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  1. HeyCori's Avatar
    What ereader do you use? The ones available in the Windows store are terrible and we don't have the edge ereader/windows book store here in the uk
    My options aren't much better. My local library subscribes to the Overdrive ebook service. The Overdrive app in the Windows Store is functional but the design and feature set is still from the Windows 8 days. Instead I use their "read in browser" option which supports digital bookmarks so usually it works out fine. I tried the Amazon apps but they were so bad that I haven't went back since.
    08-31-2018 08:17 AM
  2. Jcmg62's Avatar
    My options aren't much better. My local library subscribes to the Overdrive ebook service. The Overdrive app in the Windows Store is functional but the design and feature set is still from the Windows 8 days. Instead I use their "read in browser" option which supports digital bookmarks so usually it works out fine. I tried the Amazon apps but they were so bad that I haven't went back since.
    With the lack e-readers in the windows store, it's really unfortunate that Microsoft haven't rolled out the Edge ebook reader/store to the rest of the world.

    They announced the feature nearly 2 years ago and since then it hasn't made it out of the USA. That's poor. Really poor. And a big business failing on their part.

    I get that MS can't force the likes of Amazon to make the Kindle app available, but knowing just how bad the e-reader situation is, they really should be doubling down on making the Edge e-reader a global priority.

    I don't understand how they can release a device like the Go, which is aimed squarely at the education market, and not ensure that decent e-reader support exists. For a company that says education is important, it's pretty shocking that being able to read books on thier machines doesn't feature as a priority.

    Satya Nadella writes a book that cannot be read on devices that his company builds. Bill Gates puts together an annual list of his favourite books that can't be accessed on a Windows device. Irony, thy name is Microsoft.
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    08-31-2018 09:42 AM
  3. HeyCori's Avatar
    I finally had to put the final nail in the coffin for face recognition. It's definitely more miss than hit, at least if you wear particular type of glasses. Usually I either had to move my glasses forward or lift them up to get face recognition to work. Otherwise, it was almost guaranteed to fail. Eventually I realized it's be just as fast if I used the picture option for signing in. Shame we couldn't get a fingerprint sensor like my laptop.
    09-18-2018 07:11 PM
  4. ClintRo's Avatar
    I have noticed that in portrait orientation, even after additional setup in that mode, that it is not very good and is hit or miss. However in landscape mode it is fast and about 100% of the time.

    Sounds like it might be a software issue.
    09-19-2018 09:41 AM
  5. alansoon73's Avatar
    I was so excited that I bought the 4 GB SG on the first day.

    It was ok at first, and then it started sputtering. Everything took longer to load, text input was also lagging on several occasions as background processes took over. Part of the problem is that I need Chrome -- the extensions are important to me. I kept going back from Chrome to Edge, just to get a better performance, but that didn't work out. I tried Firefox, but that too was a bit clumsy.

    Calendar, and even Email took too long to work. Multitasking was a chore. Tabs -- even when I had only 3 running -- were shutting off in the background. Gmail was cumbersome on Edge. CPU use would spike to 99%. Disk use would max out. And everything would just lag.

    It just felt like a system with too many compromises for how I work.

    So I sold it yesterday.

    But I want badly to make this work -- I love the size and the fresh approach to computing. So I'm going to pick up an 8 GB today. I hope it makes a difference.
    09-19-2018 10:24 PM
  6. ochhanz's Avatar
    I was so excited that I bought the 4 GB SG on the first day.

    It was ok at first, and then it started sputtering. Everything took longer to load, text input was also lagging on several occasions as background processes took over. Part of the problem is that I need Chrome -- the extensions are important to me. I kept going back from Chrome to Edge, just to get a better performance, but that didn't work out. I tried Firefox, but that too was a bit clumsy.

    Calendar, and even Email took too long to work. Multitasking was a chore. Tabs -- even when I had only 3 running -- were shutting off in the background. Gmail was cumbersome on Edge. CPU use would spike to 99%. Disk use would max out. And everything would just lag.

