Chromebooks have been a leading favorite for the education industry for some time now, beating out iPads due to their inexpensiveness, multi-user support, and simplicity to manage. However, Microsoft’s recently released Surface Laptop may just give high-end Chromebooks a run for their money.
Touted as a hybrid of the Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book laptop, the Surface Laptop is 2.76lbs and 14.47mm at its thickest point and has features including a 13.5” Display, made with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 3, and “the thinnest LCD touch screen display on any laptop.” Its battery life is said to exceed a 13” MacBook Pro’s by four hours, has a fabric-covered keyboard and comes with a 7th Generation Intel Core. Finally, it comes in a variety of appealing colors, with accessories available to match, but at the end of the day, what makes it the device of choice for educators is that it is a laptop and a powerful one at that.
The Surface Laptop runs on the Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s latest operating system, and is more cloud-based than its predecessors. This is meant to extend battery life, add to security, and make it as easily managed as Chrome OS.
Its limitations (such as its inability to run apps from outside the Windows store) are mostly redundant now, due to the fact that most of the work is done within the browser window anyway. Aside from that, Windows 10 S is a step in the right direction for Microsoft with a cleaner interface than before, and an inexpensive alternative to iPads.