Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:51 UTC

Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from JP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All four laptops will be targeted towards education, designed to convince schools not to switch to Chromebooks.

I'm not sure if these wil persuade schools away from Chromebooks, but assuming non-education customers can get them as well, they may be great little machines for running secondary operating systems on.

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RE: I'm a bit off but...
by cranfordio on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 20:58 UTC in reply to "I'm a bit off but..."
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While individuals can usually find great deals on used laptops it is a lot harder for a school. Not that we can’t find the deals, just that it is hard to find them in the volume you need without having to buy dozens of different models which can add additional problems. I buy ~140 laptops every year, and we are a medium sized private school. I used to work for a district that bought around 5000 laptops per year. But, I still would never buy this. My experience with any laptop that cost less than $500 brand new has always been horrible, at least as far as having them in the hands of middle school kids they are.

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