    It just felt like a system with too many compromises for how I work.

    So I sold it yesterday.

    But I want badly to make this work -- I love the size and the fresh approach to computing. So I'm going to pick up an 8 GB today. I hope it makes a difference.
    , sounds like Google's software is just really demanding with ram (especially Chrome with certain extensions) and/or maybe doesn't play nice with windows. My guess is that something from Google eats away your ram (4gb is not much so that could really impact your system). There is also the possibility that windows update or some other windows process is using a lot of cpu. You can check both in the task manager (ctr+shift+esc).
    I personally don't have a Go but have a Venue 7140 11 pro which is quite similar spec wise (also only 4gb ram) and it works very fluently. Firefox works great, Edge too. I can play some steam/gog games. I can multitask, though I don't have many background processes running (e.g. no email or calender).

    Just tried Firefox and opened 14 tabs, they opened quite fast and displayed content normally but it did use ~1600 mb and 90% ram was used.
    Last edited by ochhanz; 09-20-2018 at 05:30 AM.
    09-20-2018 05:19 AM
  7. Duncan2's Avatar
    Bought a Go with 4ram and 128srrorage a few days ago.


    I mainly use it when going into town to enjoy a coffee and meanwhile surf / read paper / email


    It works great but I do have regular issues with the keyboard not popping up on website / windows / apps.

    Example is the official app (Microsoft store) for WhatsApp.

    I hope the keyboard bugs will be fixed soon.

    But other than that I am enjoying the Go a lot and am happy with this new toy.
    09-20-2018 09:34 AM
  8. Insti Gator's Avatar
    I finally had to put the final nail in the coffin for face recognition. It's definitely more miss than hit, at least if you wear particular type of glasses. Usually I either had to move my glasses forward or lift them up to get face recognition to work. Otherwise, it was almost guaranteed to fail. Eventually I realized it's be just as fast if I used the picture option for signing in. Shame we couldn't get a fingerprint sensor like my laptop.
    Just checking, but you did make sure to re-train the Windows Hello recognition multiple times in different lighting and with your glasses on/off/different positions? I've trained mine 3 times and it is probably 99.9% accurate on the first try..
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    09-20-2018 02:13 PM
  9. HeyCori's Avatar
    Just checking, but you did make sure to re-train the Windows Hello recognition multiple times in different lighting and with your glasses on/off/different positions? I've trained mine 3 times and it is probably 99.9% accurate on the first try..
    I did. Glasses on, off, at different angles, home and work.
    09-20-2018 03:45 PM
  10. Zeem Frostmaw's Avatar
    Never had to adjust my glasses to make Hello work, though mine very rarely slip anyway to be fair.
    09-20-2018 04:10 PM
  11. Insti Gator's Avatar
    I did. Glasses on, off, at different angles, home and work.
    Ahh well that stinks then! Crazy the inconsistent experiences between us because sometimes I set mine off on accident if I unplug it and the screen lights up and recognizes me before I can flip up the type cover and logs me back in lol.. It's usually faster than I can get my hand in front of it to block it!
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    09-21-2018 10:22 AM
  12. HeyCori's Avatar
    Keyboard isn't perfect but is working much better in the October update. Granted that could have more improvements to do with Edge more so than anything else.
    10-02-2018 09:42 PM
  13. cowboy6201's Avatar
    Originally posted by wolfpack219
    So I finally got my Go today. I purchased the 8gb/128 SSD model with Alcantera KB from Best Buy Ebay for $565.72 before taxes. I was impressed with the build quality upon opening the box. You can definitely tell it's a Surface product. It took me approximately 30 to 45 minutes to set it up and get all the OS drivers updated. Set up was really easy but I would think part of the process would be to update drivers and such automatically as it can greatly affect performance, however I had to do that on my own. Let's get into actually using it.

