12 January 2022
Microsoft has officially announced affordable Surface Laptop SE aimed at school kids. It is the cheapest Surface laptop that one can get and costs way lower than the Surface Laptop Go. The machine further runs Windows 11 SE, a toned-down Windows 11 version meant specifically for the education sector.
The Surface Laptop SE comes with an 11.6-inch TFT LCD display with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. There is an option to choose between Intel Celeron Processor N4020 and Celeron Processor N4120. Both variants have the same Intel UHD Graphics 600. This is not surprising as the notebook is not meant to be used for power-extensive tasks. There are 4GB and 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB and 128GB of eMMC onboard storage.
The connectivity options include one USB Type-C port, one USB Type-A port, one Barrel type DC connector, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack. There is a single 1-megapixel camera on the front for attending video calls and is packed with 2W stereo speakers. It also has Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 LE and WiFi 802.11ac for wireless connectivity purposes. The battery capacity is unknown but the laptop is claimed to last for up to 16 hours during typical device usage.
In terms of software experience, the Surface Laptop SE will boot Windows 11 SE out of the box. It marks the debut of the stripped-down Windows 11 meant for students. It supports the whole Microsoft 365 suite with both online and offline capabilities. All educational apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and OneDrive can be used offline and these will automatically sync whenever they will connect to the internet next. This is particularly beneficial for students who do not have internet access at their homes.
Microsoft has priced the Surface Laptop SE at $249 for the 4GB/64GB base model. If you want to grab the 8GB/128GB model, you will have to shell out $329. It will go on sale starting early 2022 in different markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.