Review: Microsoft Surface Go 4




The Microsoft Surface Go 4 is a tablet designed for business use, if the Microsoft website is anything to go by. For personal use as a primary office tool, it clearly doesn’t live up to its price tag. For professionals, however, it could be an interesting tool for factory deployment on supply lines, for example, with lightweight software developed in-house for Windows. Alas, even for corporate use, the competition is tough, with many companies continuing to turn to Ipads offering greater performance and autonomy for a similar price. For any other use, it will be difficult to recommend this tablet when Android or Ipad OS solutions do better for less.

This Surface Go 4 manages to run the various office software suites, but not without difficulty. You won’t need to rely on this tablet as your main tool, but more as an accessory for your main PC in professional use.

On the OS side, we regret that Windows 11 is not yet up to the task of fully touchscreen use. Here, we’re limited to what we can do with a mouse, but with touch and without a keyboard, many of Windows’ own shortcuts and mechanisms are unusable. This greatly reduces the tactile experience, and it would have been preferable to have an even more streamlined interface with keyboard shortcuts in the form of tactile gestures. For this kind of use, haptic feedback and pressure sensors under the screen would have been a good idea.

As a reminder, the Microsoft Surface Go 4 is available from $579 – €629 in its Intel N200 version, 64 Gb SSD and 8gb Gb RAM. The version we’re testing here is priced at €869 for 256 Gb SSD.

Microsoft Surface Go 4

We liked:

  • Build quality
  • The cameras
  • Magnetic charging socket

We would have liked :

  • At least 8 more E-core or 1 more P-core
  • Better autonomy
  • A better price
  • Windows 11 better designed for touch use
  • Haptic feedback under the screen

With the Surface GO 4, Microsoft offers a tablet that could have been interesting for office use. Unfortunately, its lack of power prevents it from becoming a versatile tool in a professional environment. Its performance will nonetheless be sufficient for certain production applications, such as custom Windows software.