Acer and HP unveil Windows 10 S laptops for $299

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Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 S, Acer and HP have now announced the first laptops to run the new operating system. Both offerings from Acer and HP are running a special locked-down version of Windows 10 that Microsoft just announced.

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 is the company’s first 2-in-1 hybrid that bears the TravelMate branding. For $299.99, you get an 11.6-inch and 1080p touch-screen display. The notebook features a rubber bumper to absorb shock and a keyboard that is spill-resistant. Under the hood, it includes a Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a stylus.

Meanwhile, HP’s ProBook x360 Education Edition also features an 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display for $299. It has a Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device’s higher screen resolution makes Acer’s offering a better deal in this case.

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible and HP’s ProBook x360 Education Edition also include a hinged display for multiple viewing angles. The downside is that both laptops can only run apps from the Windows Store with Windows 10 S. The goal is to isolate the OS and keep devices safe from malware.

With the launch of Windows 10 S, the software giant is directly taking on the Chromebooks in the education market. More to the point, Microsoft aims to squeeze Windows 10 into low-cost computers. It remains to be seen, however, whether users would want a device that is unable to download programs they might need outside the walled garden of Windows Store.

On top of Acer and HP, Microsoft also announced that Asus, Dell, and several other manufacturers will build their own Windows 10 S machines in the near future. Pricing for those upcoming devices will start from as low as $189. They will also produce premium devices, though it’s hard to see who will buy such locked-down devices for a higher price.

Are you eager to get your hands on the Windows 10 S laptops from HP and Acer? Let us know.

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