    So the first thing I did was open up a ton of programs, browser tabs, file explorer, music apps, PDF files, email, video in browser, word docs, excel doc, and basic game sonic go for free from the windows store. It didn't slow down anything. I tabbed through and scrolled through pages just fine. I didn't notice any slowing that was detrimental or degrading my experience. So I closed everything out and just started using it normally. This tablet/laptop is fantastic. For what I will use this for it will be great. I noticed at full charge it said in the lower right corner I only had 4 hours of battery. We'll see over time here how accurate that is since i have yet to drain it. What's your guy's experience been like?

    Coming from a Surface 3 which I used as a tablet 95% of the time for most everything from MSFT store, FB, FB Messenger to you name it.
    I love my Surface Go 128GB SSD w/8GB's of ram, it's really awesome using for the same thing as my Surface 3 I'm strictly using it as a tablet, I only bought the Burgundy Pen and Burgundy Arc Mouse.
    At some point I'll get the new Pro 6 for my Computer Business but for now Enjoying My Go for personal use.
    This Go is Fantastic it charges fast and Runs Great.
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    10-05-2018 01:32 AM
  14. Mits5139's Avatar
    Received mine the other day and finally set up today. I bought the 8gb version with the type cover. My initial thoughts are that it's pretty damn good. Love the size and the type cover is a great typing experience. Switched to the full windows 10 mode and downloaded photoshop and lightroom as I do the odd bit of image editing. Its performed really well and glitch free.

    As with the usual windows experience worth updating first which takes a while as there were a lot of updates but finally got there.

    This I now think is going to be my primary device I've downloaded offline music via deezer and spotify glitch free. I can connect a printer to it directly (the only reason I had to give up my chromebook which I loved). Photoshop works as advertised. I really only use it for emails and planning lessons but overall a great little device.

    I think it's highly underrated but overall a fantastic piece of kit. Looking forward to using this going g forward 😊
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    10-05-2018 10:49 AM
  15. HeyCori's Avatar
    Got spooked and rolled back to 1803. Figured there's no reason to put up with any potential bugs if I don't have to. I already had a weird bug where waking up from sleep took me straight to the desktop instead of the lock screen.
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    10-06-2018 05:01 PM
  16. Mike Buckhurst's Avatar
    In the last 2 weeks I've really tested my Go, a trip from California to Denver for a couple of days and then a transatlantic trip to damp and miserable Manchester.

    The first trip allowed me to see if it would do as a replacement for my Pro 4 for work on the longer trip, which it came through with flying colours, yes it is a bit slower, browsing is slower with Firefox, apps take a little longer to load, compiling in Visual Studio is noticeably slower, but we're quibling over seconds not minutes. It's a lot faster than the core duo I'm writing this on, but you do spend a lot of time thinking if only it had an i5.

    First the bad things, the screen resolution is not great for some apps, I found I needed to scale at 100% to get the most out of the device, this is a little small for my older eyes, but great at preventing anyone looking over your shoulder from reading. I think the biggest issue is Firefox, because Edge only wants to synchronise half my links, I still use Firefox, it's certainly the memory hog, far worse than Edge from my experience, if I didn't have 8GB it would definitely have been an issue.

    Battery life on the flight watching video was a little dissappointing, I had hoped to get a 10 hour flight out of the device with only a single battery charge, leaving plenty of capacity in my battery pack, watching HD video seems to be the big battery killer, I don't think I got more than 4.5 hours. That said when the lights were dim, I could turn the brightness down so maybe I would have got more like 5-6 hours you would expect, if I'd been measuring it on the latter half of the flight.

    On to the pros, it's a pleasure carrying the lightweight device, added to that the power supply is much lighter than the Pro 4. Since my phone and battery pack are USB C I used my lumia dock power supply for charging those (and the Go) which itself is pretty light.

    It's also a lot easier to use in the cramped conditions of economy, you can have it on the tray table and still have a drink on the table. It also works well on your lap in these conditions. I didn't use it without the attached keyboard, but I certainly could still touch type, turbulence permitting.

