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New Microsoft Surface Go Appears To Have A Battery Problem, Out Performed By Acer Chromebook

Microsoft’s Surface Go, which the Company is hoping to use up against the highly popular Acer Chrombook’s at Australian schools appears to have a battery problem with several reviewers including Toms Hardware describing the battery life as “not so great”.

The 8GB version which is priced at $838 has a Pentium 4415Y CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. This is pricey when compared with the Acer Chromebook offering which is faster and delivers a full days battery life.

The device which has a small 10-inch screen with 3:2 aspect ratio puts out on average 404 nits of brightness and 129 percent of the sRGB colour gamut which Toms Hardware makes for a slightly abnormal 1800 x 1200 resolution.

During a standard battery test, which continuously browses the web, runs graphics tests and streams video over Wi-Fi, and the Surface Go endured for 6:06. The mainstream laptop average is 7:26 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro ran for 10:07.

The Acer Chromebook R11s which is half the price of the Microsoft offering, has an 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 resolution, touch-enabled display and the battery life on average is 11 hours.

Microsoft has chosen a minimalist design The hinge on the Go is big and sturdy, and it incorporates an Alcantara keyboard. The only issue is the bezels, which thick, and very noticeable around such a small screen.

Harvey Norman has the 4GB version for pre order at $598 and the 4GB version for $838. It will be available on August 28 in Australia.

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