Microsoft made a direct competitor to Chromebooks, but they also made the less expensive iPad. Built from the ground up for students, the new Surface Laptop SE matches design, hardware, battery life, and price.
Today, students can no longer do without their computers and tablets, not even in primary schools, where the arrival of technology has accelerated due to the pandemic in particular. Microsoft is capitalizing on this trend, offering students a new Surface Laptop SE that will be available in the US for as little as $249.
The entire notebook is primarily designed to make it easier to work with the Microsoft 365 apps suite in the Education Edition, which is already compatible with Windows 11 SE designed for students and schools.
However, as Microsoft suggests in the new announcement, the Surface Laptop SE can also handle more demanding applications, for example to teach the basics of programming.
Although the laptop will be powered by the less powerful Intel Celeron N4020 processor, respectively. The N4120 will not rely much on cloud services and almost all of its features will be fully available online and offline.
Surface Laptop SE should last up to 16 hours on a single charge. It will likely be signed by a less power-hungry 11.6-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.
Above the screen, the laptop has an HD webcam, which is complemented by stereo speakers and microphones tuned for Microsoft Teams. On either side of the laptop are a USB-C port, a USB-A port, a power connector, a 3.5mm jack for connecting headphones, and a microphone.
The laptop weighs just 1.1 kilograms, mainly due to the fact that it is made entirely of plastic. During its creation, Microsoft pays special attention to its ease of unpacking and good access to components, even with the use of common tools.
So far, the new Microsoft Laptop SE has the said price valid for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage targeting the US, UK, Canada and Japan. The 8GB and 128GB storage versions will be available in these markets for $329.
Another interesting piece of information is that Acer, ASUS, Dell, Dynabook, Fujitsu, HP, JK-IP, Lenovo and Positivo will also bring their own variant of a student laptop with Windows 11 SE.
The official dollar price is included without taxes, because its value is not the same in every US state.
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