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Surface Laptop Go Vs Envy X360: Which of These Budget Laptops is Better?

Many people always yearn for pacesetter laptops, the XPS 13, MacBook Pro, and Spectre x360 – laptops above $1000, characterized as the innovative ones. However, you do not need to spend that much to get laptops that can complete tasks very well with the available Google Chromebook and windows laptops. Let’s consider the HP Envy x360 13 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go.

HP’s Envy x360 13 became a favourite ‘affordable’ laptop for many when it was released. In fact, it provides almost the same services as the Spectre x360 that is more expensive and exclusive, and it costs just $800. It has a lovely design and a plush keyboard.

After a while, Microsoft created the Surface Laptop Go. It has a screen size of 12.4 inches and costs about $549 to $899, depending on the model. This makes them compete with Envy x 360. However, to determine which laptop is best between the Surface Laptop Go and the Envy x360, please, read on.


Value and Configurations

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go costs between $549 to $899. The lowest model costs $549, and it is equipped with an intel core i5, 4GB RAM, and a 64GB eMMc storage space. The next model costs $699 and is enhanced to an 8GB ram and 128GB SSD. The top model costs $899, and it is further enhanced to a 256GB SSD.

Meanwhile, HP’s Envy x360 13 costs between $649 to $949. The lowest model costs $649 and is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, an 8GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The next model costs $799, and it is equipped with a Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, an 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The top model costs $949, and it is equipped with a Ryzen 7 4700U CPU and a 16GB RAM.

Therefore, considering the value and configurations of both laptops, the Envy x360 13 is the best.


A laptop’s design is very paramount when planning to buy one. The Surface Laptop Go, and the Envy x360 13 has certain similarities in the display bezels and aluminium. The former has a fancy soft-touch plastic, whereas the latter is pure aluminium. The significant difference between these two laptops is that the Surface Laptop is sophisticated, and the Envy x360 is flashy. Another difference is that the Envy x360 is 2-in-1, while the Surface Laptop is not.


The Envy x360 has a USB 3.1 type-A input and a micro SD card on the right side, close to the power connector. It also has a second 3.1 input, a USB-C port, and a headphones/ mic jack on the left side. Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop has a USB-C input, headphone/ mic jack, and a single USB 3.1 Type-A port without a micro SD card spot. It also charges through a magnetic surface connect port.

Therefore, except you love the surface connect port, the envy x360 has the best ports.


There are two factors to consider when picking out the display: the ratio and the size. The Envy x360 has a regular widescreen of 16:9, while the Surface Laptop has a tall narrow panel of 3:2. In the aspect of size, the Envy x360 has a 13.3-inch, 1080p panel, while the Surface Laptop has a 12.4-inch, 1536 x 1024-pixel display. Both laptops’ touchscreens are responsive, even though the detachable design of the Envy x360 makes it more useful. Therefore, it all depends on one’s preference.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Surface Laptop and the Envy x360 both have very lovely and comfortable keyboard and touchpad. However, the Surface Laptop has deluxe keys that are 1.3 millimetres apart, giving it a solid click. The Envy x360 rubber-style keyboard has well-spaced keys that are very responsive. They also suit everyone, including those with big hands.

However, the significant difference is that the Envy x360 keyboard does not have the bouncy feeling the Surface Laptop keyboard has that makes it very comfortable. The touchpad of the Surface Laptop also feels better than that of the Envy x360.

Therefore, the Surface Laptop has the best keyboard and touchpad.

Battery Life

The battery life is the bedrock of any laptop. Therefore, it is unfortunate that the Surface Laptop battery can only last for 7 hours and 42 minutes. In contrast, the Envy x360 can last for as long a 10 hours and 45 minutes.

Therefore, Envy x360 has a longer and better battery life than the Surface Laptop.

Conclusion: Having compared the Surface Laptop Go with the Envy x360 13 on many things, it is evident that one is better. Therefore, having compared all, we have concluded that the Envy x360 13 is better than the Surface Laptop Go. However, this does not mean that the Surface Laptop Go is not a good laptop.

Shehbaz Malik
Shehbaz Malik
A computer science graduate. Interested in emerging technological wonders that are making mankind more approachable to explore the universe. I truly believe that blockchain advancements will bring long-lasting revolutions in people’s lives. Being a blogger, I occasionally share my point of views regarding the user experience of digital products.


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