A Chromebook Rival Has Finally Been Created by Microsoft… But Is It Too Late?

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop SE is a laptop made for the classroom. 
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techno.rentetan.com – Microsoft appears to be trying to eat Google’s lunch money with a $250 student laptop running a lite version of Windows 11. The $250 Surface Notebook SE, a low-cost Windows 11 laptop with entry-level hardware, was revealed today by Microsoft as the first real Chromebook challenger. Google and Chrome OS device vendors have been cranking out this type of gadget for a long time now, and it’s exactly what students need. What’s the point of waiting any longer?

Let’s take a step back for a moment. With an 11.6-inch screen and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, the Surface Laptop SE has a pixel density of 135 ppi. In contrast to Microsoft’s tablet-like portable PCs, this laptop has a 16:9 aspect ratio. This laptop appears to be a workhorse based on the shift in the ratio. Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go has the same keyboard and trackpad.

In any case, it appears that the screen is too small for you to fully immerse yourself in your job. It has a low-resolution screen compared to other Chromebook laptops, such as Lenovo’s updated Chromebook Duet. The Duet boasts a higher pixel density of 224 ppi and a smaller 10.1-inch full-HD OLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

The Surface Laptop SE’s CPU is also weak. Both an Intel Celeron N4020 and N4120 processors are available, as well as either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage for the SE. For online schooling, there’s also an inbuilt 720p front-facing camera (if anyone is still doing that).

The Microsoft Surface Laptop SE runs Windows 11 SE. 
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But the screen is still so little, that you could wind up docking the little Surface Laptop SE. Using a hub with an HDMI connection, you may mirror the screen on a bigger monitor using the USB-A and USB-C ports on this device. In contrast to Microsoft’s efforts to promote its own magnetic charging interface, the laptop accepts a barrel-type DC connection.

Battery life should compensate for a lackluster set of features. Microsoft claims a battery life of up to 16 hours with normal use of the device. Our battery tests begin with a brightness level of 200 nits, which is what the press materials state is used for testing. It’s common for individuals to turn up the brightness when they have a lot of work to accomplish.

For a low-cost introduction to Windows 11, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop SE is a good option. Windows 11 SE, designed with input from teachers and school IT administrators, comes pre-installed on the laptop. Windows 11 SE is expected to be pushed out on devices from Dell, Acer, Asus, and Lenovo, as well as other education-focused manufacturers.

By making it simpler to take apart and upgrade the Surface Laptop SE, Microsoft was concerned about the huge number of computers that were turned in each school year and how difficult it would be to replace them. Microsoft’s new vow to make more of its products user-serviceable is in line with this development.

Microsoft’s foray into the education-focused laptop market comes at an intriguing moment, given the recent decline in Chromebook sales. The sales of these low-end gadgets have begun to fall as immunization rates rise. In the US and Western Europe, where Chromebooks predominate, the trends appear to be more localized. Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and African countries are still developing a need for classroom-specific technology. Customers in certain regions might benefit from an inexpensive, repairable Microsoft laptop running Windows 11 SE.