Back when Windows Vista launched it was criticized for being really slow. Vista adoption was poor as most stuck to using Windows XP. The problem is that Microsoft has stuffed the system with so much middleware that performance has been robbed. The .NET framework was developed after Microsoft was forced to abandon Java which was used to make Windows 95, 98 and ME. When Vista eventually was shipped it was very slow and lethargic so not many adopted it. Windows 7 however was way better performing and it sold well. Windows 7 x64 was the most widely adopted version. Windows 8 was another Vista debacle and it was not until Windows 10 that Windows 7 users began to migrate.

Looking over Microsoft’s so called supported CPU whitelist is rather limited in the range of Windows 10 compatible devices. The J3455 can run Windows 7, 8 and 10 fine. Its Windows 11 that is unbelievable. So much for the mainstream machine support. Intel sells a lot more Celerons than i7s.

This is the first time Microsoft has checked a CPU model so closely. Apollo Lake is one of the pervasive Skylake class processors intel has been flogging for the last 6 years. Apollo Lake came out a year after Skylake and it is still manufactured for the low end of the market. The Celeron J3455 was launched in 2016Q2 and it began to be seen in budget laptops in 2017 onwards

The problem is that bloated code was added to each successive version of Windows has make it so slow that even an extremes performed machine is unresponsive. The bloat is driven from from a huge API and code back to support so called managed code.

The Intel Celeron J3455 in my laptop is a quad-core model with only 224 KB L1 cache and 2 MB L2 cache which limits its ability. The Celeron would have run much better with 4MB simply as Windows is so complex today. Desktop processors today now have 64MB or more in recognition of the advantages. The means Intel was going cheap on capability in order to make more money. Small wonder why AMD has done well.

Between now an 2025 I expect to be buying a new faster DDR5 laptop but the cheap Celeron machine is easy on power consumption. This is why Intel still sells the Intel Celeron J3455 and its priced at $35 each in boxes of 1000. A lot of low cost mobile machines are made at this price point. Celeron based laptops are the top selling Windows based machine in the world.

The more recent 10nm Jasper Lake Celerons such as the N5105 have substantially better graphics. New Jasper Lake machines are double the cost of the J355 rig. Jasper Lake support 16GB maximum which would be more expensive. 4K LCD on laptops are still expensive but prices are falling. 1920×1080 on a small machine is actually adequate for most users. Cheaper Jasper Lake machines may be available late in 2022-2023. DDR5 based machines should surface in 2022 which may offer some material improvements. No rush at the moment.

All of the checks are green except Windows 11 does not like the budget friendly Celeron J3455. It’s fast enough, it has more than enough cores. The 2TB SSD is overkill but they are affordable which is why I bought one.