If you think the recently-launched Surface Laptop is too pricey for a stripped-down Windows 10 computer, you might want to go for Microsoft partners’ cheaper offerings.
HP’s new ProBook c360 Education Edition is just one of the few laptops running Windows 10 S that’s a lot more wallet-friendly especially for students.
The ProBook C360 runs on an Intel Celeron processor and has 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB of storage. It has two USB 3.1 ports, USB Type-C and HDMI.
HP’s new laptop comes with a 11.6-inch display with a 360 degree hinge for multiple viewing angles.
The laptop also has rubber frames that can withstand minor drops, and a spill-resistant keyboard.
Battery life on the ProBook is rated at 11 hours.
And then there’s the TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible from Acer. This one also has the same processor, RAM and storage as the ProBook, except that its 11.6-inch display is a touch screen and has a higher resolution (1080p).
The TravelMate Spin B1 also has a 360-degree display hinge and a spill-resistant keyboard, and Acer even throws in a stylus. This is a better machine for students who want a true tablet experience out of their laptop.
Both the Acer and HP laptops are priced at US$299 (under B$500). Now that’s more of a student-level price range compared to the Surface Laptop’s hefty price tag of US$999.
That is of course if you really need a Windows 10 S machine. You could probably find better deals out there that come equipped with at least a Core i3 processor and Windows 10 Home pre-installed.
Keep in mind that Windows 10 S is a stripped-down version of Windows 10, meaning that you are only limited to apps from the Windows Store. Aside from bringing costs down, this limitation also means tighter security from malware.
Not to worry though, as the Windows Store has all the essential desktop apps such as Microsoft Office and games like Minecraft.
Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chromebooks, which have seen success in the education market in the US due to their affordability and simplicity.
And seeing that Chromebooks aren’t making a dent in Brunei, these new Windows 10 S laptops from Acer and HP could be better Chromebook alternatives here. For most people, Windows 10 S should feel more familiar than Chrome OS anyway.
Let’s hope Windows 10 S isn’t too much of a compromise like Windows RT back in 2012. In any case, Microsoft is making it easier to upgrade to Windows 10 Home should a stripped-down Windows 10 doesn’t fit your fancy.
Asus and Dell are also expected to release their own Windows 10 S laptops later this year.