Test Surface Go Battery Life

Microsoft Surface Go have a gorgeous display, a keyboard with a real touchpad and the ability to run full Windows.

Surface Go Battery Life Test Results

Laptop Battery Life (hrs:mins)
Surface Go (8GB)6:06
iPad (9.7 inch)10:07
Asus E403NA8:04
Acer Chromebook Spin 11 8:41
Lenovo Flex 6 119:11
Tablet Average10:05
Budget Laptop Average7:41

On AussieBatt notebook battery run-time test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, the Surface Go lasted only 6 hours and 6 minutes. That’s over an hour and a half less than the average laptop under $400, which lasts 7:41, and it’s also 4 hours behind the 9.7-inch iPad (10:07).

BattAussie battery experts load a dozen web pages that are stored on a local webserver. Some of the pages are plain graphics and text while others have streaming videos or WebGL animations. The test remains on the more active pages for 2 to 3 minutes, so as to simulate a user watching content.

Note that we ran our battery test in full Windows 10 Home and not S Mode. In addition, we ran this test on the 8GB, 128GB SSD version of the Surface Go. We will be running the same Toshiba Satellite L750 Battery test on the entry-level 4GB model.

To further put this battery life into perspective, a $399 budget laptop like the 14-inch Asus E403NA lasted 8:04 on our tests. And the smaller Lenovo Flex 6 11, which is a 2-in-1, lasted over 9 hours.

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 11, which is an 11-inch 2-in-1 running Google’s lightweight Chrome OS, endured for 8 hours and 41 minutes.

Surface Go is very light and thin, and is designed to be highly portable. And, unlike the iPad, the Surface Go runs full Windows. But, at least based on our initial testing, you’re going to want to take that laptop power adapter with you.

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