GadgetARQ Logo
Close this search box.

Microsoft Surface Go 3: A Windows Tablet Worth Buying or Not?


Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 is the best affordable Windows 2-in-1 tablet, yet its exhibition and worth are a bit beneath assumptions for a third-gen item that contends with Chromebooks and the Apple iPad. However, Microsoft Surface Go 3 comes at a price of $399.99 in the US market.

Microsoft Surface Go 3

Microsoft Surface Go 3: Design

Microsoft Surface Go 3: A Windows Tablet Worth Buying or Not?

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is crafted from a light magnesium body that’s both thin and light at just 0.38 inches thick and 1.15 pounds, and thinness is improved by its narrow bezel, which helps make for a smaller display than its predecessor. The chassis isn’t unusual for a budget tablet, but it is surprisingly well-built and feels solid. Moreover, on the bottom edge, there’s a USB Type-A 3.0 port, a headphone jack, a power button, and a volume rocker. Also, the right side has the Mini DisplayPort connection for a 4K display or an external graphics dock.

The rear of the tablet includes a magnetic stylus. Also, it fits in the side of the body, allowing you to switch the tablet between use as a tablet and as a pen-enabled laptop or laptop-tablet hybrid.

Microsoft Surface Go 3: Material

2-in-1 Tablets usually come in two forms: metal and glass. The new Surface Go 3 comes with Gorilla Glass that’s been coated with the same white matte paint as the latest Surface Pro 6. The 2-in-1 can be turned into a “cover” of sorts, but the combination of a 2-in-1 tablet and a cover that you need to charge is just weird.


Microsoft Surface Go 3 performance is just fine for basic web browsing, but there isn’t much that you can do with it that will prepare you for something more complex, like editing a video or writing an article. However, for basic tasks, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 is fine. But it feels like this is the end of Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device family because there is really nothing else in this price range that offers anything compelling.

Size of Microsoft Surface Go 3:- 11.0 inch (12.2 cm)

Weight :- 0.73 lb (340 g)

Microsoft Surface Go 3Hardware

Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y (up to 2.6 GHz)


64 GB eMMC storage

8 inch, 2400 x 1600 pixel touch display

Headphone jack

Integrated microphone

USB-C 3.1 Gen1

Optional Surface Pen

8-hours of battery life

Windows 10S (with Edge browser)

Microsoft Surface Go 3: Storage

128GB SSD + 2TB HDD ($549.99)


4GB RAM, 64GB storage ($599.99)

Display Size

10″, 1266 x 768


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB-C, microSD (up to 2TB)


Stereo speakers on each side of device, front-facing microphone, 10,000 mAh battery


2 x USB 3.0 Type A, 1 x microSD slot

Operating System

Windows 11


5MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras

Weight and Size

It is only 0.35 inches thick and weighs 1.15 pounds. The dimensions of the Surface Go are a little longer and wider than that of the Chromebook Pixel 2. Although the Surface Go is lighter than the iPad, it is a bit wider and thicker. At 1.15 pounds, the Surface Go is a bit heavier than the Chromebook Pixel 2.

Microsoft Surface Go 3: Display

Surface go 3 Display

We expected the Surface Go 3 to have a lower resolution display in comparison with last year’s model, but Microsoft apparently didn’t have any plans to upgrade the display when it launched the original Surface Go. Moreover, Microsoft’s new Surface Go comes with a 12.3-inch 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display, which is a noticeable downgrade in comparison to the original Surface Go that shipped with a 10.5-inch 3,000 x 2,000-pixel display. The display offers a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch, which is fairly sharp and a bit more detailed than the display on the iPad that comes with its Apple Pencil stylus and supports a higher resolution of 326 PPI.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 does a fine job of providing a portable device that is well suited for the education market. It is a slightly elongated version of the previous Surface Go (a low-cost Surface 2-in-1 tablet) and offers a compelling choice for budget travelers or students.

Price and Value

The Surface Go 3 is the 7th generation Intel Core m3 tablet with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. It runs Windows 11 and is also capable of running all apps in Windows Store.

Compared to competitors, Microsoft Surface Go 3 is only $100 more expensive than Apple’s cheapest iPad Pro. Moreover, $350 is cheaper than the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (though this is at a markup of $50). At this price, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 competes against Chromebooks. But it also comes in just $30 more than Amazon’s line of Kindle Fires.

Its closest Apple competitor is the $329 iPad Mini 4, which is still more expensive, but also significantly more powerful than the Surface Go 3.

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 has an aluminum unibody design, measures 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (28.1 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm), weighs 1.


Released in September 2021, Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 tablet may be the best Windows 2-in-1 tablet. It competes with Chromebooks and the Apple iPad. Surface Go 3’s $399.99 (street) entry-level tablet is based on Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. Which is an improvement over its predecessor. But that model lacks more powerful Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. If you need more power, Microsoft sells a $549.99 model with a 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM. It includes a higher-res 10.8″ 2560 x 1600 IPS display.

In terms of value, the Surface Go 3 is Microsoft’s best Windows 2-in-1 tablet. But compared with Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, which starts at $399.99, Microsoft’s third-generation Windows 2-in-1 device is a few dollars more expensive and has inferior performance and display.

Read More:





Subscribe to Updates

Get the latest news about technologies into your mailbox.



Subscribe to Updates

Get the latest news about technologies into your mailbox.