Dell’s Latitude 11 EDU 360 3189 is one of a sturdy, affordable Windows 10 S laptops fasten Microsoft’s debate to poke Chromebooks out of a classroom. You don’t have to be a tyro or a primogenitor to know a program giant’s enterprise to maintain a new era of Windows users. When we attempted it at Microsoft’s education-focused eventuality May 2 in New York, we could see how it competence have a fighting chance.
The $299 Latitude 11 EDU has company: Other hardware partners embody HP, Samsung, Toshiba, and Acer. It’s value observant that all these companies already sell Chromebooks, so they know a lot about a competition. Most of these models are designed to be your kids’ initial Windows machine, adhering with them all a approach by high propagandize on Windows 10 S. Over time, they’ll connoisseur to something a bit some-more absolute (and expensive), like a Surface Laptop.
Though we spent a infancy of my time with a EDU 3150, we also attempted out several of a competitors briefly: a $299 HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE, a Toshiba Altair-ME, and a Samsung Notebook M. (Prices weren’t accessible for a Toshiba and Samsung machines.) All had identical components and seemed to perform rather similarly.
The EDU 3150’s simple specs counterpart that of a likewise labelled Chromebook: a Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of peep storage, and a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 display. At slightest in a proof model, a laptop was brawny adequate to run a few core apps, such as OneNote, and FluidMath, a Windows app that used animation to assistance illustrate math problems. Connecting to a Internet and surfing a web regulating Edge also worked adequately.
Like education-focused Chromebooks, a EDU 3150 and a conspirator are designed to be tough. Partner executives regularly forsaken them from waist tallness or so onto runner to uncover off their durability. Another preparation notebook, a Acer TravelMate B118, includes a waterproof keyboard that withstood a dousing by an whole potion of water.
Also like many Chromebooks, unfortunately, Dell’s laptop had some rougher spots. we found a trackpad rather tough to click, and a keyboard keys seemed stiff. The boxy cosmetic support felt sturdy, however, and a edges of a shade were stable by a thick cosmetic bezel. Durability’s a pivotal here, and a Latitude really conveyed that message.
Microsoft hopes propagandize IT administrators will conclude a manageability facilities of a Windows 10 S handling system, such as a ability to emanate tradition images from a tool, save them to a USB stick, and sustenance a classroom’s value of laptops in a matter of minutes. we didn’t have a possibility to try that, yet Microsoft executives pronounced a palliate and time for provisioning a classroom is allied to what you’d knowledge with Chromebooks.
If you’re looking for an reason of how Windows 10 S differs from Windows 10, we won’t find it here. From a user experience, we could find no difference—except the fact that we can usually download apps from a Windows Store. If we try to bucket an app that’s not approved—say, Google Chrome or Valve’s Steam games placement tool—a popup will bar your path.
That does not meant all is lost, however, or that a laptops are singular by default. Microsoft executives told me that a user can ascent to Windows 10 Pro directly from a Windows Store—and they can do it for free. A cloud-based chronicle of Office for Education is also accessible for free, definition a tyro will have entrance to common apps like Word or PowerPoint as prolonged as a appurtenance is assimilated to an preparation domain.
It’s too early to tell either this new era of preparation machines will be means to adopt Google and a Chromebooks from a nation’s classrooms. Convincing a republic of cash-strapped schools to embankment their existent hardware and start over sounds like an ascending conflict during a least. But a critical thing is, as one Microsoft exec told me, “we’re behind in a game.”