Ultra Cheap VivoBook W202 is the First Laptop With Windows 10 S From Asus

What we know about Windows 10 S tells us that it’s more or less Microsoft’s answer to Chrome, for simplifying Windows for lower-end laptop hardware and models. The education sector is prone to needing the affordable, hopefully durable, lower-end laptops. With Windows 10 S being so similar to Windows 10, running any browser in the Windows Store, including full versions of Office, Microsoft is hoping PC partners will create devices that will run its new OS. In comes the new VivoBook W202 from Asus, the first laptop to run the new software, just three months after its release, with a decent battery life and a ton of ports for much needed connectivity in the classroom.

Also meant to be used in schools, this is a $279 laptop with basic specs. Since all that is required for students to get by is a well-working PC, schools now have a brand new option for their pupils. The 11.6-incher has a 1366 x 768 display, a 0.3 megapixel webcam (not much huh?), features a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N3350 CPU processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

The LCD screen folds back 180 degrees, making it an already rugged enough design for most school computer requirements, and it’s water-resistant keyboard is great for any “oopsies”. “Rugged” also means the design can survive twists, crushing, and drops. Ports are plentiful, as mentioned, with two USB 3.0s, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, headphone jack.

Sure the webcam kinda sucks, and there’s not much to be had using 64GB of storage, but how much will kids be using their school laptops for more than word documentation and most importantly, research? I don’t see the need to be using a laptop of this stature for taking photos of a science experiment in class, or even to upload visual presentations. But who knows, it could happen if needed. An additional Windows 10 version is set to release in a month or two, running Windows 10 Home, for $299. The Windows 10 S VivoBook W202 is limited in its OS, by only installing apps that come from the Windows Store, which “lets Microsoft secure, bet, and make money off everything that goes through it”.

So there you have it. The full Windows 10 version, at only $20 more, is already in the books as an option for those who prefer it. There’s plenty of folks who don’t mind though. In May, Dell came out with its own version of the Latitude 11 (5179), said to be the company’s “Windows 10s answer to the Chromebook”. The said, “higher priced model” Asus is releasing, which incorporates this Windows 10, happens to be carrying both 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. One good thing is how you can compare, technically, the Microsoft Surface Laptop to the Asus VivoBook. The most noticeable, stand-out comparison has to be the I/O differences. The Surface has a single USB Type-A port, and a mini DisplayPort, while weighing 2.6 pounds and measuring just 0.89 inches thick. All-in-all, it’s clear that the VivoBook W202 comes out ahead, at a fraction of the cost.

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