and the Go isn’t the only thing hot.

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9 responses to “First Ring Daily 450: Surface Go Forth”

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    jaredthegeek

    The type covers are backlit. My Surface 3 is backlit, I have it right here.

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    ErichK

    Holy cow ... that really put things in perspective when you placed the Go up to that Surface Book!

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    Nonmoi

    All Go's problem comes from its size - it is too big.

    It needs to be designed around a different set of use case scenarios than ones used to design Surface Pros. It should not be the "look at how much Surface Pro we can fit in this smallish case!" device of the Surface product line.

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    badboz66

    It sounds like Brad got the low end one, the reviews I have seen online said its decent for the higher end unit with 128gb ssd and 8gb memory.


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    badboz66

    It sounds like Brad got the low end one, the reviews I have seen online said its decent for the higher end unit with 128gb ssd and 8gb memory.

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    MacLiam

    Well, I bought one (the 8/128 version) in the first hour the store was open, and after messing around configuring, updating and getting to know it, I give it a B+. I already had some powerful surfaces, and I was definitely looking for a smaller version of the same ecosystem for casual and non-demanding uses. This is pretty much it. You didn't mention the acknowledged fact/weakness that it comes with S-mode engaged, which I killed almost immediately, and with 10 Home rather than 10 Pro, which caused me some needless frustration while I tried to get on top of some bad pen glitchiness. So I upgraded to Pro and got all the command line and group policy stuff that I needed. Most of my many pens are working this morning, which may be magic or may actually mean that this thing should have come with 10 Pro in the first place. The Pro upgrade is not $50, as widely and incorrectly reported, but $100. So that's another point in favor of the Surface Laptop, which now comes with Pro as the installed OS.


    With a working pen I am up to an A- on this device. I benchmarked it with Antutu 6 and got 158000. For comparison, my five-year old original Surface Pro with a middling i5 inside still records 185000. I'm going to test it further with other benchmarking suites. I suspect this will beat the old Pro on some processing categories. I doubt it will come close to besting anything on the beefier Surfaces. But that's not its point.


    I didn't time it, but subjectively sfc /scannow took about three times longer to complete on the GO than it did on a 2017 Pro or newer Book.

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