    Back on dry land, the biggest surprise was how much power the USB-C port can deliver, I have a USB hub with network, plugged into a USB3 graphics adaptor, it was still able to power it well enough to drive a second HDMI monitor in extend mode. After my tv refused to work with the Lumia dock this backup plan worked well. Even allowing me to use BBC iPlayer in HD mode, fullscreen, without jitter.

    For travelling, I think there are a few extra you really would like, firstly for the transatlantic crossing, the battery pack https://www.frys.com/product/9523082...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG is really useful, especially if finding a working power socket is difficult - I tried 6 at LAX before finding a working one. A USB-C to USB hub is pretty useful, I bought one with a removable cable, makes it a lot easier to pack, can switch between USB-C and USB as well. If using a dual monitor then the Lumia dock is handy, but warning, it does slow down the charging through USB-C which is why I carried the super light charger as well as the dock power supply. A portable bluetooth mouse is very useful and for serious work, you will need the keyboard case - it's simply not worth using any other keyboard, this protects the screen works very well and no problems with dongles or bluetooth connections. If you carry spare USB-C cables make sure they're good quality and work with any battery packs you might carry. I think putting a 256GB microsd card in the slot is quite useful, I then point Onedrive at that drive. I also bought a 500GB Samsung T5 for the trip, very pleased with this purchase, ironically my storage on my devices has shrunk as they've got lighter and SSD has got cheaper, so I'm finding I need bigger external storage and microsds, thankfully both are quite cheap now.

    All in all, I think it was a good purchase and is likely to usurp my Pro4 as my travelling companion, especially when flying, except if I was expecting to work for more than a couple of days, where I think I'd still want the power of the i5.
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    10-13-2018 03:29 AM
  17. trooperoutlaw's Avatar
    I received my Go about 5 days ago. I love it. It works perfect for my uses. I am using it for Word, Excel, OneNote and web browsing. Haven't had any issues yet. I bought the burgundy type cover and matching surface pen. I think it is the perfect size for portability. I haven't been away from power long enough to know what my battery life will be. Couple hours at a time off of power. I did order a skin for the back. The area around the camera (the lighter gray part) was scuffed by my tile counter tops). So far, I am very pleased! I sold my iPad Pro 12.9 to get this. Don't regret it at at all!
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    10-13-2018 03:28 PM
  18. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I'm looking mine too. It's a great, little tablet. I'm actually using mine in tablet mode for a while to see how that goes.
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    10-13-2018 05:37 PM
  19. Captain_Eric's Avatar
    I like my Go.

    The size is wonderful. I replaced my Surface Pro 3. The Go fits in my vest pocket. OK, it's a special vest designed for such things, but the Pro 3 didn't fit. So very convenient. I'll use the Go far more when I'm out and about. I usually left the Pro 3 at home.

    Keyboard is fine

    Hello is fun.

    To help battery life, I follow the guidelines to keep unused apps closed.

    Oh, the USB - type c permits me to charge from the same charger I use for my phone (an Anker charger, 45W, I believe. I use my phone so much, I always had to carry a charger anyway. Glad I can get by with one for both Go and Moto G5S Plus.

    The pen is fine.

    Candidly, I'm still learning it. Which means, over time, I'll learn all tricks and short cuts.
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    10-17-2018 07:19 PM
  20. gnirkatto's Avatar
    Overall, it's a very likable device. Form factor & concept are perfect for travel and for city courier bag outings. The attachable keyboard is so much better than what Apple offers for their iPads, it's ridiculous.

    Performance is OK-ish, I would say it is "just" sufficient for regular use (browsing, low-demand-office tasks, Youtube etc.) - on my 8GB/128GB device. If you try to avoid known performance killers like eg Chrome.

    It is very pleasing to carry a "real" PC around and to have full PC functionality at hand. Just recently, I tried to execute some Excel macros on my iPad pro, and they didn't work, but on the Go, they did, flawlessly.

