Microsoft launched its latest version of Windows 10 a few weeks ago, and it is named as Windows 10 S. The software is designed for education and to take on Chromebooks and Chrome operating system. Just like Google’s own operating system, Windows 10 S is fairly locked down in places. In this version, you will only be able to run apps from the Windows Store. Clearly, Microsoft has explained some aspects of Windows 10 S onstage during the launch, but there is s a lot more to this new version which you need to know.
The specialty of Windows 10 S is only Windows Store UWP apps will work, and the biggest change to Windows 10 S is that it’s sandboxed. This means that you will need to visit the Windows app store to download and install the apps on your device, and many desktop apps like Photoshop and Chrome simply aren’t in the Store yet. That being said, almost all the apps are being added to Windows store by Microsoft. The company will need popular apps like Chrome, Photoshop, etc., to make Windows 10 S more usable for most people.
Best Windows 10 S laptops
If your needs are limited or if you are maybe working in the Education sector, Windows 10 S might suit you well. Here is a list of the 10 best laptops that run the Windows 10 S operating system.
1. HP Pro book x360
HP’s ProBook x360 11 G1 Education Edition is built for the classroom as the name itself tells us why it has been manufactured; It is designed to be affordable and able to cope with the bumps as well as knocks and drops that kids might inflict on it during the course of a school day. It is encased in hard industrial rubber with a spill-resistant keyboard, and Gorilla Glass 4 is used for the display. It is 19.9mm thick with the weight starting at 1.35kg for the non-touch screen model.
2. Acer TravelMate Spin B1
The education sector is hotly contested, and most manufacturers are concentrating on it: Apple has come forward with their iPad and Google with the Chrome book. Acer Travel mate laptop is a convertible device, designed to take the place of books and other tools within the educational sector.
3. Asus Vivo Book E201 and Flip TP203
With the Vivo Book Flip 12, the Chinese maker Asus delivers a Windows 10S convertible in the 11.6-inch screen format. It is driven by a Pentium quad-core processor of the Apollo Lake generation.
4. Samsung Notebook M
The latest edition of Samsung to their product lineup is the ultraportable with an entry-level laptop called the Notebook M. It is still an entry-level device equipped with modest hardware components. The asking price for this laptop is a bit high at present. That being said the Samsung Notebook M weighs in at just 2.7 pounds and offers a 11.6-inch LCD panel set at a resolution of 1,366 x 768.
5. Toshiba Portégé X20W
It is a stylish business light weighted laptop which is small enough to easily use as an everyday carry laptop. Battery life and performance are solid for office works, any presentations and light photo editing can be done easily. The laptop provides a fingerprint reader and IR camera for Windows Hello login. The makers have included an excellent Wacom pen.
6. Dell Latitude 3189 and 3180
It is also known as educational 2 in 1 laptop. It means the convertible is made specifically with education in mind; alternatively, it is equally suited for the business sector. Dell 3189 could be used in training rooms and educational institutions. It is also very suitable for college going kids because of its robust build that can handle a lot of torture! Since it is a convertible the laptops can be used in multiple modes like the tent mode and the tablet mode.
7. ASUS Vivo Book Flip 14
It is a worthy laptop to buy at the price range which it is fixed. While the screen on this 14-inch convertible makes colors pop in videos and photos, it fails on a number of other aspects: The battery life is far below average while its keyboard makes typing reports even more of a chore, it gets frustratingly unresponsive when you are re waking it from sleep.
8. ASUS Vivo Book W202NA-YS02 Rugged
The 2-in-1 convertible laptop may be the way to go if you are re on the fence between buying a Windows laptop and a tablet. This laptop offers the familiarity of the Windows computing environment in a package that lets you flip the keyboard into various orientations. That being said I just wished the display was more vibrant and yes, the build quality could have been better too.
9. Lenovo Ideapad 120S
Ideapad 120S offers great value for the money; it comes combined with chip design along with long battery life. Its performance is superlative (on paper) as compared to the similarly priced notebooks. Users do complain about poor color reporduction that being said the Lenovo Ideapad 120S is a formidable choice nevertheless.
10. Acer Aspire One
Acer Aspire One (10-inch) is the long-overdue update and as its name implies; its screen size has finally caught up with its 10-inch peers. It had beat out ASUS’s combined offerings to become the top-selling notebook till date. That being said the Aspire One is still an outdated offering if you compare it with the others.
Let us know if any of the other Windows 10 S laptop catches your fancy.