Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Fair6.9/10
GAMING/3D: Fair6.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.5/10
PORTABILITY: Excellent9.2/10
BATTERY: Good7.6/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Fair6.8/10
SIZE: 12.4"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Solid build quality
  • Good general use performance
  • Touchscreen with decent colors
  • Windows 11 Home included
Cons
  • Limited storage and memory
  • Average battery life
  • Limited ports available
  • Not for high-end gaming

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.8
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Build Quality:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Battery Life:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
4.0
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is fair for general use primarily because it offers a balance of performance with its decent CPU and sufficient RAM for everyday tasks, and excellent portability due to its compact size and light weight. However, its average battery life and limited high-end performance for demanding applications might not satisfy users who require extended usage or run intensive software..
General Use Screen Quality:
4.0
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
3.5
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is deemed fair for engineering and design use mainly because it offers moderate performance with its Intel i5 processor and integrated Iris Xe graphics, which could limit running complex engineering simulations and rendering tasks efficiently. Additionally, while its screen quality is adequate with good color coverage and resolution, professionals in engineering and design might seek larger screens with higher resolutions for detailed work, although its portability and build quality are favorable for on-the-go usage.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
3.2
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 is equipped with an Iris Xe GPU and a screen refresh rate of 60Hz, which means it can handle some lighter gaming and less demanding 3D applications, but may struggle with high-end gaming and intensive 3D tasks due to the moderate graphical processing power and the standard refresh rate, which is not optimized for fast-paced gaming scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$692
Brand
Microsoft
Release Date
January 10 2023
Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
11'' x 8.1'' x 0.62''
Weight
2.49 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-1235U
Overall CPU Score
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6.4/10
Graphics
Iris Xe
Overall GPU Score
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2.4/10
RAM
8 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1536 x 1024
General Use Screen Score
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7/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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6.4/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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7/10
Diagonal Size
12.4"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
1
USB-C ports
1
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 hours
Battery Capacity
41 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
720p
Keyboard Quality Score
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7/10
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Number Pad
No
Backlit Keyboard
No

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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7.8/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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PCMag

Joe Osborne | October 2023
"When it comes to affordably priced laptops, the numbers after the dollar sign are crucially important—more so than in any other price category. By increasing the starting price of its Laptop Go line by $200 and not changing much else, Microsoft irrevocably altered the calculus surrounding the decision of whether to buy the Surface Laptop Go 3. Sure, it has a newer processor and longer battery life, but don’t think for a second you’re not paying dearly for that extra RAM and SSD capacity at that new price."

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