Meet a Latitude 11 EDU, Dell’s Windows 10 S answer to a Chromebook

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

Dell Latitude 11 EDU 360 3189 Mark Hachman / IDG

Two USB ports, an SD label slot, and HDMI out meant that a Dell Latitude has some-more pier enlargement options than a Surface Laptop, by a prolonged shot. 

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.

Dell Latitude 11 EDU 360 3189 Mark Hachman / IDG

The Latitude’s cosmetic bombard can withstand assuage drops.

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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.

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