Microsoft’s hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook Pro owners sheepishly quiet; to the Surface Studio and its command of the high-end creative space.
Its latest, the Surface Laptop, is supposedly pitched at the education sector. It’s also the device to champion the stripped back Windows 10 S operating system – which cannot install full executable files, only downloads from the Windows Store, almost like “Windows RT version 2” – positioning it almost as an elite Chromebook competitor. Its £979/$1468.5 starting price, however, puts it at odds with more affordable Chromebooks and might be a hard ask for cash-strapped students.
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