Lenovo is now offering the N23 convertible laptop with an 11.6 inch touchscreen display and Windows 10 S for $279 and up. And the Lenovo N24 convertible with Windows 10 S is now available for $309 and up.
Microsoft says those notebooks will be joined by models from Asus, Dell, HP, and Fujitsu soon.
Windows 10 S is basically a stripped-down version of Windows 10 Pro that’s aimed at the education market, where Chromebooks have made big strides in recent years due to their ease-of-use, security, and group management features.
Notebooks running Windows 10 S can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store; users cannot change the default browser or search engine, and some types of apps won’t work on the operating system.
While those features will most likely appeal to folks that want to use Windows 10 S in school or business environments, anyone can buy the Surface Laptop, Lenovo N23 or Lenovo N24, or any of the other upcoming Windows 10 S computers, which are expected to be priced between $229 and $999.
But schools that want to try Windows 10 S before they buy new laptops have another option: they can download a Windows 10 S installer to load the operating system on existing computers with an eligible operating system (which basically means anything running Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise… testing Windows 10 S on a Windows 10 Home device is not currently supported).
As for those first Lenovo laptops to ship with Windows 10 S, the N23’s specs include:
- 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display with 360-degree hinge
- Intel Celeron N3060 or N3160 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of eMMC storage
- 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI and 3.5mm audio ports
- microSD card reader
- water-resistant keyboard
- 11.8″ x 8.3″ x 0.9″
- 3.1 pounds
The Lenovo N24 has mostly similar specs, but it comes with a pressure-sensitive Lenovo Active Pen for writing or drawing, and this model is available with more powerful Intel Celeron N3450 or N4200 processor options.
It’s also a tiny bit bigger and heavier, measuring 11.8″ x 8.4″ x 0.9″ and weighing 3.2 pounds.