Peek inside Surface Laptop Go shows easy access to replaceable SSD

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Surface Laptop Go Surface LogoSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft launched the budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go more than a month ago, but we still haven’t seen any comprehensive teardowns from the usual suspects. If you wanted to take a peek inside without damaging your own Laptop Go, Reddit user Kristosh has posted a video offering just that. The big takeaway is that it looks like Microsoft took inspiration from the Surface Laptop Go’s bigger sibling, Surface Laptop 3, for getting inside.

As Kristosh notes, you can free the keyboard deck from the base of the Surface Laptop Go via screws hidden underneath the laptop’s feet. From there, the deck is held in place with a series of plastic clips inside. This is similar to the Surface Laptop 3, however that laptop uses magnets instead of plastic clips, making it a tad easier to get inside.

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Once inside, the Surface Laptop Go very much looks like the inside of most Surfaces. One notable addition is an easily removeable SSD if you’ve picked up the 128GB or 256GB configurations. The SSD is held in place with a single screw, allowing for potential upgrades in the future if you need to add more storage.

“The SSD is the standard 2230 size in the modern SL3 and SPX,” Kristosh says in the video’s description. It’s worth noting that, if you buy the 64GB model, the storage is soldered to the motherboard, so you won’t be able to replace it.

The Surface Laptop Go joins the Surface Go as Microsoft’s latest budget play with the Surface line. It combines Surface’s premium looks with an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 256GB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM. It sacrifices some premiums, like a Windows Hello IR camera, to hit its lower price target, but it’s an interesting package nonetheless.

Surface Laptop Go is available now starting at $550.

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