A super-portable machine for getting bits and pieces done while on the go, but it's just not adept enough when it comes to power and battery life. That makes it difficult to see how this device represents the Surface name well, as even a decent Chromebook would be preferable.
The Surface Go 3 has had a nice performance boost over its predecessor, but the meaningful upgrades end there. Compared to Microsoft’s premium 2-in-1s, there’s a lot you’re missing out on.
A still-impressive design is undermined by a puny entry-level CPU that is barely fit for purpose.
The Surface Go 3 has seen minor improvements since its predecessor, with a CPU upgrade and Windows 11 improving the tablet experience. But there’s little here to make it more tempting than Apple’s iPad, especially once you factor in the poor battery life and mediocre specs.
Unless having a tiny Windows tablet is an absolute necessity, there are better options. If you don’t need Windows, ChromeOS and iPad devices can be this small and last longer on a charge. If you do need Windows, there are plenty of computers that are just slightly larger but offer way better value. In fact, at this price I’d recommend tracking down a used or refurbished Surface Pro.
Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 is the best budget Windows 2-in-1 tablet, but its performance and value are a bit below expectations for a third-generation product that competes against Chromebooks and the Apple iPad.
Just like its predecessors, the Surface Go 3 can be a pretty useful tiny Windows device, though you’re paying a premium for the portability. And the price for performance ration is seriously out of whack. If you’re a Windows fan, it'a decent option as a secondary device for casual work and for when you want something extremely portable.
The Type Cover Microsoft sent with the tablet is comfortable enough to work with all day, but it highlighted the tablet's limitations—if you're pecking away all day, the Surface Go 3 might struggle. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more casual device for reading, watching a bit of YouTube, or occasionally taking down some notes (with a chonky pen), this could be a great little tablet. Just keep a spare charger handy.
The Surface Go 3 has a premium design and a great display but it’s let down by poor performance, dismal battery life, and questionable pricing.
The Surface Go 3 is best suited for folks who need a cheap, portable tablet for casual use or classwork — and specifically want Windows. Having Windows 11 out of the box is a nice touch, and you’ll enjoy a level of flexibility that one-ups iOS and Chrome devices in some key ways. Just be ready to pay extra for that keyboard.