Best Windows 10 S PC

Why the Surface Laptop is the best device for Windows 10 S

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The Surface Laptop was built from the ground up with Windows 10 S in mind. It's Microsoft-made, meaning you can guarantee it'll remain supported with driver and firmware updates. It's also the most powerful offering on our list, sporting CPUs ranging from Intel Core m3 all the way up to Intel Core i7, with either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM offerings. You can even get one with 1TB internal storage.

What's more, thanks to the Alcantara fabric on the excellent keyboard, typing on this device feels amazing. It's superb for writing long essays in Microsoft Office, or browsing the web in Edge on a day-to-day basis. In addition, it has great battery life, lasting all day on a single charge before needing to hook up to a power outlet. This is in-part thanks to Windows 10 S.

For $699, you get a high-quality screen, keyboard and trackpad. If you were to buy a similarly priced Surface Pro, the keyboard and trackpad come separately, adding an addition $100 to your spend. So buying the Surface Laptop will also net you a few saved pennies.


If you're in the market for a new Windows 10 S device but aren't sure what you want, consider the recommendations listed here. Overall, we think the Surface Laptop is the best Windows 10 S PC you can buy right now.

Zac Bowden
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  • I thought 'S' was now to be a mode, so every W10 laptop or PC can do this. Unless I'm wrong, it kinda means articles like this are a bit misleading. Surely all W10 laptops or PCs should be compared to determine the best? If they all have S mode?
  • I don't believe a Windows 10 computer can go to S mode. I think it's a "mode" in that you don't need to reinstall Windows to shift from Windows 10 S to Windows 10. So to get 10 S, you would need to buy a computer with 10 S pre-installed. I assume there are economic incentives to OEMs for selling it this way, such as no fee or a reduced fee due to MS for the OS, versus about $70 or $130 for Windows 10 Home or Pro respectively.
  • S mode will only be available on "Windows 10 S" PCs. Normal devices cannot switch into S mode, but S mode PCs can switch to Home or Pro.
  • Doesn't the HP X2 start at $999? I do not see any $600 option. $1000 for $200 performance.
  • Correct. Note also that both reviews stated that they turned off S mode.