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November 10, 2021

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  • The Surface Laptop SE is compact, lightweight, and repairable. (Tom's Hardware)

    It's designed to be taken apart with just a screwdriver and all the components are easily replaceable. I mean, yes, the storage and memory are soldered onto the motherboard, but the motherboard itself can be swapped out. I guess that's something, right?

    And it starts at $249.

    Only problem... Wait, first problem. First major problem: The hardware is kind of crap. It's an Atom-based Celeron with two or four cores, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The higher end of those specs is reasonably useful; I have a laptop with 8GB of RAM (albeit a much faster CPU) and it's fine for browsing the web and running SSH sessions. Though the SE comes with an 11" 1366x768 TFT display, where my laptop (which did cost a little more than $249, yes) has a 14" 2560x1600 IPS panel.

    Second major problem: It runs Windows 11 SE. This has the minor limitation of preventing you from installing software on it. You need to use special administrator tools from Microsoft and even then there's a tiny list of software to choose from.

    The target here is not other laptops but Chromebooks and the education market. Not sure just how much better Microsoft is than Google as the controller and repository of all your personal information. Maybe a little.

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