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What are the differences between the Microsoft Surface product series?

The Surface product lines from Microsoft come in different shapes and sizes. At first glance, they may look alike, but there are indeed differences. The Microsoft product lines are suitable for use at home, for students, graphic designers, and the business world. On this page, I explain which Surface is the best for you.

Surface Go

Woman works on Surface Go laptop in train.

The name already gives it away, the Surface Go is made for everyone who travels a lot. The 10" 2-in-1 only weighs 522 grams, so you can easily put it in your bag and take it to school or work without too much hassle. The Go is actually a tablet, but when you connect the separately sold Type Cover to the Go, you can also use it as a fully-fledged laptop. With this detachable keyboard, you can type reports for school as you are used to. Are you not using the Type Cover? Disconnect it and use the Surface Go as a tablet.

Note: The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 in S mode. It is possible to switch to Windows 10 once. Windows 10 in S mode only works with programs that are available in the Microsoft Store. The Surface Type Cover, Surface Mobile Mouse, and Surface Pen accessories are not included.

Pros of the Surface Go:

  • Small and light
  • Touch screen
  • Optional detachable Type Cover
  • Camera on the front and back

Surface Laptop

Woman is working on touchscreen Surface Laptop.

The Surface laptops look striking, the magnesium case is available in 4 different colors and the keyboard is covered with Alcantara fabric. It not only gives the laptop a luxurious look, but it also feels soft. The Surface Laptop is the only Microsoft laptop where the keyboard cannot be disconnected. With a 13.5-inch screen and a weight of 1.25 kilograms, you can easily take the laptop to work or school. The laptops are available with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. That way, you have enough computing power for all your work or school projects, such as editing photos and videos and creating reports and presentations.

Note: The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 in S mode. It is also possible to switch to Windows 10. Windows 10 in S mode only works with programs that are available in the Microsoft Store. The Surface Mobile Mouse and Surface Pen accessories are not included.

**Pros of the Surface Laptop: **

  • Special design
  • Sturdy housing
  • Powerful Intel Core i5 or i7 processor

Surface Pro

Woman uses Surface Pro in car.

The Surface Pro is the big brother of the Surface Go. The Pro has a larger and sharper screen with a resolution of 2736x1824 and you can choose from stronger processors. Just like with the Surface Go, you need to purchase a Type Cover to use it as a laptop. If you use it without a keyboard, you have a powerful tablet. If you choose an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, you have enough power to edit photos and videos.

Pros of the Surface Pro:

  • Wide choice of specifications
  • Optional detachable Type Cover
  • Light
  • Suitable for graphic work

Surface Book

Woman and man working on Surface Books in office.

Choose between powerful Intel Core processors, powerful NVIDIA GeForce video cards, and different amounts of storage capacity to make the Surface Books suitable for anyone involved in heavy graphic work. The 15 inch version has a resolution of 3240x2160 and the 13.5-inch version has a resolution of 3000x2000. Photos and videos can be edited in fine detail. Unlike the Surface Go and Pro, this 2-in-1 comes with a full keyboard. The video card is in this keyboard. When you use the Suface Book as a laptop, you have a lot of graphic power to, for example, quickly render videos.

**Pros of the Surface Book: **

  • Delivered with a full-function detachable keyboard
  • Suitable for heavy graphic work
  • Choose from powerful NVIDIA GeForce video cards
  • High resolution screen

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