Is there a full-size USB port on the Microsoft Surface Go?

No, it doesn’t! No full-size USB (USB-A) port is available on any generation and model of Surface Go. I think it’s reasonable to omit a full-size USB port on slim and lightweight tablets like the Surface Go, which is only 8.3 mm thick.

Surface Go (2018)NoYesUSB 3.1 (5Gbps)
Surface Go 2 (2020)NoYesUSB 3.1 (5Gbps)
Surface Go 3 (2021)NoYesUSB 3.1 (5Gbps)
Surface Go 4 (2023)NoYesUSB 3.1 (5Gbps)
Table 1: Surface Go USB ports

USB ports over a USB-C Hub

The Surface Go has a USB-C 3.1 port that can transfer data at speeds of up to 5Gbps. You can use a USB-C adapter or hub with a full-size USB (USB-A) port to connect USB peripherals such as external hard drives, flash drives, printers, and more.

Surface Go USB-A port
Figure 1: How to connect Surface Go to USB peripherals using a USB-C hub

USB ports over Surface Dock

Microsoft offers a range of adapters and docking stations compatible with all Surface Go generations. These include the 1st Gen Surface Dock, Surface Dock 2, and Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock, which have multiple USB ports for easy connection to your preferred peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, storage, printers, and many more.

ModelUSB-AUSB-CUSB4/Thunderbolt 4
Surface Dock2 x front USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x rear USB 3.1 Gen 1
Surface Dock 22 x rear USB 3.2 Gen 21 x front USB 3.2 Gen 2
2 x rear USB 3.2 Gen 2
Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock1 x front USB 3.1 Gen 2
2 x rear USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x front USB4/TB4
2 x rear USB4/TB4
Required USB4/TB4 compatible Surface
Table 2: USB ports on Surface Docks