Microsoft Surface Laptop Go vs Laptop 4 13.5

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CPU Intel Core i5 1035G1
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Review

Evaluation of Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Laptop 4 13.5 important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 170 grams less (around 0.37 lbs)
  • Much smaller footprint: 17% more compact case (88.7 vs 106.5 square inches)
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5
  • Around 17% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Features a bigger (~22%) battery – 47.4 against 39 watt-hours
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 35% sharper screen – 201 versus 149 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 33% higher max. screen brightness: 400 vs 300 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.11 kg (2.45 lbs) 1.28 kg (2.82 lbs)
Dimensions 278.18 x 205.67 x 15.69 mm
10.95 x 8.1 x 0.62 inches
308 x 223 x 14.5 mm
12.13 x 8.78 x 0.57 inches
Area 572 cm2 (88.7 inches2) 687 cm2 (106.5 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80% ~79%
Side bezels 8 mm 11.3 mm
Colors Silver, Gold, Blue Black, Gold, Gray, Blue
Transformer No No
Opening angle 140° -
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 1 2
Noise level 44.2 dB 40 dB

Display

Size 12.4 inches 13.5 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 149 ppi 201 ppi
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Resolution 1536 x 1024 pixels 2256 x 1504 pixels
HDR support No No
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Coating Glossy Glossy
Display tests
Contrast 1222:1 1424:1
sRGB color space 94.4% 97.2%
Adobe RGB profile 65.7% 66.8%
DCI-P3 color gamut 64.4% 64.7%
Response time 35 ms 50 ms
Max. brightness
400 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 1:10 hr -
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery No Yes
Charging port position Right Left, Right
Charge power 39 W 65 W
Weigh of AC adapter 218 gramm 306 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.0 GHz 0.9-2.4 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores 4 4
Threads 8 8
L3 Cache 6 MB 8 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics G1 Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1100 MHz
FLOPS - 1.41 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory speed 1.87 Gbps 4.27 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 256 640
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 32 40
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 4 20
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x2 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 1866 MHz 4266 MHz
Type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type eMMC SSD (M2)
Channels 1x64 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 1 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers 2.0 2.0
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 81.5 dB 78.4 dB
Microphones 2 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 1x USB 3.2 1x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.2 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt No No
HDMI No No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight No Yes
Key travel - 1.3 mm
Touchpad
Size 10.0 x 6.6 cm 11.4 x 7.6 cm
Surface Plastic Glass
Windows Precision Yes Yes
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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Comments

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Chris 02 June 2021 04:58
The Surface Go keyboard is not backlit. I don't see any 16GB models anywhere, either.
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