The most widely used laptops in the classroom are the Chromebook, because cheap, safe and easy to use with an intuitive and fast operating system, but Microsoft does not fit. In recent years, the Redmond company has designed low-cost notebooks with Windows for students and has worked with almost all the leading manufacturers from entering the PC so that these devices in the classroom instead of the Chromebook. And he succeeded.
Why not surprising that, in London, at BETT 2017 Microsoft launched its new CloudBook from $ 189. There are various models for all needs and budgets, and some have already discussed: Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (B118) is the 11.6-inch ultraportable convertible with stylus that will be sold from $ 299, while Lenovo ThinkPad 11e it is a clamshell model also comes in a convertible version Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e, with 10 hours of battery life and the latest Intel processors, both available from February at $ 519 and $ 599. In fact there would be a fourth CloudBook, the Lenovo N24, a 11.6-inch convertible to be launched in mid-2017.
HP Stream 11 Pro G3
The consortium is also added HP, which has introduced two new low-cost laptops for field Education: HP Stream 11 G3 Pro x360 and HP ProBook 11 G1 Education Edition. The first is a 11.6-inch notebook HD (1366 x 768 pixels) with dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32-64GB of eMMC storage, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, SDXC card reader, a USB port 3.0, a USB 2.0 and a 3.5mm audio jack. On board, also a VGA webcam and a 37.69 Wh battery. HP Stream 11 Pro G3 is already on sale from $ 189, measures 18 mm and weighs about 1.2Kg almost.
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 Education Edition is a convertible notebook with zipper Yoga-Style 360 °, 11.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768 pixels) touch and pen support. It is for sale for $ 289 and includes Intel Celeron N3350 and N4200 Pentium processors, up to 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory or 256GB of SSD M.2 expandable with a microSD card slot. Connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports, a USB Type-C, HDMI 1.4b and a 41Wh battery. The notebook measures 20 mm and weighs 1.45kg (in touch version) and 1.35kg (in the non-touch version).
HP ProBook x360 11 EE G1
It is curious, however, to think that many of the companies that have launched low-cost notebook with Windows, they also have new Chromebook scheduled. And an example is just as Lenovo, who also presented four Chromebook UK: so Microsoft claims that its notebooks can “deliver the power, performance and safety to school at the same price of Chromebooks, but without any compromise”, but PC makers probably will not feel the same way.
In addition to the new notebook, Redmond also announced a new tool called Microsoft Intune for Education that allows teachers to manage devices and online services