Microsoft brings cheap Surface Laptop SE to Belgium

Microsoft will soon bring the cheap Surface Laptop SE to Belgium. The laptop costs 299 euros here and is a direct competitor for the oversized Chromebook segment.

Windows is struggling to keep up with the tidal wave of Chromebooks that have flooded the “lower price range” of laptops. Fewer and fewer manufacturers are making Windows laptops that fall just below the 300 euro mark. Microsoft introduced the Surface Laptop SE in the US last year; this laptop tries to salvage what can be salvaged in the budget segment. After the launch in the US, Microsoft is now also releasing the Laptop SE in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Microsoft Surface Laptop SE

What can you expect from a Surface Laptop that costs 299 euros? Not very much and you can see that on the specification list. The laptop has an 11.6-inch HD screen, is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 or N4120 processor and contains 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage of the eMMC variant as standard. More expensive variants of the laptop offer 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Also when we look at the connections of the laptop, we see a relatively basic setup. With the Laptop SE you get one usb-a and one usb-c connection, as well as a headphone connection. You charge the laptop via the separate charging port. Fortunately, according to Microsoft, you will not often have to put the laptop on a charger. The battery should last for 16 hours on a single charge.

The fact that the battery lasts so long is partly due to the operating system that runs on the laptop, namely Windows 11 SE. This operating system is made for laptops that are in a lower price range. In addition, it offers fewer functions; For example, you cannot install apps that are outside the Microsoft Store by default. Thus, it is a direct competitor to the Chromebook segment that has exploded in recent years.

Prices and availability

Microsoft reports to DataNews that the laptop will be available in December at a price of 299 euros. Incidentally, that prize is mainly symbolic in nature; you will not be able to buy the laptop separately from retailers, only schools can order the laptop from that moment.

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The article is in Dutch

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