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For anyone near a Microcenter store here is about the cheapest Windows laptop. $59.99:

Evolve III Maestro 11.6" Laptop Computer

It comes with Windows 10 Pro Education installed.

Quote from Microsoft:

"Windows 10 Pro Education builds on the commercial version of Windows 10 Pro and provides important management controls needed in schools. Windows 10 Pro Education is effectively a variant of Windows Pro that provides education-specific default settings, including the removal of Cortana*. These default settings disable tips, tricks and suggestions & Microsoft Store suggestions".

I've had one for three weeks and have had no issues.


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64GB ROM Data Storage

Not much memory these days


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That's 64G of flash RAM. 4G of ROM, and I'm sure WIN 10 eats up most of that

I think the intent is to use the micro SD for storage like we use to do with floppies. Anyone remember booting DOS, Fortran or WordStar from floppy because there was no such thing as a HD? Or Leisure Suit Larry?

For $60 plus the price of a few SDs I could live with that. I could see this as a specific purpose machine for DYI projects


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With these specs. you are getting what you are paying for: 1.1GHz Processor; 4GB LPDDR4-2133 RAM; 64GB ROM Data Storage. Might be good enough for web browsing and email but not much else. Very slow processor, minimal ram and too little room for data storage much less any additional programs. Can't think of why I would want it .


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And to think I just shelled out 1300 bucks for a 14.6 inch tablet.
And another 150 for something to cover it with....


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I've been happy using a Kindle Fire HD for years. This would be a step up.

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I would guess that it is not upgradeable to Win 11!


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enblethen wrote:

I would guess that it is not upgradeable to Win 11!
You are correct. I tried Win 11 on my other laptop and didn't care for it, so I reverted back to Win 10.

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Tom_M wrote:

For anyone near a Microcenter store here is about the cheapest Windows laptop. $59.99:

Evolve III Maestro 11.6" Laptop Computer

It comes with Windows 10 Pro Education installed.

Quote from Microsoft:

"Windows 10 Pro Education builds on the commercial version of Windows 10 Pro and provides important management controls needed in schools. Windows 10 Pro Education is effectively a variant of Windows Pro that provides education-specific default settings, including the removal of Cortana*. These default settings disable tips, tricks and suggestions & Microsoft Store suggestions".

I've had one for three weeks and have had no issues.


Full specs..
Evolve III Maestro 11.6" Laptop Computer - Dark Grey Intel Celeron N3450 1.1GHz Processor; 4GB LPDDR4-2133 RAM; 64GB ROM Data Storage; Intel HD Graphics 500

Basically just barely minimum specs to run Win10.

The Celeron processor used goes way back to the "Apollo Lake" builds and is in the same "family" of Intel processors as a Pentium4 (P4) and "Atom" processors. The only saving grace with this version is the 4 processor cores but consider that as a very small amount of grace.

The HD500 Graphics won't win any beauty or speed contests and 4GB of Ram is right on the razor edge of not enough memory for a 64Bit OS.

The small screen is a notch bigger than a Tablet and smaller than a "Surface".

64GB of drive space will become a problem quickly as you typically need 20GB of space for Win updates while they are being installed.

Be aware, Win10 pro education is only available through Enterprise or Volume licensing and is meant for Schools to buy and setup for classroom use.. Not intended for retail sale and public use.. It is not full OS so there will be some features, tools and some customizations that may or may not be available.

At $60 it is cheap enough to take a chance, however given that the OS may have Enterprise or Volume licensing keys it may or may not stay activated without phoning home periodically to the proper activation server which is typically deployed on the Enterprise of Volume license server network of the school it was intended for..

Toss the dice and take your chances..

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