Surface Laptop - $799
Microsoft is hoping to attract students with a high-end Chromebook alternative of its own. Named the Surface Laptop, this device has a stripped down version of Windows that helps it last longer between charges and keep your files safe.
The Surface Laptop is unlike most Chromebook alternatives in that it's mid-range laptop. It has an aluminum shell and a keyboard deck that's covered in the same Alcantara fabric Microsoft uses for the Surface Type Cover. Its 13.5-inch screen has touch. Online, models come with up to 16GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor and 1TB of storage.
Every Surface Laptop has useful extras that other PCs aimed at education buyers don't have. There's a camera that signs users into Windows without a password. A headset jack, USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort and Surface Connect port let buyers connect external displays and other add-ons. Buyers can write on its display with a Surface Pen, but it doesn't transform into a tablet.
A Surface Laptop lasts 14.5 hours, but only if you keep Windows 10 S installed on it. This operating system offers extra security and faster loading times in exchange for only downloading apps and programs from Microsoft's Windows Store. Until March, the laptop comes with a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to get around this limitation.
The Surface Laptop starts at $799. Microsoft has models in silver, gold, blue and burgundy on its website.