    Handwriting experience to me feels better on the Go than on the iPad w. Apple pencil, as there seems to be no need to constantly reconnect the pen - it just works, always. There might be better drawing apps available on iOS, but for me, an instantly working pen is more important (I mainly use it for handwriting, no artistic drawing).

    What I absolutely dislike is the fact that the W10 tablet experience still sucks big time, compared to iOS. Even with W10 in tablet mode, returning to iOS feels like a relief, as the experience is way smoother and more fluid than on W10. Also, there are still several nasty bugs in W10/tablet, like the on screen keyboard either not popping up by itself, or overlaying input fields. I have no clue why MS has not been able to fix that in years.


    I will sell my iPad pro and keep the Go. Overall, the Go offers more to me, and having a real PC at hand wherever I go is priceless.
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    10-18-2018 09:48 AM
  21. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    got the LTE version and been quite happy with it for about a week of use now. my main laptop is SB2, so this has replaced it when traveling to work, on the train or cab etc. LTE speeds on TMo is fast. I can hotspot it too if needed to share. typing is good enough for email. I love the e reader on Edge when used in portrait mode. sorry to hear about the non US markets not having the ebook store. I can charge it with usb c power brick that I already carry for a phone. the battery life isn't great, but I try not to use max brightness to extend it a bit. for my daily use it is adequate but I need to keep an eye on it whereas with SB2 I never worry about it.
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    12-03-2018 10:00 PM
  22. Taretare's Avatar
    With the lack e-readers in the windows store, it's really unfortunate that Microsoft haven't rolled out the Edge ebook reader/store to the rest of the world.

    They announced the feature nearly 2 years ago and since then it hasn't made it out of the USA. That's poor. Really poor. And a big business failing on their part.

    I get that MS can't force the likes of Amazon to make the Kindle app available, but knowing just how bad the e-reader situation is, they really should be doubling down on making the Edge e-reader a global priority.

    I don't understand how they can release a device like the Go, which is aimed squarely at the education market, and not ensure that decent e-reader support exists. For a company that says education is important, it's pretty shocking that being able to read books on thier machines doesn't feature as a priority.

    Satya Nadella writes a book that cannot be read on devices that his company builds. Bill Gates puts together an annual list of his favourite books that can't be accessed on a Windows device. Irony, thy name is Microsoft.
    I usually use my iPad mini and Kobo Aura for reading books. I am still trying to find ways to dump my iPad mini but the books app and snappiness of Youtube kept me going back to it. If Microsoft can do something about their software department, I would be more than happy to throw away my iPad mini.

    Though my Kobo Aura is here to stay... that little thing is a beauty just to have around (huehue!)
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    12-05-2018 08:19 PM
  23. HeyCori's Avatar
    I'm left handed and I knew I would have to buy an artist glove and if I really wanted to use the stylus effectively even though I don't draw. But instead I bought a pair of super cheap, paper thin gloves and then cut out the necessary fingers to make it work like an artist glove. It's probably my favorite way to use the tablet because I can easily, and quickly, navigate anywhere using the stylus while also not having to worry about my palm getting in the way.
    12-10-2018 10:20 PM
  24. Insti Gator's Avatar
    I'm left handed and I knew I would have to buy an artist glove and if I really wanted to use the stylus effectively
    Did you make sure to select "Left Handed" in Settings> Pen and Windows Ink?

    Every so often via update mine gets set back to right handed and it severely messes up the palm rejection. I can immediately tell and once I set it back to left handed all is well!
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    12-11-2018 12:46 PM
  25. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    Try mytube app instead of YouTube app. It works across xbox, Windows phone, pc etc.

    I usually use my iPad mini and Kobo Aura for reading books. I am still trying to find ways to dump my iPad mini but the books app and snappiness of Youtube kept me going back to it. If Microsoft can do something about their software department, I would be more than happy to throw away my iPad mini.

    Though my Kobo Aura is here to stay... that little thing is a beauty just to have around (huehue!)
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    12-11-2018 03:25 PM
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