Microsoft’s Chrome OS competitor, Windows 11 SE, is incorporated into several laptops. After announcing Windows 11, SE in November, Microsoft’s OEM partners are now preparing to release devices globally for students and teachers. Acer, Asus, Dell, Dynabook, Lenovo, HP, and JP.IK have all developed Windows 11 SE laptops, with laptops made by Fujitsu and Positivo are expected to arrive later this year.
Windows 11 SE will only be available on the latest low-cost devices. It will only be available for students and schools. It’s designed to rival school Chromebooks and is optimized to work with Microsoft Edge, Office, and Microsoft’s cloud-based services. Windows 11 SE isn’t limited to only Microsoft applications; however, there are two options, with Zoom and Chrome included in an approved list of software that IT administrators can install. Microsoft has also improved Windows 11 SE, so apps always work in fullscreen mode multitasking with Snap Layouts reduced to side-by-side, and the Widgets section was eliminated.
A range of laptops will be made available for hardware in the next few weeks. A majority of OEMs appear to be using low-cost devices that are shipped equipped with Windows 11 SE preinstalled. Acer is updating its TravelMate Spin B3 laptop with Windows 11 SE. The 11.6-inch laptop has shock-absorbing bumpers to guard against drops and drainage near the keyboard to prevent spills. Intel Pentium Silver or Celeron processors power this TravelMate Spin B3, the most popular processor in Windows 11 SE laptops.
Asus has its own beautifully named laptop, BR1100F, an articulating 360-degree hinge, a touchscreen display that supports a stylus, and an anti-spill rubber bumper and keyboard. Dell has chosen an 11-inch display device, and it comes with a rapid charging option that lets users receive a charge of around 80 percent in just an hour. This is an excellent feature for schools, where keeping devices running is just half the battle for laptops.
Dynabook (known before as Toshiba) has launched Windows 11 SE on its current E10 laptop line, featuring the 11.6-inch high-definition display Intel Celeron processors and solid-state storage. The keyboard is spill-proof, and this computer is made to be carried in backpacks.
HP’s latest ProBook Fortis 14-inch G9 Notebook is the only Windows 11 SE laptop with larger displays. The 14-inch laptop comes with the Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of SSD. HP also has a Pro x360 11-inch model driven with Windows 11 SE.
JP IK’s Windows 11 SE laptop starts at $219. Its Leap T304 has an 11.6-inch (1366 768) display with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD, and a rotatable webcam of 2 megapixels. Lenovo is also looking to repurpose its existing 100w,300w 500w, 14w, and 100w laptops that run Windows 11 SE.
“Our partners are creating the broad range that includes Windows 11 SE devices that are now beginning to become widely available,” says Nicole Dezen, the corporate vice president of sales to device partners at Microsoft. “Numerous other Windows 11 SE devices are coming this year, including new devices of Fujitsu as well as Positivo.”
Microsoft has also launched their own Surface Laptop SE, priced at $249. Surface Laptop SE, the first real Chromebook competitor. The Surface Laptop SE will be only available to students and schools when it is available at the beginning of this year.