This morning, Microsoft announced the first generation of Windows 11 SE-based laptops that are heading to the education market.
“Designed and built during the pandemic to address the most fundamental challenges that schools face in the blended learning world, Windows 11 SE brings performance enhancements that optimize resources on low-cost devices to deliver more comprehensive learning experiences, and is simple to deploy and manage,” Microsoft corporate vice president Nicole Dezen announced. “Our partners are building a broad portfolio of Windows 11 SE devices that are now starting to become available globally. Anywhere, anytime learning is here to stay.”
Here are the first Windows 11 SE-based laptops that Microsoft’s PC maker partners are bringing to the education market.
Acer TravelMate B3 and Spin B3. This pair of laptop and convertible PCs are aimed at K-12 and offer 11.6-inch displays, the latest Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron processors, a webcam, 10-hour battery life, and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology.
ASUS BR1100F. This convertible laptop offers a touchscreen display and stylus, a world-facing camera, an all-round rubber bumper, a spill-resistant keyboard, up to Wi-Fi 6 and optional 4G LTE for connectivity, and AI-powered noise-canceling technology for remote learning and conferencing. And its modular design is easy to service.
Dell Latitude 3120 and 3120 2-in-1 for Education. These portable PCs offer an 11-inch display, quad-core Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, extended battery life, ExpressCharge—which will charge the device up to 80 percent in about an hour—and optional Wi-Fi 6. There is laser etching on the front and back covers for an improved grip, and the 2-in-1 has Dragontrail Pro glass for scratch resistance. There’s also an optional world-facing camera and an optional Dell Active Pen.\
Dynabook E10-S. This 11.6-inch laptop is backpack-safe and reinforced chassis with bumpers, and it features a 180-degree hinge, a spill-resistant keyboard with mechanically anchored keys, an “efficient Intel processor,” solid state storage, and an array of ports, including USB-C. There’s also a Dynabook Satellite Pro E10S, though I didn’t get a description of that PC.
HP ProBook Fortis 14-inch G9 Notebook. This one features a larger 14-inch display with bright anti-glare capabilities, Wi-Fi 6, a starting weight of 3.7 pounds, a textured surface, reinforced power and USB-C ports, mechanically reinforced corners, co-molded rubber trim, reinforced hinges, and an anchore, spill-resistant keyboard. HP is also announcing the HP Pro x360 Fortis 11-inch G9 Notebook, and a few educational offerings based on the standard version of Windows 11, including the HP Pro x360 Fortis 11-inch G9 Notebook, HP Pro x360 Fortis 11-inch G10 Notebook, HP ProBook Fortis 14-inch G9 Notebook and HP ProBook Fortis 14-inch G10 Notebook.
Lenovo 10w Tablet. Powered by Windows 11 on ARM, this tablet is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c compute platform and it features a ruggedized rubber bumper, Corning Gorilla Glass, a detachable keyboard, an optional garaged pen, and a 16:10 aspect ratio Full HD display. Lenovo is also announcing the Lenovo 13w Yoga, which is also powered by Windows 11, and some Windows 11 SE-based laptops, including the Lenovo 100w, 300w, 500w, and 14w.
Other PC makers, like JP.IK, Fujitsu, and Positivo, are or will soon announce Windows 11 SE-based portable PCs for education as well.
“The ability to build personal connections through anytime, anywhere education is critical,” Dezen adds. “I just love the careful detail our partners have paid to the development of these devices. Parents and educators will love the durability and reliability, while students will enjoy the power and performance. The demands presented by hybrid and remote learning have fostered incredible innovation, and it is encouraging to see how far we have come in the past couple of years.”
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