That's where Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2 comes in Microsoft's least expensive laptop, the $599-and-up Laptop Go 2, is also the smallest and lightest.

With a 12.4-inch screen and weighing just under two and a half pounds.

But it keeps the Surface design aesthetic with a comfortable keyboard, clear speakers and microphone, a smooth trackpad and a 3:2 aspect ratio.

The Go 2 doesn't have the range of processor, RAM and storage options of larger laptops, sticking with an 11th Gen Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM and 256GB.

Battery life doesn't even last half a day of work for me. It's not for heavy, demanding workloads and certainly not for gamers or creative visual work.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 retains Microsoft's minimalist Surface aesthetic with its square-off wedge shape from 2020's first-generation Go.

This time, you can get it in a sage green color, in addition to light blue, gold or silver options.

My review unit has this green color and it is quite nice. I'm not mad that this year's green phone trend is now bleeding over to laptops.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 feels like a modern version of that compact laptop, complete with many of the same limitations.